Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber

 The Lights of Sugarberry Cove

Book Summary

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove is a charming, delightful story of family, healing, love, and small town Southern charm by USA Today bestselling author Heather Webber.

Sadie Way Scott has been avoiding her family and hometown of Sugarberry Cove, Alabama, since she nearly drowned in the lake just outside her mother’s B&B. Eight years later, Sadie is the host of a much-loved show about southern cooking and family, but despite her success, she wonders why she was saved. What is she supposed to do?

Sadie’s sister, Leala Clare, is still haunted by the guilt she feels over the night her sister almost died. Now, at a crossroads in her marriage, Leala has everything she ever thought she wanted—so why is she so unhappy?

When their mother suffers a minor heart attack just before Sugarberry Cove’s famous water lantern festival, the two sisters come home to run the inn while she recovers. It’s the last place either of them wants to be, but with a little help from the inn’s quirky guests, the sisters may come to terms with their strained relationships, accept the past, and rediscover a little lake magic.

My Thoughts

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber is a story about family, hope, choices, expectations, disappointments, and magic.  I thought The Lights of Sugarberry Cove was well-written with vivid descriptions.  The authors word depictions transport you to Sugarberry Cove.  The characters are realistic and developed.  They will remind you of your family members and friends.  The story is told from Sadie and Leala’s point-of-view.  They are sisters who used to be close but grew apart after Sadie’s fall into the lake.  Eight years prior when Sadie was eighteen, she tripped, hit her head, and ended up falling into Lake Laurel.  It was ten minutes before Sadie resurfaced forever changed.  I like that we see events from each sister’s perspective.  Their mother has a heart attack which has both sisters returning to Sugarberry Cove to help her.  The weekend turns out to be a revelation for Sadie, Leala, their mother, and their guests.  You can feel the emotions coming through the pages.  Readers can relate to what the characters are experiencing because who of us has not dealt with heartbreak, concerns about a marriage, the loss of a dream, or feeling hopeless.  It is the magic that sets this book apart.  Imagine that you live near a lake where a lady will grant wishes on a certain day in August.  Her magic weaves into the lives of those who live near the lake.  But she does not grant just any wish.  It really gets your imagination working.  There are good life lessons included with my favorite being that our lives do not always turn out the way we thought they would.  Events happen beyond our control.  We need to find a way to move forward and find joy.  My favorite phrase from the book is, “Everyone bears scars, inside and out.  And behind every single one of those healed wounds is a story of strength and resilience and recovery.  My scar is simply part of me, part of my story.”   The Lights of Sugarberry Cove is a novel that is not be rushed.  You will want to sit and cherish this story until the very last page (make sure that you will have uninterrupted reading time with a cool beverage and plenty of chocolate nearby).  The Lights of Sugarberry Cove is my favorite book by Heather Webber.  I am looking forward to her next spellbinding tale.  The Lights of Sugarberry Cove is an enchanting story with a lady in the lake, haunting hair, rampant renovations, a mulish mother, a lost love, a cute canine, and lighted lanterns.  

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove is available from Amazon*.  You can find Heather Webber's other novels here.  Thank you so much for stopping by today and reading my review.  When We Meet Again by Caroline Beecham is planned for next time.  I am off to put together a storage unit for my mother's closet.  She has more pajamas than dresser drawers.  I can relate since I have the same problem with t-shirts.  I hope the instructions are better on this item than the last product I put together (it just had pictures).  I hope that you have an enchanting day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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