Jul 292014
Review: Evening StarsEvening Stars (Blackberry Island #3) by Susan Mallery
Published by MIRA on Feb 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school—and her first love—so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina's life has suddenly become…complicated.

Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men—her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with. Averil doesn't seem to want the great guy she's married to, and doesn't seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina's starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.

But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This series is so heartwarming that it puts me in a great mood when I read it. The stories are so much more than just romance, and while this book had more romance than the previous with two love interests, it really focuses on family dynamics and inner growth.

With a flighty mother and a spoiled little sister, Nina has grown up with too much responsibility and as such, put her own dreams aside to concentrate on taking care of everyone else. When things happen and she has a chance to look at her life, she isn’t really happy with it, but is scared to make changes.

Chronicling Nina’s journey to discover her inner strength, and her true dreams, this is a beautiful story. The characters are deep and complex, and very realistic. Nina’s inner doubts and worries were very familiar feeling, and I was genuinely happy any time she had something happen to make her smile.

There was a playfulness in this story that was lacking in the previous books, with two love interests, especially the younger Kyle who idolized Nina when he was a kid and she was his babysitter. It was amusing to watch their interactions.

Overall, this was a great addition to the series. The stories are so human and endearing. I love travelling around Blackberry Island with the characters. There is a predictable HEA feeling to it, but the journey there is worth it.

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