Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt

Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day….

When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.

Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.

Received for review

I'm all for Chick Lit in moderation so I added this to my TBR pile with the intention of reading it on a cold, rainy day while sipping a cup of tea.  I did and it was quite a good experience.

There's nothing new or spectacular about this novel.  It's fairly standard Chick Lit with family drama and romantic drama and everything is wrapped up nicely in a little bow at the end.  It's angst and fluff with a guaranteed happy ending.  The characters aren't anything extraordinary, but they're solid and well written and serve their roles perfectly.  I didn't love the characters but I didn't hate them.  I was just sort of neutral about them the entire time.  I knew everything would turn out fine for them in the end so I wasn't particularly emotionally invested but the writing kept me engaged throughout nonetheless.

Overall, this is a pleasant read and certainly a good way to spend an afternoon.  If you're a Chick Lit fan than you are almost guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy this.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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