The Lawson Sisters by Janet Gover. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel; published 20 January 2020**
For many years Liz has been running her family’s historic horse stud in memory of her father. But a devastating loss puts her dreams at risk and Liz is forced to turn to her estranged sister Kayla for help. Kayla has built a new life in the city as a wedding planner and never thought she’d go back home. But to help Liz, Kayla forms a plan that might save their childhood home. Kayla’s return forces Liz to confront her past, her future and Mitch; her first and only love who watches over her. But Liz still hides a terrible secret and when Kayla learns the truth will the sisters find common ground or will they stay estranged?
This was a lovely random bookmail that I received not remembering I’d requested it haha! I loved the setting of the story, the author really made Willowbrook and its land sound simply gorgeous. I personally found Liz quite hard to warm to; definitely felt sympathy for the situation she was put into at such a young age but it felt like her reaction to that was cut off her closest relationships, which you would think over time would have lessened in harshness a bit but not in Liz’s case. On the other hand I found Kayla extremely likeable and really enjoyed the chapters from her point of view. I did like that Mitch’s perspective was also included, it was good to see his motivations for certain actions. Overall it’s a mix of romance and family drama with both sad and heartwarming parts. Happily recommend this one!