I’ve never had the desire to visit Scotland in the middle of the winter, but somehow Sarah Morgan made freezing temperatures, heaps of snow, and spotty cell signal seem like the best place for a fighting family during the holidays. This book is about three adult sisters and their adoptive mother who are all struggling to balance family obligations and their own past trauma. The perspective changes between the four women chapter to chapter.
Those McBride women find a way to pull you into their stories! I don’t have sisters, but I found myself fascinated by the dynamics between the McBride sisters and their mother. I was completely invested in each storyline. This story reminds you that you can never really be aware of what someone is struggling with, even if they seem like they have it all together; even if they’re a member of your family and you feel like you know them.
On top of an engaging storyline, Ms. Morgan expertly penned complex and multilayered characters all with individual problems, fears, and anxieties. There were surprises, sigh-worthy moments, and a few scenes that brought a tear to my eye, everything I want in a story. One of my favorite aspects is was that Christmas felt more like a frame for the story than a major plot point. While this is a delightful holiday read, it could really be enjoyed at any time because the heart of the stories were the characters, not the time of year.
I did find the plot dragging just a bit at the end, and a few of the heartfelt conversations were a little repetitive, but that didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of a beautifully written book.
Overall, I can’t believe this is my first Sarah Morgan book! I have absolutely been missing out. I highly recommend this lovely story.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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