A Thousand Steps

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis- Feature and Review


The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California...

Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures—and mistakes—included, something her perfect sister, Mindy, never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a break-down with her three little kids in tow, Brooke’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, Brooke agrees to trade places, taking the kids back to Wildstone for a few days so Mindy can pick up the pieces and put herself back together. What Brooke doesn’t admit is she’s just as broken . . . Also how does one go home after seven years away? 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. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she’d shoved deep.

Soon the sisters begin to wonder: Are they lemons in life? In love? All they know is that neither seems to be able to run far enough to outpace her demons. And when secrets surface, they’ll have to learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.



The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone, #3)The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis is a 2019 William Morrow Paperbacks publication.

“I’m great. I mean, I did just spend a full minute looking for my phone while using it as a flashlight, but everyone does that, right?

Brooke and Mindy- The Lemon Sisters of Wildstone- couldn’t be more different. Brooke is a free spirit who once had a challenging and exciting career, until a helicopter crash left her with PTSD.

She’s made a mess of things with her family and with Garrett, the guy she left behind, locking everyone out of her life as she copes with her sadness all alone.

Mindy, on the other hand, has it all together. She’s a baker, married to the perfect guy, with three adorable children. She’s organized in the extreme, and her life never got close to messy, not like Brooke.

But it’s Mindy, who shows up on Brooke’s doorstep is the process of an epic meltdown. Being a perfectionist evidently comes at a cost, and Mindy is paying her dues.

Although Brooke really doesn’t want to go back to Wildstone, and she really, really, really doesn’t want to face Garrett, the guy whose heart, she once broke, she knows it is time to suck it up, for her sister's sake. So, she agrees to switch places with Mindy, giving her sister a break from her kids, while her she tries to get her life back together.

I LOVED this story! Mindy’s situation will resonate with most parents, especially moms struggling with body image after having children. However, her situation is compounded by her husband’s long work hours, which means she’s been running the show solo. Her need to be in complete control has driven her a little bonkers and she’s mad at that perfect husband of hers, and now resentment has begun to settle in for the long haul.

Brooke’s story is very emotional, but her part of the story is also sprinkled with hilarity and of course some super steamy sexy time. But, don’t let your guard down, you will definitely need a box tissues before all is said and done.

But, while the sisters keep readers on their toes with their individual dramas, the story also examines the relationship they have with one another. They have a complex relationship, each one harboring regrets, wishing they knew how to repair the damage. The dynamics between sisters always fascinate me, so I especially enjoyed this thread of the story.

Shalvis, as always, injects a healthy dose of her trademark humor into the story, to offset the heaviness. I literally guffawed on a few occasions. This book has just the right balance between women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and family drama, with a jaw dropping conclusion that had me laughing and crying at the same time.

I don’t know how JS does it, but she is one of the most consistent authors out there, in my opinion. I’m always super excited to read her books and wait with eager anticipation for every new one that comes out. This one is exceptional, however, and while I don’t usually add the ‘recommended’ tag-line, in this case, I think the book will appeal to a broader audience. It's not just a romance, it’s a touching story about life, marriage, and family, as well. So, yes! I highly recommend it!!





New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. 

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