This is the 4th book in this series (The Callaghan Sisters) having thoroughly enjoyed the first three in the series (reviews of all three books can be found in “Book Reviews”) . I have had this book on my TBR for a while but was prompted to read it when the 5th book was published a few days ago. Since I always prefer to read books in a series sequentially I decided to get into it.
This book focuses on Grace, the sister who lost her husband Tom to cancer, travelled the world thereafter and returned home with two adorable girls she adopted in Asia. Grace’s story wasn’t new because it had constantly come up in the other books but this time we got to know and understand her better, her relationship and marriage to Tom before he passed on and how life has been for her after his death. This is a story about loss, grief, family support, friendship and courage.
I didn’t expect this book to have the same upbeat, laugh-out-loud vibe like the others since I knew that the story was centered around Grace. Although Kristen Bailey still managed to throw in some really witty moments in there, it had a very reflective feel to it. Since I have lost very close loved ones myself, it was downright relatable and I was glad that this story was able to show the need for support from loved ones when going through loss and grief. We could also see here how grief has different faces shown by the different ways which Grace and Joyce (Tom’s mother) chose to grieve for him and this is totally okay. The important thing is for the people around to understand and provide help where they can. Grace was such a sweetheart and out of all the sisters, she’s my next favorite after Meg.
This was another really good addition to this series and as usual, I highly recommend. Now I am off to read the fifth and last series which promises to be off the hook because the last sister Lucy is a walking time bomb.
Rating: 4 Stars
Published: June 30th 2021 by Bookouture (first published June 28th 2021)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Kristen Bailey is a British writer and a graduate of Bristol University. She has a couple of books under her belt such as Souper Mom and Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life?. She is married to Nick and they have five Children.
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