Friday, September 16, 2022

Lily's Secret Inheritance by Kristin Harper

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

Turning off the winding coastal road and seeing the old farmhouse surrounded by cranberry vines ahead, Lily’s breath catches in her throat. It’s just how she remembers it. But pushing open the wooden front door for the first time in decades, it’s clear everything has changed…

When her estranged aunt Dahlia dies, single mother Lily Lindgren is surprised to inherit the family home and cranberry farm. Returning to Dune Island for the first time since Dahlia admitted to a terrible betrayal that shattered Lily’s trust in her family, she’s ready to sell up and finally create a stable future for her little boy. But her high-school crush and farm manager Jake Benson is determined to stop Lily’s plan…

After helping Dahlia turn part of the house into a local produce store, Jake shared her dream of making the cranberry farm a community hub for the island. His stories about Dahlia, and how much she had missed Lily all these years, make Lily question if she was wrong to never forgive her aunt. And when Jake joins her long walks over the sand dunes, there’s an undeniable spark… could a move to Dune Island be the key to her and her son’s happiness?

But then, clearing out Dahlia’s bedroom, Lily finds an old picture of Dahlia that stops her in her tracks. Just when she was making peace with Dahlia’s memory and learning to trust again, Lily’s heart is shattered to find she was keeping another secret. Can Lily trust Jake to tell her the painful truth—or will she run from Dune Island again for good?

An utterly beautiful beach read about family secrets, finding yourself, and learning the true meaning of home. Perfect for fans of Carolyn Brown, Barbara O’Neal and Mary Alice Monroe.

my thoughts:

Love, love, love! Lily's Secret Inheritance by Kristin Harper is a terrific story about family, lies, secrets, relationships, and cranberries. It is chock full of drama, discoveries, and a bit of romance. The characters are flawed, unreliable, and relatable - all of which can make it hard and easy to root for them. And, the setting - a cranberry farm - was just magical. Oh, and the storylines - unputdownable! I enjoyed reading all about Dune Island, Lily's family, and Dahlia's secrets, along with Jake's dreams - it was such a fun treat!

Harper has written this fourth book set in Dune Island and it makes for a great standalone read. So, don't worry if you haven't read her other books - this one is the perfect way to whet your appetite. I know that I'm excited to grab her other stories and dive right in. I can't help it. Her writing is mesmerizing and addictive - I found myself turning the last page wanting more. I just loved getting caught up in this story and learning about the cranberry farm, the island, and these characters struggles and dreams. What a heartfelt story! 

I would happily recommend Lily's Secret Inheritance by Kristin Harper to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you are going to love this book to bits!!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!

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