When Ella's sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride—it's always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken f ...more
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This was a nice engaging read with a great cast of characters, two daughters whose childhood was unhappy because of an alcoholic mother. 15 years later, they are about to meet their mother again who is sober and has been aching to make amends. The elder daughter isn't interested and is only there to support her pregnant sister in her quest to reconnect with her mother. Then we have the hero, a wounded warrior who feels over protective over the heroine's mother. I liked this but I have t ...more
When Ella and Merry were young girls, their father divorced their alcoholic mother and decided to raise them on his own. Now as adult ...more
There is a lot to love about this compassionate novel concerning a scarred protector of wild horses who falls in love with the city slicker who is determined to commercialize his quiet oasis. Can they both get what they want and heal their injured hearts in the process? Recommended Read!
Having grown up surrounded by horses, dreaming of them in the wild ever since reading MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE by Marguerite Henry as a child, it's easy to unde ...more
And I'm so glad I did.
The world of Sanctuary Island that's presented in this book doesn't really lend itself well to the novellas which Ms. Everette previously released. Sanctuary Island is lush and rich in characters and heritage, and while, yes, a ...more
I did wonder a bit at some of the setting in ...more
I'd rate this 4.5 stars if I could, but I'll round it down because it just didn't quite make the grade for a 5-star read. I think it was partially the narration. Julia Gibson is a new-to-me narrator and she read clearly and well, but her voicing was just a bit Valley-Girl annoying, although her male voices were OK. The other bit of a negative for me was the main character, Ella. I just couldn't make up my mind about her. She would totally micro-manage her ...more
This is the first I have read Lily Everett and I already have two more of hers waiting for me after reading this book! Beautiful descriptions make me feel as if I were in the little island myself and you can't help but fall in love with Grady and Ella with their struggle to overcome themselves. I can't wait to dive right into the next story! ...more
Ella Preston and her exuberant younger sister, Merry, set off for Sanctuary Island, an isolated refuge for wild horses. After a 15-year estrangement, they've agr ...more
I went into this book thinking it would be like every other book you read from the grocery store (it's got one of those covers that screams front register pick) but was in for a pleasant awakening.
I am HUGE on human interactions and connections; this book had just that. Ella and her sister, Merry, go visit their estranged mother in Sanctuary Island after much begging in order to mend their mother-daughters relationship. Ella struggles with accepting her mom for who she is and for trying to overc ...more
I am really glad this series got a cover makeover this month because I had passed it several times without reading it. Also, this year I realized that Lily Everett is a pen name of Louisa Edwards (whom I've read and enjoyed in the past) so I was excited to see what her Sanctuary Island was all about.
This was maybe a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but definitely a book that leaves you happy after reading it because of the human connections. Ella and her sister go visit their estranged
I am really glad this series got a cover makeover this month because I had passed it several times without reading it. Also, this year I realized that Lily Everett is a pen name of Louisa Edwards (whom I’ve read and enjoyed in the past) so I was excited to see what her Sanctuary Island was all about.
This was maybe a bit more subdued than I was expecting, but definitely a book that leaves you happy after reading it because of the human connections. Ella and her sister go visit their ...more
I was approved for a review copy from NetGalley thanks to the publisher. I'd read the 3 novellas that introduced us to Sanctuary Island and was really excited to read the first full length book in the series.
I really enjoyed this story a great deal. I could feel Ella's pain when it came to her mother, yet understood her coming to the island because she loves her younger sister Merry so very much. I love that Grady is the one to finally help Ella open her heart. While Ell ...more
Ella has spent so many years of her life trying to fill the hole her mother created by choosing her addiction over her children. The last place Ella wants to be is back in the home she and her sister left when their father took them to DC to wash the stench of that existence off them. However, her sister Molly insists on reconnecting with their mother and Ella has always been the best of older sisters and taking care of Moll ...more
The two sisters showed up on the island and they were initially made to feel foreign.
As the days go by they become familiar with island life. Merry is there to child her unborn child with her birth mother. Ella Preston is there for support.
She sells real estate in the DC area and can imagine a B&B where her mothers house is and along with that the stables would bring in a good profit.
Grady Wilkes takes care of the wild horse preserve and just loves island life. He ...more
You all know by now that I love stories about families and I love s ...more