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After seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.And now tAfter seven years of misery and abuse, it’s all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.And now that she’s free, she wants to make a difference. With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known. But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex. With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life....

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Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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The Lullaby Sky Reviews

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-10-16 03:36

    Hannah O’Malley is thrilled to finally be free of her abusive husband, but it will take a bit of healing and the help of friends and family to get past the emotional damage he caused. Lucky for her she has an amazing support group and her lovely little six year old daughter, Sophie to ease her back into normal. I just loved the close knit group of friends and the two old ladies, basically the group’s matriarchs, Aunt Birdie and Aunt Rosie! These old ladies were not above stepping in to solve things in their own way (shotgun in hand!) if the law didn’t come through, and I had to laugh at their feisty determination. Moved by her experience, Hannah decided to open her heart and home to women who need a helping hand getting away from emotional or physical abuse, and the experience is just as helpful to her in healing as it is for the women on the run. Carolyn Brown, even with the serious nature of this story, managed to brighten things up with humor and positivity!The Lullaby Sky was a heartwarming story of friendship, family, and romance! Hannah’s romance with her long-time friend Travis was slow going, and built solidly on friendship and trust, which fit perfectly with her story since she needed time to heal. That didn’t mean that there wasn’t chemistry and sparks between these two! I loved this second chance romance! A copy was kindly provided by Montlake Romance via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This review is also posted at The Readers Den.

  • Leona
    2018-10-11 09:38

    Not sure I get all the great reviews. I wonder if I read the same book?The premise was good and it started out strong, but the execution was weak with one dimensional characters, an unrealistic portrayal of survival and recovery, and absolutely no tension to entice the reader to keep turning the page. I also didn't feel the author handled the topic with care. The tone and execution were too casual and cavalier for such an important topic for women..I'd recommend a pass on this one.

  • Fred
    2018-10-08 04:44

    The general synopsis is as follows: the book follows a woman named Hannah O’Malley who divorces her abusive husband and sets up her home as a shelter for abused women. The book is all about abusive relationships and finding love again. Hannah has a daughter named Sophie and many friends, including a man named Travis who is her old secondary school crush. I think that Hannah’s development was really good. I can understand her character: I saw Hannah as a woman who has been abused and is therefore quite shy and quite nervous but she is extremely caring and extremely empathic and I also feel she’s quite a good mother and her confidence is just a bit undersized. The thing I liked about Hannah was that I felt she was quite confused over whether or not she was in love with Travis and I felt quite good about that because I felt that her development was more than just a few meaningless character traits. In addition, Sophie was developed really well: the typical run-around cheeky five-year-old. I saw a lot of myself in Travis! (peculiarly!) so I understood him as well. However, I thought that people like Darcy, Calvin, Aunt Birdie, all of them I felt had no development. They are given individual identities later on in the book but that still didn’t illustrate to me what these people would be like if I met them in person. I did feel that the main three were developed but I still didn’t feel any caring emotions for them. I didn’t really care about them, I didn’t feel that I loved them. It all just felt a bit neutral.The plotline is fine and the story is fine. It’s a good plotline but it’s nothing spectacular. I could probably sum up the whole book in three sentences (I'm not going to because of spoilers). The way the story was set out didn’t particularly compel me to read on and I think that if the first few chapters had been spent developing each of the characters rather than just seeing Hannah repainting her house, I’m sure I would have enjoyed this book more. So plot-wise: it’s good but it’s not spectacular and that didn’t make book anymore spectacular. I think that Hannah and Travis should have had more plot elements to their plotline and the less well developed characters should have had less. Do NOT give your precious plotline to characters who you HAVEN’T developed, give it to characters who you HAVE developed! If Hannah and Travis had more plot elements, I think I would have gone through more with them and therefore learnt to love them more.Just as a general summary: there were parts of this book that I enjoyed and the book is good so I’m not saying don’t read it but I’m just saying don’t expect it to blow you away because it didn’t blow me away and it’s nothing particularly special. So that is my review of this book to which I gave two stars of five: The Lullaby Sky.

  • Elizabeth Sasseman
    2018-09-19 07:23

    I hated this book. It's about a woman getting divorced from an abusive husband. I was expecting and hoping for some sort of dark and twisted novel, but instead it was happy like a Hallmark movie. Everything worked out perfect. There was not an ounce of darkness involved, nor did it seem real. People aren't this happy when getting out of an abusive relationship. People leave with ptsd and psychological trauma. The conversations in this book were so surface-level it was annoying. And they were eating unhealthy food on every other page which just made me sick. This just isn't my kind of book at all.

  • Heidi
    2018-10-13 08:20

    Four stars: Comfort reading that takes on a darker topic: domestic abuse.For Hannah O'Malley, life is starting fresh and anew. She just signed the divorce papers, and she is rid of her husband once and for all. She is free to live her life and raise her daughter as she sees fit, without worrying about anger, bruises and verbal abuse. At Hannah's side are her long time friends, Travis, Darcy, Liz and Cal as well as her Aunt Birdie and her surrogate, Aunt Rosie. Hannah is determined to let go of the pain and hardships that Marty caused, and find a new beginning. Soon she is turning her home into a refuge for other battered women, and in doing so, she finds beautiful friends, love and hope for the future. What I Liked:*Ahh.... comfort reading. I needed a nice heaping helping of comfort, and I certainly got that with The Lullaby Sky. This is a book about new beginnings, old friendships, family, love and living life to the fullest. I loved the positive messages in this book, and how the difficult topic of domestic abuse was handled. *The romance is one of the best kind, in fact there are two of them, and both blossom from life long friendships. Both take their time to bloom, but when they do, they are sweet and perfect and just right. Loved the romance!*The characters are terrific. I loved Hannah's quiet determination and big heart as she set out to start anew, and in doing so she helps others who were in her shoes. She is kind, compassionate and full of love. At her side is Travis, her life long friend, who is patient, kind and as sweet as they come. I especially loved the two feisty old aunts, Aunt Birdie and Aunt Rosie. They made the book. An excellent cast of characters!*The book takes on a serious topic: domestic abuse. I loved that it was handled with hope and positivity. It showcases five different women, from all walks of life. I enjoyed getting to know each woman, and learning her back story. Anyone can become a victim. I liked that each woman found a way out, and had hope for a new beginning. I urge readers to pass this along to anyone they might know of who could be in an abusive relationship so they can see that there is hope and life afterwards. *The ending is wonderful. I loved seeing the progress and change for all the characters, and I liked the way things ended up. Sweet, satisfying and perfect for when you need a pick me up, comfort book. And The Not So Much:*I adore best friend romances, but I found that I was wanting more of the history between Travis and Hannah and Darcy and Cal. I would love to know more about their childhoods together. *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy, so it may be different in the final version, I was hoping for a list of resources at the end for women who are in a domestic abuse situation. Perhaps it will be included in the final published version. *I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't any type of update on the other two women who came to the Lullaby Sky. I would have loved to know how they were doing a few months down the road. The Lullaby Sky is a sweet, lovely, romantic read that takes on domestic abuse. I loved the positivity of this book, and I liked that it left the reader with hope and love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a comfort read, and definitely for anyone who is in an abusive situation. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. Posted@Rainy Day Ramblings.

  • Siv30
    2018-09-27 11:24

    ספר חביב ואפילו "נקי" מידי שעוסק בנושא כאוב של אלימות במשפחה.חנה אומיילי מתגרשת ממרטין אחרי 7 שנים של טירור, אלימות מילולית ופיזית. מרטין מגיע ממשפחה עשירה וחנה לא והוא מוצא סיבות רבות להיטפל אליה ולמרר את חייה.ביום הגירושין חנה מקבלת משמורת בלעדית על בתה סופי ומקבלת חזרה את בית סבתה. בית שמרטין שכנע אותה להעביר על שמו.בעזרת חבריה הטובים, חנה מתאוששת וחוזרת לחיות חיים מלאים. היא הופכת את בית סבתה למקלט זמני לנשים מוכות ואפילו מוצאת אהבה.ספר חביב, פחות נכנס לפסיכולוגיה של נשים מוכות והתאוששות מהטראומה.

  • Joan
    2018-10-09 09:46

    DNF'd when I read this: "What the ..." Travis picked up the shotgun and ejected both shells. "Aunt Birdie, you brought a loaded gun over here with that baby?""She'll be six years old in a few weeks. And there ain't a way in hell I can kill a man with an unloaded gun. I don't have the strength to beat him to death with the butt," Aunt Birdie fussed.WTF!!!!!! A LOADED GUN WITH A SIX YEAR OLD?? Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez. Sometimes I despair of the world.One star for the utter utter stupidity.

  • Laurukas
    2018-10-03 04:44

    This book was a torture. It's literally about nothing... A woman gets her freedom from an abusive husband and runs straight into a knight in shining armor? Wtf? Where is all psychological trauma stuff? And the conversations between her and a new man... Twilight dialogs seemed more realistic. I just did not like this book very much.

  • Vickie
    2018-10-04 09:27

    This was a fun book tackling a very serious subject: domestic abuse. I enjoyed the audiobook although the accents were sometimes overdone. Also, I loved the fact that my favorite bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle, was included!!! I'm a Kentucky-born girl and I love my bourbon!!!Go Cards! L1C4!!

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2018-10-16 07:42

    What an absolutely awesome book. The characters were rich and full body with life and seasoned with spunk. They had a good sense of family and friends yet a healthy dose of we can’t help you until you ask for it. It was amazingly well balanced in how it was done especially when dealing with an abusive situation a lot is at stake. Not only for the one being beaten but for those around them and those they may be trying to protect. Carolyn showed that Hannah O’Malley’s abuser used high tech savviness to keep her in check. Her belief in God and her feeling of knowing the house that she grew up in had a different vibe since her now ex-had stepped foot in it saved her life. Thank goodness, she paid attention. His OCD to the nth degree was a worry for her that someone would move an item of his and he would notice and measure it with a measuring tape it was just better to visit with others across the street. So, she met up with friends across the road at her great aunt Birdie’s or her best friends, Ms. Rosie’s when she wanted to have friend’s visits. Yet, she only told them small bits never about the physical abuse. There was Liz who her ex-hated because she gave Hannah a job as an aide at the school where Liz was a principal. Liz said to herself he would have to stand in line as far as hating her because her long-haul trucker husband was first in line. He is an abuser too although she hasn’t admitted yet. Hannah had great friends and support. Calvin is a designer in New York but comes home often. Darcy is a bank president in Gainesville and Travis her longtime friend, she’s known since birth is an all-around handyman who has a secret job that he has made a very good living at or should I say an outstanding living at and he has come home to Crossing, Texas to try to get over the crush of his true love, Hannah herself. Never thinking she would finally be free from the man he hated more than anything.See how Hannah finally wins her freedom and daughter as well as the man of her dreams. No woman should have to face this. If they do you hope there is a Lullaby Sky for every one of them. I give this 5++++ stars. Provided by Follow us at

  • Kay Lyn
    2018-09-30 03:35

    Absolutely terrible.The storyline is actually ok, I would give that 3 stars.But the fact that owning guns, keeping them loaded and unsecured in homes with children, and using them to kill people, runs repeatedly throughout the story completely ruins it for me.Carolyn Brown often sets her stories in Texas, but this one was much more gun-loving and white-trash than they usually are.Hated it to the point that I will never again read another Carolyn Brown book.

  • Myra
    2018-09-21 04:37

    CheesyThis book was not particularly interesting, beyond the premise. Ten years after high school, all the women friends are in abusive relationships. Conveniently, the guy friends have been in love with the victims since high school. They never acted on their love because they were embarrassed to be a romance writer and a fashion designer. But they all lived happily ever after.

  • Ruth Anderson
    2018-09-29 10:20

    This book has nothing to move the story forward. The only conflict is resolved in the first chapter. The sayings in this book are supposed to sound "country". Instead they sound like someone who's never been to a rural community's idea of "country".Overall, I couldn't wait to for this book to be finished.

  • Alexa
    2018-10-09 06:32

    I hate having to give a book one star. But I had to make myself finish. The dialogue was the worst. The chapter divisions were completely random. The story was flat. The idea was insulting. And it bordered way too closely to Christian fiction for me.

  • Donna Antaramian
    2018-10-10 04:17

    The Lullaby Sky by Carolyn Brown is a novel about Hannah O'Malley who after many years of spousal abuse is official divorced and set free. Part of her divorce settlement is to retain her grandmother’s home and full custody of their daughter. With the support of her grandmother and circle of her closest friends including her high school love, Travis Wilson, Hannah embarks on a journey to put her past behind her. Hannah turns the family home into a safe house called Lullaby Sky, helping other women escape abuse. This audio book was narrated by: Brittany Pressley. I found narration just okay; the older women’s voices were rather rough or scratchy sounding.

  • Marsha Raasch
    2018-09-24 09:41

    RomanceI'm not a romance novel fan. But the stories of women healing from bad relationships made reading a romance novel worthwhile

  • Anita
    2018-09-30 06:33

    Sweet. Sappy but sweet.

  • Kylee
    2018-10-04 04:24

    DNF. I don’t usually leave a book incomplete, but I am finding myself agreeing with the negative reviews that I’m reading here. It’s incredibly boring and unrealistic. Tired of the shining 5 year old that NEVER gets tired or upset, the constant “she must have something new everything time someone leaves the house”, and complete lack of conflict to drive the story forward. I’m usually happy with a fluffy read, but this one was flat.

  • Dianne
    2018-10-04 07:20

    When this author was new and fresh to me, I found that I loved her work. I was thrilled to read her newest work. However it might have been that it was what I was *what* I was choosing that kept me so happy. But the last few books I have read are so similar in theme that wonder why I am even bothering with reading them. I can tell exactly how it is going to proceed and end.The Lullaby Sky is the traditional 'Southern small town abused by rotten husband woman becomes strong but has a poop load of friends to help her recover and who stand behind her and a totally hot man who loves her - but 'secretly' story.I don't remember the author using this much preaching in her last books - but I read so much that maybe she did and I just didn't notice.*ARC supplied by publisher

  • Donia
    2018-09-19 07:38

    Ignorantly written story for people who haven't anything between their ears. The subject of wife abuse is very serious and not to be made light of. This book treats it so stupidly and thinks it is cute for the main character's grandma to carry around a gun while she babysits the main character's daughter and then talks about killing the father? Sick.

  • BzBooks
    2018-09-27 07:32

    This is a biased review because I could never finish the book. It was started out with court drama and getting one's life back post-divorce, but the romance of a best-friend crush just seemed implausible. The plot was also too slow for my taste, the main character development was flimsy. I just couldn't get past about 100 pages. Send me a message if you think I am wrong, and I will take another look.

  • Jane Brewer
    2018-10-18 04:19

    Too predictable for me. I mean seriously, EVERYBODY is abused? They're all friends? They ALL find love? I don't know...where's the tension? The climax? Cute idea but lacks the originality and plot twists that I love. Thank you to Goodreads for this giveaway!

  • Eileen
    2018-09-23 08:34

    I won this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. I love the power of women.. The women in this book were amazing. They were there for each other as several healed from abusive relationship. This is a great read and really shows the beauty of friendship and love.

  • Tina
    2018-10-15 10:33

    Made my teeth hurt this was so sweet. It was alright. Got it mainly because I enjoy this audiobook narrator. And she made the story work for me in a way it would not have it I had just read it on my own.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-19 10:17

    This unimaginative story is about a young mother who picks herself up after a divorce from an abusive wealthy man. The main character is surrounded by a bunch of unrealistic yet supportive friends. Including a man from her youth who secretly loves her and is willing to be her "on call" bodyguard. He is a rich author of romance novels but he's too embarrassed to tell the love of his life that he writes books because she might think he's a "sissy". One friend is also being abused by her husband, but no one will do anything to help her or broach the subject because they're waiting for her to come to them. Another friend is secretly in love with the other male friend from their childhood--who is also secretly in love with her--but he's afraid to tell her because he is a famous and rich clothes designer and think she will be turned off by his feminine career. So, both men in the story are rich but embarrassed by their careers and both are secretly in love with one of the women in the story. And neither of these rich men have their own homes. They live with two old ladies who live across the street and round out the "support system". As you'd expect the men eventually become the women's knights in shining armor.This narrative did not fit with the book's main theme of spousal abuse at all. The story opens in a courtroom during the main character's divorce proceedings. The soon to be ex-husband brings his pregnant girlfriend to the hearing, and you realize that pregnant girlfriend will be saved by the ex-wife by the end of the book. You find out at the end that his girlfriend comes from a wealthy Mexican family and her family has the means to bring down the ex-husband's family. One more potential conflict solved and tied up with a neat little bow. The book is full of pedestrian details not worth mentioning. In one scene, the main character goes to the bathroom, and then she finishes and pulls up her underwear. That was it. It had nothing to do with the story, just a page worth of describing to me how a woman goes pee. I kept waiting for the mundane activity to have some bearing on the story, but it never did. Every once in a while, something of substance would be mentioned, but then you'd never hear about it again. A few days after the divorce the group of friends discover listening devices and hidden video cameras in the woman's home and tracking devices on her car. Then absolutely nothing. I kept waiting for them to come back into play, but they never did. I also kept waiting for the ex to return, but when he did, it was uneventful and unsatisfying.OH, and can we talk about the blatant racism? The author refers to Native Americans as "Indians" then points out that is politically incorrect and corrects herself, but not until she uses a stereotype involving Native American's and the Irish's alcohol consumption. AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY!!!!!!!! Just throw it in there because it will add another paragraph to the drivel. (Shame on the Editor for not pulling that!) I'd also like to add that their diets were disgusting. This book had absolutely no redeeming qualities. The characters were saccharine and every conflict was resolved quickly and easily. When I read the author's bio and saw that she has written 80 books, I said a silent prayer for the literary world.

  • Samantha
    2018-09-26 06:42

    This is a book I would have no problem reading again. The idea of recovery through acts of service was a great concept. Creating a safe house for other battered women after leaving a batterednlife proved to be something that spoke to me. Throughout the whole book the sweet child's point of view from Sophie a six year old girl was very interesting and rang true for a mother whose had kids just like her. Seeing that not only your friends but also strangers can be in the same place you are helps you realize that your not alone. I may not have had the support system that Hannah had, however throughout my experiences I have learned to create that types of support group because of my experiences as some of the other women in the book. Feeling the struggles, fear, and joys of Hannah helped me to also accept that I was not the only one to have those feelings.Carolyn Brown has a great concept of the battered woman as well as the way to meld her words together to give those reading it the strength to understand. I felt a connection with Hannah even though my situation was many many years ago, and enjoyed every minute of reading and listening to this book.

  • Stefany
    2018-09-28 11:31

    Tedious and strangely sexistThe story revolves around a woman who divorces her abusive husband and her interactions with her friends, family, and other abused women who come and go from the shelter she turns her home into. Luckily, she has a perfect, handsome, strong lifelong friend who has always been in love with her to protect her and all of the abused women who come stay with her. Because of course women need men to protect them from abusive men. The story was tedious. It was obvious who the love interest was from the start, and the only conflict was whether she was ready to fall in love so soon after her divorce. It was hokey how perfect all of the good men were. They always said the perfect things at the perfect times and were incredibly unrealistic. No, women don’t need to put up with abusive men, but perfect men like the ones in this book don’t really exist, either.

  • Ann-marie
    2018-10-09 05:16

    Hannah has just been handed her divorce. This was not no ordinary divorce, Hannah has been physically abused for years by her husband Marty. Through her friendships with her friends including Travis she goes through the journey of healing and working on moving on. Reading about abuse is never an easy situation. The book shows her transition from being divorce and dealing with the trauma. At the same time she's coping with raising her five year old daughter Sophie who is a pleasure to see through the pages her having conversation about her dad and just being happy child who is glad to be surrounded with so many of her mom's friend who she all called aunts and uncles. They are a bunch of characters that surrounds Hannah that helps her with her healing. Although there is a love interest for Hannah(Travis) it is a very sloooow interaction with him and Hannah which is realistic due to the fact Hannah just came out of an abusive relationship.

  • Maliha
    2018-10-12 03:20

    Good writing overall, slightly bland sometimesIt was a very descriptive book (often overly so, for my taste - for instance in one scene it went into great detail about who's sitting next to whom, but it wouldn't end up being important to the plot). The plot never built up to a huge climax because it never built up a problem beyond "young woman needs to rebuild her psyche and life after escaping abusive marriage". And I appreciate the slow pace of the sort of Bildungsroman. I just didn't see such a story coming. I enjoyed watching Hannah getting her life back. I guess a good way to describe this book is like a children's novel, where oftentimes instead of having one main problem and climax, there are chapters that each have things to deal with and get resolved as the story continues. Thanks for the cute characters and the neat tie-up.

  • Diana
    2018-10-01 10:24

    A good ole country taleHannah is getting divorced from an abusive man. Her and daughter Sophie are going to use her maiden name of O'Malley. Her life has been a nightmare for so long it is difficult to believe it is over. She is going back to Cottonbloom where she grew up. Her four close friends that she grew up with are there to help her heal. Being afraid all the time of losing her daughter has taken a toll on her.Hannah decides to use her grandmothers old house into a safe house for abused women and their children. It will hopefully help HDR heal while she is helping others.I love the way Carolyn uses old time country music in her stories along with everyday country charm