The Lawson Sisters – Janet Gover

Synopsis

For many years Elizabeth Lawson has battled single-handedly to run the family’s historic horse stud in memory of her beloved father. But a devastating loss puts her dreams at risk. With no options left, 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, far removed from the stableyard sweat and dust of her rural upbringing. She never thought she’d go back. But when Liz calls out of the blue, Kayla forms a plan that could save their childhood home.

Kayla’s return forces Liz to confront her past … and her future, in the shape of Mitch, her first and only love, who still watches over her from the other side of the creek.

But Liz still hides a terrible secret. When Kayla learns the truth, will the Lawson sisters find common ground or will their conflict splinter the family once again?

My review

Love, loss and the Australian countryside. Set in Scone, I felt a connection to the story from the beginning. Years ago, my husband and I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Scone on the way home from visiting the Tamworth Country Music Festival. My husband wanted to camp, I wanted to do anything but, so we compromised; one night camping in Tamworth and one night in Scone. The view was stunning and this book describes the peace, tranquiliy and fresh air perfectly. I also went shopping with my mum in Scone once, as we were passing through the town. I love that The Lawson Sisters took me back to such beautiful memories of my own, whilst allowing me to experience the story of two estranged sisters.

Liz and Kayla had plans, a beautiful family and their lives were filled with love, until one fateful day. Janet Gover thoughtfully explores the earth shattering nature of grief and how blame, self doubt and guilt is a part of the grieving process. Anyone who has lost a parent will no doubt understand the characters’ situation and how an estrangement can occur in the midst of such sadness.

Liz and Mitch’s relationship has also been estranged and once Liz learns to open her heart, she may let love in again. Kayla’s desire to utilse her talents as a wedding planner may just save the family property and business. I particularly enjoyed Gover’s character development. Kayla, a country girl turned city girl comes back home and realises the fresh air and country life is just what she needs. Liz is a harder nut to crack and with love and support, her life may continue somewhat as she had expected.

Overall, this is a romantic, touching and beautifully told novel. It will pull at the heartstrings. I enjoyed reading The Lawson Sisters and would recommend it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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