After seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day.
Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter.
All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.
And now that she’s free, she wants to make a difference.
With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known.
But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex.
With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life.
Expected Publication: September 13th 2016 by Montlake Romance
Four stars: Comfort reading that takes on a darker topic: domestic abuse.
For Hannah O'Malley, life is starting fresh and anew. She just signed the divorce papers, and she is rid of her husband once and for all. She is free to live her life and raise her daughter as she sees fit, without worrying about anger, bruises and verbal abuse. At Hannah's side are her long time friends, Travis, Darcy, Liz and Cal as well as her Aunt Birdie and her surrogate, Aunt Rosie. Hannah is determined to let go of the pain and hardships that Marty caused, and find a new beginning. Soon she is turning her home into a refuge for other battered women, and in doing so, she finds beautiful friends, love and hope for the future.
What I Liked:
- Ahh.... comfort reading. I needed a nice heaping helping of comfort, and I certainly got that with The Lullaby Sky. This is a book about new beginnings, old friendships, family, love and living life to the fullest. I loved the positive messages in this book, and how the difficult topic of domestic abuse was handled.
- The romance is one of the best kind, in fact there are two of them, and both blossom from life long friendships. Both take their time to bloom, but when they do, they are sweet and perfect and just right. Loved the romance!
- The characters are terrific. I loved Hannah's quiet determination and big heart as she set out to start anew, and in doing so she helps others who were in her shoes. She is kind, compassionate and full of love. At her side is Travis, her life long friend, who is patient, kind and as sweet as they come. I especially loved the two feisty old aunts, Aunt Birdie and Aunt Rosie. They made the book. An excellent cast of characters!
- The book takes on a serious topic: domestic abuse. I loved that it was handled with hope and positivity. It showcases five different women, from all walks of life. I enjoyed getting to know each woman, and learning her back story. Anyone can become a victim. I liked that each woman found a way out, and had hope for a new beginning. I urge readers to pass this along to anyone they might know of who could be in an abusive relationship so they can see that there is hope and life afterwards.
- The ending is wonderful. I loved seeing the progress and change for all the characters, and I liked the way things ended up. Sweet, satisfying and perfect for when you need a pick me up, comfort book.
And The Not So Much:
- I adore best friend romances, but I found that I was wanting more of the history between Travis and Hannah and Darcy and Cal. I would love to know more about their childhoods together.
- I received an Advanced Reader's Copy, so it may be different in the final version, I was hoping for a list of resources at the end for women who are in a domestic abuse situation. Perhaps it will be included in the final published version.
- I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't any type of update on the other two women who came to the Lullaby Sky. I would have loved to know how they were doing a few months down the road.
The Lullaby Sky is a sweet, lovely, romantic read that takes on domestic abuse. I loved the positivity of this book, and I liked that it left the reader with hope and love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a comfort read, and definitely for anyone who is in an abusive situation.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.