Lady Sunshine

Graydon House. Jun. 2021. 352p. Tr $28.99. ISBN 9781525811548; pap. $16.99. ISBN 9781525804670.
Doan has shaped two main characters in two different time periods. In 1999, Jackie returns to her uncle’s home to pack it up and sell after the death of her aunt, who was the last person alive in their immediate family. Jackie spends the summer in the home reliving her time as a teen there in the 1970s. She and her cousin, Willa, were the same age and became close friends back then. On first sight, this novel might seem like other flashback-in-time stories, but readers are in for quite a surprise because this story twists and turns through the 20-year journey to enlighten the older Jackie as well as reveal key secrets and misunderstandings that have haunted her for decades. The characters are flawed but likable and genuine.
VERDICT Readers of realistic fiction and suspense will not be able to put the book down after they realize the mystery that must be unraveled for Jackie and Willa to find peace.

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