The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

June 20th, 2019 Kimberly Review 18 Comments

20th Jun
The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis
The Lemon Sisters
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

ROMANCE SWOON Small-town Family

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis takes us back to Wildstone in the third novel of the series. It offers a second chance romance, renews the bonds of sisterhood and there is personal growth for both Lemon sisters.

Jill Shalvis mixes motherhood, PTSD, secrets and a household of children into this tale. Photographer Brooke Lemon hasn’t been back to Wildstone since her accident. She is keeping a secret from her family and doesn’t want to face the boy now man she left behind. But when her sister, Mindy shows up at her door with her three kids in tow she just might have to face her fears.

Mindy is having a mid-mom/marriage crisis and Brooke steps up to give her sister a well deserved break. Mindy’s husband is out of town at a Physician’s convention, so Brooke heads back to Wildstone to face her past and care for her niece and nephews. While Mindy tries to find Mindy again.

Wilful cats, turtles, toilet training and the sexy man from her past await her. The tale that unfolds was delightful, heartwarming and humorous. Character growth, renewed relationships, communication and more curled my toes and had me swiping my eyes.

Garrett Montgomery, lives next door on the homestead he inherited from his Aunt. The Lemon sisters and Garrett all grew up together. The chemistry, banter and memories between Garrett and Brooke will give readers all the feels. Brooke’s secret is a painful and the author allowed us to understand her actions but I was equally glad to see her come clean.

I felt for Mindy; I had three children close together while my husband advanced his career and worked on his Master’s degree. I loved Mindy’s husband Linc. The man stepped up but I also appreciated the character growth in Mindy and how Shalvis handled everything. The kids were an absolute hoot and added to both romance threads.

Secondary threads involving careers, businesses and family added depth and grounded the characters. I loved the small-town setting and hope we see more. You’ll want to add The Lemon Sisters to your summer line-up.

Small-town charm, sisters, pets, sticky-fingers and swoon worthy men make The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis, the perfect summer afternoon treat! #MustRead #NewRelease Click To Tweet
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18 Responses to “The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Carla

    I love the looks of this one and your review makes it even more inviting. I will have to see if the library has this one.

  2. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I loved Brooke and Garrett and Linc. I felt for Mindy but I thought she was selfish and a bit immature in not speaking up for what she wanted which is why there was a problem. Linc may have been clueless at times but he was not uncaring or uncommitted. It’s actually fine to BE selfish if you communicate well about it, what you need and work it out with your partners. Rant over. I loved the story and I cried a bit along with laughing. Lovely review. I love everything Jill Shalvis.

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  3. Olivia Roach

    What a combination of things to mix together! Secrets always make for an intriguing story and despite not being a mother myself, I love reading books with motherhood themes to them. So this one appeals to me. I have yet to try a Shalvis book but I know she is a much loved author ^.^

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  4. Lorna

    I have been seeing this one everywhere. Good to know how enjoyable you found it!

  5. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Jill Shalvis is an author I’ve been meaning to try forever and somehow still haven’t made it happen yet. This series sounds lovely though since I’m always a fan of books that focus on siblings. That second chance romance is a bonus too! Great review!

  6. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    I love Jill Shelves and this story sounds really good! Garrett and Brooke’s romance sound wonderful, and you have me curious about Brooke’s secret. Lovely Review Kim!