Thank you again so much to the team at Harlequin Trade Publishing for having me on this blog tour! Ahh doesn’t this cover make you wish you could just relax on the beach for a bit and wish your troubles away? Just as long as you’re practicing safe social distancing, then go for it.
Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…
Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other.
When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women.
Addie had great plans for her life but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver and doesn’t know how to live for herself. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart despite her best efforts.
Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.
Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California, Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.
Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women’s fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan’s Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at www.RobynCarr.com.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Netgalley, and Mira Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
I think about the situation that Adele and Justine are in when their parents start to fall ill, and I can’t help but think about what I would do if my mom got sick and my brother and I had to figure out what to do. Our age difference may not be as drastic as Adele and Justine’s but we are definitely getting close. It’s hard to have a relationship with a sibling with so many years between you, and I can only imagine how it’s like with their years.
This is a story where sisters by birth and blood need to learn what it really means to be a part of a family, after the people that have kept them together for all of their lives are no longer there. We all know that the death of our parents is imminent, and while we know that it will come eventually, we aren’t always ready for it to happen. Even though Justine was in a situation to help financially provide for their parents with her well paying job as an attorney, Adele had to drop out of university to help out as well. It was really telling about the kind of daughter and person that Adele was that she didn’t just allow her older sister to handle the burden alone, which I know not a lot of people would see as a big deal, but I do.
I understand that this was such a difficult time for both of them, not just before their parents passed away but even afterwards. Dealing with the aftermath and having to come to terms with that fact, and somehow continue to live on with such a gaping hole in their hearts. I think that this is what really ended up pulling at my heartstrings for me, and seeing the kind of sisterly relationship that we get to see with Justine and Adele. This is definitely a book that you have to read when you’re ready to cry a little bit. Or maybe a lot. It was pretty emotional.