Book Review: The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown

Posted December 2, 2021 by WendyW in Book Review / 26 Comments

The Sunshine Club
The Sunshine Club
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by Carolyn Brown
Publication Date December 7, 2021
Published by Amazon Publishing
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
Pages: 302
Format: ARC

Sisters of the heart play Cupid in New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown's funny and heartwarming novel about friendship, family, and finding love.

Gussie, Ina Mae, and Blanche have been best friends for more than sixty years. From their humble beginnings of founding the Sunshine Club when they were girls to becoming the matchmaking queens of Newton, Texas, these three were inseparable. When Blanche passes away, Gussie and Ina Mae feel the best way to honor their dearly departed is with a shot of whiskey, some good music, and making a match for Blanche's niece, Sissy.

Never mind that Sissy's in town for only six weeks. Is there a better reason for her to stay? And is there a better prospect than handsome, charming, blue-eyed local preacher Luke Beauchamp? No and no. The attraction is already there. Now it's up to Gussie and Ina Mae to make sure the sparks really get to crackling by Christmas.

The Sunshine Club is back in business. Don't underestimate two feisty women who have their hearts set on a happy ending.

My Review:

The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown is a heartwarming look at small-town life, the power of friendships, and moving forward.  This is a comforting book, that is an easy read and will bring a smile to your face. 

Sissy returns to Newton, Texas after her only living relative, Aunt Blanche has passed away suddenly from a heart attack.  With the help of Blanche’s best friends Gussie and Ina Mae, Sissy has to sort through her aunt’s home and all her possessions.  She learns that her aunt, Gussie, and Ina Mae formed a club when they were in school, named the Sunshine Club, and they kept the club going all these years later.  Gussie and Ina Mae invite Sissy into their club as they work together to sort through their grief.  

Ina Mae and Gussie want Sissy to stay in Newton, instead of going back to Louisiana and her therapist practice.  So, they decide to do some matchmaking and they have the new paster, Luke Beauchamp in their sights as the best candidate for their best friend’s niece, Sissy.  But, with only a few weeks left before Sissy has to return to her job, can the meddlesome women make a love match? 

The Sunshine Club is a comforting story and is exactly what I expect from a Carolyn Brown book.  The two older friends are fun and full of sass.  Sissy is mourning her aunt, but she also finds herself enjoying her life back in Newton a lot more than she thought she would.  The small-town side characters are fun, and help the story move along. 

If you’re already a fan of Carolyn Brown’s books, reading the Sunshine Club will feel like throwing on that old comfy sweater.  You know exactly what to expect and Carolyn Brown delivers with her signature small-town gossip and sweet romance.  I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

26 responses to “Book Review: The Sunshine Club by Carolyn Brown

  1. Great review Wendy, I am looking forward to this one. I love the sound of Blanche’s friends. Meddling older ladies are always a hoot.

  2. You described perfectly how reading her books feels to me: putting on a old comfortable sweater. Love her small-town, down-to-earth romances/stories! I’ll add this one to the list.