The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne, book two in her Cape Sanctuary series, grabbed me and held me hostage until I turned the last page, finishing the story, leaving me wanting more. This heartwarming, emotional story takes us on a journey into the lives of one sister allowing the hurt and guilt of her past to control her life, another sister trying to live with the stress of life demands, while trying to be the perfect wife and mom. With her troubled past, Jessica Clayton feels safer living life on the road. She’s created a life of helping others downsize, after learning the hard way that the less “stuff” the better; also applying it to her relationships. A new client has Jess returning to Cape Sanctuary, a town that was once home and where her little sister, Rachel, still lives. Jess and Rachel were best friends until that fatal night when they lost their parents; separating the girls, forcing them to live in different foster homes, changing everything between them. Aging out of the system, Jess couldn’t wait to leave Cape Sanctuary while Rachel found a loving family to live with and a man to love and create a future with. Rachel lets everyone believe she has the picture-perfect life, but the demands of her autistic son has Rachel stressed thin; causing her marriage to unravel at the seams. Rachel badly needs her sister, now more than ever; but has learned from painful experience that Jess doesn’t do family and doesn’t believe she can rely on her now. Despite believing she shouldn’t get involved, Jess finds herself becoming attached, not just to her sister and her family, but also her client’s interfering, available, and handsome son, Nate. All of these connections force Jess to open up and put everything on the line; time for her to make some life-changing decisions. Jess has to decide if she can continue to run from her painful past or stay in Cape Sanctuary, making room for the love of her sister and Nate. Ms. Thayne wrote a story that reaches the soul; the soul of her characters as well the soul of her readers. This wonderful and amazing story was emotional, moving, tear inducing, filled with wonderful dialogue, and endearing characters that is must read. I highly recommend The Path to Sunshine Cove to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by RaeAnne Thayer and The Path to Sunshine Cove didn’t disappoint. This is the story centered around Jess Clayton and Nate Whitaker. When they first meet, they don’t get off to a great start because his mom, Eleanor, failed to tell him she’d hired Jess to downsize her home. Nate, Eleanor, and Nate’s daughter, Sophie, are still grieving for Jack, his father. Jess also took the job because her sister Rachel and her husband and kids live nearby in Cape Sanctuary. She’s hoping to mend their relationship, but things don’t look promising when she pays them a visit. Grab your copy and get to know these wonderful characters and fall in love with this book like I did. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Life is messy. Relationships are messy. Family life is complicated. This book was fantastic and covers all of these things in such a truthful, honest way. Jess and Rachel are sisters who went through a traumatic childhood and were split up when their parents died. It left scars. They each handled it differently. Jess is a loner who doesn't form lasting relationships, even her chosen profession moves her from place to place. Rachel is settled with a loving husband and children but she strives for perfection in everything and it's driving her to the brink of a breakdown. They used to be so close but now they hardly see each other. Now, Jess is finally in the same city at Rachel due to a temporary job and things are going to come to a head - they just don't know it! Meanwhile, the job Jess is on is going to change her life - romantically, personally and professionally. I loved every character in this book. The sisters were great! Nate, the love interest, was also wonderful, along with his daughter! Rachel's kids and husband, Cody, added so much to the story. Nate's mom was truly a gift. This is a definite reread!!!