Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.
Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.
Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?
Vogt continues her Thatcher Sisters series (after Things I Never Told You) in this touching tale that focuses on Jillian, the middle sister, who feels like she'll always be "just Jillian." At age 33, she has just finished chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer, but still feels residual effects that are changing her life physically and psychologically. Johanna, her older sister, offers advice but little more as she struggles with her own job and love life; Payton, her younger sister, is busy with coaching JV volleyball, taking classes to acquire her teacher's license, and figuring out her relationship with boyfriend Zach. Jillian's husband, Geoff, supports her, but on the topic of starting a family, he is surprisingly (and frustratingly) reticent. As Jillian digs into the reasons for his silence, long-buried secrets surface. Fans of the Thatcher Sisters series will enjoy hearing from Jillian, who had previously remained in the background, and discovering her wise, vulnerable voice. Any reader of inspirational romance will enjoy this realistic story of overcoming adversity and tending to long-ignored familial wounds.