The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone, #3)
The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think.When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone, #3) Details

TitleThe Lemon Sisters (Wildstone, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 18th, 2019
PublisherHarperAudio
ISBN-139780062741943
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction

The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone, #3) Review

  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis is a 2019 William Morrow Paperbacks publication. “I’m great. I mean, I did just spent a full minute looking for my phone while using it as a flashlight, but everyone does that, right?Brooke and Mindy- The Lemon Sisters of Wildstone- couldn’t be more different. Brooke is a free spirit who once had a challenging and exciting career, until a helicopter crash left her with PTSD. She’s made a mess of things with her family and with Garrett, the guy she left behind, l The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis is a 2019 William Morrow Paperbacks publication. “I’m great. I mean, I did just spent a full minute looking for my phone while using it as a flashlight, but everyone does that, right?Brooke and Mindy- The Lemon Sisters of Wildstone- couldn’t be more different. Brooke is a free spirit who once had a challenging and exciting career, until a helicopter crash left her with PTSD. She’s made a mess of things with her family and with Garrett, the guy she left behind, locking everyone out of her life as she copes with her sadness all alone. Mindy, on the other hand, has it all together. She’s a baker, married to the perfect guy, with three adorable children. She’s organized in the extreme, and her life never got close to messy, not like Brooke. But it’s Mindy, who shows up on Brooke’s doorstep is the process of an epic meltdown. Being a perfectionist evidently comes at a cost, and Mindy is paying her dues. Although Brooke really doesn’t want to go back to Wildstone, and she really, really, really doesn’t want to face Garrett, the guy whose heart, she once broke, she knows it is time to suck it up, for her sister's sake. So, she agrees to switch places with Mindy, giving her sister a break from her kids, while her she tries to get her life back together. I LOVED this story! Mindy’s situation will resonate with most parents, especially moms struggling with body image after having children. However, her situation is compounded by her husband’s long work hours, which means she’s been running the show solo. Her need to be in complete control has driven her a little bonkers and she’s mad at that perfect husband of hers, and now resentment has begun to settle in for the long haul. Brooke’s story is very emotional, but her part of the story is also sprinkled with hilarity and of course some super steamy sexy time. But, don’t let your guard down, you will definitely need a box tissues before all is said and done. But, while the sisters keep readers on their toes with their individual dramas, the story also examines the relationship they have with one another. They have a complex relationship, each one harboring regrets, wishing they knew how to repair the damage. The dynamics between sisters always fascinate me, so I especially enjoyed this thread of the story. Shalvis, as always, injects a healthy dose of her trademark humor into the story, to offset the heaviness. I literally guffawed on a few occasions. This book has just the right balance between women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and family drama, with a jaw dropping conclusion that had me laughing and crying at the same time. I don’t know how JS does it, but she is one of the most consistent authors out there, in my opinion. I’m always super excited to read her books and wait with eager anticipation for every new one that comes out. This one is exceptional, however, and while I don’t usually add the ‘recommended’ tag-line, in this case, I think the book will appeal to a broader audience. It's not just a romance, it’s a touching story about life, marriage, and family, as well. So, yes! I highly recommend it!! 5 stars
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  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    January 1, 1970
    RATING 4.5 STARSThe Lemon Sisters is book three in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis. I have loved this series from the start but had no idea what to expect with this book and wow, was I surprised. This book can definitely be read as a stand alone. Brooke Lemon left Wildstone, CA seven years ago for Los Angeles. She is a producer for a Travel Network show. When Brooke left Wildstone, she also left her life behind including one very important man whom she hasn’t seen or spoken with since. She RATING 4.5 STARSThe Lemon Sisters is book three in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis. I have loved this series from the start but had no idea what to expect with this book and wow, was I surprised. This book can definitely be read as a stand alone. Brooke Lemon left Wildstone, CA seven years ago for Los Angeles. She is a producer for a Travel Network show. When Brooke left Wildstone, she also left her life behind including one very important man whom she hasn’t seen or spoken with since. She also let her relationship with her sister dry up. That’s why, after all this time, she’s shocked to find her older sister, Mindy, pounding at her door with her three kids in tow. Mindy was always the perfect sister, married a doctor, lives in a perfect home, never a hair out of place. But that isn’t at all who Brooke found at her door. This woman was a mess. Mindy is frazzled, overwrought and seems to be completely falling apart. So Brooke takes the three kids back to Wildstone on her own and leaves her sister at her house to have a bit of a vacation. Brooke knows, though, that going back to Wildstone is going to be difficult. She has her own demons she needs to face.There are reasons that Brooke never returned home. Things no one knows. The only person that knows some of it is the man she left behind, Garrett Montgomery. Now, going back to Wildstone, Brooke has the chance to finally take care of some unresolved things. Once she does, once she apologizes for what she did, she should be able to go back to L.A. and start fresh. Or so she thought.Garrett never thought he’d see Brooke again. And here she was. One touch and he knows that all the feelings are still there. But she nearly broke him seven years ago. He can’t let her do it again. “His dead heart beat in his chest for her, making him feel things he’d thought were long gone. Which meant he was so much more messed up than he’d thought.” It turns out that Mindy’s kids are pretty darn amazing. Brooke is loving getting to know them again. And then there is Garrett. She never imagined that all of these feelings would come rushing back. She said what she wanted to say. As soon as Mindy comes home, she can leave. But she isn’t ready yet. She also needs to fix her relationship with her sister. And make sure that Mindy and her husband Linc are back on track. Then she’ll leave.Usually when you read a romance, the book concentrates on the two main characters, the main couple. What I loved about this book is that wasn’t the case at all. Yes, we have the relationship between Garrett and Brooke which was beautiful, heart breaking, sweet, sexy and just fantastic. But, we also have the relationship between Mindy and Linc, between Mindy and Brooke, and the growing bond between Brooke and the kids. The chapters are told from each of their points of views so we get everyone’s perspective. This book had a little bit of everything, plenty of sweet, sexy, romantic times. And also some great humor. Most of all, the characters were just all wonderful. They were all good people, just a little bit broken. But their love for each other, the bond they almost let wither away, brought them back together. The epilogue was so unexpected and wonderful. What a way to end the book. Perfection.For more about this book and so many more, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World.https://www.facebook.com/groups/44036...
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  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    ****IT'S ALIVE!!**** I think this is Jill Shalvis’ best book…since her last one 😉I just wrote a review and deleted the whole bloody thing. I’m struggling to get my feeling down as to how much I LOVED The Lemon Sisters. To be honest, my family are not helping me in this endeavour. My son is chatting with his mate VERY LOUDLY. My hubby is in the kitchen baking his famous Banana, Butterscotch Pudding (which I appreciate) and listening to music VERY LOUDLY. Now, it’s raining and it’s VERY LOUD. STU ****IT'S ALIVE!!**** I think this is Jill Shalvis’ best book…since her last one 😉I just wrote a review and deleted the whole bloody thing. I’m struggling to get my feeling down as to how much I LOVED The Lemon Sisters. To be honest, my family are not helping me in this endeavour. My son is chatting with his mate VERY LOUDLY. My hubby is in the kitchen baking his famous Banana, Butterscotch Pudding (which I appreciate) and listening to music VERY LOUDLY. Now, it’s raining and it’s VERY LOUD. STUFF IT…I’M GOING TO HAVE A SHOWER!!!!That did the trick. For some reason, I have my best ideas in the shower, and again, I found the answer. The reason why I love Jill Shalvis’s romance stories is that her characters are looking for their happy place. That’s it. The heroine isn’t looking for a billionaire to drape her in diamonds. She’s not looking for a superstar to guide her into the spotlight. A biker…mafia man…hitman isn’t called for to show her a bit of the dark side. Jill Shalvis creates heroine’s that are just looking for someone to share their happy place. Someone to share the good times with the bad. The person who will put them first and expects the same. These women just want to love and be loved, put first and not forgotten about. I get it because it’s realistic and, in some ways, that is what we should all be hoping to attain.I LOVED meeting and getting to know Brooke and her sister Mindy, Linc, Mindy’s husband, and Garrett, Brooke’s first love. These four people were awesome in their own way but completely flawed. They all have outstanding attributes that made them shine, alongside characteristics that, while negative, also made them themselves. No one is perfect, they realise this and they know expecting perfection is unrealistic. What made them even better characters was their ability to acknowledge their flaws and accept that they needed to work on them. The Lemon Sisters took me on an emotional journey and left me extremely satisfied. I laughed, cried, squirmed and sighed. While the main four characters were riveting, we were also treated to some very special additional characters. Mindy and Linc’s kids were so cute and I loved seeing their quirkiness accepted and encouraged. Brooke’s friends from her job were amazing and I really would love a story for both Tommy and Cole (I think that was their names).Seriously, I can not recommend this book highly enough. I guess the reason why I loved it so much was because it put me in my happy place. Last night, I was lucky enough to hit the trifecta…a fantastic book to read, a glass of wine in my hand and hubby making me dinner and singing off-key to make me smile. Who could ask for more???Thank you, Jill Shalvis, your words made my day.Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - "This is just a one-time thing..." Stars!We return to the town of Wildstone and its residents for the third book in Jill Shalvis’s hugely enjoyable series of the same name. The Lemon Sisters gives us Brooke and Mindys’ stories although Brooke is in the forefront, Mindy’s story is very much intertwined with hers, especially as at the start she turns up unannounced on Brooke’s LA doorstep with her three hilarious and adorable kids in tow while obviously being on her last nerve in the middle 4.5 - "This is just a one-time thing..." Stars!We return to the town of Wildstone and its residents for the third book in Jill Shalvis’s hugely enjoyable series of the same name. The Lemon Sisters gives us Brooke and Mindys’ stories although Brooke is in the forefront, Mindy’s story is very much intertwined with hers, especially as at the start she turns up unannounced on Brooke’s LA doorstep with her three hilarious and adorable kids in tow while obviously being on her last nerve in the middle of a meltdown."We are the Lemon sisters… we survive everything and keep on ticking…"Agreeing to take care of your (almost) estranged sisters kids and returning to a hometown she’s has barely set foot in for around seven years raises a lot of red flags for Brooke, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, but one thing hasn’t changed… her chemistry with the boy-man she left behind; Garrett Montgomery. She had no idea what was wrong with her, but all of her feelings for him from that time in her life seemed to stick in her throat… This is a pair that have history ( a lot of which she has tried to box up in her brain and ignore), and towards the end of their relationship the memories are definitely not happy ones, something Brooke is hoping she can rectify while she is in town, and try to come to terms with in her heart at the same time. She’d destroyed him one, and he had no intention of letting her get another shot… Having Garrett as her next door neighbour has its advantages as she tries to wrestle through the day to day running of three children all with their own very different wants and needs, but dealing with the elephant in the room between them on a personal level is a whole other degree of difficult, especially when the man in question tries very hard to stay as far away from her physically and emotionally as he possibly can. This is a man you come to understand that has been hurt and abandoned on more than one occasion in his past and he definitely isn’t looking for a repeat performance with Brooke or even giving her the opportunity to rebuild those bridges that were burnt between them all those years ago."I’ve never lied to you… Never will."One big problem though is he also can’t deny the burning chemistry that they still have and the fact that he still wants her with every part of himself. Brooke is not far behind him on those feelings, but the fact her life is in LA and his is firmly set in Wildstone brings us a whole other set of issues. Add into the fact her sister Mindy and husband Linc are also trying to work through their own marital and relationship issues, as well as meddle in Brooke and Garrett’s you are looking at a book when the story never stopped moving and the plot kept me invested in everyone and everything that was playing out."Every second with you was an adventure… a heart thumping, adrenaline-rush adventure…"Millie, Mason & Maddox offered a huge chunk of light relief in this one, with Brooke discovering how awesome he niece and nephews are in the early stages, to Linc realizing how much he has missed time spent with his young family in the second half, they were all their own little characters and just as important to the book as a whole for me. I will admit I struggled with Mindy a little at points, but overall not enough for it to detract from my general enjoyment of the story, another winner from Jill and I hope we get to return to Wildstone again very soon!"Love makes you do some pretty stupid shit."ARC generously provided by the author, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:You’re not fat, you’re just . . . easier to see.Millie came back into the room wearing black tights with strawberries on them and a strawberry-red dress. She pointed to the pockets. “I’ve just got to fill my snack holes and I’ll be ready to go.” Brooke thought this was brilliant. “Every outfit should have snack holes.” Millie nodded sagely.Her hair looked like she’d come out the wrong end of an explosion.“What if reincarnation is real and in your next life you come back as a dog? Favorite Quotes:You’re not fat, you’re just . . . easier to see.Millie came back into the room wearing black tights with strawberries on them and a strawberry-red dress. She pointed to the pockets. “I’ve just got to fill my snack holes and I’ll be ready to go.” Brooke thought this was brilliant. “Every outfit should have snack holes.” Millie nodded sagely.Her hair looked like she’d come out the wrong end of an explosion.“What if reincarnation is real and in your next life you come back as a dog? Or a cat? Or worse, a man? You’ll have wasted it.” She shrugged. “I’d be a good cat. I’m bitchy and I don’t like anyone.”Want to know the things a guy doesn’t know he’s bad at until he’s married? Making the bed, laundry, being correct, and breathing.You couldn’t handle me even if I came with instructions.Mindy eyed the crowd. “Everyone’s skinny and beautiful.” “Yeah, so feel sorry for them because of all the Taco Tuesdays they’ve clearly missed.”…oh my God, you’re also wearing my sandals. At my funeral, make sure to sit me up so I can see which of my clothes you’ve stolen to wear.“Junior year of high school, you came over to my family’s house to watch a movie. You and my grandpa promptly fell asleep… And around halfway through, still dead asleep, you popcorn farted loud enough to wake the dead. Pop, pop, pop.” He grinned. “My grandpa fell out of his chair.” And the old man’s dentures had gone skittering across the room.He was her person, but even more amazing, he wanted her to be his person.My Review:I have delighted in each of the five cleverly written Jill Shalvis books I’ve been lucky enough to obtain, I don’t think it would be possible for her to churn out a less than stellar product as her narratives comfortably flow with a smooth fluidity and are all too easy to fall completely into. This story featured a family tree rife with quirky OCD traits through several generations, which added extra layers of humor as well as complications for the feisty characters who were not always likable yet were endearing and sympathetic. The storylines and writing style were highly amusing and pleasantly entertaining while hitting all the feels with thoughtful insights and emotive observations. I have quickly become an avid devotee or her smart wit and crafty word wrangling. Jill Shalvis has mad skills!
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  • Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
    January 1, 1970
    5 “Forever and Ever” StarsMy first read by Jill Shalvis and boy it didn’t disappoint. It was a wonderful romance. It felt real and everyday. I could easily relate to all the characters. From the first page to the last, I smiled, laughed, empathized, rooted, and loved. The Lemon Sisters, Brooke and Mindy, were tuck as thieves when they were young, but as adults, they drifted apart but by Brooke’s doing. But when Mindy needed Brooke, Brooke stepped in and decided besides helping her sister it was 5 “Forever and Ever” StarsMy first read by Jill Shalvis and boy it didn’t disappoint. It was a wonderful romance. It felt real and everyday. I could easily relate to all the characters. From the first page to the last, I smiled, laughed, empathized, rooted, and loved. The Lemon Sisters, Brooke and Mindy, were tuck as thieves when they were young, but as adults, they drifted apart but by Brooke’s doing. But when Mindy needed Brooke, Brooke stepped in and decided besides helping her sister it was also time to address her past and make amends with everyone, including the love of her life, Garrett Montgomery, whom she left seven years ago and broke both their hearts.Brooke steps into Mindy’s life for a few days while Brooke gets her head back on. Brooke’s niece and nephews(Millie, Mason and Maddox) are adorable but also a handful. But Brooke falls in love with them and she is definitely going to help Mindy and her husband, Linc with their marriage. But to Brooke’s surprise, Garrett happens to be their next door neighbor, who is also Linc’s best friend and also remodeling their house. I guess Brooke will have to deal with her past sooner rather than later.The banter between Brooke and Garrett is full of sexual tension and emotional feelings. They are each broken but their bond is a forever type of bond if they can only get past their feelings of love lost and thrown away. Reconnecting is both painful and glorious for Brooke and Garrett but because of their past, sorting feelings and giving forgiveness is hard and complicated. But this author does a slow burn with these two characters that felt very true and satisfying. Besides Brooke and Garrett, Mindy and Linc’s relationship is also front and center and the troubles that affect them are what a lot of couple go through in marriage, busy careers and kids. And their kids, don’t get me started about how much pizazz they added to this story. The Lemon Sisters are in crisis but they are also still in their own crisis with each other. The dynamics of this story never gets tangled. While there are a few different plots going on in the story, they are all nicely intertwined and it never gets messy or sloppy. There is humor infused in the story as well as moments that are heartfelt and emotional. While everyone does get a HEA, it doesn’t just happen automatically. Hard work, compromise, communication, forgiveness, hope and love must all work together. This story was sooooo easy to read, the drama was everyday life and the emotions were very heartfelt. This story was also sexy without intimate detail. I loved how the author brought this family together and showed “that family is family no matter what happens”. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, the storytelling and definitely want to read more from this author. I highly recommend for all romance lovers.*advanced copy provided by Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Lemon SistersSeries: Wildstone #3Author: Jill ShalvisRelease date: June 18, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: women's fictionJill Shalvis is one of my auto-buy authors. Whether she's writing women's fiction or contemporary romance, her stories always resonate in some way with me. They're effortless, sexy, and a guaranteed comfort read. Of course I liked some better than others, but I haven't come across one that I didn't enjoy. The Wildstone women's fiction series has a strong influence of r Title: The Lemon SistersSeries: Wildstone #3Author: Jill ShalvisRelease date: June 18, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: women's fictionJill Shalvis is one of my auto-buy authors. Whether she's writing women's fiction or contemporary romance, her stories always resonate in some way with me. They're effortless, sexy, and a guaranteed comfort read. Of course I liked some better than others, but I haven't come across one that I didn't enjoy. The Wildstone women's fiction series has a strong influence of romance which isn't always the case in the genre. I like the fact that I can rely on the same things we get in her romances, while exploring the family dynamic and conflict with a little more depth. The Lemon Sisters is about two sisters, Brooke and Mindy who are estranged and facing a personal crisis. These two women couldn't be more different from one another if they tried. Brooke was always the free-spirited, adventure loving sister. The one who wasn't satisfied with small town life, and left to experience the world through the lens of her camera. She was high on life, adrenaline, and freedom to do what she pleased. Mindy settled down in their hometown, married and started a family, and ran her parents' business in town. She's a people pleaser, organizing everyone and everything around her in the attempt to be perfect. Now she's having a mental health crisis, stressed beyond belief and has nowhere to turn. So she seeks out the sister she hasn't been in contact with for seven years in a desperate plea for help. She’d spent most of her life trying to be perfect, which had finally sucked the soul out of her and left her feeling like she was free-falling into an abyss.From the outside, Brooke seems to have it all: a successful career at a travel reality show, a nice home, and fantastic friends. On the inside she struggles with OCD, anxiety, and crippling guilt over a tragic event in her past. She's completely isolated herself from her family, and won't let the few people in her life know what she struggles with. Everything is internalized, and always has been. Which doesn't do much to solve anything, but she realizes that something finally has to give. She misses her old life, before. Before the accident that led her down the lonely path she's on, and stole her passion for life. Both sisters are burned out, and at their wits end. They know they have to start making some serious changes. So Brooke takes a brave step to mending their broken relationship and heads back to Wildstone. It wasn’t adventure that kept her away from Wildstone. Shame, maybe. Okay, definitely. And regrets. Lots of regrets. She’d been haunted by them for seven years, throughout which she’d stayed away from her childhood town, only four hours north of here.Brooke has two goals in going back home. To reconcile her relationship with her sister and to make peace with the man she ran from without getting closure. Garrett grew up with her and the three of them were close friends, and eventually he became something more. Even back then, she kept her distance emotionally, but deep inside she knows they could have had something permanent if she had reached for it. She has a lot of mistakes to make up for, and she doesn't feel as if she deserves forgiveness necessarily but she knows she can't continue the way things have been. Brooke quickly realizes that stepping into Mindy's life isn't going to be quite as easy as she had planned. The kids, the schedule, and a broody Garrett right next door have her nerves frayed in no time. I enjoyed Brooke's perspective the most. I was interested to find out what exactly happened after the helicopter crash, and why she felt the need to cut and run from everyone. It was really heartbreaking when she finally opened up to Garrett and shared with him how she had been struggling for so many years. At the same time, I felt worse for him because she had left him in the dark for so long and the woman he once loved was stirring up all kinds of emotions that he was scared to feel again. He didn't trust that she would have the courage to stay and leave herself vulnerable. Beyond their relationship issues, she's also working through her own fears an inability to do the things she once loved. Later on, a conflict crops up with Garrett and his own family and he must do his own soul searching to decide if he's willing to forgive and fight for what he wants. Mindy I couldn't really connect with as much. I thought she was really judgemental and controlling which kind of got on my nerves a bit. Yes, she was overwhelmed in her family life and trying to keep her head above water. But she was quick to overreact and slow to listen to others. She also seemed pretty ungrateful about what Brooke was doing for her. I get that she was holding onto some resentment, but her jealousy and animosity made her a little more difficult to sympathize with. Overall, I thought this was solidly entertaining, holding my interest from beginning to end. Shalvis included lots of humor through her usual menagerie of pets as well as some very high energy children. While I didn't feel as emotionally invested in Brooke and Garrett's second chance romance as I should have been, I was still rooting for them to finally break through the pride and hurt that had been keeping them apart for so long. If you're thinking of starting the series, don't hesitate. I may not have loved this one as much as her others but there is always something substantial to take away from her stories. It's important to note: you do not have to read this series in order. They are very loosely tied together with no overlap in plotlines. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Initial Thoughts3.5 but rounding up for now. This was not my favorite Jill Shalvis book. Not by a lot. I really liked Brooke and Garrett's story and was excited to see how everything worked out for them. Mindy drove me crazy though. I couldn't relate to her at all. How many mothers actually have the opportunity to run away when their families are driving them nuts? Why wouldn't she talk to her husband about the issues she is having? It just seemed like nothing would ever make her happy and she w Initial Thoughts3.5 but rounding up for now. This was not my favorite Jill Shalvis book. Not by a lot. I really liked Brooke and Garrett's story and was excited to see how everything worked out for them. Mindy drove me crazy though. I couldn't relate to her at all. How many mothers actually have the opportunity to run away when their families are driving them nuts? Why wouldn't she talk to her husband about the issues she is having? It just seemed like nothing would ever make her happy and she wanted everyone in her life to be completely focused on pleasing her. I would have liked this one a lot more if it focused more on Brooke and less on Mindy.ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss. Full review to be posted soon.
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    January 1, 1970
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Wit and Sin Love – romantic and familial – is the heart of The Lemon Sisters . Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with a book that shows love is messy, complicated, and rarely easy, but oh, so worth it.Brooke Lemon was an adventurer who sprinted out of Wildstone at a breakneck pace before an accident grounded her and made her feel like she lost herself. It’s been seven years since she returned home and her relationship with her sister, Mindy, is strained. But when Mindy needs her, Reviewed for Wit and Sin Love – romantic and familial – is the heart of The Lemon Sisters . Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with a book that shows love is messy, complicated, and rarely easy, but oh, so worth it.Brooke Lemon was an adventurer who sprinted out of Wildstone at a breakneck pace before an accident grounded her and made her feel like she lost herself. It’s been seven years since she returned home and her relationship with her sister, Mindy, is strained. But when Mindy needs her, Brooke steps up. To give Mindy a break, Brooke takes her niece and nephews home to Wildstone, where she’ll have to face old ghosts. I adored Brooke from the start. She carries invisible wounds she’s told no one about and she’s a bit isolated from those she loves at the start of the story. But she doesn’t hesitate to give her sister a break and carry her load. Caring for three spirited children is a bit overwhelming, but it’s Mindy’s sexy neighbor who really throws Brooke off her stride. Garrett was Brooke’s first and only love, but the way their relationship ended means he wants to stay clear of her. Only the two of them can’t resist the pull and it’s not hard for a romance to rekindle when the sparks never died. Like Brooke, Garrett was easy to like. He’s a good man with a huge heart and he rolls with both Lemon sisters’ zaniness pretty easily. Brooke and Garrett are clearly meant to be, but they’re both guarded, wounded, and it’s not easy for either of them to take a risk again. I was rooting for them every step of the way and they broke my heart and put it back together more than once.Mindy and her husband Linc are the book’s secondary romance and theirs was engaging as well. The two of them are still clearly in love, but love isn’t enough when one person is clearly drowning and the other is working too much to see it. I had a harder time connecting to Mindy, possibly because, like Brooke, I’m the younger sister and have had to handle some of the kinds of things Mindy threw at Brooke. But I could see why Mindy was so tightly-wound and desperately trying to control the chaos in her house. Linc is a good man, but he’s a bit clueless about how hard it is for Mindy to raise their energetic children, run a business, and keep their home perfectly organized while he works long hours. It was nice seeing Linc put in the effort to take his share of the load and to watch he and Mindy reconnect.The bonds of sisterhood are as central to The Lemon Sisters as the romance. Brooke and Mindy have a strained relationship and Mindy definitely (unintentionally) hurts Brooke multiple times in a way that is realistic. I was as invested in watching them repair their relationship as I was in the romances because it’s clear the two Lemons do love one another, even if that love is sometimes messy and complicated. The Lemon Sisters is energetic, fast-paced, and filled with all kinds of fun chaos. There are cute kids, cats with attitude, and good – if flawed – characters who will make you smile. Ms. Shalvis creates the best small towns and I cannot wait to see what happens next in Wildstone.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
    January 1, 1970
    The Lemon Sisters by @jillshalvis follows sisters Brooke and Mindy Lemon. Mindy the “always perfect”sister arrives on Brooke’s doorstep in LA, a disheveled mess asking Brooke to take the kids and let her escape her life for a little bit. After three kids and a barely there husband Linc, Mindy’s reached her breaking point. Brooke, the younger Lemon sister, has spent the last 7 years avoiding her hometown due to a tragic event in her past and an ex-flame but reluctantly agrees to go help her siste The Lemon Sisters by @jillshalvis follows sisters Brooke and Mindy Lemon. Mindy the “always perfect”sister arrives on Brooke’s doorstep in LA, a disheveled mess asking Brooke to take the kids and let her escape her life for a little bit. After three kids and a barely there husband Linc, Mindy’s reached her breaking point. Brooke, the younger Lemon sister, has spent the last 7 years avoiding her hometown due to a tragic event in her past and an ex-flame but reluctantly agrees to go help her sister in need. Brooke arrives to Wildstone and jumps into Super Aunt mode while Mindy tries to figure out what happiness looks like for her.Brooke is surprised to find that that ex-flame Garrett is very much still apart of Mindy and the kids lives and that he just happens to be their neighbor and renovating the house. After spending the last 7 years running Brooke is desperate to try and apologize and move on from their past. But underneath all that pain and betrayal lies some still burning heat. They both can feel it. Can they move on from their painful past and make it work this time or will Brooke take off running to protect herself the only way she knows how?I LOVED this one. I read it one day (today) and it had the perfect blend of everything. Heart, heat, pain, romance, family, all of it. I’ve been waiting for a book to just claw at my heart this way for awhile. The town, the family dynamics, the drama and GAH of course the love story. This is the third in the Wildstone series but it reads as a complete stand alone. I haven’t read the other ones but I definitely plan to! For fans of The Simple Wild and The Friend Zone who love second-chance small-town romances that will just take hold of your heart - YOU HAVE TO add this to your lists! It’s out TOMORROW June 18th! // ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️Thank you to Lisa Filipe and William Morrow Books for my review copy! All opinions are my own!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I love Jill Shalvis’ writing and am a fan of several of her contemporary romance series. This series is women’s fiction with romantic storylines included. As expected, the writing is well done and the characters are terrific. You don’t need to have read any previous books in the series to read this one. In fact, other than the location, there is really no crossover with the previous books at all. I really enjoyed the sisters and the family dynamic and drama here, as well as all of the other side I love Jill Shalvis’ writing and am a fan of several of her contemporary romance series. This series is women’s fiction with romantic storylines included. As expected, the writing is well done and the characters are terrific. You don’t need to have read any previous books in the series to read this one. In fact, other than the location, there is really no crossover with the previous books at all. I really enjoyed the sisters and the family dynamic and drama here, as well as all of the other side characters. It definitely feels like a good summer read. Thank you to Social Butterfly PR for providing me with an ARC. My honest review has been voluntarily provided.
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  • ☕️Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Jill Shalvis mixes motherhood, PTSD, secrets and a household of children into this tale. Photographer Brooke Lemon hasn’t been back to Wildstone since her accident. She is keeping a secret from her family and doesn’t want to face the boy now man she left behind. But when her sister, Mindy shows up at her door with her three kids in tow she just might have to face her fears.Mindy is having a mid-mom/marriage crisis and Brooke steps up to give her sister a well deserved break. Mindy’s husband is o Jill Shalvis mixes motherhood, PTSD, secrets and a household of children into this tale. Photographer Brooke Lemon hasn’t been back to Wildstone since her accident. She is keeping a secret from her family and doesn’t want to face the boy now man she left behind. But when her sister, Mindy shows up at her door with her three kids in tow she just might have to face her fears.Mindy is having a mid-mom/marriage crisis and Brooke steps up to give her sister a well deserved break. Mindy’s husband is out of town at a Physician’s convention, so Brooke heads back to Wildstone to face her past and care for her niece and nephews. While Mindy tries to find Mindy again.Wilful cats, turtles, toilet training and the sexy man from her past await her. The tale that unfolds was delightful, heartwarming and humorous. Character growth, renewed relationships, communication and more curled my toes and had me swiping my eyes.Garrett Montgomery, lives next door on the homestead he inherited from his Aunt. The Lemon sisters and Garrett all grew up together. The chemistry, banter and memories between Garrett and Brooke will give readers all the feels. Brooke’s secret is a painful and the author allowed us to understand her actions but I was equally glad to see her come clean.I felt for Mindy; I had three children close together while my husband advanced his career and worked on his Master’s degree. I loved Mindy’s husband Linc. The man stepped up but I also appreciated the character growth in Mindy and how Shalvis handled everything. The kids were an absolute hoot and added to both romance threads.Secondary threads involving careers, businesses and family added depth and grounded the characters. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Most of the time I don't really care that my sister and I are estranged, but then I'll read a book like The Lemon Sisters and it will sort of, kind of, make me wish she and I had a relationship like these fictional characters. But then I come to my senses and remember the key word- fiction. Although Brooke and Mindy had a bit of a contentious relationship, which let's be honest, pretty much all sisters do, theirs wasn't too far gone that it couldn't be repaired. Even with the distance Brooke put Most of the time I don't really care that my sister and I are estranged, but then I'll read a book like The Lemon Sisters and it will sort of, kind of, make me wish she and I had a relationship like these fictional characters. But then I come to my senses and remember the key word- fiction. Although Brooke and Mindy had a bit of a contentious relationship, which let's be honest, pretty much all sisters do, theirs wasn't too far gone that it couldn't be repaired. Even with the distance Brooke put between them, both emotionally and physically, all hope was not lost for them. Nothing was easy, but they were both willing to do what it took to make things right, because deep down you knew they really did love each other and want what was best for the other.And that was true for Brooke and Garrett as well. Theirs was a hard fought love, with so much past pain and hurt, it was hard to imagine them finding their way throught the heartache. But there was so much love between them, so much history, I just couldn't imagine things not working out for them!The Lemon Sisters was an emotional journey, for both sisters. Brooke has put so much distance between herself and her family, it takes her sister Mindy showing up unexpectedly at her doorstep for her to realize that maybe it’s time to put some things to right. And what ensues is a poignant, heartfelt, and quite charming, story. While the main focus is on Brooke and the fallout from her past choices, including making amends with her first love, Garrett, we’re also treated to a side story with Mindy and her family. I really liked that we got to see inside the lives of both sisters. I liked that things weren’t easy, that there were no quick fixes, the work everyone had to put in was real.
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  • Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This was a pretty good book, while it was not my favorite by Ms. Shalvis. I think The Lemon Sisters is technically supposed to be in the women's fiction genre. It is the first book I have read in this series, because I prefer to read only romance, but I wanted to give this book a try. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it. I do think it was a romance, or at least had strong romantic elements, but it had a totally different writing style than Ms. Shalvis's contemporary romance books and I 3.5 stars. This was a pretty good book, while it was not my favorite by Ms. Shalvis. I think The Lemon Sisters is technically supposed to be in the women's fiction genre. It is the first book I have read in this series, because I prefer to read only romance, but I wanted to give this book a try. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it. I do think it was a romance, or at least had strong romantic elements, but it had a totally different writing style than Ms. Shalvis's contemporary romance books and I think that is what sets it apart. The Lemon Sisters is the story of sisters Mindy and Brooke Lemon. They are both busy women with a lot going on in their lives. Mindy is married to her high school sweetheart with three kids and she still lives in their small hometown. Mindy lives in LA working for an adventure tv show. When Mindy has a breakdown, questioning her husband's fidelity, her ability to do it all, work and be supermom, she lands on Brooke's doorstep. Brooke takes the three kids and goes back to her hometown for the first time in years to take care of them and give Mindy a break and time to work through her issues. While there, she must confront her own demons from the past and the man she ran from years before. Mindy and Brooke go through some heartache as they find themselves and find the lives they were meant to be living. While I enjoyed this book, I found the storytelling to be kind of meandering and a little slow at times. The characters were very real feeling but also frustrating at times. They both went back and forth too much over what they wanted. I wanted to shake them at times so they would see what a good life they had right in front of them. Also, I didn't love the fact that Brooke's man, Garrett, who she secretly had a relationship in high school, was Mindy's best friend. Mindy had a crush on him in the present, as a married woman. She didn't know about Brooke and Garrett's history, and when she found out, she was mad and jealous, as she thought of him a hers'. While I knew Mindy loved her husband, this whole situation with Garrett felt too close to home and a little inappropriate. It made me like Mindy a little less as it seemed selfish of her to want Garrett to herself. But I did like this story a good bit. It was relatable that Mindy would be exhausted and frustrated with her life as a working mom with a workaholic husband and three wild kids. The same with Brooke's past heartache and her struggle with loneliness and the realization that she still deserves happiness if she would only take the risk. I really did like Mindy and her husband together, along with their crazy life with their little family. I especially liked Brooke and Garrett. They were sweet and sexy with each other and they really deserved happiness together. I enjoyed seeing both of the Lemon sisters get their problems worked out and find the happy lives they deserved. Overall, The Lemon Sisters was a pretty good read. Now that I know what to expect from this series and this genre from Ms. Shalvis, I will go back and read the others. I look forward to reading more from her in the future! *arc provided in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This book centers around two estranged sisters and two romances...one a second-chance romance and one a reconnection of a married couple. Brooke Lemon left her hometown of Wildstone for LA and she distanced herself from her family and her first love. She was the adventure-seeking and free spirited sister despite her OCD tendencies. But then an event changed her life and she is still dealing with the repercussions. If she does not let anyone in, then she does not have to face the issues. So she h This book centers around two estranged sisters and two romances...one a second-chance romance and one a reconnection of a married couple. Brooke Lemon left her hometown of Wildstone for LA and she distanced herself from her family and her first love. She was the adventure-seeking and free spirited sister despite her OCD tendencies. But then an event changed her life and she is still dealing with the repercussions. If she does not let anyone in, then she does not have to face the issues. So she has just been existing rather than really living.Her sister, Mindy shows up on her doorstep and basically states she needs a mental health break from her own busy mommy, wife, and career life. Mindy has always been the super organized, in control sister with the apparent perfect life, but she is now struggling. So Brooke ends up taking her kids and going back to Wildstone for the first time in years and lets her sister chill out in LA. She was not really prepared for her welcome wagon. Garrett Montgomery is still the boy next door that was her best friend and first love...and the man she left when things got hard. He was never privy to all of her reasons so still holds a grudge. He is guarded and locked down his heart when she left.Brooke and Garrett are a hot mess. She is finally explaining her motives and issues, and they are sorting through their past. But they also cannot seem to stop the chemistry between them. And they both know they are a bad idea. They both have reinforced their hearts, do not talk about feelings well, and have poor coping skills. She's a runner and avoider. He is so conditioned to losing people that he has trust and abandonment issues. Even though they are facing their past, they still keep letting fear take over. They both have self worth issues. There is a lot of fight or flight between these two. And they live different lives and this was only supposed to be another temporary stop for Brooke.Now Mindy and her husband, Linc also have some problems to face. Linc is getting a wake up call about his life and they are trying to get back on track. But he has some work to do in order to get this derailed train back on the tracks. Their three kids are precocious and provide a lot of comic relief. But they all live in barely controlled chaos.This is also about the rekindling of the sisterly bond between Brooke and Mindy, and for Brooke to get to know her niece and nephews. These sisters are quirky, a bit dramatic, and not really sure what they want. The guys are good men that have their work cut out for them to make these women trust in them and themselves, and to be truly happy with their lives. They all have to be willing to be vulnerable, communicate, and fight for what they want. No one's life is truly perfect, and it's only real if people accept the flaws and imperfections and love anyway. It's about the importance of family, friendships, and forgiveness. It is funny, realistic, angsty, romantic, and heartfelt. I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelwiess+ in exchange for a fair review.The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis explores the idea of going back home to perhaps rebuild some of the bridges you burnt when you left. Brooke Lemon is stuck. She is paralysed by PTSD caused by a helicopter crash she was in a few years ago. Realising that she isn’t happy with her life the way it is she jumps at the opportunity to go back home to try and repair her life when her sister turns up on her doorstep I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelwiess+ in exchange for a fair review.The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis explores the idea of going back home to perhaps rebuild some of the bridges you burnt when you left. Brooke Lemon is stuck. She is paralysed by PTSD caused by a helicopter crash she was in a few years ago. Realising that she isn’t happy with her life the way it is she jumps at the opportunity to go back home to try and repair her life when her sister turns up on her doorstep children in tow suffering from extreme burnout. Exchanging lives allows the two sisters to reinvent their relationship and realise that they are not so different after all. As well Brooke needs to deal with feelings she buried and to make amends with Garret Montgomery the boy next door whom she has never really gotten over. This book has all the feels with laughter and tears and a very satisfying hard-won HEA. Medium Steam. Publishing Date June 18, 2019 #Edelweissplus #JillShalvis #TheLemonSisters #WilliamMorrowPaperbacks #HarperCollinsCanada
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI loved The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis.I enjoyed the storyline, it was entertaining from start to end, well written and all the characters helped make this such a beautiful and heartfelt read.The Lemon Sisters brought all the feels, I loved watching the sisters, Brooke and Mindy reconnect, open up to each other and learn to trust and share their feelings. Watching Brooke and Garrett's relationship unfold had me smiling, crying and swooning, these two had so much passion and chemistry 4.5 starsI loved The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis.I enjoyed the storyline, it was entertaining from start to end, well written and all the characters helped make this such a beautiful and heartfelt read.The Lemon Sisters brought all the feels, I loved watching the sisters, Brooke and Mindy reconnect, open up to each other and learn to trust and share their feelings. Watching Brooke and Garrett's relationship unfold had me smiling, crying and swooning, these two had so much passion and chemistry but could they leave the painful past behind them and truly open their hearts to each other?These two made my heart swoon and hurt but I loved their love story. The epilogue warmed my heart and I was so happy they all found their happily ever after.The Wildstone Series has been such a beautiful, thoughtful and heartfelt read, I've enjoyed each book and I highly recommend them all.Download your copy today!Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CrqBAf Nook: http://bit.ly/2CqzYzY Kobo: http://bit.ly/2YazSWj Apple Books: https://apple.co/2Wh8Wml Google Play: http://bit.ly/2ULl9Pw Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2TkD1zb*An advance copy was provided in exchange for my honest thoughts.*
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  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of The Lemon Sisters. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*The Lemon Sisters is a beautifully written story about family, friendship and second chances. It shows an honest take on family relationships, and how difficult it can be to say the hard truths. Sometimes, it's easier to stay away than to come back and deal with things. And sometimes, coming back gives all the rewards.
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  • Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
    January 1, 1970
    6 HeartsThe Lemon Sisters is the third book in the Wildstone series by the talented Jill Shalvis. I'm a huge fan of Jill's and have read over fifty of her books and I have to say The Lemon Sisters is my favorite! I don't know what I love more about this book. The sisters who love each other, but fight. The kids who remind me so much of my own, the husband and best friend who are funny, sexy and flawed. There was just so much real in the book that I was laughing out loud and reading sections of i 6 HeartsThe Lemon Sisters is the third book in the Wildstone series by the talented Jill Shalvis. I'm a huge fan of Jill's and have read over fifty of her books and I have to say The Lemon Sisters is my favorite! I don't know what I love more about this book. The sisters who love each other, but fight. The kids who remind me so much of my own, the husband and best friend who are funny, sexy and flawed. There was just so much real in the book that I was laughing out loud and reading sections of it to my husband while I giggled. Jill's writing is always fantastic, but she took it to another level with this book. The emotion, the humor, the sadness, the truth. It gave me all the feels! Mindy is married with three kids. She shows up on her sister, Brooke's doorstep and she's a mess. She's overwhelmed, upset, and lost. Her husband works too much, she doesn't feel good about herself, she's tired, sad and can't stop crying.Brooke offers to take care of her kids for a few days so she can rest and relax. And she ends up taking them back home and figures it's a good time for her to mend some of her own fences. Mainly the sexy, handsome neighbor who she loved years ago and just left without a word. Garrett isn't as open to talking as Brooke would have liked, but she needs to apologize. She's only there a few days so what does it matter. Except Mindy doesn’t want to come home yet, Brooke needs to have a much needed talk with Mindy's husband, Linc, and the kids need her. She gives Mindy the time she needs and she realizes she also needs time. Time to find herself again. To let go of the past. To let her family in. Making amends just isn't enough. She misses her family, friends and Wildstone. But can she just come back home? What about her life in LA? This story was more emotional than I thought it was going to be. Brooke's past, her anxiety, Mindy's control issues, Linc being oblivious to what is going on around him. And Garrett's past and his intimacy issues. And the kids. Oh my, the kids! I loved them all so much! They were some of the best secondary characters I've ever read! All of it was done so well! These are real issues and they aren't fun and games, but Jill uses humor and she created these strong, vulnerable characters who actually learn from each other and realize they are all stronger together! It's one of my favorites of the year!"What's it like to be a grown up?" Mason wanted to know."Well, you get to eat ice cream whenever and wherever you want."His face lit up."But you have to buy it yourself."He went from delighted to devastated.Aaaannnnnd her work here was done."I hate it when someone says something like 'head east'. Who am I, Lewis and Clark? Do we turn right or left from the food truck in the parking lot?"Garrett smiled. "I forgot that you could locate any food source without direction, but other than that you get lost finding your way out of a paper bag.""Do you know why mommies and daddies pretend to be the tooth fairy? Because they love their kids so much that they want them to have the joy of waking up the morning after they lose a tooth to find their prize. It's a tradition, and it makes parents as happy as it makes their kids.""So giving me money makes you happy?""Anyone ever tell you that you're too smart for you own good?""You, Daddy. All the time.""Marriage." Garrett said in the tone of an off-camera narrator. "When dating goes too far.""Someone tell the old cat lady to stay out of this," Linc said.Garett told Linc he was number one with his middle finger.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    After being out of touch with her sister for over a year, Mindy showed up on Brooke's doorstep in a frenzied state. Brooke, agreed to mind her niece and nephews and give he sister a few days of R&R, but never expected this agreement to be her pathway home. As always, Shalvis crafted a story with a wonderful mix of humor, romance, family drama, and a lot of feels. This book was true to its title, and spent quite a bit of time examining the relationship dynamic between the Lemon sisters, but i After being out of touch with her sister for over a year, Mindy showed up on Brooke's doorstep in a frenzied state. Brooke, agreed to mind her niece and nephews and give he sister a few days of R&R, but never expected this agreement to be her pathway home. As always, Shalvis crafted a story with a wonderful mix of humor, romance, family drama, and a lot of feels. This book was true to its title, and spent quite a bit of time examining the relationship dynamic between the Lemon sisters, but it was also about each sister individually. Mindy was a harried mother of three, who had been feeling abandoned by her husband. She felt as though she lost herself, and believed a little timeout would help restore her to her former perfect state. I will admit, Mindy was a bit intense, but I did enjoy her part of the story, which I attribute largely to her husband, Linc. Once Linc was aware, that he had not be fulfilling his duty as father and husband, he really dug in, and fought for his relationship with his wife. There were quite a few super sweet and happy tear inducing moments between these two, and being the sap that I am, I loved every second of it. Then, there was Brooke. Brooke had been involved in a helicopter crash seven years prior, and it was then that she began distancing herself from all her loved ones. She rarely communicated with her parents or sister, and had abandoned Garrett, the man she loved, without looking back. This was supposed to be her atonement tour. She was going to apologize to Garrett, fix her sister's situation, and reclaim her old life. I won't say it was easy watching Brooke muddle her way through all these things, but it was satisfying to see her grow and discover some truths about herself. Things that made me smile:• The cats - I loved them all• The kids - they added a lot of fun to some of the scenes• Tommy - he was pretty hilarious• Clown party - now, that was actually scary and hilarious • The last chapter - yes, there were tears, but only the happy kind• The epilogue - sweet, touching, and still, humorousI am a diehard fan of Shalvis' books, and she once again, delivered a delightful story, packed with laughs, swoons, and happy feels. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • SCBookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Brooke and Mindy are the Lemon sisters. Brooke is living the single life when her married sister shows up at her door one day with her three kids. Mindy, who always has it all together, is as far from got it together at that moment. She convinces Brooke to switch places for a bit so that Mindy can get a much-deserved break. Brooke has her own issues and most of them stem from her childhood next door neighbor, Garrett. This book is about four people who have a lot of work cut out for them. Garret Brooke and Mindy are the Lemon sisters. Brooke is living the single life when her married sister shows up at her door one day with her three kids. Mindy, who always has it all together, is as far from got it together at that moment. She convinces Brooke to switch places for a bit so that Mindy can get a much-deserved break. Brooke has her own issues and most of them stem from her childhood next door neighbor, Garrett. This book is about four people who have a lot of work cut out for them. Garrett and Brooke have to face the past so that they can move on with their lives. Mindy and her husband, Linc, have to face what is going on with their lives in the present. Mindy and Brooke have a lot to learn about each other and realize it's not all peaches and cream on the other side. I enjoyed this story. There are certain books that seem to connect with people and this is one of those for me. I have an older sister and the relationship that Mindy and Brooke have is SO relatable. Mindy has to have everything done HER way. Brooke keeps a tight grip on her emotions and everything is always "fine". The way Mindy felt with her husband - I think most married moms or moms with significant others have experienced this feeling to some degree. Then there is Garrett and Brooke's relationship. This was the glue that held the story together. Both of them have personal issues that if not dealt with, will destroy who they are supposed to be.This is book 3 in the Wildstone series and can be read as a standalone. I did not read the first two books and I didn't feel as though I was missing anything for not reading them. I would highly suggest this book to anyone that enjoys contemporary romance.
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  • Readaholic
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good book that starts with a bang and this book by Jill Shalvis did just that! Brooke is used to living her life alone and has been distant with her family for a few years now and all of a sudden her sister Mindy is at her doorstep with her three kids asking for her help. I love family relationships in books and Shalvis always writes family banter with just the right amount of snark and tenderness. The dialogue between Mindy and Brooke was so funny and believable, which can be hard to d I love a good book that starts with a bang and this book by Jill Shalvis did just that! Brooke is used to living her life alone and has been distant with her family for a few years now and all of a sudden her sister Mindy is at her doorstep with her three kids asking for her help. I love family relationships in books and Shalvis always writes family banter with just the right amount of snark and tenderness. The dialogue between Mindy and Brooke was so funny and believable, which can be hard to do in books sometimes. There were times when Mindy rubbed me the wrong way (being a little extra possessive in everything), but I feel that’s how relationships are with your siblings. You love them, but you don’t always have to see eye to eye. On to the relationship between Garrett and Brooke… hot hot hot! I love a friends to lover or past relationship trope and Shalvis brought it with plenty of heat. Garrett was so grumpy and sexy but also sweet and vulnerable. I absolutely loved the past history between Brooke and Garrett - it pulled on my heart strings hard. I was rooting for these two right from the beginning. Mindy and Linc’s relationship was a bit more complicated, but nevertheless lovely. Being a parent with little ones myself, it’s so easy to lose yourself amongst being a mom, caregiver and wife. I loved that Mindy didn’t just want to keep going through the motions and wanted to re-evaluate her life and her relationship with her husband. This was a great book and as with any Jill Shalvis book, included the perfect amount of family dysfunction, love and character growth.**Thank you to Jill Shalvis and Lisa at TastyBookPR for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review**
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    The Lemon sisters haven't seen each other in over a year and haven't spoken in months. There was no real quarreling, it's just that they're not close. But when Brooke open her door to her sister falling appart, she wonder what happened to make Mindy, the sister who always had her shit together and who always seemed to have the perfect life, break down in tears and not ready to get back to her married life in Wildstone. So while her sister stay at her condo for a few days, Brooke accept to take c The Lemon sisters haven't seen each other in over a year and haven't spoken in months. There was no real quarreling, it's just that they're not close. But when Brooke open her door to her sister falling appart, she wonder what happened to make Mindy, the sister who always had her shit together and who always seemed to have the perfect life, break down in tears and not ready to get back to her married life in Wildstone. So while her sister stay at her condo for a few days, Brooke accept to take care of her niece and two nephews. She head back to the town she left seven years ago, realizing she was living in denial about being happy, planning on facing the past and the man she left behind, ready to make amends for the mistakes she made. Despite being abandoned by yet an other person who was supposed to care about him, Garrett Montgomery, her first crush and first everything, offer a friendly smile and shoulders to cry on, and whether she wants it or not, she's gonna have to let herself be emotionally vulnerable because the sexy contractor deserve answers.Even if we see snippets of Mindy and her husband, this book is Brooke and Garrett's story. And if you've ever read a Jill Shalvis's before, you know it's gonna be a touching story with lots of sweet moments and a little touch of fun. It's a romance novel, but it's also a story about sisterhood, with two sisters who don't really know each other or what the other is living but who learn how to being there for each other.
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    5 star review of The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone #3) by Jill ShalvisI haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but was able to read this one with no issues. Seven years ago Brooke Lemon left Wildstone, CA bound for Los Angeles. Now a producer for a Travel show, she has no plans to return. She cut ties with her sister Mindy as well as the man who held her heart, Garrett Montgomery.When Mindy shows up unexpectedly begging for her sisters help, Brooke feels obligated to help. Mindy looks 5 star review of The Lemon Sisters (Wildstone #3) by Jill ShalvisI haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but was able to read this one with no issues. Seven years ago Brooke Lemon left Wildstone, CA bound for Los Angeles. Now a producer for a Travel show, she has no plans to return. She cut ties with her sister Mindy as well as the man who held her heart, Garrett Montgomery.When Mindy shows up unexpectedly begging for her sisters help, Brooke feels obligated to help. Mindy looks nothing like the poised and in control women she has always been. Instead she is frazzled, distraught and close to a breakdown. Brooke, along with Mindy’s three children head to Wildstone. Of course she runs in to Garrett and both realise that they still have feelings for one another.I really loved Mindy’s children and it was heart warming to watch as Brooke re-connected with them. It was also interesting to watch as Brooke and Mindy tried to fix their relationship whilst Mindy trued to fix her marriage to Linc.As long buried secrets rise to the surface, Brooke, Mindy and Garrett will have to learn to trust one another again.The chemistry between Brooke and Garrett is strong and both come to realise that what they have is worth fighting for.Jill Shalvis writes characters that are human, that have flaws, vulnerabilities and are easy to relate too. There is always a lot of depth to her characters and The Lemon Sisters is a good example of this.
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  • Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
    January 1, 1970
    4.50 StarsI really enjoyed this book. I haven't read the previous books, but i am adding them to my evergrowing list. Brooke Lemon left Wildstone a long time ago. She left behind someone who was very important to her, but she also left behind her sister who she didn't actually have a relationship with. Now after seven years her sister shows up and asking her to take care of her three kids. Mindy is the perfect sister. She's married to a doctor have the kids and the white picket fence. So for her 4.50 StarsI really enjoyed this book. I haven't read the previous books, but i am adding them to my evergrowing list. Brooke Lemon left Wildstone a long time ago. She left behind someone who was very important to her, but she also left behind her sister who she didn't actually have a relationship with. Now after seven years her sister shows up and asking her to take care of her three kids. Mindy is the perfect sister. She's married to a doctor have the kids and the white picket fence. So for her sister to show up at her house she must really be in trouble! What can she do? She goes home! And maybe not just to take care of her sister's kids but maybe also to sort out some unresolved issues with Garrett Montgomery.Garrett never thought that he would ever see Brooke Lemon again. But seeing her now again he knows that even though she nearly broke him, he can't let her go again!I have to say this book was so good, i enjoyed it from start to finish. I love books where kids are involved. And this book wasn't just about Brooke and Garrett, but it was also about her sister Mindy and her husband Linc and their journey as well. Sweet, sexy and definitely romantic what else do you need for a good book!
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fourth in the series - as there is a 1.5! They are all delicious, and as with any of Jill Shalvis's wonderful books, be prepared to put life on hold whilst you devour it! I have just spent the day hidden away claiming to be "Spring-cleaning", but really reading this latest installment cover to cover. What a treat! And I would say that whilst the stories are linked, you can definitely read them out of order. ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the fourth in the series - as there is a 1.5! They are all delicious, and as with any of Jill Shalvis's wonderful books, be prepared to put life on hold whilst you devour it! I have just spent the day hidden away claiming to be "Spring-cleaning", but really reading this latest installment cover to cover. What a treat! And I would say that whilst the stories are linked, you can definitely read them out of order. There are so many depths for us to discover in this wonderful story of two women bound by birth, but both lost in their lives. Older sister Mindy descends on 7 year absent Brooke in LA. Exhausted and believing her marriage may be over, Mindy checks out on adulthood for a while, letting Brooke take over child-care for a few days. So, very quickly we are immersed in the crazy that comes with these three young children and their needs - which actually give Brooke a chance to continue hiding all of hers. As the story unfolds, Brooke, and her younger self have to come to terms with some difficult truths that she has been suppressing. Given that her sister's home is next door to Garrett, a major part of her past, it is difficult to ignore that truth. Throw in trying to parent for the first time full-time and on her own, and you can just imagine the chaos - but a chaos fundamentally full of love. For all the main characters in this story have good hearts; they just need to move forward, ideally in unison. Once Linc, Mindy's husband returns - to a dose of truth from Brooke - it would seem that at least that relationship is on the mend ... but everyone (especially men) should remember the danger of grand gestures! It is brilliant to watch the 'stable' together couple make as many mistakes as the once heart-broken walled in pair as they try and work out how life should move forward. In classic Shalvis style, this story manages to bring tears to the eyes, and then seconds later have one laughing out loud. It is a beautiful story with the most perfect ending (which I must admit I could absolutely imagine!) Now to wait patiently until another treasure gets written!
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  • Kiersten
    January 1, 1970
    Jill Shalvis never shies away from intense storylines, but with this release of The Lemon Sisters, she has taken her writing to a new level of excellence. Brooke Lemon copes with severe PTSD and has a rocky relationship with her sister Mindy. Mindy is a mom and business owner who worries about her marriage and trying to survive a teetering balancing act. Shalvis marries strong characters with smart writing into a story that makes The Lemon Sisters her best novel to date. She does a good job pers Jill Shalvis never shies away from intense storylines, but with this release of The Lemon Sisters, she has taken her writing to a new level of excellence. Brooke Lemon copes with severe PTSD and has a rocky relationship with her sister Mindy. Mindy is a mom and business owner who worries about her marriage and trying to survive a teetering balancing act. Shalvis marries strong characters with smart writing into a story that makes The Lemon Sisters her best novel to date. She does a good job personifying what PTSD can do to someone mentally, physically, and emotionally, and never forgets that life can still have humor in spite of overwhelming moments. There are, of course, the strong alpha males in the books for both sisters, but the story is more about the sisters and their journey toward reconciliation and regaining what they need to be amazing people.Ms. Shalvis, if you read this, keep up the amazing work. This work shines.
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  • Rosanna
    January 1, 1970
    I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It says that it’s book #3 but I haven’t read any others from this series since this is also a new author for me but I didn’t feel list and I didn’t feel lost. I don’t really know if this is a standalone. This is such a beautiful story about second chances at love and also I’d say mid life crisis situation. We have the story of Mindy and Linc with their three kids. Mindy has a full blown freak out that leads her to her sisters house to tell her that she I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It says that it’s book #3 but I haven’t read any others from this series since this is also a new author for me but I didn’t feel list and I didn’t feel lost. I don’t really know if this is a standalone. This is such a beautiful story about second chances at love and also I’d say mid life crisis situation. We have the story of Mindy and Linc with their three kids. Mindy has a full blown freak out that leads her to her sisters house to tell her that she needs a break. From herself. From her maybe cheating husband and from her three kids. When Mindy showed up at Brooks door she makes a decision to go back to her hometown and face her fears from her accident that happened a few years back. And with going back home she would have to face the mad she left behind. This story is hilarious at times. It is also super sad but in all it’s amazingly written. The characters called out to me and took be in such a beautiful ride! Loved it 1000%!!
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Jill Shalvis, Author of “The Lemon Sisters” has written an entertaining, intriguing family drama. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Domestic Fiction and Women’s Fiction. A good part of the story takes place in Wildstone California. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, troubled, and dysfunctional.Brooke and Mindy are two sisters that currently have been estranged for a while. Both are opposite in many ways. Both have their own flaws but seem to be jealous of one anoth Jill Shalvis, Author of “The Lemon Sisters” has written an entertaining, intriguing family drama. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Domestic Fiction and Women’s Fiction. A good part of the story takes place in Wildstone California. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, troubled, and dysfunctional.Brooke and Mindy are two sisters that currently have been estranged for a while. Both are opposite in many ways. Both have their own flaws but seem to be jealous of one another. This reminds me of some of the movies where characters trade places. Mindy has a handsome husband that is a physician and three children. Brooke has a wonderful career and seems to be independent.Both sisters are miserable and have to find their happiness. The author discusses the importance of family, friendship, communication, love, and hope. I would recommend this book for those readers who enjoy second chances.
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