Review: The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde

Title: The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Length: 397 pages
Book Rating: B

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It’s Jill Shalvis meets Susan Mallery in this gorgeous novel by New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde about three sisters, one small town, a wedding, and the summer that changes everything.

Welcome to Moonglow Cove, Texas, a place where your neighbors know your name and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico lap lazily against the sands. It’s a magical spot, especially in the summertime…

Once the town was the home of the Clark sisters—brought up by their grandmother at the Moonglow Inn. Nicknamed “The Moonglow Sisters”, as children they were inseparable.  Then, a wedding-day betrayal tore them apart and they scattered across the globe and away from each other.  But the sisters have at last come home…

There’s Maddie: smart, sensible, and stubborn. Shelley, who ran off to find her bliss. And Gia, a free-spirit determined to keep the peace. It’s her impending wedding that keeps them together…but Gia has a secret, and when her sisters find out all heck is going to break loose!

The Moonglow Sisters continues Lori Wilde’s trademark storytelling to create an unforgettable novel of family, betrayal, love, and second chances.


The Moonglow Sisters by Lori Wilde is a heartfelt novel in which a family tries to heal a painful rift.

Grammy Helen Chapman brings her three granddaughters together in order to move past their longstanding estrangement.  Madison “Maddie” Clark is the oldest of the sisters and she lives in New York where she stars in a popular crafting show. Middle sister Shelley moved to Costa Rica five years ago and has yet to return for a visit.  Gia is the youngest and she lives in Moonglow where she is starting her own business.  With the onus on Gia to reunite Maddie and Shelley, will the sisters be able to heal their fraught history?

After their parents’ death twenty years earlier, the three sisters moved in with their grammy. Despite their grandmother’s care and love,  Maddie could not help but feel responsible for her younger sisters. She is somewhat controlling and easily frustrated when things do not go the way she plans. Maddie holds everyone at arms’ length and keeps her problems to herself. She has a very good reason for the estrangement between her and Shelley, but will Maddie finally forgive her sister for her betrayal five years ago?

Shelley is impulsive and spontaneous which can sometimes lead to a lot of fun but other times, her choices do not end well.  After falling out with Maddie, Shelley left for Costa Rica and has no contact with any of her family. Her appearance in Moonglow is a bit of a shock and like Maddie, she holds clings tightly to her secrets. Shelley deeply regrets hurting Maddie, but is there any chance they can mend their fractured relationship?

Youngest sister Gia is easygoing and avoids conflict. She is eager to please and she will do anything to keep peace. Gia does not want to upset her beloved grammy so she is committed to bringing her sisters home.  She is willing to go to any lengths to fulfill Grammy’s request, but Gia is uncomfortable with her impetuous decision to prevent Maddie and Shelley from leaving Moonglow.

With a colorful cast of quirky characters, The Moonglow Sisters is a heartwarming novel. The serene setting is the perfect backdrop for the sometimes tumultuous sibling relationships. Each of the sisters grows and evolves as they are faced with an unexpected crisis. Although a bit repetitive and a little predictable, the storyline is interesting. Readers of women’s fiction are sure to enjoy Lori Wilde’s touching novel of redemption and  healing.

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