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Review: The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

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The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think.

When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

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Told from multiple points of view, The Lemon Sisters follows the story of Brooke & Mindy. Brooke & Mindy’s life is not at all what they imagined it would be. Life took these two sisters on two totally different paths that are about to intersect with each other once more. It’s time to face their demons and past. It’s time to face fears and overcome their differences. Life is hard and sometimes family makes it harder. The answer isn’t always easy, but for these two sisters, the journey will prove to be worth the ride…

Right off the bat, I was sucked into this story. I loved how flawlessly The Lemon Sisters was told and how perfectly Brooke & Mindy’s stories intersected. Never once did I feel lost or confused. Never once did I wish that their stories were told separately. I enjoyed how easily the pieces fit and really enjoyed getting lost in Brooke & Mindy’s story.

Brooke & Mindy’s story was filled with lots of ups and downs and obstacles along the way. You got to see how each character has grown and changed. You got see how their lives were anything but perfect. I loved getting to know Mindy’s husband and her kids. I loved seeing Brooke face her fears and own up to the mistakes of her past. I enjoyed seeing her take risks with Garrett and put her heart on the line. All four of these characters fit perfectly and seamlessly together. I loved getting lost in this story and couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out in the end.

The Lemon Sisters is a terrific addition to the Wildstone Series. The characters are captivating and their story will consume you. The Lemon Sister is not just a second chance romance, but a great story about family and forgiveness. A story of facing your fears and accepting your flaws. It is a story that will keep you coming back for more. A story that’s ending is just perfection and will leave you with the fullest heart.

I really enjoyed getting to know these characters and getting swept up in their story.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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