The Lights of Sugarberry Cove is a charming, delightful story of family, healing, love, and small town Southern charm by USA Today bestselling author Heather Webber.
Sadie Way Scott has been avoiding her family and hometown of Sugarberry Cove, Alabama, since she nearly drowned in the lake just outside her mother’s B&B. Eight years later, Sadie is the host of a much-loved show about southern cooking and family, but despite her success, she wonders why she was saved. What is she supposed to do?
Sadie’s sister, Leala Clare, is still haunted by the guilt she feels over the night her sister almost died. Now, at a crossroads in her marriage, Leala has everything she ever thought she wanted—so why is she so unhappy?
When their mother suffers a minor heart attack just before Sugarberry Cove’s famous water lantern festival, the two sisters come home to run the inn while she recovers. It’s the last place either of them wants to be, but with a little help from the inn’s quirky guests, the sisters may come to terms with their strained relationships, accept the past, and rediscover a little lake magic.
The thing I like about Heather Webber’s books is how uplifting and full of likeable characters they are. She manages to create homely settings that make you want to live there, with characters who you want to be your friends. Her books have a warm, comforting vibe to them and when you finish them you feel contented. This story deals with difficult relationships, secrets, and misunderstood motives. The main characters are sisters Sadie and Leala who have returned home to care for their loved but difficult mother. Sadie and Leala both have their reasons for not wanting to stay at the cottage they grew up with, despite both having a deep and abiding love for both the cottage and the community it sits in. The side characters are delightful and each have their own stories and problems to work through.
I highly recommend this author’s books.