Welcome to my third post in my Authors to Read, Who are Part of the Blogging Community. For this post, I am highlighting, Jacquie Biggar, and author of many romance stories. On her blog, she posts reviews, gorgeous photos and other bookish posts. I recommend you check out her blog that is connected to her webpage. JACQUIE BIGGAR-USA TODAY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR None of the author’s who are part of this group of posts requested to be highlighted, nor am I receiving anything for these posts except my enjoyment reading their books.

Letting Go- The Defiant Sisters Book 1 by Jacquie Biggar

Published October 21, 2022 by Wavefront Publishing

About the Book: A coming-of-age novel about the pain of misconceptions and learning from them.
When life gives you lemons…

Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean. I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal, and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart. I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway. If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.

The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since. Going home is supposed to be the answer, instead it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve made. My sister hates me. My little brother barely knows me. And Simon… is engaged.
None of it matters- or so I tell myself. I’m here to make amends and face a past haunted with regret. As long as I can convince myself to stay.

Letting Go is a young adult romance dealing with tragedy, restitution, and love in all its aspects. The story relates to sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.

4.5 Stars:

I loved Letting Go and am looking forward to the second book in The Defiant Sisters series. Renee had just graduated from high school, was dating the love of her life and was ready to head off to college when her life fell apart. She saw her high school sweetheart embracing someone else, her sister told her he had been fooling around on her and she found her father dead in the backyard from suicide. Not able to deal with it, she ran off to school leaving everything behind. Two years later, she heads back to town after finding out her mother has died. Her younger sister, Izzy, barely an adult is trying to hold everything together for her twelve year old brother. Social services is knocking at the door, she has a pile of unpaid bills and has no desire to see her sister who ran out on them two years ago. Will these two be able to reconcile? What is going to happen when she runs into Simon?

This was a great story about reconciliation, returning home, family and coming of age. Renee comes to town with the idea of attending her mother’s funeral and heading back to California to open her own therapy practice. When she hits Simon’s grandmother while she is crossing the road, those plans change. With forced proximity, Simon and Renee spend time together and realize they still have feelings for one another. This story isn’t all that long (240 pgs.) but it sure packs a lot between the pages. We see how Izzy has been trying to keep afloat, her little brother’s depression growing, Renee’s guilt, some romance and more. Jacquie’s writing is descriptive with a well plotted storyline and she makes her characters relatable. I am not a big fan of cliff hangers and although this book doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger, there are several unanswered questions that I am anxious to see how they are resolved. I will be watching for Finding Me, the next book in this duology.

Other Books I have read by Jacquie Biggar:

Perfectly Imperfect by Jacquie Biggar

Silver Bells by Jacquie Biggar

Mistletoe Inn by Jacquie Biggar

About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Jacquie Biggar loves to write Romantic Suspense novels brimming w/Attitude. 

Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words: “My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat. My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake and Adam’s shenanigans. I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?). I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and talking to my friends.”

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Jacquie has quite a backlist of books, several that I already own and after reading Letting Go, I am going to get them into my reading rotation. Check out Amazon, Goodreads or her website to see the various series she has published as well as her upcoming projects.