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A Little Ray of Sunshine

A kid walks into your bookstore and guess what? He’s your son. The one you put up for adoption eighteen years ago. The one you never told anyone about. Surprise!


It’s a huge surprise to his adoptive mother, Monica, who thought she had a close relationship with Matthew, her nearly adult son. But apparently, he felt the need to secretly arrange a vacation to Cape Cod for the summer so he could meet his birth mother…without a word to either her or his dad.


It’s also a surprise— to say the least—to Harlow, the woman who gave up her secret baby so many years ago. She’s spent the years since then building a quiet, drama-free life. She runs a bookstore with her grandfather, hangs out with her four younger siblings and is more or less happily single, though she can’t help gravitating toward Grady Byrne, her old friend from high school. He’s moved back to town, three-year-old daughter in tow, no wife in the picture. But she’s always figured her life should be child-free, so that complicates things.


When Matthew walks into Harlow’s store, she faints. Monica panics. And all their assumptions—about what being a parent really means—explode. This summer will be full of more surprises as both their families are redefined…and as both women learn that for them, there’s no limit to a parent’s love.

What people are saying:

On AARP list of 32 of 2023’s Hot Summer Novels

“An uplifting story of love and gratitude...” - Kirkus

"a perfectly done novel," - Library Journal

"the emotional journey is the star of this comforting-as-a-cozy-sweater story." - Booklist

"A raw and genuine look at motherhood, A Little Ray of Sunshine is a lovely ode to love in all of its many forms, family lost and found." - Ashley Poston, New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics

“Kristan Higgins does it again. Readers will be enchanted by this story." - Jennifer Rummel, Fresh Fiction

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