Monday, March 29, 2021

Blog Tour Review: The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

The Path to Sunshine Cove ( #2) by RaeAnne Thayne
Publication Date: March 30th 2021 by HQN Books
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

My Thoughts:
Jess rarely spends more than a few weeks in any place, going from job to job as a clean-up/declutter guru for her business, Transitions.  This is just the way she likes it. No close, long-term attachments that can drag you down and damage.  However, she’s taken on a job in Cape Sanctuary, her younger sister Rachel’s hometown because she sensed an undercurrent of stress coming from her.  It’s been a long time since the two have been close, but maybe she can help and close some of the distance between them.

Rachel for her part is stressed out. Trying to emulate the perfect housewife and mother as an influencer has become just about impossible with her three-year-old Silas throwing tantrums daily. Finding out he’s on the spectrum wasn’t a shock, but it’s disheartening to feel so helpless as Silas becomes frustrated and at times out of control. It’s definitely put a strain her marriage, and Rachel feels like she’s drowning under the pressure.  Having her older sister visit only adds to the stress, as their relationship has been strained for many years.

Can these two sort out their problems and find happiness? Jess and Rachel each faced relatable, realistic problems, that made it easy for me to put myself in their shoes and root for a solution, a HEA for both. There’s not one, but two romances here: Rachel and her high-school sweetheart hubby facing the challenges dealing with a special needs child and Jess finding a man in Cape Sanctuary when she had no plans on ever settling down. I loved both romances and each were low on drama. I appreciated that the conflict made sense and didn’t drag on and on.

Loved the Northern California coastal setting that came to life with Ms. Thayne’s beautiful descriptions! It’s such a gorgeous area, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean that take your breath away! There’s a spot I visit at least yearly, close to the Oregon border that I pictured in my mind as I read (see pictures below). Now I want to go again!

The Path to Sunshine Cove was such a lovely, feel-good kind of romance that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys an uplifting story!

4 Stars

About the Author: New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

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About the book:
She knows what’s best for everyone but herself…
With a past like hers, Jessica Clayton feels safer in a life spent on the road. She’s made a career out of helping others downsize—because she’s learned the hard way that the less “stuff,” the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home…and that her little sister, Rachel, still does. The years apart haven’t made a dent in the guilt Jess still carries after a handgun took the lives of both their parents and changed everything between them.

While Jess couldn’t wait to put the miles between her and Cape Sanctuary, Rachel put down roots, content for the world—and her sister—to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child’s disability, Rachel’s marriage has begun to fray at the seams. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she’s learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn’t do family, and she shouldn’t count on her now.

Against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached—to her sister and her family, even to her client’s interfering son, Nate—and it’s time to put everything on the line. Does she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and make room for the love and joy that come along with it?


  1. What a breathtaking view! Glad this was so good- and that it can evoke those memories of such an awesome spot!

    1. Thanks Greg! I was such a heartwarming romance/story!

  2. This sounds like a very sweet story. I haven't read this author before but I like the sound of how she ties together the two characters and their respective storylines.

    1. She writes feel-good romances. She always seems to lift my spirits by the end. :)

  3. I've seen this author's books but haven't tried her. Wonderful review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. I'd love to step into this book just for that setting!

  5. Yes, conflict that felt just right for the characters and their circumstances and I'm glad the sisters were relatable. I really must try her stuff.

    My blood pressure lowered just looking at your pictures. :)

    1. You should, Sophia Rose. I bet you'd like her. Yes, those views are like a balm to my soul! :)

  6. I've always wanted to visit Northern California. Whenever we go there, we're usually in San Diego. I think the northest we've come to was Sta. Clara.

    Anyway, I love that you get two stories in one. Both with sets of challenges, but I'm glad they're low in drama.

  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, too, Rachel! I, too, really appreciated the low-drama aspect and the character's action and reactions made sense and felt realistic. Love the pics you included!

  8. Sounds good, and I love your pics. I'd go there

  9. I really need to make reading RaeAnne Thayne a priority. This sounds like something I would enjoy. Your picks make me want to pack my bags for a trip as soon as possible!

  10. You always post such beautiful pictures. I love that you gave me some reference for this story too