Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Review: The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

The Path to Sunshine Cove
by RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  She knows what's best for everyone but herself...

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?

Kritters Thoughts:  Jessica Clayton returns to a small town where her sister now lives, but for a work project.  She parks her Airstream and is there for work, but glad for a few moments with her sister and her kids and husband.  Her sister, Rachel is trying to create the perfect life online, but it is impeding on the joy in her real life.  Each sister will hopefully learn a life lesson or two from each other in the short time they are together.  

I think my favorite books of RaeAnne Thayne are her stand alone books where she really concentrates on the plot and the story of the characters in this one book instead of making sure they fit into the world of a series.  I also love that RaeAnne Thayne doesn't sacrifice character development or plot to sexy scenes and instead those seamlessly fit in around the story - if there are any at all (can't even remember them in this one!)

I read this book in two sittings because I loved both Jessica and Rachel and wanted to find out where these two would end up and how they would get there.  I loved reading about their childhoods and how each responded in very different ways and how that shaped them as adults.  I don't want to even hint as the reveal of those details came at such an interesting time in the book and I am so glad I found it out when the character told their story.  

I was a fan of RaeAnne Thayne before this one and will continue after this book.  She writes great women (and men) that are going through life and having honest experiences.  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 29 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin  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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