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The New Shore by Caren J. Werlinger

The New Shore by Caren J. Werlinger

I’m so happy to be back on Little Sister Island!

While Werlinger is a brilliant author, with so many great books, her Little Sister Island series holds a special place in my heart. This is a series filled with romance, family, adorable pets, and a setting that is just as important as any main character. There is something about a ‘small town’ setting -in this case, a ‘small island’ setting- where everyone knows everyone, and as a reader, we do too, that just makes such a warm and wonderful setting for a pretty epic romance and family drama series to take place.


This is the third book in the series and I would HIGHLY recommend reading these in order. This series has an ensemble cast that you get to know better and better as the books continue, and there are many threads that flow from book to book to book. It took me a little while just to remember all the characters from the previous books, and I love this series, so I think if people jump in here they would miss out on a lot of the magic, drama, and love.

I do want to point out that while Werlinger writes a lot of sapphic stories, I think this series would also be great for more mainstream readers who are newer to sapphic romance or just want to dip their toes in to find out. In this series, the two first main characters you meet are sapphic, but the next big main character after them was either bi or het -I can’t recall- and she has feelings for a male character on the island, but you will have to read the series to see if that works out. My point is that there are relationships and different types of characters for everyone in this series.

It’s always hard to review the third book in a series since you don’t want to spoil anything for people new to the series. I really enjoyed it and I thought all of the main plot points were interesting and well done. There were some major drama for Kathleen and hopefully the closure that was finally needed and I was also happy about the romance. It happened to a character I was always interested in and wanted to know more about. I also liked that the characters were a little on the older side because I enjoy the diversity of different ages so bring it on. Overall, I thought this was another really well-done installment to the series and I can’t wait to read more.

When it comes to any issues, I only had one and it was pretty small all things considering. I thought the length of the book was a little too long for my personal tastes, and I truly mean my tastes. I honestly felt like I was reading two books put together to make one big book. I love this series so much and it has been two years since book 2 so I think I would have rather had two shorter books, one each year instead. I don’t know, maybe I am pulling a Molly and being a curmudgeon about it. One thing is for certain, anybody who buys this big book is sure guaranteed to get their monies worth. 4.50 Stars.

TLDR: Book 3 is another wonderful installment into the Little Sister Island series. Werlinger is a fantastic author and this is a wonderful series for anyone looking for the “small town” setting feel where love, family, drama, and community are on the menu. Numerical reading order is highly recommended and with more books to come, you might as well start now. Highly recommended to both sapphic readers and curious mainstream romance and family drama readers.

A copy was given to me for an honest review.

The New Shore by Caren J. WerlingerThe New Shore by Caren J. Werlinger

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