Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Review: A Letter From Nana Rose by Kristin Harper

A Letter From Nana Rose
by Kristin Harper

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 198
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “My darling girls. You were once so happy in this house. Now I’m gone, all I ask is that you spend one last summer here together on Dune Island. And please forgive me, your Nana, for the secret I’m about to tell you…”

Arriving at the honeysuckle-covered beach house inherited from her beloved grandmother, recently heartbroken Jill hopes to convince her two feuding sisters not to sell a place so full of happy childhood memories. But the envelope waiting on the driftwood table changes everything. In her elegant handwriting, Nana Rose promises a new letter will arrive each day of the summer revealing a family secret she took to her grave.

Shaken, Jill anxiously awaits each letter filled with Nana’s bittersweet memories of her own sister who she loved more than anyone—and lost far too young. But why did Nana never speak of this tragic loss to her grandchildren?

Watching the sunset each night and wondering how well they really knew Nana Rose, Jill feels her family is closer than they’ve been in years. And after a chance encounter with blue-eyed tree surgeon Alex, she wonders if Nana believed being back on Dune Island would help Jill find love, too?

But when Nana’s final letter arrives, the revelation about how her sister died is more shocking than Jill ever imagined. Suddenly, despite the chance of happiness with Alex, selling the house seems the only way forward. Will Jill find a way to forge new bonds of sisterhood and save their inheritance, or will Nana Rose’s secret tear them all apart?

Kritters Thoughts:  Three sisters lose their grandmother, but when she passes she leaves them the vacation home that shaped their childhood.  Each in different ways, these three sisters found solace in this home.  Their grandmother charges them to spend two weeks together and to come to an unanimous decision on the future of the home.  While a plot line that sounds familiar and I may have read more than one set of siblings that inherit a home, they never get old!

Without completely switching between each sister's points of view, this book does allow each sister to give their side of the story and share the personal struggles they are battling while also trying to decide what to do with this beautiful home in a remote vacation location.  I think the author balanced what each sister was dealing with with ease and nothing felt over the top.  I loved the journey that each sister had individually, but also how they had together with each other.  

I have read all of Kristin Harper's books up to this point and I have loved each of them, so I have high hopes that she has many more to come!  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 132 out of 100

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