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Title: The Lemon Sisters
Series: Wildstone #3
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: William Morrow/Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 18 June 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

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. 

Review

Jill Shalvis never fails to turn me into an emotional mess with the characters she creates.

Although we return to Wildstone in The Lemon Sisters there is only a small mention of the characters from the previous books. However, the setting has the same close-knit small-town feel where everyone knows and supports each other. However, that also means everyone knows the bad, as well as the good and judgment over past actions, can cloud the perception of the present.

Brooke has always been close to her family, originating from Wildstone, but her wanderlust and photography talent took her away from her hometown and around the globe. Although Brooke always knew that no matter where she travelled she had a safe haven in Wildstone, along with her secret relationship with Garrett. That is until a terrifying helicopter accident took away her Brooke’s inner peace and vision of the future. Instead of sharing her burden with those closest to her, Brooke shut down and in the process pushed everyone away. Until she has no choice but to face her past when her sister arrives on her doorstep at the end of her emotional tether.

I loved the interweaving story-lines between Brooke, her sister, Mindy, and Garrett. The pacing of the story flows smoothly between he past and the present, highlighting the moments which defines the path each person choose and the impact that decision had on those around them.

Having experienced a similar situation to Brooke, although not due to a helicopter, it was as if Jill had been able to see into my head and understand every emotion and thought I had about being in that position and transferred it to Brooke. Painfully realistic and understandable while offering a outside perspective to the mix.

The Lemon Sisters looks at how we grow as individuals, how dreams and priorities can alter due to our life experiences. It shows the importance of having a support system in our lives to help us through the good and bad times. As well as the ability to be self-aware enough to accept ourselves for who we are, faults (perceived or otherwise) and all 😍