The Buchanan sisters share everything—including their inherited Juniper Inn. But when their mother won’t let go of a decades-long feud with their Aunt Sassy to attend the inn’s grand re-opening, the sisters decide a family reunion is long overdue.
Youngest sister Rose is determined to put together an extravagant celebration. Only she needs to convince a certain surly hardware store owner to help finish the inn’s renovations.
After a heartbreaking end to her marriage, Dahlia and her kids are just starting to rebuild their lives. Dahlia’s even considering opening herself up to love again, but will that upset the stability she’s worked so hard to give her children?
Sassy McGrath has never stopped missing her sister, Lillian, and though they’ve both been too stubborn to reconcile, some shocking news might finally change everything. As family bonds are tested, will these two very different generations of women find the strength to believe in themselves and each other?
Title: The Summer Sisters
Series: Juniper Springs #2
Author: Sara Richardson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 6, 2021
My Rating: 4.5 stars
The Summer Sisters is the second title in the Juniper Springs series, and what a delightful, realistic adventure it is. It’s time to return to Juniper Springs and see what this family is up to now!
We first met the Buchanan sisters in Home for the Holidays which focused on the sisters reconnecting and their Aunt Sassy. You could pick up The Summer Sisters and not feel lost if you haven’t read the first story. However, I think that reading them in order, if at all possible, will give you insights into each of the characters and how they got to this point in their lives. This time we’re focusing more on Rose, Dahlia (Dally), and her children, and of course, Aunt Sassy.
With renovations on the Juniper Inn moving along, although not without some drama, it’s time to bring the entire family together for the grand reopening. But their mother, Lillian, refuses to be anywhere that her estranged sister Sassy might be. The sisters are determined to heal this bridge between their mother and aunt with love, humor, and at times, exasperation. Some of the deepest hurts come from those we love the most. Watching Lillian and Sassy reluctantly fight their way through the past, their reactions, and the love of family was an emotional experience.
There are three points of view in The Summer Sisters that will give the reader a very good feeling of how each woman is facing the challenges placed in front of them. My heart broke for each in different ways as I got to know them better, and understand, even commiserate with their situations. This reconciliation isn’t going to be easy by any means, but the Buchanan sisters won’t give up on those they love. Their story is filled with love, laughter, misunderstandings, life changes, and decisions that aren’t always easy. I found them to be realistic, and believable while simply wanting each to find their own individual happiness. I enjoyed myself back in this world, and would definitely recommend this story and the series to any reader who enjoys second chances, finding love, and family being healed and together once again.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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