Sunrise on Half Moon Bay

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From the Bestselling Author of the hit Netflix series, Virgin River!

Sometimes the happiness we’re looking for has been there all along…

Adele and Justine have never been close. Born twenty years apart, Justine was already an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other but they don’t really know each other.

When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women.

Addie had great plans for her life but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver and doesn’t know how to live for herself. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart despite her best efforts.

Neither woman knows how to start life over but both realize they can and must support each other the way only sisters can. Together they find the strength to accept their failures and overcome their challenges. Happiness is within reach, if only they have the courage to fight for it.

Set in the stunning coastal town of Half Moon Bay, California, Robyn Carr’s new novel examines the joys of sisterhood and the importance of embracing change.

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24 reviews
Kathy Branfield
April 16, 2020
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr is a delightful novel of healing and new beginnings. Thirty two year old Adele “Addie” Descaro is struggling to restart her life after caring for her elderly parents for eight years. She moved back home before finishing her master’s program and she is at loss while trying to figure out a new career path. Making a decision becomes imperative when her fifty-two year old sister Justine Somersby informs her she might not be able to continue helping Adele financially. Justine is a lawyer who works long hours to support her husband Scott and their teenage daughters, Amber and Olivia. She also does more than her fair share of the work around the house as Scott works part-time and participates in multiple sports. After making a shocking discovery, Justine makes many changes in her life that bring her and Adele surprisingly closer. Over the years, Adele has given up spending time with anyone except for her family and close friend Jake Bronski. She has also never quite recovered from a broken heart and tragic loss that occurred at the same time she moved home to care for her parents. Adele is uncertain about how to jumpstart her career while also fixing up the family home. Finally motivated to make some positive changes, she is soon putting her plans in motion for her future. But Adele is a little surprised to find that making professional decisions is much easier than taking charge of her personal life. Justine is decisive and no nonsense as she makes plans for her future. Surprisingly resilient in spite of painful circumstances, she is undergoing a period of discovery during a difficult time. Despite the unexpected changes, Justine grows more confident as the months pass. With both sisters undergoing many changes, Justine and Adele welcome a newfound closeness between them. Addie embraces the opportunity to strengthen her bonds with her nieces and sister. But she struggles a little with the choices she needs to make and she is a bit disconcerted when her relationship with Jake grows a little strained. When Addie’s past collides with her present, will she finally gain the perspective she needs to move forward? Sunrise on Half Moon Bay is a wonderful novel about overcoming adversity and starting over when life throws unexpected curves. Old and new fans of Robyn Carr are sure to enjoy this family-centric novel. I received a complimentary copy for review.
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Kristina Anderson
April 14, 2020
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr has Adele Descaro contemplating what she wants to do with her life now. She has spent the last eight years caring for her parents. Adele had been halfway through her master’s degree when her mother needed her to care for her father. Adele and her sister, Justine Somersby have never been close because of the twenty-year age difference between them. Adele is thankful for Justine covering the household expenses plus providing her with a stipend. Justine is a successful lawyer with a house husband and two teenage daughters. Now, though, her marriage is falling apart, and Justine has a chance to start anew. Both sisters are unsure how to move forward. But together they can figure it out and be better for it. Sunrise on Half Moon Bay is a heartwarming story. Adele and Justine are getting a chance to change their lives. The hard part, of course, is figuring out what you want to do and getting the courage to do it. I thought the characters were realistic along with their situations. Both sisters must recover and learn to trust again. Only when they decide what will make them happy, can they be open to a new relationship. I thought the story had a good flow and moved along at a steady pace. I did feel that there was too much repetition. The same details would be repeated two to four times. I liked seeing the sisters get to know each other. I can see many women relating to the two main characters. I could have done without the foul language (mild) and a graphic, intimate scene (it did not go with the rest of the book). I do want readers to know that there is a domestic violence situation in the story. My favorite phrase from the book is “Out of the ashes comes the beauty.” Sunrise on Half Moon Bay is an uplifting story that is perfect to read on a stormy afternoon or while sitting poolside. Sunrise on Half Moon Bay is a story about second chances, family and happiness.
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Gaele Hi
April 16, 2020
Born twenty years apart, Adele and Justine have never been close, even as they ‘love’ each other. The younger Adele had left her dreams to take care of her aging parents, and Justine, as a successful attorney was taking care of the bills and providing Adele with a stipend for her own personal use. But everything is set to change with their parents now gone, and Justine’s marriage in tatters. Unfortunately, Adele had never really planned for her ‘what’s next’, and with Justine’s issues the two are floundering a bit. From having to get to know one another, to unearthing long buried secrets that are bound to cause issues for them both, personally and to their relationship: the story contains details of adultery and domestic violence – while not substantially graphic, both issues have a great impact on both of the sisters’ choices and issues to confront. Things do find a way to work for them both- with choices opening up as each embraces the changes in front of them, and they try to build their ‘sisterly’ relationship with all of the new parameters. This was an on-again / off-again story for me: the age difference in the two sisters played largely into their relationship, and made their earlier interactions rather awkward and stilted, and the moments I was expecting with resentments popping forward to take over the story didn’t have the resounding emotional impact that I had hoped for. Both abuse and adultery were dealt with fairly gently, although on some levels things were repeatedly popping up at the oddest times in strange ways – often not feeling particularly organic or natural. But the conclusion and relationship with the growth for them both as they found a new source of comfort, support and camaraderie in their relationship, that felt more like friends of choice rather than sisters by chance did wrap up the story with a smile. A solid beachy read that allows you to escape but not requiring a ton of time or investment to enjoy. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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About the author

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women's fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at

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