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Evening Stars (Blackberry Island, 3) Paperback – December 27, 2016
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Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school—and her first love—so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn’t exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina’s life has suddenly become…complicated.
Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men—her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with. Averil doesn’t seem to want the great guy she’s married to, and doesn’t seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina’s starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.
But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they’ve ever wanted?
Don't miss The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery where one woman discovers the beauty in chaos in a poignant and heartwarming story about the threads that hold family together.
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- ASIN : 0778330664
- Publisher : MIRA; Reissue edition (December 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780778330660
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.29 x 0.87 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #382,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interesting storyline, but Bonnie' s childish, character was infuriating. OMG, where was CPS?? Loved the ending for Nina and Dylan, with Averil and Saint Kevin coming in a close second.
Nina is struggling with her life being “not unhappy”. Growing up she had to take on the responsible role in her family looking after her younger sister and her own mother who refused to grow up. Years later she realizes she is feeling trapped and that her life is very small. Other characters help her face herself and what she really wants in life.
This story is about love of family, exciting new love(lust), comfortable and forgiving old love, and the love of friends offering unconditional support. I liked that this book revisited characters from Blackberry Island. As always, books by Susan Mallery leave me satisfied and happy that I got to spend time with her story.
While these little family dramas are going on two men come into the picture. Kyle is the brother of a little girl Nina used to baby sit for. He is a gorgeous fighter pilot who always had a crush on Nina. He literally come out of nowhere. Nina is fixing the roof and starts to fall when out of nowhere Kyle is there to catch her. He says he's back in town and that she was always his dream girl. She thinks he's good-looking and sexy so what the heck she starts having a relationship with him.
Then comes Dylan into the picture. He was her high school sweetheart. He broke up with her while he was away at college. They were both going to be doctors together. But Nina has to help her sister get through college because the irresponsible mother doesn't help financially. So Nina never fulfills her dreams. Now Dylan is back in town to work at his dads practice and he appears interested in getting back together with Nina.
I really didn't care that much which guy she picked. Even though you could tell who it would be.
So while I really found the family dynamics interesting in this book it wasn't really a romantic book for me. It focuses mostly on the family. And I usually like when the family is part of a story but i don't like when the romance is secondary at best. I mean she is having hot and heavy sex with Kyle and in the next scene she's kissing Dylan. And she goes from sex with one to sex with the other pretty quickly in the end.I know in today's world women can have sex or sexual thoughts with as many men as they want at one time but I really don't want that in a romance novel. I personally don't like it when a guy in a romance novel is playing two women either.
The best thing in the book is the relationship between the mother and two daughters. You get to see things from both sisters perspectives. And nobody's really wrong. Except maybe the mother. This is why I gave the book 3 stars. If I was rating the romance I'd give it 1 star. Maybe having the two guys actively in her life until the very end of the book ruined the romance aspect for me!