Chick lit, Drama

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber 

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I can only start this review with what my understanding of Magical Realism in fiction. It is not the industry definition (something I could look up but choose not to do at this stage). It is when the idea of magic or ‘otherworldliness is effortlessly woven into our contemporary world. This seems to be something the author does quite well.
I have read another book by the author where a tree knew more about people’s lives than they did themselves. Here, it is a lake.
The lake of Sugarberry Cove comes with its own legends. How and what the repercussions are, forms a bulk of the background narrative. We have three main characters, although Sadie and her sister are the only ones whose inner thoughts we are privileged to hear. Sadie is the more prominent voice since she carries the most visible reminder of the power of the lake with and on her. She is torn by conflicting emotions about her feelings for ‘home’. On the other hand, her sister, Leala Clare, has more mundane issues, or so it appears on the surface.
The three women (the sisters and their mother) have to tackle both the past and their respective futures. The interactions between everyone, the good and the bad, were so realistic that it was nearly impossible to feel the emotions right along with them.
The writing is evocative and simple, the best kind of combination. It was almost a one-sitting read where I was swept along the undercurrents, always waiting for the next piece of information to be given to us. The idea or picture I formed of them all kept shifting with every conversation they had. At its heart, it is a book about family, the drama that it involves and what it takes to move on and grow. I would highly recommend it to anyone who does not mind a bit of magic and suspension of belief used to elevate a tale about a family.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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