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THE PATH TO SUNSHINE COVE
March 30, 2021
With a past like hers, Jessica Clayton feels safer in a life spent on the road. She’s made a career out of helping others downsize—because she’s learned the hard way that the less “stuff,” the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home…and that her little sister, Rachel, still does. The years apart haven’t made a dent in the guilt Jess still carries after a handgun took the lives of both their parents and changed everything between them.
While Jess couldn’t wait to put the miles between her and Cape Sanctuary, Rachel put down roots, content for the world—and her sister—to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child’s disability, Rachel’s marriage has begun to fray at the seams. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she’s learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn’t do family, and she shouldn’t count on her now.
Against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached—to her sister and her family, even to her client’s interfering son, Nate—and it’s time to put everything on the line. Does she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and make room for the love and joy that come along with it?
This was a very lighthearted read. Definitely some Hallmark channel vibes going on, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need in your life (and I’m not ashamed to admit it). The story tackles love after loss, tense family relationships, parenting newborns, parenting tweens, parenting autistic children, aging parents, and sick family members. You’d think, with all that, the book would be a downer. But it isn’t. The story stays positive and moves along quickly. The ending was a bit predictable, but I didn’t mind it. The Path to Sunshine Cove is a perfect feel-good book for a quiet spring day.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Harlequin for the ARC!