Review: Sisters in Paradise by Carolyn Brown

Posted May 9, 2024 by Jen in Contemporary Romance, Rating B, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Book cover of Sisters in Paradise by Carolyn BrownSisters in Paradise
Carolyn Brown
Reviewer: Sophia Rose
Rating: A-

What I’m Talking About:

The Simmons sisters are trickling back home to the old Paradise house and Great-Aunt Bernie decides to take a hand at matchmaking for former Air Force drone operator, Ophelia, and dissatisfied substitute schoolteacher, Tertia. Carolyn Brown writes a fun and sassy easy-going twofer small town country romance, and I had my cozy chair and cool glass of lemonade all set to be entertained.

Sisters in Paradise is the second novel, but third entry (if one wants to count the prequel about their mother- and I do) in a series of romances telling the Simmons family romances set in the converted old brothel house called The Paradise in their small slowly reviving Texas hometown.

It appears each book will tackles two romances at a time.  The first book, Paradise for Christmas, told oldest sister, Ursula, and one of the younger twins, Luna’s romances, and now, Sisters in Paradise set in the late spring has second sister, Ophelia meeting her new boss, winemaker, Jake Brennan, in a coworker romance, and third sister Tertia in a softened enemies to lovers with an old school enemy, Noah Sullivan, when they secretly fulfill old dreams of setting up a cafe and cooking.

Great Aunt Bernie is the catalyst.  She believes she’s a matchmaker and succeeds in getting both Simmons girls backs up about romance, but she does get them to really think about wanting guys of their own and the worth of the two men who are now right in front of them.  Meanwhile, Ursula and Luna have the whole family up to their eyeballs in summer wedding plans and Luna and her Shane’s big bait store opening.

Sisters in Paradise is so low-angst as to have little conflict, and I appreciate how Carolyn Brown can make me enjoy her slice-of-life storytelling. Family, sisters, relationships and even the tale of their town coming to life as the sisters are a big part of bringing business and life back to the area. Oh, there is a blip of conflict that happens for both women’s romances, but it mostly serves to highlight that the relationships were worth fighting for.  

In the background, relationship-shy Endora might have a little something going and the wandering twins are both making plans to come home to stay. I look foward to what is coming next for a new installment of romance and life with the Simmons sisters at the Paradise. This series is for those who enjoy easy-going small town romance.

My Rating: A-

Sophia Rose

About the Book:

Sometimes the only way to find true happiness is to go back home.

Ophelia Simmons is back home at the Paradise—the former brothel where her mom raised her and six sisters—contemplating her next career move and dodging Great Aunt Bernie’s matchmaking attempts. She is about to meet her match in Jake Brennan, the ruggedly handsome owner of a local winery where Aunt Bernie convinces her to take a job for the summer. At first Ophelia and Jake’s personalities clash, but soon enough sparks start flying.

Meanwhile, older sister Tertia Simmons also returns home to look for a new job. Tertia never thought she’d work for, let alone fall for, Noah Sullivan—the boy who once taunted her when they were kids. But when he offers her the job of her dreams in his new café, Tertia finds herself torn between her head and her heart.

As the sisters navigate the ups and downs of love and career with the help of their outrageous great aunt and the rest of the close-knit family, they learn that love can be found in the most unexpected of places—including their own hometown.

Release Date: May 7, 2024
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Sisters in Paradise #2
Contemporary Romance
paperback (352 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Netgalley

Purchase Info:
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