Back in the world of the Sweeney sister’s Lowcountry Stranger by Ashley Farley takes us one year into he future after Jackie, Faith and Samantha get their lives back on track. If you checked out my blog yesterday, you know that the first book in this family drama is Her Sister’s Shoes, and was a book that I genuinely adored. It seems the second book in this saga packs even more bang than the first book did! I was enamored by these women’s willpower, and now I am completely sucked into their lives. There is no going back from here.
Jackie, the oldest of the Sweeney sisters, is dealing with her inevitable empty nest syndrome when her teenagers all fly the coop in a couple of months. She doesn’t really want to be alone, but she knows that if she is, she will have to find something to do to get her mind off being by herself. That’s when she thinks it may be a great idea to get back into her fashion business and tackle her dreams. This soon proves to be hard, because she really wants to be able to hang out with her children and spend time with them before they leave home. She has to balance her own life with her children’s and at times it can be difficult.
Samantha is getting sucked into a relationship that she didn’t see coming, and now she may be more invested than she ever realized. She is afraid of marriage after all of the things that she had to deal with in the first book, and it is pretty clear that she is using her son’s emotional and physical disabilities as an emotional crutch for herself.
Finally there’s Faith, who is getting married! After the hell that she endured in the first book, it’s about time she found some happiness. Now she has to figure out how to comfort her daughter Bitsy as they move on with a new man, and deal with the aftermath of the abuse that Faith’s ex husband dished out between the two girls.
When a strange girl shows up at Faith’s wedding, rumors start to swirl. The girl somehow gets close to Bitsy and the Sweeney sisters welcome her with open arms. The twists that come rapidly in this book are nothing short of amazing, and I couldn’t put it down!
For some reason I feel really invested in this family, and almost feel like it’s my own drama that I read about. Farley just has this way of writing that sucks you in and won’t let you go until she reveals all the secrets that she knows. I hope that there is a continuation to this story, because I’m not ready to give up on the Sweeney sister’s yet. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I received this from TLC book tours in exchange for an honest review.