The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne
ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 30th 2021 by HQN Books
Genre: Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, HQN, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
With the emotional pull of Debbie Macomber, Barbara Delinsky and Susan Wiggs, RaeAnne Thayne brings readers an uplifting, brand new story told with her trademark charm and heart.
She knows what's best for everyone but herself...
With a past like hers, Jessica Clayton feels safer in a life spent on the road. She's made a career out of helping others downsize--because she's learned the hard way that the less "stuff," the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home...and that her little sister, Rachel, still does. The years apart haven't made a dent in the guilt Jess still carries after a handgun took the lives of both their parents and changed everything between them.
While Jess couldn't wait to put the miles between her and Cape Sanctuary, Rachel put down roots, content for the world--and her sister--to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child's disability, Rachel's marriage has begun to fray at the seams. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she's learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn't do family, and she shouldn't count on her now.
Against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached--to her sister and her family, even to her client's interfering son, Nate--and it's time to put everything on the line. Does she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and make room for the love and joy that come along with it?
My Thoughts…The perfect RaeAnne Thayne book. Every time I pick up one of her books I know that I will meet some amazing characters in a beautiful setting with a wonderful story to tell. Nate is an amazing character raising his teenage daughter while working hard and living on the property he grew up on to be near his widowed mother. Jess arrives on the property to help Eleanor, Nate’s mother, clean out the house that has been in the family for many generations. The catch is that Jess’ sister lives close by and while they use to be close things have not been easy. Jess wants a relationship with her sister again and puts herself out there to get it.
I love learning about Jess and Rachel. There is no doubt that as younger sisters their bond was unbreakable but then things changed, their lives ended up on different paths, and their relationship was tested. Rachel is dealing with her own struggles in her “perfect” family and has put so much stress on herself that her life is not as perfect as she pretends it to be. Jess has never let herself settle down and be close to anyone, so the quick visits are perfect for her. I hoped for them to become the sisters they each needed but knew that it would not be easy.
Everything about The Path to Sunshine Cove is wonderful. I read it on a cold winter day but could feel the sun shining, the waves crashing on the beach, and the love between the characters.
**Thank you Ann-Marie Nieves at GetRedPR for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet RaeAnne Thayne…I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.
Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.
After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.
Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.
I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 60 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s—it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.
I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.
Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.
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