Book Review: The Marvelous Monroe Girls by Shirley Jump

Posted December 30, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger / 9 Comments

The Marvelous Monroe Girls
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by Shirley Jump
Publication Date January 11, 2022
Published by Grand Central Publishing
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / Siblings, Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

A heartwarming story of sisterhood, second chances, and falling in love

Gabriella Monroe is doing her best to pretend that everything is fine, but her life is a mess. Sales are down at her vintage dress shop, her beloved grandmother isn’t her usual spunky self, and Gabby desperately misses the closeness she had with her sisters, Margaret and Emma—who were once so inseparable that their family called them the Monroe Musketeers.  

When the sisters stumble across a stash of letters that reveals their grandmother’s secret life, Gabby sees an opportunity to bring the sisters back together again and best of all, raise her grandmother’s spirits. And sure, this new project makes it easier to pretend her own life isn’t crashing around her, but concentrating on helping everyone else and ignoring her own feelings is what Gabby does best.

Except when it comes to Jake Maddox. Once the boy next door she crushed on—hard—he’s grown into an even more intriguing man, and her attraction to him isn’t so easy to hide. It’s clear he’s just as interested in her, but dating Jake would only muddy up her already complicated life. Or is it finally time to put herself first and risk it all for a chance at happiness?

My Review:

The Marvelous Monroe Girls by Shirley Jump is a lovey heartfelt book about family, love, and relationships.  I enjoyed this book so much and loved the characters.  

Gabby, Margaret, and Emma are sisters who were once inseparable and are now drifting apart in adulthood.  When they gather to look for their grandmother’s wedding dress to display in Gabby’s vintage clothes shop, they find a stash of their grandmother’s letters that helps to explain their grandmother.  When they try to help their Grandmother, they also find themselves working together to help her, and they grow closer as they find out more about each other.  

When Gabby runs into her old friend Jake, her feelings for him grow and he seems as interested in her also.  But Gabby has big problems with the vintage dress store and needs more help than she’s willing to ask for and she’s not ready to add a relationship to her already complicated life.  

I always enjoy books about sisters and The Marvelous Monroe Girls did not disappoint.  The author does a great job with the complex relationship between these three sisters and I found those relationships realistic and relatable.  The story is well-paced and we’re able to get a good understanding of each of these sisters’ lives and motivations.  

I highly recommend The Marvelous Monroe Girls to anyone who loves a book about complex sisterly relationships.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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