Review: The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown

Posted March 11, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown
The Sometimes Sisters

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on February 27, 2018
Pages: 309
Format: eARC
Source: Audible
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A laid-back resort by the lake welcomes back three half-sisters when their grandmother dies. Grandma Annie’s last wish is to see these three Sometimes Sisters work past whatever made them all go their separate ways as teens and become a family again. With the help of the resort, old Uncle Zed, memories of Annie, chances at new and old love, the Clancy sisters return to the lake.


I enjoyed this touching story that focuses on the lives of three estranged sisters who have all hit rock bottom and need a do over on life and a new chance at being family. The death of their grandmother and the summons from beyond the grave for them to all return to the lake resort where they used to spend their summers is the catalyst that is needed. Dana, Harper, and Tawny, along with Dana’s precocious teenage daughter must now run the resort together per Annie’s wishes.

It starts out really rocky with these three and I was ready to hose the lot of them down. They each come burdened down with secrets and baggage and poor Zed has his hands full fulfilling his deceased love’s last wishes and his own before he is gone, too. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through the acrimonious snipping the sisters did, but the author found a good balance there and started having them begin to heal and change just at the right moment. It was gradual and just the right pace to be believable for the type of past hurts and pains these three were suffering.

The author’s usual wry country humor, engaging characters, and charming nostalgic setting was all there, but it was pared with touching family issues of these three women and young woman who have all had the bitter pain of disappointing parents to deal with and Annie, the grandmother, being the one who held them all together for a while and the one they could count on. Now, they are slowly learning to count on themselves and each other even as their healing brings the chance for old romance and new romance opportunities.

The romances were sweet, but I was definitely more attracted to the sisterly relationships and the coming back together as family. Old, darling Zed was my favorite character. I enjoyed those bittersweet moments where he ‘talked’ and ‘listened’ to Annie while he tried to corral those younger women and know just how to handle them all particularly in the beginning when they were so hostile.

All in all, this was a gently-paced story that tugged at my heart, made me chuckle a little, and tear up once or twice. It had lighter qualities, but it was a little bittersweet, too. This will match up for those who enjoy stories of family healing and a side of sweet romance.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange of an honest review.


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About Carolyn Brown

Hi! I’m twenty five years old and movie star gorgeous. The camera added thirty plus years and a few wrinkles. Can’t trust those cameras or mirrors either. Along with bathroom scales they are notorious liars! Honestly, I am the mother of three fantastic grown children who’ve made me laugh and given me more story ideas than I could ever write. My husband, Charles, is my strongest supporter and my best friend. He’s even willing to eat fast food and help with the laundry while I finish one more chapter! Life is good and I am blessed!

Reading has been a passion since I was five years old and figured out those were words on book pages. As soon as my chubby little fingers found they could put words on a Big Chief tablet with a fat pencil, I was on my way. Writing joined reading in my list of passions. I will read anything from the back of the Cheerio’s box to Faulkner and love every bit of it. In addition to reading I enjoy cooking, my family and the ocean. I love the Florida beaches. Listening to the ocean waves puts my writing brain into high gear.

I love writing romance because it’s about emotions and relationships. Human nature hasn’t changed a bit since Eve coveted the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Settings change. Plots change. Names change. Times change. But love is love and men and women have been falling in and out of it forever. Romance is about emotions: love, hate, anger, laughter… all of it. If I can make you laugh until your sides ache or grab a tissue then I’ve touched your emotions and accomplished what every writer sets out to do.

I got serious about writing when my third child was born and had her days and nights mixed up. I had to stay up all night anyway and it was very quiet so I invested in a spiral back notebook and sharpened a few pencils. The story that emerged has never sold but it’s brought in enough rejection slips to put the Redwood Forest on the endangered list. In 1997 Kensington bought two books for their Precious Gems line. Two years and six books later the line died with only four of those books seeing publication. But by then Avalon had bought a book and another, and another. Ten years later the list has grown to thirty nine. Last year Sourcebooks bought the Lucky Series which is in the bookstores now. They’ve also bought The Honky Tonk Series which will debut with I LOVE THIS BAR in June and will be followed by HELL, YEAH, MY GIVE A DAMN’S BUSTED, and HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS.

Folks ask me where I get my ideas. Three kids, fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren. Note: I was a very young grandmother! Life is a zoo around here when they all come home. In one Sunday afternoon there’s enough ideas to keep me writing for years and years. Seriously, ideas pop up at the craziest times. When one sinks its roots into my mind, I have no choice but to write the story. And while I’m writing the characters peek over my shoulder and make sure I’m telling it right and not exaggerating too much. Pesky little devils, they are!

I have a wonderful agent, Erin Niumata, who continues to work magic and sell my work. I’m very lucky to have her and my editors who continue to believe in me.

Happy reading!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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4 years ago

I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one Sophia, Rachel my co-blogger is a big fan of Brown’s books too, but I’ve just not got around to reading her books, but this book sounds like something that I would enjoy! Great review! 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Jasprit

This was a really good one for focusing on a family of sisters in a country setting which I really like. I enjoy her soft version of Women’s fiction that doesn’t get too dramatic. 🙂

Hope you get the chance, Jasprit!

4 years ago

I’ve always enjoyed Carolyn Brown’s cowboy stories, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this story that really focus on the relationships of family. This is on my list for sure! Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

It was definitely a heartwarmer. Not so much a cowboy one, but there are some great men in this story from old Zed down to a nice new love interest for the baby sister. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Sounds good. Reminds me of the set up from Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor books with the sisters coming back together and setting. It is nice seeing those ties come back together even if you want to throttle them a bit now and again at the start. lol Nice with the pacing, too. Sometimes they have too quick of a “fix” which just isn’t realistic.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I still need to read the sisters book I have from Jill Shalvis’ latest series. Thanks for the reminder.
Oh yes, I agree that their issues and actions had to be big enough and last long enough to feel real. No insta-family. LOL