Title: The Summer Sisters
Author: Sara Richardson
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
Page Count: 352
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
The Buchanan sisters share everything—including their inherited Juniper Inn. But when their mother won’t let go of a decades-long feud with their Aunt Sassy to attend the inn’s grand re-opening, the sisters decide a family reunion is long overdue.
Youngest sister Rose is determined to put together an extravagant celebration. Only she needs to convince a certain surly hardware store owner to help finish the inn’s renovations.
After a heartbreaking end to her marriage, Dahlia and her kids are just starting to rebuild their lives. Dahlia’s even considering opening herself up to love again, but will that upset the stability she’s worked so hard to give her children?
Sassy McGrath has never stopped missing her sister, Lillian, and though they’ve both been too stubborn to reconcile, some shocking news might finally change everything. As family bonds are tested, will these two very different generations of women find the strength to believe in themselves and each other?
The Summer Sisters by Sara Richardson is the second book in the contemporary romance Juniper Springs series. Now, unlike a lot of romance series the Juniper Springs series has kept the same characters that were in the first book and continued their stories. While a reader wouldn’t be totally lost picking this up as a standalone there was a lot of character building in the first book that set up the events in this one making it best enjoyed reading them in order.
The first book of the Juniper Springs series, Home for the Holidays, introduced readers to the Buchanan sisters who had all been contacted by their Aunt Sassy with a plea to visit for the holidays. The sisters had fond memories of spending time in Colorado with their aunt at the Juniper Inn that Sassy owned. Those times were cut short for them though when their aunt and mother had a falling out years before so their aunt requesting a visit had them all worried something was wrong. However, after arriving Sassy explained to Dahlia, Magnolia and Rose that she wanted to pass the Inn down to them.
After taking a step back and making some huge decisions in all of their lives Dahlia and Rose decided that they were going to take Sassy up on her offer and move to Colorado. Now the ladies are finishing up repairs on the Juniper Inn and beginning new relationships as they start the next chapter in their lives. Just as Dahlia and Rose are about to throw a birthday party for Sassy though their mother arrives in town still holding onto her old family feud with Sassy.
The first thing I want to mention with this series is a big kudos to whomever was in charge of the title and cover choices! Both fit this series to a perfectly and capture all that you find inside the respective books. Having read both books in this series I loved picking this one up and returning to these ladies who are beginning to feel like family, sometimes a bit dysfunctional but loving and kind all the same. It was nice to showcase not one, not two, and not even really three but four possible blossoming relationships too all in one book. I don’t know if the author plans to head back to Juniper Springs but I’ll certainly be happy to head back if she does with this second book landing at four and a half stars for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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