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The Lemon Sisters: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, June 18, 2019
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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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"Flawed, believable characters and plenty of sizzling love scenes make this an enjoyable outing.-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Jill Shalvis' books are funny, warm, charming, and unforgettable."-- "RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author"
About the Author
Jill Shalvis, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has written more than three dozen highly acclaimed, award-winning romance novels. She is a three-time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award and has been nominated for the RITA Award and for Romantic Times' Career Achievement Award.
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (June 18, 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982662158
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982662158
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.1 x 5.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,831,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sorry, maybe i am too cynical for this one. Or maybe I need a different romance writer. This will be my last Shalvis for a long, long time.
When she runs into her former love Garrett, Brooke begins to realize that moving on may be harder than she previously thought. But facing the past will come with revelations in love and in sisterhood.
For me, The Lemon Sisters was a perfect stay-up-all-night second-chance romance. I'm a sucker for the second chance romances and Jill Shalvis certainly delivered. The chemistry and attraction between Brooke and Garrett just leaps off the page and I found myself feeling giddy with every interaction they had. I really liked the way Jill Shalvis slowly builds up the past hurts and issues between them, but with the realization that it doesn't matter as much because the feelings they have for each other are still there. Despite the feelings, however, is the fact that they do have to work through the issues before they can happily move on. Brooke's leaving hurt Garrett on a fundamental level which brings up things in his past that he hasn't yet fully dealt with either.
On a more secondary level, but nonetheless still important, we have Mindy Lemon and the problems she's facing being a working mother of three with a doctor husband who is at the practice more than he's home leaving Mindy with the task of doing everything else. It's daunting and exhausting and an issue that many mothers face: the imbalance of the home life. For Mindy, she's at her breaking point, but other than that, it causes her to take a look at the life she currently has and question whether or not it's still what she wants in the way she wants it. I felt like Mindy and Linc's (her husband) story takes more of the background regardless of Mindy getting her own Points of View within the book, but I wished we got a little more depth to their relationship. I felt like we were almost there, but could have gone a little deeper in terms of how Mindy and Linc come to terms with the changing dynamic of their marriage and what they plan to do about it in order to stay happily married, or on the other hand if not being married would be the solution.
Mainly, I felt like this book was more self-contained than the previous two books. It took place in Wildstone, but there was very little interaction with those outside of the quartet of Brooke, Garrett, Mindy, and Linc. Whereas I felt like the previous two books relied a little more on community interaction. I think it's because each character is from Wildstone originally. They're already familiar with the land and the area, the people to a certain extent, so the focus is placed more internally with the issues that the group have to come to terms with either individually or with each other - as is the case with Brooke and Garrett, and Brooke and Mindy, and Mindy and Linc respectively.
So far, I think this one is my favorite of the Wildstone series. It stands perfectly well on its own so if you start with the Lemon Sisters you should be fine.
I LOVED meeting and getting to know Brooke and her sister Mindy, Linc, Mindy’s husband, and Garrett, Brooke’s first love. These four people were awesome in their own way but completely flawed. They all have outstanding attributes that made them shine, alongside characteristics that, while negative, also made them themselves. No one is perfect, they realise this and they know expecting perfection is unrealistic. What made them even better characters was their ability to acknowledge their flaws and accept that they needed to work on them.
The Lemon Sisters took me on an emotional journey and left me extremely satisfied. I laughed, cried, squirmed and sighed. While the main four characters were riveting, we were also treated to some very special additional characters. Mindy and Linc’s kids were so cute and I loved seeing their quirkiness accepted and encouraged. Brooke’s friends from her job were amazing and I really would love a story for both Tommy and Cole (I think that was their names).
Seriously, I can not recommend this book highly enough. I guess the reason why I loved it so much was because it put me in my happy place. Last night, I was lucky enough to hit the trifecta…a fantastic book to read, a glass of wine in my hand and hubby making me dinner and singing off-key to make me smile. Who could ask for more???
Thank you, Jill Shalvis, your words made my day.
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
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Full of great witty characters.
A must read
It was wonderful getting back to Wildstone, California - even if we are dragged back there, kicking and screaming by our leading lady Brooke.
This is Brooke's tale of going home - when you couldn't get out of there fast enough in the past. As the story progresses, it is easy to see why Brooke never came back, and my heart hurt for her as I was reading.
Some times it is just easier to stay away, right
However, I was also frustrated with her for her reasons of staying away, from distancing herself from her family and friends... and especially Garrett.
Oh boy, how good is Garrett (and where can I get me one?)
I loved Brooke fixing her relationship with her sister Mindy - though gees Mindy got on my nerves at times, I just wanted to shake some sense into her hehe. Her kids are all kinds of awesome and made me laugh out loud at times.
And as a reader, I was the biggest cheerleader for Brooke and Garrett rekindling their fractured relationship - just get it together guys!
I also liked that none of the characters were perfect. I know we read fiction to get away from the real world, but I like characters to have their flaws. Nothing worse to me than sickly sweet perfect characters that are so unbelievable, they become unlikable (this is probably just me though lol)
The Lemon Sisters is an enjoyable, yet at times heartbreaking tale, and I hope we get more of these characters in the future.