Title: The Sunshine Club
Author: Carolyn Brown
Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Page Count: 303
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Sisters of the heart play Cupid in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown’s funny and heartwarming novel about friendship, family, and finding love.
Gussie, Ina Mae, and Blanche have been best friends for more than sixty years. From their humble beginnings of founding the Sunshine Club when they were girls to becoming the matchmaking queens of Newton, Texas, these three were inseparable. When Blanche passes away, Gussie and Ina Mae feel the best way to honor their dearly departed is with a shot of whiskey, some good music, and making a match for Blanche’s niece, Sissy.
Never mind that Sissy’s in town for only six weeks. Is there a better reason for her to stay? And is there a better prospect than handsome, charming, blue-eyed local preacher Luke Beauchamp? No and no. The attraction is already there. Now it’s up to Gussie and Ina Mae to make sure the sparks really get to crackling by Christmas.
The Sunshine Club is back in business. Don’t underestimate two feisty women who have their hearts set on a happy ending.
The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown is another novel with a women’s fiction foundation with a bit of contemporary romance thrown into the mix. The story is one that is told by changing the point of view between the characters as it goes on.
Gussie, Ina Mae, and Blanche met as children and have been in each other’s lives ever since. The three formed their own little group known as the Sunshine Club when they were young and lived by their rules of the club for the past sixty years and have become matchmakers to those around them in that time.
The time has now come for Gussie and Ina Mae to say goodbye to Blanche though as she suffered a heart attack and passed. Sissy has taken leave from her job when she got the news that her only living relative, Aunt Bee, had passed and come to Newton, Texas to also say goodbye. Gussie and Ina Mae aren’t too sure they want to also say goodbye to Sissy yet again and go about a plan to introduce her to the local preacher Luke Beauchamp to give her a reason to stay.
The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown was a lovely combination of friends, family and heartwarming times along with a little romance woven in. I loved that the older ladies were involved and enjoyed all their matchmaking antics while also enjoying getting to know Sissy and Luke and seeing them together. With that great small town vibe I’m drawn to and great characters it was definitely a story I became totally engaged and didn’t want to end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal best selling author, Carolyn Brown has published more than 100 books and presently writes both women’s fiction and cowboy romance. She has also written historical single title, historical series, contemporary single title and contemporary series. She lives in southern Oklahoma with her husband, a former English teacher, who is not allowed to read her books until they are published. They have three children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. For a complete listing of her books (series in order) check out her website at http://www.carolynbrownbooks.com
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