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April 10, 2020

Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr

by MK French

Justine was twenty when her younger sister Addie was born, so they never really knew each other. Addie ultimately dropped out of college to care for their parents and Justine paid the bills. After the death of their parents, the two sisters don't know how to begin again. Addie had been a caregiver long enough she doesn't know how to care for herself, and Justine's success as a lawyer has strained her marriage. All they have is each other and a future full of changes.

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April 2020; MIRA;  978-0778310099
audio, ebook, print (304 pages); women's fiction
There were times I was really drawn into the story, and times when I was entirely thrown out of it. The style it was written in feels more like an outline at times, possibly because there is so much going on throughout the story. Paragraphs of information are given at a time, summarizing weeks of work that Addie or Justine do. That threw me out of the story, and it became less emotionally engaging for me. It was when we were moving through events with the characters that I was most emotionally attached to them. I do like that Addie and Justine were both able to find romantic love after heartbreak and that it isn't just the young women who are able to be romantic figures.

Addie and Justine were both stronger than they thought they were at the beginning of the novel. Justine was always seen as emotionally tough, but much of that is because she feels responsible for taking care of everyone else. She felt that if she falls apart, she would never be able to put herself back together. It was definitely a difficult position to be put into when she found out her husband had been cheating and siphoning money out of their accounts, and he put his happiness over the needs of his family. Scott fell for a younger and more volatile woman that made him feel needed, and his judgment was solely based on his financial needs. He isn't very sympathetic, and I really don't care what happens to him.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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  1. really don't care what happens to him...made me smile. love the fun cover
    sherry @ fundinmental