Robin Carr comes to the blog with a story of sisters, growth and change with
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay
Born twenty years apart, Adele and Justine have never been close, even as they ‘love’ each other. The younger Adele had left her dreams to take care of her aging parents, and Justine, as a successful attorney was taking care of the bills and providing Adele with a stipend for her own personal use. But everything is set to change with their parents now gone, and Justine’s marriage in tatters. Unfortunately, Adele had never really planned for her ‘what’s next’, and with Justine’s issues the two are floundering a bit.
From having to get to know one another, to unearthing long buried secrets that are bound to cause issues for them both, personally and to their relationship: the story contains details of adultery and domestic violence – while not substantially graphic, both issues have a great impact on both of the sisters’ choices and issues to confront. Things do find a way to work for them both- with choices opening up as each embraces the changes in front of them, and they try to build their ‘sisterly’ relationship with all of the new parameters.
This was an on-again / off-again story for me: the age difference in the two sisters played largely into their relationship, and made their earlier interactions rather awkward and stilted, and the moments I was expecting with resentments popping forward to take over the story didn’t have the resounding emotional impact that I had hoped for. Both abuse and adultery were dealt with fairly gently, although on some levels things were repeatedly popping up at the oddest times in strange ways – often not feeling particularly organic or natural. But the conclusion and relationship with the growth for them both as they found a new source of comfort, support and camaraderie in their relationship, that felt more like friends of choice rather than sisters by chance did wrap up the story with a smile. A solid beachy read that allows you to escape but not requiring a ton of time or investment to enjoy.
Title: Sunrise on Half Moon Bay
Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Grief, Second Chance
Published by: Harlequin MIRA
Published on: 14 April, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 58 minutes
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Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…
Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other.
When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women.
Addie had great plans for her life but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver and doesn’t know how to live for herself. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart despite her best efforts.
Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.
Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.