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By Virtue Fall

(The Shakespeare Sisters #4)

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A heartwarming Shakespeare Sisters romance from the bestselling author of Fix You.

The fourth, and final, book in the Shakespeare Sisters series.

With a broken marriage behind her, Juliet is just about ready to give up on love. Living in a ramshackle bungalow in Shaw Haven and working as a florist, she is desperately trying to build a new life with her daughter, Poppy. But

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400 pages
Published October 11th 2018 by Piatkus
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DJ Sakata
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Miss Mason had been a Kindergarten teacher for more than twenty years. Everything in her classroom was ruled by bathroom breaks.

The denim clung to him like it couldn’t bear to let go.

Funny how she’d bristled at that nickname when he’d first used it. Now she loved it. It was like a little secret only the two of them knew. She wanted to cover it in bubble wrap and keep it safe, protect it from the harsh winds of the outside world. Because right then everything felt fragile. Like a
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Whispering Stories
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

In the fourth instalment of ‘The Shakespeare Sisters’ series by Carrie Elks, Juliet is having a hard time. She has left her husband, Thomas, after finding him in bed with another woman and moved out of the family home and into a smaller house with their young daughter Poppy. Once living the high life, Juliet now needs to work, so opens her own flower shop business.

She is still technically married to Thomas as the state they live in, Maryland ha
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Nicola
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The final book in the Shakespeare Sisters series brings us Juliet, single mum in the midst of a messy divorce and, and who—with friendship and encouragement from her new neighbour and single dad, Ryan—begins to find her inner strength and blossom, as do the feelings between them.

description She was like a flower slowly unfurling from a closed-up bud, and it was going to be beautiful when she finally bloomed.”

This series has been a bit of a rollercoaster of enjoyment for me but the single dad trope is my c
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Claire Robinson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 "Where have you been all my life..?" Stars!

Carrie Elks brings the Shakespeare Sisters series to a close with By Virtue Fall. This Is Juliet’s story, and if you have read the previous books in the series, you know it’s going to be a bit of a rollercoaster from the offset.

She was beginning to see a lot of things differently since she’d left Thomas… it was beginning to look breathtakingly beautiful…

There is a lot going on in this book, two single parents coming together trying to negotiate a
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Jennifer
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit something upfront. Although, I’ve been purchasing the books of the Shakespeare Sisters series, I hadn’t settled down long enough to read the first two installments. But when Absent in the Spring was released earlier this year, there was just something about the third book that begged me to pause and give it my full attention. I love it so much that when By Virtue Fall was set for release, I didn’t hesitate to seek this novel out immediately.

This book focuses on the story of Julie
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Cyndi Becker
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct-2018
Say it ain't so! I can hardly believe this series is complete. With By Virtue Fall all four of the Shakespeare sisters have had their story told and I for one have loved meeting this dynamic family. In By Virtue Fall we finally get middle sister Juliet's story. I am sad to see the series end, but getting to know the sisters has been a wonderful journey. Each have travelled their own unique paths and as one of four daughters myself I could highly relate to the intricacies of sisterly relationship ...more
Peggy M
I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.

‘By virtue fall’ is the fourth and last book of the ‘Shakespeare sisters’ series.
(I think you can read this book without reading the other books first but I also think that you will miss little details without reading them first.) After reading and liking the other three stories of this series, I was looking forward to reading Juliet’s story. One of the thing that make this story different than the other three storie
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Jeannie Zelos
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
By Virtue Fall, Carrie Elks

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

I love Carrie Elks stories, have read almost all of them now, and she writes in a way that's perfect for me.
In fact looking through the ones I've read I've just decided of a reread of Love in London 2, Broken Chords. Fix you is another favourite that's been reread a few times...so I was eager to get into this.

I loved (five star loved) the first two in this series, somehow missed book three, and expe
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T. Rosado
5 Stars!

I love it when a book has all the right elements for an addictive and compelling experience. -

1. Great hero and heroine
2. Realistic backstories, conflict, and overall storyline
3. Angst w/o dramatics
4. Enjoyable secondary characters, whether vindictive or loving
5. Above all, excellent writing and wonderfully detailed.

By Virtue Fall is a standout among many in Women's Fic/Family Saga Romance. I'll miss the Shakespeare family, but whole-heartedly look forward to what this author is plannin
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Melanie Moreland
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of discovering your strength, finding yourself, and learning love is a beautiful bouquet, not a hidden thorn that wounds. A beautifully written story of love. Carrie Elks has a way with her words that takes me into another world and leaves me breathless.

An amazing series I want to read over again!
Teresa Lara
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the Shakespeare sisters♡London and Ryans story is amazing beautiful intense sweet loving.So need more of this series.
Poongothai
Heartwarming romance of two single parents Ryan and Juliet coming together. Great end to the series.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the eARC
Erika
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a first for me by this author.
I didn't realise this was part of a series but will be looking for the first 3 books in the series.

As the new owner of a flower shop in a small coastal town, Juliet’s trying her best to balance work & being a good mom to her young daughter Poppy.
She’s recently had the ideal life as a stay-at-home mom, but that is all turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity.
With a broken marriage behind her, Juliet is just about ready to give up on love.
She's li
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Simona
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I was very excited the start the forth book of the Shakespeare Sisters series, because I absolutely adored all the book and of course wanted to know what happens to Juliet.

Juliet has basically given up on love. Her marriage has no chance of surviving and her ex is being really difficult, especially when it comes to their daughter Poppy. He somehow also can’t let go and wants to control everything Juliet does.

Her neighbour Ryan is
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Karenj
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a way to end the series... with a great big cheesy grin on my face!! Juliet, the sister we've watched struggle in what appeared to be a loveless marriage through the series, has her own chance at happiness.. but will her controlling ex have the last say?!
Juliet is brave but needs to be shown she is and that's just where Ryan fits in.. seeing not only her beauty but also her strength he soon realises he wants to be more than just friends and neighbours. It takes Juliet a while to realise the
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Adele
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
By Virtue Fall is the fourth and final instalment in the Shakespeare Sisters series. Each story can be read as a standalone but I wholeheartedly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as characters from each novel do crop up in future stories and to be honest it’s an adorable, addictive series. Each Shakespeare sister; Lucy, Juliet, Cesca and Kitty have their own personality traits and also have their own story to tell. After reading each one I say to myself that I loved so and s ...more
Jolanda Gelissen
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is actually the fourth and final book in the Shakespeare Sisters series, but it is the first one I read. There are some events referenced that probably took place in the previous three, but I found I could enjoy this book without having yet read the others.

We meet Juliet about six months into her divorce proceedings. She just wants to settle into her new home with her daughter Poppy, establish her business, and negotiate a favourable divorce settlement. She tries to steer clear of her soon-
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Rachel ⭐️ Kindle Friends Forever ⭐️
The first thing that grabbed me was the cover! Wow, how perfect is this image and so fitting for the time of year too. I’m a total sucker for a great image and of course the blurb won me over too. Having enjoyed Carrie’s books before I couldn’t wait to dive in! Be aware these books are part of a series however, they can all be read as standalones.

This final book in the series focuses on Juliet who resides over the pond in Maryland, US. She’s currently going through a very messy divorce, running
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Maria
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every time I see that there's a new book by Carrie Elks I can't resist to read it, is like my (now not so secret) addiction. Her books are always funny, addictive and sweet. You could say that they are romantic, but really, can you say that you don't want happiness and love in your life?
By Virtue Fall is last book in The Shakespeare Sisters series, but you can read it as standalone, but I love so much this series that I would recommend you to read all the books!
Juliet is trying to have a quite a
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Clare
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have previously read and loved each of the other three books in this series and I am more than a little sad that here we are at the end with By Virtue Fall the final book. I have become so attached to the four Shakespeare sisters and will miss catching up with all that is going on in their lives, like I did through each of their books. It has been a joy to read about all the love and happiness that each of them have found with men that will look after them and protect them, especially after th ...more
Steph N
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We finally get to meet the last sister in the Shakespeare sisters series.
As the new owner of a flower shop in a small coastal town, Juliet’s trying her best to balance work & being a good mom to her young daughter. She’s recently had her seemingly ideal life as an affluent stay-at-home mom turned upside down by her husband’s infidelity. As she counts down the required year for her legal separation to become a divorce, she’s surprised by her overwhelming attraction to a new next door neighbo
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Kari Hansen
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Juliet is trying to finalize the divorce from her cheating husband, but he is not making it easy. In addition to that she is also trying to manage her new business, handle being a single parent to daughter Poppy and settling into their new home. It is much different from the affluent lifestyle as a stay at home she had previously enjoyed.

Ryan is a single father to his son Charlie and since he is not close to his family he wants to ensure that he is there for his son, so history doesn’t repeat it
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Oh my, what a wonderful end to a really brilliant series. I have loved all the other books in the Shakespeare Sisters series, so I was so excited to read this final one and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I didn't want to put it down it was so engaging.

This is Juliet's story and it sees her trying to pull her life together, along with her daughter Poppy, while dealing with her controlling and soon to be ex-husband. I really loved Juliet, she's the sort of person I could be friends with and she i
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Elaine
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have adored reading Carrie’s tales about the four Shakespeare sisters. Each one was better than the last so I was unsure how this fourth and final outing would hold up. Well let me tell you, she saved the best till last. Juliet has always seemed like the sister who was on the outside looking in. Her marriage is down the pan and she’s trying to build her business up while raising her daughter Poppy and navigate life as an ex trophy wife. When single father Ryan moves in next door, they forge a ...more
Fiona Wilson
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, netgalley
I have loved reading this series as I fell in love with all the individual Shakespeare sisters. This one, I think, is my favourite of the series.

Juliet Shakespeare has had a different life to the rest of her sisters. She is estranged from her husband who wasn’t the nicest of people, and she has a young daughter to take care of. As she attempts to restart her life she meets a young dad who quickly becomes a friend. As Juliet begins to live again she finds that it may not be nearly as easy as she
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Julie
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in the story of the four Shakespeare sisters and I think that this one perhaps resonated the most. Juliet is recently separated from her husband and the portrayal of the relationship between the two is in sharp contrast to that of Juliet and her new neighbour. The show stealers though are Juliet's young daughter and the neighbour's young son. It was wonderful to see Juliet's character go from strength to strength and a useful reminder that taking the easy option isn't alwa ...more
Heather Packer
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Carrie Elks and it was really great! I didn’t realise until towards the end that it was part of a group of standalone stories so there are a few others ready and waiting for me to read.
Ryan and Juliet are fantastic. I love the strong, confident person that Ryan brings out in Juliet and the caring warmth that she brings to him. They are beautifully balanced and despite their own vulnerabilities manage to raise two amazing children.
This is a lovely story, beautifully told
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Linda
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
👍👍Wonderful, atmospheric, 🏡small-town ❤romance with thoroughly likable couple, 👫cute kids, some villains to add complications and a solid plot. Related to the two most influential families in a small Chesapeake Bay town, Juliet and Ryan fight to lead their lives and raise their children in their own way despite local snobbery and family. Julie's three sisters, each a heroine in Elk's previous novels in this series, reappear occasionally to provide emotional support and move all four stories forw ...more
Jo
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The previous book I read in this series was a 5* read - and a pretty high standard to match.

The question is whether this series went out with a bang, or a whimper.  

Well.  I can tell you that it is most definitely the former.  

I don't really think that I can highlight one particular element of the tale which stands out.  Each element fits together seamlessly to deliver a wonderful example of the contemporary romance genre.

I'm saddened to see this series end.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced rea
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Tracy
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that I love this series hard and its kind of bittersweet writing this review because that means no more Shakespeare sisters. This book was more than amazing. Simple but addictive story line and two main characters that you were cheering from the get go. I loved how real and relatable the characters were as single parents. This was such an easy read for me and I didn't want the story to end. I have fallen hard for Carrie's writing and I for one can not wait to see what she gives us ...more
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