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Book Review: The Lemon Sisters

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The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis- Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken . . . Also how does one go home after seven years away? 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. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep.

Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published: June 18, 2019

Acquired: Public library e-book

Series: #3 in the Wildstone Series

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I loved this book! Jill Shalvis is one of my most favorite authors and it’s rare that I don’t love something she writes. I will admit that this is the first book in the Wildstone series that I’ve read. I don’t know how I missed the first 2 books but I will be reading them ASAP! One of my favorite things about this book was the contrast between the sisters. Brooke was the free-spirit sister who couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown and who had an exciting career until a helicopter crash left her grounded with PTSD. Mindy, on the other hand, was the sister who stayed in their hometown, got married, had children, and became a baker. I really liked reading about their childhood from their different perspectives. 

When Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep with children in tow in the middle of a nervous breakdown, Brooke sees the opportunity to get to know her niece and nephews even if that means going back to her hometown and confronting the messes she left behind. The kids added so much to this story! They were hilarious and adorable and kept the story flowing easily. I cringed a bit at the relationship repair that needed to happen between Brooke and Garrett, although the repair that needed to happen between Mindy and her husband, Linc, was just as intense. I found myself sympathizing with both Brooke and Mindy for different reasons and I could see myself in both of them which made the story extremely real for me. I highly recommend this book and in my opinion you can read them in any order. 

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