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  • Sister Time

    A DNA test will put three strangers now half sisters together for the summer. Serenity invites Reagan and Lorelie to her family cabin in Lake Tahoe, to figure out the mystery of how they are connected. Each sister comes to the cabin with personal challenges in their own lives, but with the new found sisterhood they will come out stronger. I read this book in one day, I had such a hard time putting down. Wonderful characters with each of their own struggles but are supportive to each other. Loved the descriptive writing of the surroundings, makes you feel like you were right there. Interesting neighbors of three brothers that are also going through their own changes. I highly recommend this wonderful women's fiction story.

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  • Fiction - Women's Lit

    One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak Three women take a DNA test Results are returned Voila – two unknown half-sisters found Get to know one another online then Meet in Reno to see what is what All three facing big issues All three curious about one another All three wondering who their common ancestor might be Summer spent together Time to share stories of their past Their secrets come out They grow closer Who are they really? How are they linked? And what will their futures hold? What I liked: * The three women * The similarities and differences in the lives of all three * The caring that developed between the sisters * Their willingness to assist one another in finding solutions to issues they were facing * That it wasn’t easy for any of them * The mystery solving of who their common parent was * The bit of romance in each of their lives * The growth all three appeared to achieve * The relationship forged between the women making them as close as the sisters they are genetically * The positive potential future of the three women What I did not like: * The people that created the issues to be solved in the sisters lives * Not knowing for sure what the future for the three women will end up being. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin-Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • A Summer Together

    True crime writer Serenity Alston submits an ancestry DNA test as research for her writing. Imagine her surprise when the test reveals she has two half sisters she never knew about. Serenity, Lorelei, and Reagan agree to meet at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. The three women are strangers to each other, but not only do they resemble each other, they each have complicated love lives they are trying to work through. Each wants to know how they could have sisters they didn’t know existed, how it happened, and wonder if it’s too late for them to become true sisters. I absolutely loved the dynamics between the half sisters of Lorelei, Reagan, and Serenity. Each of these women are dealing with life challenges and trying to respect the new found relationships they have as sisters. The relationships between the sisters were wonderful as well the understanding and acceptance behind the secrets of them all being half sisters. Ms. Novak did an amazing job of describing the setting and the characters in a way that makes them come to life. I was interested in what would happen next for each of sisters and was completely engaged in the story from the very beginning. We are exposed to seeing things from each woman’s point of view which helped us to better know each of them. Overall, I enjoyed reading One Perfect Summer and recommend it to other readers. I will say that it was an engaging story despite having struggled with parts of the story and that there are still some unanswered questions at the end. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Rushed ending

    The premise of this book was fabulous and timely. The writing was spot on and engaging. The characters were well done, and the conflicts were angst ridden. I was totally invested in the story. Unfortunately, the ending felt rushed and a bit unsatisfying. There were so many relationships woven throughout the book and as I turned the last page, I was left with many questions. What happened to Finn and his brothers? Did Francine and Drew marry? What about their baby? I assume that Sawyer and Serenity stayed together…at least they’re both there when they visit Reagan in New York. Where does Rally end up? What about Lorelei? Lucy? How did Serenity’s siblings take their new relationship? With the twist at the end, do Serenity, Reagan, and Lorelei have other siblings? Way too many questions. The epilogue seemed like a cliff hanger, rather than a vehicle to tie up the loose ends. I’m a fan of Brenda Novak and her books are on my auto-buy list. I’ll continue to purchase and read her books. As I stated above, the writing is always good. Sometimes the stories are detail heavy. With One Perfect Summer, the details were relevant and moved the story along. I’m hoping this is book one, and we’ll see the resolution of the sister’s story in book two!

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  • Truly an amazing summer

    4 stars / This review will be posted at BookwormishMe.com on [Date] . DNA tests are all the rage right now. But what if you find unexpected results when you take one? Serenity took one for a book she was writing and found out she had two half siblings. Now the three of them are meeting at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe to figure out what’s next. How do they solve the mystery of their relation - and who are their parents? Serenity has a picture perfect family in California, mom and dad and brothers and sisters. Reagan was raised by a New York fashion designer with no desire to have kids. Lorelai was found wandering the streets of Orlando at two. What connects these three individuals? The novel is told by four characters - Serenity, Reagan, Lorelai and the Lake Tahoe next door neighbor, Finn. Novak, who is quite the prolific author, does a wonderful job of navigating what it would be like to suddenly find out you have siblings. She brings three very different individuals, each with her own set of problems and life experiences, together and makes them a family. Just like any family, this won’t be without some trials. As an adoptee this book screamed out to me. I too took a DNA test and found my birth family. Real life, so the book had a lot to live up to! I wasn’t disappointed at all. The mystery surrounding their births, the personal issues that each woman has to face, all of it was riveting to read. I loved this book. Well written and inspiring in many ways. Novak wrote a fictional novel that brings together all the elements of finding your new family.

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