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Stormi's Review: The Summer of New Beginnings (Magnolia Grove #1) by Bette Lee Crosby

APC PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing RELEASED: March 27, 2018 GENRE: women's fiction, family LENGTH: 280 pages FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible


One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all.

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.

Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.

As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.

As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings. FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

Meghan has always been the responsible child, while her sister, Tracy was a wild child. When her father dies, Meghan decides to put off school and help her mother, Lila, by running her father's business. As time passes, Tracy leaves home and comes back a few years later, with her son Lucas in tow. Now reunited, the bond of sisterhood grows, and the sisters move forward, along with their mother, a furry rescue pup, and a struggling little boy. This story is a story of discovery and new beginnings. Above all else, It's a story about family. This is a story filled with pain. It is also a story of hope and love. From the death of their father to the painful recollections of the past, to an unknown future, this book sheds a beautiful light on the bond of family. One thing about this story is that it's real. It shows pain, loss, struggles, and family bonding. It could happen in real life, to anyone. I love stories like this. It was one that I could relate to easily. I loved the characters. Meghan is great. She is strong and very admirable. She puts off so much and shoulders so much for her family. As for Tracy, I honestly didn't like her at first, but after she comes home you can see her growing as a woman and mother, and she wins me over. Lucas and Sox, well these two just stole my heart! I loved this story. Its gripping and genuinely tugs at the heartstrings. It brought me to tears. It made me happy. It made me sad. It was very well written and had me on an emotional ride from beginning to end. It even had touches of romance along the journey. I loved the ending. This was my first book by this author, but I can't wait to read more.

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