Lori Wilde comes to the blog with a story of healing, hurts and coming together, and how nothing is more important than family with
The Moonglow Sisters
Maddie, Shelly and Gia Clark came to the small Texas coastal town, raised by their grandmother after their parents’ deaths. All very different, the three were a ‘force’ to contend with, and never would you see one without the others. Until Maddie’s wedding, when everything went pear shaped, and the three haven’t been together or spoken much in the past five years. Maddie went off to New York to build a brand and become a Martha-Stewart-like star, Shelley disappeared on a quest to find herself in Costa Rica and Gia, the youngest, spent a year in Japan following her own dreams of kite making. Now she’s the only one back ‘home’, and between her little start-up business and her builds, she’s busy. But all that is to change when she is tasked by her grandmother to bring her sisters home and finish a quilt, the one that was to be Maddie’s and left undone, much like her marriage and their family.
Neither Maddie nor Shelly want to be back – both for their own reasons. Maddie’s grasp of her anger and her need to be ‘in control’ of everything has made her a lonely and often unhappy person. Shelly’s search for her own self and individual spot where she can shine beyond simply being one of three, and the middle one at that, left her easily led and malleable: until she wasn’t. Gia, always the peacemaker is determined to follow her grandmother’s wishes to the letter: a bit of “magical thinking” has her believing that if she succeeds, then everything will be fixed, her grandmother will live forever (or several more years) and things will be as they were…….
It’s never quite that simple, and old hurts, unspoken truths and plenty of enforced proximity all add to the sisters’ unpacking their grudges and anger, and it spills over: sometimes in the most unexpected ways. Secrets closely held are unearthed, the girls discover and find their commonalities and their differences, and soon everyone is existing in an uneasy, if often strained, peace as they work together to save the guest house that was their family home and hope for their grandmother’s recovery. With a long-buried love interest for Gia, an awakening for Shelly as she sees that her desperation to find herself left her bereft and without an identity, and Maddie’s recognition of her hiding from emotions and the past all come out – with explosions that only can happen between family members. Wilde masterfully brings readers into a story where old questions and secrets, emotions buried and ignored, and simply ‘airing out’ grievances brings the opportunity for healing and a new start. It’s never quite a straight-line journey, nor is it easy, but Wilde brings a ton of heart, hope and healing to the story, allowing the sisters to find a way back to their togetherness, with new opportunities and options for them all.
Title: The Moonglow Sisters
Author: Lori Wilde
Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 3 March, 2020
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 13 minutes
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It’s Jill Shalvis meets Susan Mallery in this gorgeous novel by New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde about three sisters, one small town, a wedding, and the summer that changes everything.
Welcome to Moonglow Cove, Texas, a place where your neighbors know your name and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico lap lazily against the sands. It’s a magical spot, especially in the summertime…
Once the town was the home of the Clark sisters—brought up by their grandmother at the Moonglow Inn. Nicknamed “The Moonglow Sisters”, as children they were inseparable. Then, a wedding-day betrayal tore them apart and they scattered across the globe and away from each other. But the sisters have at last come home…
There’s Maddie: smart, sensible, and stubborn. Shelley, who ran off to find her bliss. And Gia, a free-spirit determined to keep the peace. It’s her impending wedding that keeps them together…but Gia has a secret, and when her sisters find out all heck is going to break loose!
The Moonglow Sisters continues Lori Wilde’s trademark storytelling to create an unforgettable novel of family, betrayal, love, and second chances.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.