Review – The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Posted June 19, 2019 by Carole in 2019 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 10 Comments

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #3
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Date Read: June 13, 2019
Length: 400 pages
Source: Edelweiss

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.

My Review
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.

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 for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

10 responses to “Review – The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

  1. I need to read more Shalvis' books. I think I've read one and really enjoyed it. I've been seeing this one around a lot.

  2. I've got the other two books and need to get busy and read them. Man, Mindy sure did take advantage there, but I'm glad Brooke's side of the story was good for you.

  3. I found Mindy intense, but I appreciated her part of the story, and I adored her husband. Man! He was fighting with both hands for her, and I think that's what kept me interested in her individual storyline.

  4. I love Shalvis' books but when she writes an annoying character that character is out of the park annoying! This sounds good but I will brace myself for Mindy.

  5. I've been thinking of trying the series and this looks like the perfect summer read. I also adore that fun cover!

  6. I have heard that Jill Shalvis writes wonderfully! I am glad you were able to enjoy this one for the most part. I like the sound of sisters and motherhood coming into play. Although like you, I think I wouldn't like Mindy much either 🙁

  7. Yes I really enjoyed the book but I also was not a fan of Mindy. Your review describes the issues I had with her much better than I did. I just knew I didn't really like her at all. Excellent job with the review! I agree the books could pretty much be standalones.

    Anne – Books of My Heart