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  • Family Healing and True Love

    In this piece of Women's Fiction, many thresholds are crossed. Two sisters of different mothers come to grips with their abusive father and the effects he has had on their lives. Their grandmother leaves a strange condition in her will that causes all sorts of divisions to heal. It is an emotional ride as well as a heartwarming one. I can't wait for more books from this author. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • Great story

    A book about two sisters who will inherit their Nana’s house. They have to live together for one month. Sounds easy but they haven’t spoke to each other in years. Family can be complicated and with secrets more so. I enjoyed the story, this is the perfect beach read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy

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  • Bittersweet and Beguiling

    A well-drawn, gorgeous setting is always something I enthuse about, and Cecilia Lyra does it in style with Nana's beach house in Montauk, The Hamptons, which is wonderfully given life. I’d love to take a stroll along the beach, gaze at the sparkling sea, or relax on the porch with a glass of wine and a lobster roll. This is a touching and compelling tale and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. In The Sunset Sisters both of the main characters, half-sisters Cassie and Julie, were lovely people. Born only two weeks apart, the girls share the same father but different mothers. However, they have lived very contrasting lives as privileged Cassie is a part of her father’s official family, with Julie compartmentalised in role of secret daughter. While their home lives are dramatically different, with Cassie enjoying a thriftless lifestyle and love child Julie living in a single parent household, nevertheless the girls have much in common. Both girls carry the responsibility of acting as carers for their needy and unfit mothers. When a tragic event causes a rift between them that lasts for fourteen years, fate eventually intervenes. Nana had included a condition in her will stating that in order to inherit her idyllic beach house in the Hamptons, Cassie and Julie must live there together for a month... Cassie's and Julie's endeavours made me smile and they kept me entertained throughout. A delightful, bittersweet and beguiling story about love, tragedy, mental illness, family, sisterhood, adultery, and lies that had me utterly enchanted. The Sunset Sisters is uplifting and compelling and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Perfect Summer Read

    I couldn’t put this one down. A great beach read with lots of emotion. A story of two sisters told from both of their point of views. Close as younger siblings they were estranged as adults until their grandmother passes away and in order to get their inheritance they must stay in her house together. Stories from their past and present are revealed. I love a good sibling story and this was definitely one

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  • Grab this book for your next vacation.

    Cassie and Julie are half-sisters, though Nana would never tolerate the word “half.” Half is not for family, it’s for sandwiches, or something like that. Cassie is Katherine’s and Stephan’s daughter. Supposedly they are the happy marriage. Julie (pronounced with a soft J) is Sophie’s and Stephan’s daughter. Supposedly the happy affair. Neither is 100% happy, as we will find. And though the girls were once as inseparable as best friends, it’s been a very long time since they’ve spoken. With Nana’s passing, Cassie and Julie will be forced to confront each other and their demons in Montauk at Nana’s beach house. Nana has plans for these girls, and it doesn’t end with their going their separate ways. What Nana wants, Nana will get, at least these were her dying wishes. The giant table for 12 at the beach house attests to what Nana wanted, a happy family sharing meals and lives together. A beach read of the highest quality, The Sunset Sisters is a story about love and tragedy. About a family torn apart by adultery, lies, abuse and mental illness. About the best and the worst in all of us, and how trauma can affect every bit of our lives. Lyra knows how to tell a story. She gives us two sisters very much alike, but also very different. Shows us how an environment can shape someone in both good and bad ways. Makes the characters flawed, but likeable. All the elements of the perfect summer story.

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