Title: The Marvelous Monroe Girls
Author: Shirley Jump
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Page Count: 336
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A heartwarming story of sisterhood, second chances, and falling in love
Gabriella Monroe is doing her best to pretend that everything is fine, but her life is a mess. Sales are down at her vintage dress shop, her beloved grandmother isn’t her usual spunky self, and Gabby desperately misses the closeness she had with her sisters, Margaret and Emma—who were once so inseparable that their family called them the Monroe Musketeers.
When the sisters stumble across a stash of letters that reveals their grandmother’s secret life, Gabby sees an opportunity to bring the sisters back together again and best of all, raise her grandmother’s spirits. And sure, this new project makes it easier to pretend her own life isn’t crashing around her, but concentrating on helping everyone else and ignoring her own feelings is what Gabby does best.
Except when it comes to Jake Maddox. Once the boy next door she crushed on—hard—he’s grown into an even more intriguing man, and her attraction to him isn’t so easy to hide. It’s clear he’s just as interested in her, but dating Jake would only muddy up her already complicated life. Or is it finally time to put herself first and risk it all for a chance at happiness?
The Marvelous Monroe Girls by Shirley Jump is the first book in the new contemporary romance Harbor Cove series. This series will change main characters from book to book set in Harbor Cove although I believe it will be the Monroe sisters so overall it will read best in order but could be understood as a standalone if need be.
Gabby Monroe is at a time in her life she feels nothing is going as it should be and she really misses her sisters, Margaret and Emma. After Gabby stumbled upon some old letters of her grandmother’s she sees it as an opportunity to bring her family back together again inviting Margaret and Emma to home to Harbor Cove.
Gabby, Margaret and Emma embark on a quest to cheer up their grandmother who has seemed to be a bit down lately. The letters that they found point to her being an advice columnist so they find ways to get her to help. Of course helping her grandmother distracts Gabby from her own problems but their plans have Gabby crossing paths with Jake Maddox who Gabby used to have a crush on quite often.
The Marvelous Monroe Girls by Shirley Jump was a great opener to this new series with a sweet romance at it’s core. It was nice getting to know Gabby through her family and their connections along with slowly bringing a love interest into her life too. With a small town setting it wasn’t surprising to find myself enjoying this first book of the new series and interested in getting to know more about the other sisters in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
When she’s not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake. She’s published more than 75 books in 24 languages, although she’s too geographically challenged to find any of those countries on a map.
Visit her website at http://www.ShirleyJump.com for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/shirleyjump.author for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes.
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