I’m continuing with my efforts to read outside of my usual genres and Secrets of the Tulip Sisters appealed as a diverting summer read. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for review.
About Secrets of the Tulip Sisters:
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 11, 2017)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Daughters of the Bride comes the charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love and the unbreakable bond between sisters
Kelly Murphy’s life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son, who’s set his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.
But Olivia’s return isn’t as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She’s determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years, she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now.
While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?
Told with Mallery’s trademark heart and humor, the Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their lives…
About the Author:
I read this book while I was on vacation and it was a perfect book to just sit and read without interruption. This is a story of sisters – I have no experience in the sisterly bond only having brothers but I have heard (and read) stories of how strong it can be. This novel explores all manner of family dynamics from the broken marriage of the parents to the relationships of the two parents to the children. The sisters are each keeping secrets from each other that leak out in fits and starts interfering with their attempts to reconcile.
Each sister faces her own set of hurdles with both life and love. Kelly, the elder has always just rolled along accepting that her relationships would never be completely fulfilling until she is reunited with someone from her past. He is determined to break down her defenses.
The surrounding community also plays a big role in the tale as it struggles to survive in a fast paced world. Kelly’s sister Olivia comes back and seemingly revitalizes the local artisan mall with her instinct and ideas.
There is plenty of romance and a lot of family dynamics in Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. The book read quickly and it entertained. I can’t say I became overly invested in any of the characters and that led to this being a light, airy read. It filled some time but it didn’t evoke any big emotions for me.
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