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.
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Avon Harper Collins
Review copy provided by publisher
I absolutely adored Mindy and Brooke so much. I think what I loved best about them was each sister thought the other one had it all together, until they had to walk in each others shoes so to speak. Mindy needs a mini break from her life, so she crashes at Brooke's house while Brooke plans to take her kids on vacation for a few days. However, rather than taking the kids to Disneyland as planned, she decides to head back to their hometown instead. Brooke was so out of her element when she first arrived back in Wildstone taking care of her niece and nephews. It really was laugh out loud funny as she navigated three very different personalities in such a different way than her sister would do it.
Luckily for Brooke, Garrett, who was her one time love, still lives next door to Mindy, and he steps up to help her as needed. I found myself falling for Garrett pretty much from the beginning. Brooke hadn't been home in 7 years and cut all ties with him, yet he not only helped her with the kids, they both couldn't seem to stay away from each other. I adored Brooke and Garrett as a couple. They had both been through so much and seemed to find happiness when they were together they didn't really have without the other. I loved seeing them reconnect and find their way back to one another. OMG they had the most amazing chemistry, which only grew stronger the more time, they were together. All the love for these two characters.
While I'm not a mom, I totally got Mindy and her need for a break...especially when she had so much going on in her life trying to make it perfect. I loved seeing Mindy stand up for herself and admit she needed the help not only from her husband, but her sister as well. Mindy and Brooke had been close growing up, but had grown apart as their lives took them in different directions. I loved seeing Mindy and Brooke reconnect and share everything that had been going on in the lives as much as I loved the romance in this story.
Jill Shalvis has pretty much been an auto-buy author for me since I read one of her very first books. I know each new story will have an emotional punch and will take me on a beautiful ride. The Lemon Sisters seriously might just be my favorite story ever from Ms. Shalvis. While it is part of the Wildstone series of books, each of these books can easily be read as a stand-alone story.
Rating: 5 Stars (B+)