We begin with three sisters, two of which never knew of the other one and vice versa, who come together for a common goal...to honor their father's memory and his final wishes. Yeah...when are things EVER that simple?
|My Mom's been here!|
Our leading ladies are Des, Allie, and Cara (though Barney, their newly acquainted aunt is certainly a memorable character!). The first two are fully blood relatives and while growing up together, that's pretty much where their sisterly bond ends. Jealousy and envy clouded the eyes of Allie and despite Des' vehement exclamations that she never wanted the fame she acquired, the green eyed monster prevailed. Enter, Cara...the half-sister from the other coast. She knew nothing of them and they nothing of her...just the way old Fritz wanted it. Cowardly? You bet, in my opinion and that of Aunt Barney, so at least I'm in good company. You see, Fritz was their father, the death of whom threw their lives into more chaos than you can imagine and through his explicit wishes, revealed the truth he had withheld from them all. What's a family to do when they discover they weren't the only ones? How are the girls suppose to get past the hurt and betrayal to accomplish the task at hand and ultimately claim their inheritance? By the time this story is over, they'll no longer be saying SHOW ME THE MONEY...but they'll all be richer, just the same.
|Yep...I've been here!|
While reading this one, I could fill a notebook with my "loves" along the way. The setting was beautiful and accurate in many ways! Yes, despite the fictitious story, there was still truth to some of the locations and towns visited. In fact, my hometown was mentioned as well as a particular theater that my Mom actually visited and in its later update, I did as well! Always manages to bring a smile to my face and strengthen the connection I have to a book. Next up on the loves would be the characters.
Des loved animals, desired to see them all properly cared for, lacked time for "other interests" outside her work, and desired to be close to her family despite having no idea how to mend the unintentional rift. Her bright disposition served her well, especially against some of the adversity she encountered. Cara was a free spirit, much like her mother, that could easily adapt to changes in her situation and despite her recently broken heart, isn't shutting others out of her life, but rather letting them in. She's ready to tackle this new adventure, and it certainly doesn't hurt that there is some potential sparks between her and the jerkface-turned-good-guy aka Joe. Then there's Allie, the black sheep of the bunch. Despite having known Des her whole life, the green eyed monster still has her heart in its grasp, even with having an amazing daughter, designer labels, and the chance to start again almost in her reach. They're an interesting bunch, but they're family and family sticks together through the good AND the bad.
In the end, I really enjoyed this start to the series and can't wait for the next two books to hit store shelves! Grant it, that's not slated until 2018 and 2019, but that's what wish lists and calendars were made for. Highly recommended for fans of the author already as well as those that love a good Contemporary story with a little mystery, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of heart.
|From the author's site...|