A Little Ray of Sunshine

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Harlow Smith is a bookstore owner in Cape Cod, living near her parents and four siblings. One day, a visitor to the bookshop stuns her – the son she gave birth to 18 years ago and put up for adoption has come to find her. Harlow never revealed her son’s existence to her family, yet now that Matthew wants to meet his birth family, she must confront her past choices.

I liked a lot of aspects of A Little Ray of Sunshine and how it explored all the relationships created by adoption. The back story of Harlow’s pregnancy and connection with the adoptive parents she chose, Sanjay and Monica, was very touching. However, parts of Matthew’s reemergence into Harlow’s life felt a little too forced. The teen got away with so much and came off as a self-absorbed brat! I liked cousin Cynthia’s transformation throughout the book and how it showed an alternate view of adoption. This book did feel long with some unnecessary plot lines – such as Rosie’s struggles. It also took me awhile to really get invested in the storyline. Still, I enjoyed this book overall and the perspective it offered!

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Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 512 pages
Publisher Penguin Publishing Group
Publish Date 06-Jun-2023
ISBN 9780593547618
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Issue August 2023
Category Popular Fiction