Review: The Lawson Sisters by Janet Gover


Title: The Lawson Sisters

Author: Janet Gover

Published: January 20th 2020, MIRA

Status: Read January 2020 courtesy Harlequin Au


My Thoughts:

Set in the western region of the NSW Hunter Valley, The Lawson Sisters by Janet Gover could be considered both a family drama and a rural romance.

Fifteen years after the tragic death of her parents, Liz is struggling to keep the family horse stud, Willowbrook, from foreclosure, and with nowhere left to turn, swallows her pride and turns to her estranged younger sister Kayla for advice.

Kayla, who has made a life for herself in the city as a wedding planner for wealthy clients, isn’t sure she cares if they lose Willowbrook, and is certain her sister won’t like the only suggestion she has to offer – to use the homestead and grounds as a wedding destination.

Liz’s reluctance to concede stems not only from her shame in failing to make the property profitable, but also because Kayla’s return to Willowbrook will force her to face some shocking secrets about her parents deaths, her relationship with her sister, and her feelings for the boy next door.

Exploring the themes of love, guilt, estrangement, and reconciliation, The Lawson Sisters unfolds primarily from the perspectives of Liz and Kayla as both come to terms with the secrets that have kept them apart.

Not only is Liz under enormous financial pressure to keep the stud viable, she has the sole physical and emotional responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the farm, all intensified by the crushing burden of guilt she carries. As a result, Liz is single-minded, closed-off, and bitter, and Gover’s characterisation is so convincing that unfortunately I had more pity than empathy for her. I want to at least in part identify with the heroine in this type of story, and I found that difficult here as Liz wasn’t particularly likeable.

However, I was rooting for the sisters reconciliation, for Willowbrook’s fortunes to be reversed, and for Liz to be able to let go of her guilt and move on with the ever patient Mitch.


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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda Barrett
    Jan 30, 2020 @ 09:04:54

    Great review! I look forward to reading this one!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. littlemissstar55
    Jan 30, 2020 @ 12:28:04

    This one sounds interesting.
    I think I’ll be adding it to my mum’s TBR, as she enjoys rural Australian books like this.
    Thank you for sharing! 💜

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Jan 30, 2020 @ 14:18:57

    Aw man, it’s hard when the main character isn’t likable. I hate when that happens! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Claire Louisa
    Jan 30, 2020 @ 16:08:22

    I received this the other day. It’ll be interesting to see if I like the character of Liz, I’m like you and like to be able to identify in some way with the characters.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Helen Sibbritt
    Jan 30, 2020 @ 17:23:59

    A Great review I really enjoyed this one, I felt for Liz with the promises she made 🙂

    Have Fun


    Liked by 1 person


  6. Sandra Tyrrell
    Jan 30, 2020 @ 18:29:06

    I will be starting to read this book tonight. It will be an interesting read as my family/ancestors have been living in the Scone area for 180 years

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Feb 02, 2020 @ 20:40:43

    These secrets between them sound interesting and explosive (emotionally). Interesting read, for sure!

    Liked by 1 person


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  9. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 05:18:52

    It is difficult to really love a story when the main character you’re supposed to empathize with isn’t particularly likable. Great review, Shelleyrae! 🙂

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