Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Cliff House
by RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Three women—two sisters and their aunt—and the cliff house on the northern California coast that served as a beacon to them all…

After the death of their mother, sisters Daisy and Beatriz Davenport found a home with their aunt Stella in the beautiful and welcoming town of Cape Sanctuary. They never knew all the dreams that Stella sacrificed to ensure they had everything they’d ever need. Now, with Daisy and Bea grown, it’s time for Stella to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from them—a secret that will change their family forever. 

Bea thought she’d sown all her wild oats when she got pregnant far too young. The marriage that followed was rocky and not destined to last, but it gave Bea her wonderful, mature, now eleven-year-old daughter, Marisol. But just as she’s beginning to pursue a new love with an old friend, Bea’s ex-husband resurfaces and turns their lives completely upside down. 

Then there’s Daisy—sensible, rational, financially prudent Daisy. She’s never taken a risk in her life—until she meets a man who makes her question everything she thought she knew about life, love and the power of taking chances.


Kritters Thoughts:  I am a RaeAnne Thayne fan, but I am even more of a fan of her stand alone books.  With a little less romance and more plot and characters, her stand alone books are just top notch.  

At a young age two sisters - Daisy and Beatriz, lost their mom to drug use and after a stint in foster homes their young aunt took them in and raised them.  Through bringing them in she made some major life choices and did a lot to put them first.  Now as adults they are all living around each other and this book takes a snapshot of a few moments in their current life and at the same time tells the story of how these three women ended up where they are now.  

I loved each and every woman in this book for the character that they were.  It was so easy to see how the past shaped them into the women they were and the bond between them.  I really enjoyed reading about the big cast of characters that surrounded the women and even though the cast was big, it was so easy to keep everyone straight.  There were a few eye roll moments that reminded me I was reading fiction, but they in no way took away from the bigger story.  

I know this is a stand alone and that is a part of why I love it, but I wouldn't mind a sequel that took place a few years after the conclusion of this book and took another snapshot into these women's lives and where they are then.


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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