THE SUNSHINE GIRLS
Author: Molly Fader
Publication Date: December 6, 2022
Publisher: Graydon House
A cross between Firefly Lane and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a dual-narrative about two sisters who realize their mother isn’t who they’d always thought when a legendary movie star shows up at her funeral, unraveling the sweeping story of a friendship that begins at a nursing school in Iowa in 1967 and onward as it survives decades of change, war, fame—and the secrets they kept from each other and for each other.
A moment of great change sparks the friendship of a lifetime…
1967, Iowa: Nursing school roommates BettyKay and Kitty don’t have much in common. A farmer’s daughter, BettyKay has risked her family’s disapproval to make her dreams come true away from her rural small town. Cosmopolitan Kitty has always relied on her beauty and smarts to get by, and to hide a devastating secret from the past that she can’t seem to outrun. Yet the two share a determination to prove themselves in a changing world, forging an unlikely bond on a campus unkind to women.
Before their first year is up, tragedy strikes, and the women’s paths are forced apart. But against all odds, a decades-long friendship forms, persevering through love, marriage, failure, and death, from the jungles of Vietnam to the glamorous circles of Hollywood. Until one snowy night leads their relationship to the ultimate crossroads.
Fifty years later, two estranged sisters are shocked when a famous movie star shows up at their mother’s funeral. Over one rollercoaster weekend, the women must reckon with a dazzling truth about their family that will alter their lives forever…
BettyKay has passed away and left two daughters, Clara and Abbie. Her two daughters are struggling in their lives and now with their mother gone, they just don’t have anything to hold them together. But at BettyKay’s funeral, the famous Kitty Devereaux shows up. Clara and Abbie are completely clueless. They had no idea their mother even knew this famous actress. But they soon find out secrets upon secrets about their mother and her life.
To say I loved this book is an understatement! This is a story I will be thinking about for years to come. BettyKay and Kitty have a friendship like no other. These two, along with Jenny, met as young nursing students. But as their lives twist and turn, these three have their ups and downs. But they always end up back together, even if it is with a few broken hearts and emotional damage.
I loved how the author unfolded the story. It reads like a mystery but it is so much more! BettyKay and Kitty both grab your heart! The emotions and the strength these ladies have to overcome everything life throws at them, and it throws a lot, is incredible. From Vietnam to Hollywood to a small midwestern town, these ladies are there for each other.
Need an emotional story you will not soon forget…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
MOLLY FADER is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets, The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season, and more than 40 romance novels under the pennames Molly O’Keefe and M. O’Keefe. She grew up outside of Chicago and now lives in Toronto.
Author Website: https://mollyfader.com/