New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams.
Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school - and her first love - so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina's life has suddenly become…complicated. Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men - her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with.
Averil doesn't seem to want the great guy she's married to, and doesn't seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina's starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.
But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted?
©2014 Susan Marcias Redmond (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Just dont know"
I just don't know. Something was missing from this book. I can normally relate to or connect with the characters in Susan's books but not this one. This book started off interesting but quickly lost all interest in it. If this was a show on tv or a movie I would of turned it off. But since I bought it, I finished it. Something was lacking, just not what I have come to expect from a Susan Mallery book. Nothing seemed to really get fix, or come to a conclusion. Everyone in the book just said oh Hey this is my problem, problem solved. Nothing was really worked threw or talked about like you would expect from a book. I would of thought this was an abridge version.
"This was ok, but not as good as the first 2 books"
The audiobook narrator was ok but I prefer other narrators.
This is book 3 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female character also has a happy romantic ending with a guy. The main stories are about women, their friends, and choices in life, but secondary stories include their romantic life.
Nina is the older sister. She was forced to be the responsible one raising her younger sister Averil and her stupid flaky flighty mother Bonnie. Bonnie is like Peter Pan - never growing up. Nina has to go out of her way and spend all kinds of time and energy to fix things when her mother does stupid things. It was like having a toddler as a mother. Toward the end of the book Bonnie did something terribly stupid causing all kinds of grief for Nina and others. I was angry at Bonnie.
Averil annoyed me with her flakiness. She is married to a great guy, but she leaves him to stay with Nina and her mother for a few months. She can’t explain why she is there. She keeps saying she needs time to think. She doesn’t know what she wants to do. She wants to write a novel but has never been able to start. She resents Nina being the responsible mother figure but still loves her. I was tired of Averil’s wishy washiness. She talks to her husband every day on the phone. They love each other. He wants to be with her. But she doesn’t know why she is staying away from him.
This book has more romantic relationship development than the previous two books. Nina and Dylan dated in college but broke up for vague reasons. Now Dylan has moved to the island to work with his father - both Doctors. He and Nina do some things together. Their relationship is “friends.”
Meanwhile Kyle comes to town, a jet fighter pilot in the Navy. He is four years younger than Nina. He was infatuated with her when he was 12 and he still is. Nina hasn’t had sex in ages so she has a fling with Kyle. He’s great at sex and is extremely devoted to her. At one point she describes Kyle as being with a puppy - playful and wanting to play.
For readers hesitant about romantic triangles:
Nina is having a sexual relationship with Kyle and a friend-type relationship with Dylan. I don’t want to give away the ending, but Nina ends up with one of them.
Cristina Panfilio’s voice sometimes irritated me - kind of strident. I prefer a softer tone. She used a weird voice for Kyle. Her tone for Dylan didn’t feel like a guy.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: womens fiction with romance.
Another excellent story
I love the relationships between the characters. I enjoy that there are layers to the characters.
I liked Nina
I was moved by the conversations between Nina and Avril
This author rarely misses. I enjoy her books very much. I enjoy the narrator too.
"Good series...hope there will be another"
I enjoyed this book, and the series.
I liked the characters and the location.
I liked them all, except for Avriel...the voice she used for that character was so annoying! Baby talk voices are just annoying to me,
It would be painful.
Her male voices were absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable.
No I couldn't handle listening to the narration of male voices for that long.
"Susan always delivers"
the character's all had pretty great personalities. I like the Susan gives in depth descriptions.
Nina had to figure out which man to love while trying to help her family get their lives straightened out. the love she has for her family finally get's to out shine her feelings of responsibility. the twists in this book are quirky and fun.
It's a good read, and important for hints about her new Series.
The way Nina was able to let go and be a daughter rather than the "mommy".
None at this time
The narrator could have been a little more dramatic....this story would have been better with someone who could infuse the drama
It is nice to see that Susan is expanding her story line to include the LGBT community.
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