By Ashley Farley
There's a stranger in town. And it’s no coincidence when she shows up uninvited at a Sweeney family wedding. All eyes are drawn to this urchin who seems to have washed in with the tide. Before the night is over, the doe-eyed waif charms young and old with her street smarts and spunky personality. For better or worse, Annie Dawn is here to stay.
The memorable Sweeney sisters from Her Sister’s Shoes have returned with more suspense and family drama to hold you spellbound until the dramatic conclusion. As she approaches the next stage of her life as an empty nester, Jackie is torn between expanding her fledgling design business and spending these last precious months with her boys before they fly the coop. Her own worst enemy, Sam is terrified of making a commitment to Eli Marshall, handsome police officer, true love of her life. Her resolve is tested when a ghost from her past shows up after nearly two decades. Faith nurtures her seven-year-old daughter who is recovering from the trauma of her abusive father. Is the threat in the past, or is there more danger on the horizon? The sisters seek guidance from their mother, Lovie, a true Southern matriarch who shows them how to respond to adversity with grace and dignity.
Things are heating up in the Lowcountry. The Sweeney sisters remind us, once again, that being a part of a family is about more than sharing the same DNA
This book is the second book in a series I hadn’t previously heard of and the further I got into the book the more my heart sank as I realised this book is so good I had to read the first one as soon as possible and add to my ever increasing list of books to read.
The story begins with a wedding, a gate-crashing young girl named Annie Dawn, and a close-knit family dealing with various challenges in their lives. Are they ready to deal with the dramas Annie brings with her?
Faith is marrying Mike today but her day is overshadowed by memories of her abusive ex-husband and worries about her daughter Bitsy who hasn’t spoken for a year.
Jackie is busy trying to repair her marriage to Bill after she had a career crisis and took off to Charleston and he had an affair. Since coming back Jackie is torn between spending time with her sons before they fly the nest and focusing on her career.
Sam is a recovering alcoholic fighting the urge to drink with everything that is going on her life. The love of her life wants to marry her but Sam is having major doubts about commitment.
I loved the relationship between the sisters and also the relationship between Bitsy and her cousins Jamie, Sean and Cooper. Jamie and Bitsy were among my favourite characters in the book.
My only criticism is that ‘Big Mo’ was clearly overstepping his boundaries as a therapist and should not have been counselling his friends and their children. However, in terms of the development of the story this was useful and I don’t think it would have developed so well without his inclusion.
I loved the different elements of family life that the author explored in this book and the dynamics of their relationship with each other.
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