Lady Sunshine

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“A delicious daydream of a book.” —Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of 28 Summers

“With lyrical writing and a page-turning plot, this sun-dappled book has it all: heart, smarts, and an irresistible musical beat. A tone-perfect evocation of the free-spirited late 1970s and a riveting coming-of-age story.” —Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party

“In LADY SUNSHINE, Amy Mason Doan has crafted an engrossing tale of secrets, memory, music, and the people and places you can never outrun. This novel will transport you to the ‘70s and summertime magic and a long overdue reckoning. A fantastic summer read.”
—Laura Dave, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me


For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle’s sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians, artists, and free spirits gathered at The Sandcastle for the season in pursuit of inspiration and communal living, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship, testing their limits along the rocky beach and in the wild woods... until the summer abruptly ended in tragedy, and Willa silently slipped away into the night.

Twenty years later, Jackie unexpectedly inherits The Sandcastle and returns to the iconic estate for a short visit to ready it for sale. But she reluctantly extends her stay when she learns that, before her death, her estranged aunt had promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her late uncle at the property’s studio. As her musical guests bring the place to life again with their sun-drenched beach days and late-night bonfires, Jackie begins to notice startling parallels to that summer long ago. And when a piece of the past resurfaces and sparks new questions about Willa’s disappearance, Jackie must discover if the dark secret she’s kept ever since is even the truth at all.

Lady Sunshine is shot through with free love, hope, and all the magic of the ’70s, but under the sun and music lie dark secrets.
It’s a thrilling ride, a beautiful evocation of an era, and a story that will keep readers entranced from the first page to the last.”
—Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder

“This book is gorgeous. A gold-drenched nostalgic dream with a fierce female friendship at its heart.”
—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of I'll Be Your Blue Sky

“Haunting and vivid, with layered, complex characters and an evocative setting that sparkles with detail, LADY SUNSHINE will stay with me for a long time.”
—Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

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    Lady Sunshine Reviews

  • Tina

    3.5I really enjoyed this story. ☀️ The writing is lovely and flows well and the narration is perfect as I listened to the audiobook. The characters vividly came alive for me.The story is told in t...

  • Angela M

    3.5 stars rounded up.Two summers, twenty years apart, characters I liked, a nostalgic look at the 1979 through music, a bit of a mystery (not my usual read). I found this to be a perfect summer read. ...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    This is mesmerizingly impressive! This author can draw colorful paintings and create lyrical compositions by only using her talented story telling skills. Time traveling between 79’s to 99’s to te...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I have loved Amy Mason Doan’s first two books, The Summer List and Summer Hours, and Lady Sunshine is her best yet. Set between 1979 and 1999, Jackie Pierce narrates the story centered her musician ...

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason DoanWomen’s fiction with just a hint of mystery. Historical is you consider the 1970’s that way. From Jackie’s point of view both in 1979 as a teen and 1999 having inh...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    I would like to file a petition to make it illegal to have all these amazing-sounding books come out while I'm desperately trying to wrangle my to-read list...

  • Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comLADY SUNSHINE by Amy Mason Doan is a new women’s fiction story that has two intertwining timelines, the first is of an idyllic summer...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Love the title and cover. My hope was this would be a lighter but not sappy read. Needed a little sunshine in my life. For the most part it met and in parts exceeded my expectations. A nostalgic r...

  • Corina

    I really enjoyed this one. Love books about the music industry (thanks to Daisy Jones), and this one gave me the all the flower power vibes, some family drama, and in the end it was a really well writ...

  • Tammy

    I absolutely adored this nostalgic flashback to 1979’s summer of love and music. The setting takes place along the scenic northern California coast at the Sandcastle. From beginning to end the story...