Fiona Bagshaw had not a maternal bone in her body, and for most of their lives, her two daughters have lived apart: Juliet in England and Lucy in Boston. Fiona has become a rather famous artist and relishes that world.

But after a humiliating experience because of her mother, Lucy has fled to Cumbria in the Lake District, and to the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea. Home to Juliet, who owns a Bed and Breakfast.

Juliet had invited her and even arranged for a short-term job for Lucy in the primary school.

Juliet is somewhat abrasive, while Lucy is friendly, open, and wears her heart on her sleeve.

Immersing myself in the world of Rainy Day Sisters was a cozy and delightful experience. I felt like I was a part of their world, and loved discovering why the sisters (half-sisters, as Juliet often pointed out) had been separated, and what would need to happen before they connected completely.

I rooted for each of the sisters as they struggled to overcome the rejections their mother had handed out, and I hoped, for their sake, that Fiona would somehow make amends and help them heal. But could that even happen at this late date? And even if Fiona made overtures, would the sisters accept them? Would Juliet and Lucy find romance, despite their history?

I loved this book and recommend it for all who enjoy family stories, especially families fraught with dysfunction. 4.5 stars.


    • She definitely was, wasn’t she? I was hoping this one was the beginning of a trilogy, or something, since it’s called A Hartley-by-the-Sea novel. I haven’t seen any others yet, but who knows?

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn.


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