cover image The Summer Sisters

The Summer Sisters

Sara Richardson. Forever, $15.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-5387-1825-4

Two sisters and their aunt find second chances at love and happiness in Richardson’s heartwarming second Juniper Springs romance (after Home for the Holidays). Rose Buchanan left her fiancé and her life in Savannah, Ga., to start over in the small town of Juniper Springs, Colo., taking over her aunt Sassy’s inn with her sister Dahlia and Sassy’s adoptive son, Colt, who Sassy took in as a teenager. The trio get to work transforming the inn into a luxurious mountain resort, and throughout the stressful renovation, Rose is pleasantly surprised that Colt, her once-enemy, is her biggest help. But her attraction to him is also her biggest distraction. Meanwhile, Dahlia, a recently divorced single mother, reconnects with Ike, the man she fell for while visiting Juniper Springs the previous Christmas. As they embark on a relationship, though, she discovers that dating’s more complicated with kids involved. Sassy gets an unexpected request to serve as the town’s interim mayor, and in this new position, she finds both a fresh chance at love and the potential to reconcile with her estranged sister, Rose and Dahlia’s mother. Richardson does a good job painting three endearingly imperfect women and braiding their separate love stories. This is sure to win readers’ hearts. [em]Agent: Susie Townsend, New Leaf Literary. (July) [/em]