Published by Pearls and Pages on April 28, 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
I received this book for free from Chick-Lit Plus in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Sisters Gracie and Juliette Bennett used to be the best of friends. But over the years, time and distance have worn the ties of sisterhood that once bound them together. Each has been following her own life's path, growing further apart.
When their beloved grandmother Mimi passes the Bennett sisters are set to inherit her house--the charming Santa Barbara Craftsman, a family heirloom three generations old.
But there's a catch: In order to inherit their home away from home Gracie and Juliette must live at 1402 Laguna Lane for one year...together.
Now, in an unexpected and peculiar way, their paths intertwine. Gracie and Juliette have a chance to come together and reexamine their relationship, perhaps even become the kinds of friends only sisters can be. Because as they'll learn over the course of the trying year ahead, Mimi's clever plan is about more than preserving a piece of family history.
Differences will be embraced, pasts confronted, loyalties tested, and secrets revealed. And in their darkest hours Gracie and Juliette will have to decide if a sister's love is what they need to get through the year. If a unique friendship between sisters is what they've needed all along.
In an Oyster Shell – This is a well-written story of reconciliation between two sisters.
The Pearls – What drew me to this book was the book description. I loved the idea of two sisters basically being manipulated into being reconciled. To me – it was a story that could not go wrong. I was right! The execution of the book’s premise was done to perfection.
The story was well-crafted and well done. It had impeccible story and character arcs. The plots and subplots were orchestrated masterfully to make for an eloquent read.
I really enjoyed the contrast of characters. This was seen best between the two sisters. They were as different as could be, yet those differences help them in the end.
The Sand – The only thing that bothered me about this book was a decision one of the character’s make. The redeeming thing about this is the author did a good job justifying the character’s reasoning. So it all works out in the end.
I give this book a well-deserved 5 pearls.