Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan
Release Date - June 29, 2021
Lady Sunshine moves seamlessly between the 1970s and the 1990s in order to tell Jackie Pierce's story. She, her father, and her stepmother don't get along. When they decide to take a trip without her, Jackie is sent to stay with her uncle for the summer. She doesn't know too much about her mom's brother other than he's a talented musician, but she's overjoyed to have some freedom from them.
Her uncle owns a sprawling estate on the Californian coast. The Sandcastle is a retreat of sorts for musicians, artists, and their families. There, Jackie finds freedom and friendship with her cousin. But, before the summer is over, tragic events will change their relationship for good and lead to Willa's disappearance.
In the 1990s, Jackie inherits The Sandcastle following her aunt's death. She returns with the plans to sell it, but before that happens, she learns her aunt asked a musician to record a tribute album. She agrees to let the musicians and their families move in until the album is finished. Doing so brings Jackie back to the carefree days with her uncle and his fellow artists and makes her take a look back at the events and what really happened to Willa.
This novel is part mystery, part romance, and incredibly addicting. You learn all about the time leading up to the events that transpire, but it's not easy to predict exactly what led to Willa's disappearance or why. As a result, you have to savor this book rather than rush through it to the end. It made every page important and kept me hooked.