The Sisters of Sea View (On Devonshire Shores Book #1)
Series: On Devonshire Shores #1
by Julie Klassen
Publication Date December 6, 2022
Published by Baker Books
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Genres: Fiction / Christian / Historical, Fiction / Christian / Romance / Historical, Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Some guests have come for a holiday, others for hidden reasons of their own . . .
When their father's death leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her genteel sisters fear they will be forced to sell the house and separate to earn livelihoods as governesses or companions. Determined to stay together, Sarah convinces them to open their seaside home to guests to make ends meet and provide for their ailing mother. Instead of the elderly invalids they expect to receive, however, they find themselves hosting eligible gentlemen. Sarah is soon torn between a growing attraction to a mysterious Scottish widower and duty to her family.
Viola Summers wears a veil to cover her scar. When forced to choose between helping in her family's new guest house and earning money to hire a maid to do her share, she chooses the latter. She reluctantly agrees to read to some of Sidmouth's many invalids, preferring the company of a few elders with failing eyesight to the fashionable guests staying in their home. But when her first client turns out to be a wounded officer in his thirties, Viola soon wishes she had chosen differently. Her new situation exposes her scars--both visible and those hidden deep within--and her cloistered heart will never be the same.
Join the Summers sisters on the Devonshire coast, where they discover the power of friendship, loyalty, love, and new beginnings.
The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen is the first book in her new Devonshire Shores series. This character-driven historical novel captivated me with its beautiful writing and sweeping drama.
After their father dies and leaves them impoverished, Sarah Summers and her sisters need to find a way to support each other and their ailing mother. Sarah suggests they open their seaside home to guests, and sisters Emily and Georgiana agree to open their home. However, Viola doesn’t like the idea of opening up their home. Instead of helping with the guesthouse, Viola takes the position of reading to an invalid, Major Hutton
The story follows the sisters as they navigate the issues of running a guest house and their interactions with the varied guest who come to stay.
I loved this story of sisters and their struggles and triumphs in running their guesthouse. This first book focuses on the story of Viola, who has a horrible facial scar, that she hides by wearing a veil. Her trauma of growing up disfigured and how she finds love is wonderful. I loved this heartwarming romance so much.
I like that the sisters were very realistically portrayed. They had their ups and downs and didn’t always get along, but their love for each other shined throughout the book. As well as their love for their mother.
The various guests who show up are also very entertaining. They keep these sisters on their toes! I can’t wait for the future books and learn about the romances of the rest of the sisters.
Recommendation: I highly recommend The Sisters of Sea View to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Have you read The Sisters of Sea View? Do you enjoy historical fiction?