⇒ Blog Tour | “Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…” –Sunrise On Half Moon Bay ⇐
**Many thanks to Harlequin/MIRA and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Robyn Carr
(4.24 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance / Women’s Lit
Publication Date: April 14, 2020, by Harlequin / MIRA Books
Pages: 336 (Kindle version)
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It’s just that I’m so careful about what I let myself feel because I’m afraid I might crack. And if I crack, I might collapse and never get up again.
This pandemic is teaching us a lot. I don’t think I’m only speaking for myself when I say that we are learning to appreciate the little things more. We are longing for what we considered to be normal. We are hoping to return to what we were used to before the world effectively stopped.
But that’s the thing about big changes; you almost never go back to the way things were beforehand, at least not completely. Addie and Justine – sisters who are each experiencing big life changes – are learning this the hard way. Let’s check out the blurb:
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.
Real love can be a little boring sometimes. Or at least not so pretty.
Sometimes, like the global pandemic we’re all experiencing right now, big changes happen very quickly. Other times, change is very slow. It creeps up on you and surprises you when you’re least expecting it. Either way, your response to life-altering events will shape your immediate and long-term future.
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay demonstrates that beautifully. The two main characters both manage their changes in different ways, but their resilience and fortitude in the face of tough decisions and major setbacks can certainly encourage us today irl.
… living well is the best revenge.
As you know by now, I try to be honest and fair in my reviews. If I love a book, you won’t get me to stop gushing about it. If I don’t care for it, I’ll say that, but I will always try to find the silver linings.
While this book won’t be one of my faves for the year, I think it’s an important read for those who have experienced the things these sisters do. Starting life over after having others depend on you exclusively for their well-being, or rebuilding a life after someone you love betrays that trust and commitment – both situations can be daunting and scary. These are common themes and relatable for so many. Carr’s writing speaks to those issues and offers the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel; lemonade for life’s bitter lemons.
I hope you and your family are managing the pandemic and quarantine well. I hope you are finding some zen in the midst of all the turmoil and that you are also finding some very good books to read!
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Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women’s fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan’s Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at http://www.RobynCarr.com.