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The USA Today bestselling author presents a heartfelt novel about two sisters struggling toward new lives and loves.
Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day….
When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.
Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.
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This is a story about two sisters, well half-sisters, who have never really spent any time together who are suddenly living under the same roof. There is a large age gap between Juliet and her younger sister Lucy, one that affected the way they interacted with each other and kept Juliet out of Lucy’s life. When Lucy and her mother moved from England to Boston, Juliet was left behind. Lucy has only seen Juliet a few times since then, but when Lucy’s life falls apart, based on some harsh actions by their mother, Juliet offers her refuge in the small town called Hartley-by-the-Sea, that she lives in. She even goes so far as to help Lucy get a temporary job at the local elementary school, as neither see Lucy staying longer than 4 months.
During Lucy’s stay with Juliet, she learns more about her sister and a little more about what happened between Juliet and their mother. There are times when the sisters bond, and times when the age difference, and the way they grew up really played into how they interact as adults. It is not an easy road for the sisters, as they have issues that stem back to their mother Fiona, who doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body and is more worried about being a famous artist, and a know it all, then a mother.
Despite their horrible mother, they do find some common ground and we start to see the sisters become sisters and talk about what happened, why Juliet never came around, and during this time we see Juliet try and realize her dream of becoming a mother, and both girls finding love.
What I really liked about this book was that it was relatable to the reader. The whole story was about Juliet and Lucy and their differences, and them both trying to find a way to be sisters, around the issues their mother caused. You could see both girls struggling with being around each other, figuring out how to bridge the gap between them, but also figuring out their own lives in the processes.
While there was a love story, actually two love stories, the book still focused on the relationship between Juliet and Lucy as the main story. It was a story of hope and love as these two girls tried their best to move on from the influence that their mother had on them, or even in Juliet’s case, what little Fiona had to do with her upbringing.
I think the end of this book did it justice. We got to see both girls finding what they needed, especially Juliet where their mother Fiona is concerned. We got to see Lucy realize what is important to her and make decisions for her life that do not revolve around her mother. In my mind it was easy to end the book and then continue to realize that each girl was headed towards their happily ever after.