Sunshine On Silver Lake by Annie Rains | Book Review

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Sunshine On Silver Lake by Annie Rains | Book ReviewSunshine on Silver Lake by Annie Rains
Also by this author: Welcome Home for Christmas, Christmas on Mistletoe Lane
Series: Sweetwater Springs #5
Also in this series: Christmas on Mistletoe Lane
Published by Grand Central Publishing on July 21, 2020
Genres: Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Sagas, Small Town & Rural, Women
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781538700891
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four-stars

Welcome back to Sweetwater Springs, North Carolina for a heartwarming second-chance romance between a quirky café owner and a handsome park ranger.
With summer just around the corner, Emma St. James is eagerly planning a 5K run at Sweetwater Springs National Park. But first she needs the help of one charming, rugged, and handsome park ranger. Her brief high school romance with Jack Hershey may have ended in heartbreak, but Emma can't deny that he still gives her butterflies. So when Jack responds to her request with an all-too-tempting plea to pretend to be his girlfriend for the summer, how can she say no?Jack would do anything for his sister -- even pretend to give up his bachelor life to care for his nephew. Passing his days with his high school sweetheart guarantees one long, hot summer -- but only because every moment together leaves him wanting a real relationship. He can't imagine spending another season without Emma by his side. Can he convince her to give their love a second chance before the summer draws to a close?
Includes the bonus novella A Fairytale Bride!

Annie Rains writes the most lovely contemporary romance books. Her series Sweetwater Springs is named for the town it is set in — in North Carolina. Sunshine On Silver Lake follows Emma who owns the Sweetwater Cafe and Jack Hershey who is a handsome park ranger. Initially I had planned to read this book during summer 2020 — when I made these big ambitious plans not realizing that A) raising a puppy is a lot of work and B) I was first trimester pregnant and about to be really sick. So, I ended up waiting around to read Sunshine On Silver Lake until my maternity leave with that baby I was first trimester pregnant for. What a good choice that was –as it was a comfort to return to Annie Rains’ Sweetwater Springs.

Emma and Jack, the main characters of Sunshine On Silver Lake, have quite a history. Their mothers were best friends and always spoke aloud this wish for the two to get married. Jack and Emma have been friends for pretty much forever. They did almost become something more than friends when Jack was going to take Emma to prom, only he stood her up and so, it never progressed any further. Now in present day they are super close friends but there’s a spark there. That spark turns into a flame when Emma agrees to fake date Jack in exchange for his help putting together a 5K in honor of Emma’s mother who had passed years ago.

I thought this entry into the Sweetwater Springs series was lovely. Emma is quite wonderful and so driven. I loved that she was a business owner and that she was coordinating the 5K for a good cause. Also, she lets criticism get to her which is pretty relatable. As for Jack, he has his demons too, and does an admirable job fighting them. He is someone who I think others will also relate to. Rains does a wonderful job detailing the impact of alcoholism on a family as well as fighting the genetics for addiction. Sunshine On Silver Lake is a thoughtful romance novel. It takes on the real issues but also providing a heaping dose of comfort.


four-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. Congratulations on the new baby!
    SUNSHINE ON SILVER LAKE looks great, and your review is excellent.

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