The Lemon Sisters

The Lemon Sisters

by Jill Shalvis

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Overview

"A book to savor--and share." --Susan Wiggs, New York Times Bestselling Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062741936
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,471
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website, ww.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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The Lemon Sisters 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 3 months ago
5 star review of The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone #3) by Jill Shalvis I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but was able to read this one with no issues. Seven years ago Brooke Lemon left Wildstone, CA bound for Los Angeles. Now a producer for a Travel show, she has no plans to return. She cut ties with her sister Mindy as well as the man who held her heart, Garrett Montgomery. When Mindy shows up unexpectedly begging for her sisters help, Brooke feels obligated to help. Mindy looks nothing like the poised and in control women she has always been. Instead she is frazzled, distraught and close to a breakdown. Brooke, along with Mindy’s three children head to Wildstone. Of course she runs in to Garrett and both realise that they still have feelings for one another. I really loved Mindy’s children and it was heart warming to watch as Brooke re-connected with them. It was also interesting to watch as Brooke and Mindy tried to fix their relationship whilst Mindy trued to fix her marriage to Linc. As long buried secrets rise to the surface, Brooke, Mindy and Garrett will have to learn to trust one another again. The chemistry between Brooke and Garrett is strong and both come to realise that what they have is worth fighting for. Jill Shalvis writes characters that are human, that have flaws, vulnerabilities and are easy to relate too. There is always a lot of depth to her characters and The Lemon Sisters is a good example of this.
gaele 3 months ago
Brooke Lemon packed her bags at eighteen and went off to chase her dreams: photographing and producing shows about extreme: sport, landscape, daring to be different. Now working in the ‘office’ and behind the scenes after a helicopter crash that killed one person and nearly killed her, she’s not been back to Wildstone for years, and has essentially cut herself off from family and friends there. Until her older sister Mindy appears on her doorstep with three children in tow, a complete wreck. Now Brooke has a choice: ignore her sister, take the kids to Disney, or bite the bullet and take them home, allowing her sister to follow her in a couple of days. Three kids, a control-freak sister married to a doctor who always seems to be working or away and returning to her childhood home isn’t the hallmark of relaxing, especially when there are people she needs to apologize to, a schedule and activities for the kids to maintain, and well, being responsible for someone else. When you add in the fact that Garrett is living next door, and is the only person who won’t allow Brooke to lie, noticed her little “tics” that tie to her OCD, and the fact that her little niece is also displaying the tics that Brooke hid for so long – the story has so many layers of emotional punches that it’s hard to pick just one. With Mindy’s marriage on auto-pilot and her so determined to be ‘perfect’, her husband always taking up the slack in the practice he shares with his brother who is, to say the least, selfish and unable to accommodate anyone but himself, and Mindy feeling unseen and unappreciated, worried that Liam is unfaithful, and utterly absorbed in micromanaging everyone’s life, it strikes a chord with couples in long term relationships everywhere. Finally with some time to face (sometimes unwillingly) her past, her issues and Garrett and the damage she did to their relationship, Brooke grows in leaps and bounds – unwittingly or purposefully, and we see the power of love, family, acceptance and even the moments when things are on the precipice of falling apart. Shalvis does this by making her characters sympathetic, flawed and wholly engaging – from a barking three year old to three cats with major attitude, several reunions and a ‘dawn breaks over marble head’ moment for both Brooke and Garrett, the story is fun, easy to read and loaded with compassion and the power of acceptance – from everyone. I received an eArc copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is such a heartwarming feel good story. I honestly loved it! It's the story of two sisters, Brooke and Mindy, who are no longer close and are in very different places, in their lives as well as geographically. It's about how sometimes things we leave unsaid can really complicate things unnecessarily. It's also about their relationships with the men in their lives. For Brooke that is Garrett, the man she left behind many years before and now that she is back in Wildstone, feelings have been rekindled. For Mindy, it is her husband Linc, who is a doctor which unfortunately despite the love leaves him little time for his family. Linc and Mindy also have three children who can be quite the handful but steal the show many times throughout this story and had me laughing out loud so much. Chock full of humor, love, forgiveness, compromise and just all around goodness, this book truly stole my heart. And bonus, there is not only one happy ending, there are two!!
KVM 8 days ago
I had such a hard time putting this book down! I Loved it. It was Three stories combined, they were separate but entwined with each other. I laughed out loud at the antics of the kids through out the book and they steal the scenes almost every time! Brooke and Mindy are sisters, not close ones but never less when Mindy has a breakdown Brooke jumps in and takes care of the kids and sets Mindy's husband straight on a few things, meanwhile when she runs into Garrett (former boyfriend) things begin to get interesting! This is such a great book, read it, you will not be disappointed at all!
Anonymous 13 days ago
Loved the sister story. Well written and light moments how when you need them. Jill is a joy to read and has a wealth of understanding of sister dynamics and the meaning of family.
Claire140 21 days ago
As usual another hit from the very talented Jill Shalvis, and we're back in Wildstone. Even though this is part of a series it is really a standalone novel and you don't need to have read the others first, although why wouldn't you when they're so good?! This story is about two sisters, Brooke and Mindy. Brooke is the younger sister who left Wildstone and works in an exciting job, making travel films and travelling the world. Mindy is the stay-at-home Mum, with three young children, a doctor husband, and runs one of her parents POP Smoothie shops and has everything regimentally under control, down to having a manual of what everyone should do and when - a real control freak! The sisters used to be close, but since Brooke had a bad accident a while ago she's closed herself off a bit and they've lost that closeness, as Brooke avoids going back to Wildstone. But then Mindy turns up on Brooke's doorstep a hysterical mess, saying she's had enough and can't cope with anything any more as she's being pulled in too many directions. So Brooke steps up and swaps lives for a few days (that turns into a bit longer!). Mindy stayed at Brooke's apartment and destressed a bit, going out with Brooke's friends and living her life for a while, and Brooke finally went back to Wildstone to look after Mindy's children, while her husband Linc was away at a conference. Of course there is always a love interest, and Brooke was avoiding Wildstone because of Garrett, who she was involved with for a while, also next door neighbour and best friends with Mindy and Linc. Garrett isn't happy to see Brooke because she just dumped him and ran with no explanation 7 years ago. But the reason why comes out soon and they start getting closer again. This is just one of those great books about relationships and the trials and tribulations of life and family, but with the usual Jill Shalvis humour and snarkiness, and her perfect way of making you relate to, and sympathise with, each character. I loved them all, with all their flaws! I am a big fan of Jill Shalvis, and I don't even need to know what the book is about, I just know that if she wrote it I'm going to love it, a definite auto-buy author for me. Fabulous!
Caroles_Random_Life 21 days ago
I liked this book but not quite as much as some of Shalvis's other novels. This book would somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me and I really struggled with how I would rate it. There were some things about this book that I absolutely loved while other things drove me a little crazy. It was a really enjoyable story and I am glad that I was able to pick it up. This is the third book in the Wildstone series but it really reads like a stand-alone. This series is only loosely connected, so the books can really be read in any order or individually without any issues. This is probably my least favorite installment in the series but it still proved to be a solid read. Brooke and Mindy Lemon were close when they were younger but have grown apart over the years. Despite this fact, Mindy shows up on Brooke's doorstep with her three kids when she is in desperate need of a break. Brooke takes the kids home and gives Mindy that break she needs and hopes to make things right with the man from her past, Garrett, at the same time. I really liked Brooke. I thought her story was compelling and I loved the fact that she didn't hesitate to do what needed to be done for her niece and nephew. She proved to be incredibly brave and I liked getting the chance to see her work through some of her issues. Garrett was nearly perfect. He seemed to be exactly what Brooke and Mindy's family needed and was just an all around good guy. He had some issues that he was dealing with as well and I really think that the way he approached them said a lot about his character. These two were great together and I loved the chemistry between them. I wasn't as much of a fan of Mindy. Honestly, I wasn't a fan at all. I am a mother so I understand how it feels to be desperate for a break but how many mothers really have that option. My sister loves me but there is no way she would have taken my kids home for a week while I stayed in her bed drinking wine and going out on the town. It seemed that nothing was good enough for Mindy. She wanted a break from her family but she also wanted to micro-manage everything that was going on in their life. Her issues with her husband could have been dealt with through a bit of communication. It just really seemed like Mindy wanted everyone in her life to cater to her while reading her mind. I would still recommend this book to others. I would have liked this book a lot more if it was just Brooke's story but I did find it to be an entertaining way to pass some time. I cannot wait to read more from this amazing author! I received a digital review copy of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss.
blonde_betty 23 days ago
The Lemon Sisters is the latest in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis. I loved this story. It was funny and tragic and heartwarming. I could see the characters as I read the story. The chapter notations were laugh out loud funny in some cases “I get that life sucks right now, but that’s never a reason to wear granny panties” and were woven into the story. This one will stay with me for a long time! Five stars for me! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Anonymous 26 days ago
As+with+all+of+Jilll+Shalvis%27books%2C+this+one+was+great.+It+makes+you+laugh+and+cry%2C+and+leaves+you+wanting+more.
LynnB888 27 days ago
Unputdownable! With a return visit to her beloved coastal town of Wildstone, California Jill Shalvis once again takes her readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, feel good moments, and family healing. Two sisters who have drifted apart over the years come back together during turmoil to stand beside each other through everything life throws at them. One is trying to figure out how to save the marriage that seems to be holding on by a thread and the other has to figure out how to salvage a relationship with the one she pushed away when life happened years ago. There are laugh out loud moments, tear jerking heartbreak and most of all, the everlasting love of a sister by their side. Loved it! Brooke Lemon is at a loss when her ever-organized sister Mindy shows up on her doorstep with all of her kids in tow on the verge of a breakdown. She quickly scoops the kids up, sets her sister up to pamper herself with no responsibilities in tow and sets out to her hometown with the kiddos. She hasn't stepped foot in Wildstone in seven years ... years that have been different and trying after the ground slipped out from under her dreams and left her reeling. Garrett Montgomery doesn't know why Brooke is stepping up to help Mindy out when she hasn't seemed to care much about family for years, but he's determined to help if he can ... what he's not planning to do is let her worm her way back into his heart. They're not a couple anymore ... they're not even friends ... but he loves those kids as much as she does and his best friend is bewildered of where his wife has suddenly disappeared to.
mel_t 27 days ago
The Lemon Sisters is not only a romance - it is a story of relationships. That of Brooke and Garrett, the central characters, but also interwoven are Brooke's relationship with her sister, Mindy; her relationship with her husband Linc, Brooke's relationship with her nephews and niece. The Lemon Sisters has quirky humor, angst, romance, and kept me entertained from the moment I began reading to the very last page in the book.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Hits every pc topic you can think of - some of it does not fit the story line but seems like it was thrown in to appeal to whatever. I deleted it after reading maybe 1/3rf of book.
LMDH98 28 days ago
Wonderful addition to a great series! Jill Shalvis does not disappoint. She is one of the authors that I follow. Her stories are perfect escapes when they are needed the most. This book has all of the feels and is a page turner. Brooke and Mindy are at different places in their life and they have grown apart from the closeness of youth. Mindy seems to have her life together, perfect home, nothing out of place until it seemingly implodes. She shows up mid breakdown on her sister Brooke's doorstep with her kids and Brooke steps up to help when her sister needs it the most. Brooke goes home to Wildstone for the first time in years to help her sister out with her three hilarious kids while getting a chance to make things right with the man she left behind. Brooke and Mindy grow closer as Mindy tries to repair the relationship with her husband, while matchmaking Brooke and Garrett. Brooke's life is in LA while Garrett's life is firmly entrenched in Wildstone.
Amber_Starr 29 days ago
This might be one of my favorite reads of the year so far. And sort of reminded me of the movie, Raising Helen. In that the "party" sister ends up taking care of her nieces and nephews - in this instance while her sister had a much needed mental health break. And Brooke gets a look into the life her sister Mindy has as mom extraordinaire. And why Mindy needed a little break away from her life. I liked that this wasn't just one person's story, it was really more than that. Brooke and Mindy both had their HEA - in whatever way that worked for them - I'm not telling you which because I want you to read it and figure it out for yourself. And maybe take a look inside and see if you're more of a Brooke or Mindy and maybe learning to be kind to yourself. Brooke might be my favorite of the sisters, just simply because she seems to be a little more loose and less stressed - at least before Mindy took her break. Either way, this will be a re-read for me when I need a funny, feel good book.
poetriot 29 days ago
What a wonderful of two sisters who seem to have everything but discover things are not at all what they seem. Brooke and Mindy are two sisters who are both broken and longing for something in their lives that can only be fulfilled by each other and the love they encounter. Both the men in their lives are exactly the men these two sisters need to help them rediscover what need to reconnect and repair their lives. I love all the characters in this story who all have so many layers and depth.
alupan 29 days ago
The Lemon Sisters is the third book of Jill Shalvis' Wildstone series (and my new favorite book), but it can be read as a stand alone. Brooke and Mindy, the Lemon sisters were once very close – although they are the total opposites of each other - but then life happened. Brooke was eager to leave the town as soon as possible to have adventures, and Mindy was busy to micromanage everything around herself: the shop and her family. During these they were both grewing up. But far from each other. They don't even meet more than once a year. And then Mindy gets a burn-out, a mental break down and the only person she can think of to help her, is her sister. Brooke, who is not whole either, but always used to keep her problems, feelings to herself, steps up and helps Mindy indeed. She agrees to take care of Mindy's three children, and if it wasn't enough, goes back to Wildstone to face her past. I loved the book from the beginning to the end. Jill Shalvis' characters are always so real. Real and just as ordinary (or in this case crazy) as I am, as we all, the readers are. So it is very easy to connect to them. Feel their laughs and pains. That is why I could laugh and cry at the same time from page to page. Jill Shalvis is talented, like only a few authors. Her writing is so funny, I think, if she wrote a receipe, I could also laugh at that. And the next second I have to grap for my tissues because what happens squeezes my heart. The whole time while I was reading this book I just wished I was there, in Wildstone, with the men (gorgeous as always. Impossible not to fall for them), and of course the Lemon sisters, whom I'd just like to be friends with. If you are new to Jill Shalvis, this book is a very good one to start with because it really shows you well why Jill is so brilliant. You won't be able to put it down, just like I couldn't. If you are not new any more, then just belive me, you will enjoy every second of the reading.
Honolulubelle 30 days ago
Favorite Quotes: You’re not fat, you’re just . . . easier to see. Millie came back into the room wearing black tights with strawberries on them and a strawberry-red dress. She pointed to the pockets. “I’ve just got to fill my snack holes and I’ll be ready to go.” Brooke thought this was brilliant. “Every outfit should have snack holes.” Millie nodded sagely. Her hair looked like she’d come out the wrong end of an explosion. “What if reincarnation is real and in your next life you come back as a dog? Or a cat? Or worse, a man? You’ll have wasted it.” She shrugged. “I’d be a good cat. I’m bitchy and I don’t like anyone.” Want to know the things a guy doesn’t know he’s bad at until he’s married? Making the bed, laundry, being correct, and breathing. You couldn’t handle me even if I came with instructions. Mindy eyed the crowd. “Everyone’s skinny and beautiful.” “Yeah, so feel sorry for them because of all the Taco Tuesdays they’ve clearly missed.” …oh my God, you’re also wearing my sandals. At my funeral, make sure to sit me up so I can see which of my clothes you’ve stolen to wear. “Junior year of high school, you came over to my family’s house to watch a movie. You and my grandpa promptly fell asleep… And around halfway through, still dead asleep, you popcorn farted loud enough to wake the dead. Pop, pop, pop.” He grinned. “My grandpa fell out of his chair.” And the old man’s dentures had gone skittering across the room. He was her person, but even more amazing, he wanted her to be his person. My Review: I have delighted in each of the five cleverly written Jill Shalvis books I’ve been lucky enough to obtain, I don’t think it would be possible for her to churn out a less than stellar product as her narratives comfortably flow with a smooth fluidity and are all too easy to fall completely into. This story featured a family tree rife with quirky OCD traits through several generations, which added extra layers of humor as well as complications for the feisty characters who were not always likable yet were endearing and sympathetic. The storylines and writing style were highly amusing and pleasantly entertaining while hitting all feels with thoughtful insights and emotive observations. I have quickly become an avid devotee or her smart wit and crafty word wrangling. Jill Shalvis has mad skills!
heavenlycirce 3 months ago
"The Lemon Sisters" is written by Jill Shalvis, and it is the 3rd book in her Wildstone series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features the Lemon sisters, Brooke and Mindy. This was a wonderfully written book that intertwined the storylines not only between Brooke and Mindy, but also, Mindy's relationship with her husband, Linc, and Brooke's relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Garrett. Everything fell into place, into a nice, heartwarming, hilarious, and emotional read. Brooke left Wildstone behind 7 years ago. Much to her surprise, Mindy shows up at her doorsteps with her 3 adorable kids in tow. Mindy is about to lose it trying to maintain that perfect image, but with her husband, Linc, working long hours, she's a struggling mom. Linc hasn't found time for his family, and even though he loves his wife and kids, he's blind to the problem that's going on at home. So Brooke agrees to swap places with Mindy and take care of the kids. But Brooke takes the 3 kids back to Wildstone. This is where the story really begins because Brooke finally sees Garrett again, and she clues Linc in to what's really going on in his marriage. And when Mindy comes back to Wildstone, everything becomes interesting. I liked all 3 storylines to this book. But I do think my favorite storyline was between Brooke and Garrett. Brooke broke Garrett's heart when she left town. No one knew about their relationship, and Garrett also finds out a secret that kept Brooke away. Will Garrett and Brooke get their 2nd chance? Can Mindy and Linc work out what's going wrong in their marriage? Can Mindy and Brooke make amends? Jill Shalvis wrote another winner! Throughout the years, she has remained one of my favorite authors due to her consistent writing in grabbing the readers in and captivating us with her storylines! Looking forward to her next installment!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I+really+enjoyed+this+story+of+sisters.++They%27re+a+hot+mess%2C+but+so+loving.
BarbTRC 3 months ago
The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis is the 3rd book in her Wildstone series. Once again, I love reading Jill Shalvis’s books, as she is one of the best at romances. The Lemon Sisters is about a family that has become broken, with secrets and heartache trying to heal and mend. We meet Brooke Lemon, our heroine, who lives and works in LA. After a late night, Brooke is woken up very early with banging on the door of her apartment. To her shock, her visitor is her sister, Mindy, whom she has not seen in a few years; on top of that, Mindy has brought her three kids. Brooke will find out that Mindy is at wits end, totally exhausted and just about having a nervous breakdown. To give her sister a break to rest, she offers to take the three kids back to Wildstone (which she has not been for 7 years) and take care of the kids for a few days, while Mindy will stay at Brooke’s place and rest and calm down. When back at Wildstone, Brooke is determined to right some wrongs when she left years before. Brooke had come off a major accident by a helicopter crash, and continues to have nightmares about it; which causes her PTSD in attempting to work as a photographer for onsite work, since she will not fly or do high heights. One of those that she wants to make amends is with Garrett Montgomery, her boyfriend at the time; whom she walked away from and left him with no explanation. Garrett lives next door to Mindy’s house, and is very good friends with the family; almost immediately they come face to face with each other. Brooke has not forgotten Garrett, and can sense her feelings for him are still there. But Brooke hides how she is still broken, and does not want to resume anything with Garrett; she just wants to explain to him why she left. While Mindy is enjoying her freedom living in Brooke’s fancy place, and her coworkers, Brooke is running around taking care of her kids. The kids were wild and fun. Garrett goes out of his way to help Brooke with everything, at the same time hiding his true feelings; as he does not want to get hurt again. While Brooke and Garrett slowly deal with the past and the present, Mindy returns home after a week, and despite her break, is still having issues dealing with her everyday life. Linc, her husband, is a workaholic, but he still loves Mindy. It will be Brooke, who can’t fix her own life, who will talk to Linc to find more time to help Mindy. Personally, I was not really a fan of Mindy, though I understood her being buried with three active children, and other pressures, causing her to fall apart. I felt that Mindy was a bit selfish staying away and leaving Brooke longer than anticipated, as well as assuming her husband was having an affair, which he wasn’t; Linc to me was pretty great. The story for both couples would take work and willingness to change things. Will Linc be able to change his work life to help Mindy? Will Mindy learn to stop micromanaging and trust her family? Will Brooke come to terms with her issues of the past and move forward with confidence? Will Garrett allow himself to love Brooke again? What follows is a heartwarming story about family and loves in different many ways. It is about getting beyond the hardships and allowing themselves to heal; to open up and move on and give themselves another chance to make amends. I will say that I absolutely loved how the story ends. The Lemon Sisters was very well written by Jill Shalvis.
sbart84 3 months ago
Loved, loved this book of sisters. Even though they have had their differences they will help each other out. Both at wits ends with their personal lives, but Brooke is ready to step up and help her sister, Mindy. Even if that means returning to Wildstone, with Mindy's three kids (which I fell in love with) and being next door to her one true love, Garrett. The only problem is, Garrett is no longer interested in Brooke, at least that is what his brain is saying. He thinks mindless sex would be ok, but soon more emotions come out. Mindy is married to a doctor with three little kids, and she is afraid her husband, Linc no longer loves her. But soon she will find out otherwise, life gets busy. Even though I wanted to strangle Mindy a few times! Loved the idea of sisters, both with second chance romance and finding each other again. As a sister, I know I can always depend on mine. Fair warning, I could not put this book down!! This is the perfect summer read, I highly recommend.
BookAngel_Emma 3 months ago
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
RomanticReadsandSuch 3 months ago
Shalvis is one of the best at creating real people and real situations. In The Lemon Sisters, she perfectly blends together romance, women’s fiction, and family drama to deliver a beautiful tale of connecting to others & finding home again. After a tragic accident, Brooke has cut herself off from those she loves. She’s coping, but not dealing, and a visit from her desperate sister brings it all back to the surface. And forces her to confront those she’s hurt. Mindy has lost herself in being a wife, mother, and business owner. She’s feeling overwhelmed & unseen and she is afraid of what it means to her marriage. Desperate, she turns to the sister she barely knows anymore for help. And sets both of them on a path to facing ghosts and old hurts. I really enjoyed how both of the sisters played a starring role in the book – their individual well-being and their relationship with each other, and with their SOs, is equally important. But even with so much going on, Shalvis handles it fairly and none of it feels shorted. I ended it feeling like I understood everyone’s situation, how they had gotten where they were at the beginning, and felt good about how they managed to get to their HEA. (Part of a series but each one is pretty much a stand alone.) **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
Stacey_is_Sassy 3 months ago
I think this is Jill Shalvis’ best book…since her last one I just wrote a review and deleted the whole bloody thing. I’m struggling to get my feeling down as to how much I LOVED The Lemon Sisters. To be honest, my family are not helping me in this endeavour. My son is chatting with his mate VERY LOUDLY. My hubby is in the kitchen baking his famous Banana, Butterscotch Pudding (which I appreciate) and listening to music VERY LOUDLY. Now, it’s raining and it’s VERY LOUD. STUFF IT…I’M GOING TO HAVE A SHOWER!!!! That did the trick. For some reason, I have my best ideas in the shower, and again, I found the answer. The reason why I love Jill Shalvis’s romance stories is that her characters are looking for their happy place. That’s it. The heroine isn’t looking for a billionaire to drape her in diamonds. She’s not looking for a superstar to guide her into the spotlight. A biker…mafia man…hitman isn’t called for to show her a bit of the dark side. Jill Shalvis creates heroine’s that are just looking for someone to share their happy place. Someone to share the good times with the bad. The person who will put them first and expects the same. These women just want to love and be loved, put first and not forgotten about. I get it because it’s realistic and, in some ways, that is what we should all be hoping to attain. 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.
arubaqueen 3 months ago
Brooke couldn't wait to leave her hometown and the people close to her behind. She's gone for years avoiding her family and her one true love. There's quite a history between Brooke, her sister Mindy and her ex Garrett. They've known each other since they were teens because they were neighbors. When Mindy shows up on Brooke's doorstep needing a Mommy timeout, Brooke agrees to take the kids for a few days. While she had thoughts of Disney, she decides to head back to Mindy's home, also their childhood home, and face the problems with both her sister and Garrett. While being there she gets closer to the kids, has a hard time avoiding her feelings for Garrett and then sticks up for Mindy with Linc, Mindy's husband. The close relationship between these 4 people is undeniable even if it's being fought! In true Shalvis style, there are so many laughs and alot of love that just needs to be worked through so everyone gets to their HEA. The ending was perfect! I read an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my review.