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Title: Sunrise on Half Moon Bay
Author: Robyn Carr
Publication Date: April 14th, 2020
Publisher: MIRA Books
Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…
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.
Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California, Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.
This story was very different – in a good way – to what I was expecting after reading the blurb. It is a story of families, friendships, betrayal, infidelity, second chances and self-discovery, all skilfully interwoven into a story with characters who you soon feel you know and can relate to. Adele (Addie) and her older sister Justine don’t really know each other very well as there’s an age gap of twenty years, they’ve never lived together and aren’t that great at sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other.
When their parents needed caring for, Addie dropped out of University to look after them whilst Justine, a successful corporate lawyer, helped cover their expenses. Now their parents are dead, Addie is unsure of herself and what to do in future – only to have this compounded when Justine reveals she may be losing her job. Addie assumes Justine’s life is perfect – great job, loving husband and two delightful teenage daughters. However, appearances are often deceptive and Justine’s marriage is disintegrating . . . . The sisters are both needing to make a fresh start in their lives, to cope with all the impending changes and dare to look to the future. Can they also learn to know and support each other whilst they make all the necessary changes?
This is a family drama, a story about learning to stand up for yourself, to face the future and that sometimes out of heartbreak you can find an even better future. It is a heartwarming story of discovering yourself, finding someone to trust and that love is sometimes right in front of you if you’re only brave enough to take a chance. It deals with some very difficult issues, including infidelity, grief, abusive relationships, divorce and starting again. It is about second chances, counselling, making the most of your opportunities, lasting love and friendship with families at the heart of it all – and is a great read!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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 www.RobynCarr.com.
Author Website: https://www.robyncarr.com/