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Evening Stars (Blackberry Island – 3) by Susan Mallery

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 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?

Nina never got to do things for herself. Her mother never accepted responsibility for either Nina or Averil or even her own antique business. Nina had to step up and fill in the roles. Then she had to forget her dreams of medical school when she ended up having to raise Averil. Now things seem to be getting back to a stable area where Nina might be able to pick up those dreams when she is faced with the possibility of two guys that are showing interest in her.

Then Averil comes back to Blackberry Island. She has never seemed to get a grasp on being an adult. Now she isn’t interested in her husband and can’t figure out what she wants to do in life. So now she is back to try to find herself.

This is not my usual type of book I read. It wasn’t a bad book, and I’m sure there are many people that will love it. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I felt like Nina was getting the short end of the deal having to be the responsible one in the family. I thought Averil was spoiled and lazy and their mother was just about as bad.

It was a good story in the sense of Nina finally getting out and starting to live her life. For those that like contemporary romances, I think this is one that you will want to read.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

For more information about Evening Stars, check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads or Susan Mallery’s website.

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