Every time I open a new RaeAnne Thayne novel I put a box of tissues right next to me because I know she is going hit me right in the feels. THE CLIFF HOUSE was no exception. The story follows three women, two sisters (Daisy and Beatriz) and their aunt (Stella) who saved them from foster care and raised them.
I’m not sure how Ms. Thayne strikes the perfect balance of family drama, multiple romances, and personal discovery. She packs so much story into a relatively short amount of pages, and I am in awe. I fell in love with the small coastal town she created and the intricate, yet delicate dramas she weaved.
If you were a fan of Sarah Morgan’s THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS, you’re going to like this book. The camaraderie, the family tensions, the found family, it’s similar while still feeling fresh and new. All three women had secrets and watching them learn to trust and love in their own ways was beautiful and had me reaching for those tissues more than once.
The only thing that kept this book from being a full five stars was the number of times I wanted to smack a few of the characters. I appreciated it at the beginning of the story, but I was frustrated by the end when the same problems kept cropping up, especially with Daisy. I was hoping for a better payoff with her character than I got.
Overall, this was a lovely story with sweet romances and fantastic writing, everything you expect in a RaeAnne Thayne novel.
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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