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    Sisters review [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:49

    Sisters are doing it for themselves… Sisters is directed by Brain De Palma who also co-writes the screenplay with Louisa Rose. It stars Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, Lisle Wilson and William Finley. Melody is by Bernard Herrmann and cinematography by Gregory Sandor. When newspaper reporter Grace Collier (Salt) observes what she perceives to be a murder in the apartment across the road from her own, it proves to be the catalyst for a trip down a dark psychologically damaged street. To be honest here, the continuous complaints about De Palma being a Hitchcock clone got boring around about the mid eighties. [email protected]#$%!ch is my private favourite director it has never bothered me one bit that he homaged and borrowed from the amazing man's cannon, in fact I have always found that when on form it was amazing to have someone like De Palma to hold the suspense thriller genre going. It's not as if he's the only one who owes his career to director's from the past really is it? Sisters is a wonderfully trippy suspenser, where De Palma lifts from some amazing Hitchcock motifs to portray a clinically edgy story based around an article he read about Siamese twins Masha and Dasha Krivoshlyapova. Infused with technical flourishes such as split screens, POV filming and close quarter framing, the director is donating his own blood for the veins of the piece. Suspense is rarely far away, be it characters in some sort of danger, or the possible discovery of a body, there is no pause for pointless filler fodder. While twists and revelations engage the brain instead of insulting it, something a lot of of today's horror/thriller directors could learn to "homage" from actually, and a nightmare section of movie literally unfurled out of the minds eye is top draw. Herrmann was enticed out of near retirement to score the music, the genre and themes at work in the story ready created for his skilled compositions. The score in all essence is lifted from his own major works for Hitchcock, with added sections taken from Jason and the Argonauts and Mysterious Island, but reworked in such away it drifts a perfectly off-kilter vibe across production. Kidder and Salt do amazing work in tricky roles, and Finley is suitably edgy. Durning is a small wasted, though, but it's a little complaint in the acting area. There's a couple of plot holes and one turn of happenings that just doesn't create sense, but this is a prime De Palma thriller and a amazing starting point for anyone interested in his work. And yes! For anyone who really isn't bothered about someone homaging a past master. 8/10

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    First off, I am a large fan of K. Hannah. I have read almost all of her books and was really excited to come across one that I hadn't yet. In the first chapter I became a small worried.... the story just wasn't very enticing at first. ... and truthfully it didn't obtain much better. I just don't fell like Hannah was on her android game with this book. It read almost as if it were an aspiring writer's first book. The characters were never introduced in a method that I could really connect with any of them. I know that Kristin Hannah usually writes beautiful emotional stuff... but this story was flat out cheesy. The dialogue of the characters seemed SO scripted... people just don't speak like that. Maybe I am being too harsh. I don't know.I just know that I expected a lot more from this particular author. I mean, "Winter Garden" and "True Colors" are two of my favorite books! This definitely won't deter me from reading more of her work, I am just going to chalk this up to... maybe the one time Kristin Hannah didn't give it her all? Maybe she had a deadline to meet? I dunno. My tip would be to skip right over this one and read something else of her's. The two aforementioned titles are total winners! Let's just pretend "Between Sisters" never happened eh? ;)

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    This book really surprised me because of the two unusual, combined story lines. Both are about family dynamics and how they can affect us for the rest of our lives. One story is about two grown half- sisters who have at best, a strained relationship of the briefest kind. When both of them were children, they lived a part-time life with their egocentric mother who valued her happiness and dreams over and above the needs of her love starved daughters. Married multiple times, she flits from put to place, dragging her young daughters while pursuing her dream of becoming an actress. Living in dilapidated trailers and apartments with small or no guidance from their mother, the older girl gradually assumes the role of mother to her sister. Both sisters grow close and depend on each other to emotionally survive their unpredictable, gypsy life. But an "incident" occurs and suddenly the younger sister is deserted by her older, teen aged sister and then left to live with a father she has never met before. The affect on both sisters is devastating and changes their relationship e second story within this story is about a guilty and beaten down man whose life no longer has meaning. Life is hopeless and over for him since the "incident" that happened three years ago. He survives day to day by working at odd jobs while eventually moving from city to e characters of both stories intertwine and relationships develop to change all of their lives.I could not place this book down because of the intensity and depth of all these amazing characters and their stories. I really loved this book and intend to follow this author.

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    Between Sisters is an emotional and heartfelt story about two sisters who are estranged for a lot of years. Their mother is more involved with her career in TV and second-rate films than in her daughters' well-being. She is part of the reason for their estrangement. Growing up the girls never knew who their father was since their mother had a lot of husbands and men going in and out of their lives. They had no ghann was the oldest and she became more of a mother than a sister as she tried to protect her small sister, Claire, from any harm. Meghann had to step in when one day their mother went off to test out for a part in a present and didn't come is is a well-written and touching story about sisters and how they resolve some of their issues and come full circle. How they do it is for you to search out. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    I hoped based on reviews this would be a unbelievable book. I am half method through and can't [email protected]#$%!. It is not the storyline or the characters. It is the writing. If you are a regular reader at all you will search the writing very juvenile and flat. No hero development, not good description, unimaginative writing with no depth at all. I feel poor saying these things but honestly, I don't know how this got published. The writing is one dimensional.

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    Yep, another one chalked up for the best storyteller on the planet - Kristin Hannah. Of course it's rated as a 5-star ...only because there's no higher rating on Amazon. Like all of her stories, "Between Sisters" is simply, and perfectly, entertaining. There is no 10-star rating, so...I don't know how she does it - from the first sentences to the very latest words, she draws the reader into the story. Not just as a passive reader, but somehow as an interested observer, a part of the story. Kristen Hannah uses the same words as other writers, she just puts those words in the right put at the right time to make a story that draws you in and doesn't allow you go and is as entertaining as could possibly be.I've been reading since I was just a small boy, and now, as an old man, I can't think of a writer that ever entertained me as much as KH ...consistently. Well, maybe Edgar Rice Burroughs and the "Tarzan" series when I was quite young? Perhaps, but only perhaps. KH is simply the trick

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    Interesting story about the totally various lives of two sisters. It's one of those books where, just as you are totally immersed in the life of one character, you turn the page and are thrust into the life of the other character. Each time my first thought was "Oh, no" but within the first paragraph I was completely immersed again. I really enjoyed Between Sisters and it has motivated me to continue reading Kristin Hannah's books.

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    I'm a Kristin Hannah fan. Why this book Sat on my Kindle shelf for so long, I have no idea. But I am really glad I created the time this week. There were tears tonight as I finished. I don't easily succumb to tears.I have only one as sister, we are not estranged. We have both been through a lot of heartache, maybe that is why this book touched me.

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    Amazing story about a family and overcoming wonderful obstacles. Loved it, quick moving and relatable. A true story about family dynamics and lasting friendships between Claire and her girlfriends. Highly recommend.

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    At first, the story was off to a slow start. Was wondering where the story was headed. Joe was introduced, & the question was, "Who's Joe? What does he have to do with anybody else? What did he do to have ended up in his sad & seemingly hopeless situation?" After the story picked up, OMG! It was just amazing & a true tear-jerker! Obtain your tissues ready. I was worried about Claire marrying Bobby so soon, but was glad for her & Meghann.. Sam was such a sweetheart & I loved Bobby & Joe's characters. Mama was a true work of art. Thank you, Ms. Hannah! Love your books!

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    Between Sisters review [Book]  2018-5-5 18:0

    I had the hard covered copy of Between Sisters on my bookshelf since it had first been published. Knowing I couldn't carry a book of that weight back and forth on the train every day, I recently ordered a paperback in hopes that it would entice me to finally read this book. After all, I hadn't read a Kristin Hannah novel in a long time and I had once considered her to be one of my absolute favorite arently it was about time! Immediately I felt swept up into the globe of the Pacific Northwest, as so often happens when I read Hannah's novels. The cabins and camp ground, despite the fact that I practically hate the outdoors, seemed so inviting, and the method in which Hannah describes the setting, you can almost imagine wanting to visit. The setting, which takes on such a prominent role in the beginning of the book, fades as other characters and more serious problems come to be in the story. But what always drew me to Hannah's novels, and this one is no different, is the element of reality. The settings are so easy and inviting, the characters are flawed in such ways that create them feel true to the reader. The characters have flaws, but the flaws are made in a method that makes you feel sympathy for or appreciation of the character, not in a method that would create you hate the hero for being so incredibly obnoxious. Trust me; I've seen so a lot of authors test to do this and they end up stepping over the line and the hero suffers. Hannah though, yet again, creates characters that are likable, and even more so, respectable.I also love how Hannah's novels flow. I've done my fair share of massive reading in my life, but while the hardcover of Between Sisters seemed so daunting, I breezed through the paperback in just over a week. And as I read, I remembered how much I appreciated her use of language and her simplicity. It is much appreciated in a time when the plots of so a lot of other books seem incredibly over-dramatized and their characters fake and ween Sisters, while definitely a very worthwhile read, is not my favorite book by Kristen Hannah, for I still love and remember On Mystic Lake like no other. I have also read Angel Falls, which I loved, and Summer Island, Distant Shores and Comfort and Joy, which were good, but not nearly as amazing as the others. Between Sisters, however, has definitely gotten me excited to read what novels of hers that I've missed over the years.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Even if it's not Summer, but warm weather is tickling and you're just a little bit restless pick this book up. The characters are all wonderful. You know them or wish to know them. The trying times are challenging and the community is engulfing. Grab this book and sit a spell there are some gals who wish to tell you a thing or two.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    It's not a amazing literary read but it is a nice story of a set of sisters who overcome adverse situations. You have your difficult marriage,your abusive crazy husband, a slightly senile mother and a family business. They suffer an unusual number of difficulties but the lessons of family and community prevail. It's an simple read

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    A familiar story about what goes on behind the curtain of family support. It reminds you not to judge because you rarely know the whole story. Like all siblings , their personalities, ,strengths and weaknesses are very different. Sometimes that creates a divide but in this case it creates a deeper bond.Well written and edited. A amazing rainy night read.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    This is a attractive story about three sisters and their relationship with each other and their families. I loved it was set in South Carolina. For me it did drag at times, but that could have just been me. I just came off reading several intense fast-paced thrillers so this was major change. Jackie was the most self absorbed and unlikable character, but she grew on me. Overall it is very well written.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Since I have fun stories of complicated families and interesting characters, I loved this book. It didn't take long to obtain hooked and quickly turn pages to see what would happen next. I ordered the second of the series but have not yet started it.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Just read the entire Sweeney Sisters Series and enjoyed each and every one. I feel as though I know the characters personally. Always lots of drama going on in their lives, but never boring.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Warmly written with the heart of a real South Carolinians and a love for all things about family and the ocean. Truly a pleasure to read and I can't wait to finish the series for all things

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Unbelievable story beautifully told. Terrific characters, a story of family and of family love and pulling together, a valuable lesson. A truly moving story. A must read book!

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Loved the differences between the sisters and each of their takes on "Lovie" and what was event to her. Unfortunately I could truly relate to what was event to her. Alzheimer's is a debilitating disease and and so difficult not only on the individual experiencing it but also the family members. I found it a very real portrayal of what individuals and families go through. Would recommend it to others.

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    Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 1) review [Book]  2017-11-2 18:0

    Wow! I really enjoyed this story and found the characters so interesting. I liked how each sister had their own personality and set of issues but never lost sight that family is most important.

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    I LOVED this series and I am an adult woman. It nearly ranked up there with Harry Potter! My kiddos loved the story as well. Each book it better than the latest and I really want they would create a movie! It would be even better than the Spiderwick film if they did. Amazing coming of age, thrilling, magic, sorrow, and just a touch of innocent romance. There are amazing lessons to be learned such as bravery, you can do anyting that you place your mind too, family values, and doing the right thing.

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    The sisters Grimm shows lots of faith, trust, and mad pixies! I love the loyalty the grandmother gives to her granddaughters, even Sabrina who is so rude to the old woman. I could feel the sense of being tricked when they were, because I was soengaged in the book. The conversation thatgoes through the book is so interesting-even the conversation that doesn't involveany dialogue, like Sabrina's feelings. Another thing is how daphne is so strong. It talks about how courageous Sabrina is, but if you think about it, daphne is so young, only seven yrs. old, and she has a very confident level of her own. One of my favorite parts, is how they left us hanging, but not really- they said to be continued, but it didn't end in the middle of some sort of huge fight- it was the excellent method to say, "keep reading, it just got exciting!"

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    This series (The Sisters Grimm) by Michael Buckley are amazing! Seriously you can't obtain my sister to pick up a book for anything, but every time a fresh book would come out we would have to buy it right away (of course I would have to read it to her lol). This series is about two sisters who have to go live with their grandmother, and not only do they search out fairy-tales are true but their family is at the center of it. There is mystery, intrigue, magic, friendship, love, sacrifice, but most necessary of all family! This is a amazing series for children and adults alike, because I am 23 and I still have fun listening to these books on audio!

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    As a fourth grade teacher, it is a constant struggle to search books my reluctant readers will read. I had heard amazing things about this book, so I decided to read it aloud to my students. It set off a reading frenzy! At least a third of my students have started the series. There are 9 books, and they LOVE them, even the boys! They're so well-written. It's a very creative concept - two sisters work with their granny to solve mysteries involving a lot of fairy tale characters. You've got mystery, well-known fairy tale characters, magic, wit... It makes for amazing reading. I highly recommend!

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    This book is about two girls named Sabrina(the older sister) and Daphne, (the younger sister) who loose their parents. One day, they are sent to a old women's house that they have to stay with and she claimed to be their brina doesn't believe this because her parents told her that her grandmother had already died! Their grandmother told them that fairy tale characters are real. Unfortunately, their grandmother gets taken by a giant. The two sisters go through a lot of obstacles in order to search their grandmother, and finally, they do. Later on,they nearly search their parents and are as satisfied as can be!😄

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    I gave this book 5 stars bc it tells the story of how two sisters have a normal life then thrown in a orphan put then there grandmother who was supposed to be died takes them to Fairy Port Landing. While Sabrina thinks the old woman lost her mind telling them that fairy tales are real. Daphne is gullible and believes her. Sabrina tried to escape one day with her young sister Daphne but then her grandmother was captured by a giant and Daphne and Sabrina have to rescue her. Then Daphne and Sabrina are introduced to magic

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    Amazing book. I read to my boys at night and we all loved it amazing hero building. Especially for a book based on fairy tales and fantasy, the characters were extremely believable, and relatable.

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    Action, Adventure, And funky colourful pasta, the excellent combination for any book. In Ferryport Landing, anything is possible, as sisters Sabrina and Daphne soon discover. What seems to be a normal (although boring) city soon becomes the stage of a mystery unlike anything the girls have ever seen, and they are right in the middle of it. With fairy-tale characters such as Prince Charming, the Three Small Pigs, Jack (of the Jack and the bean stock story) And The Huge Poor Wolf, place into a modern, little city setting you never know what can happen. The only issue I have with these books is how annoying Sabrina is, and, after reading these reviews, I see that a lot of other people have that issue too. But, if you feel like giving up on these books, don't. You'll be satisfied you read them.

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    My children and I made "Family Reading Time" and every night from 6:30 to 7:00pm, I read from The Sister's Grimm to them. The books were so amazing my husband decided he wanted in, and now we have to wait for everyone to be home to read from this series. We just finished book 4, and I came online to buy books 5 and 6. My children are 6 (almost 7) and 9, and while the books are too advanced for even my 9 year old, they understand everything just fine when I read to them. They especially like how Daphne Grimm always asks for word definitions. It is a casual, realistic method to increase the kids' vocabularies and understanding of specific circumstances, a creative writing major and a natural editor (ie, I like finding other people's mistakes), I found a significant number of errors (such as, "the girls CLAMORED into the car," instead of clambered, and things like that) in the series so far, but hopefully those will be caught and fixed in reprint editions. Only about 4 or 5 per book, so not awful, I suppose, but I couldn't leave a review without mentioning them. I should've kept a running list and sent it to the author/publisher, but I haven't so far.We can't wait for our fresh books to arrive!

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    The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) (The Sisters Grimm) review [Book]  2017-10-14 18:1

    This is a fun story about two orphaned sisters. When I first started reading it I thought of the orphans from the Lemony Snicket sides reading a amazing story at the end of the book the author explains what fairy tales are. You’ll learn about the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm and how they grew up in Germany and began writing fairy e author encourages the reader to write their own fairy tales and provides “Crime Watch” where you can match the crime to the fairly tale. “Test Your Fairy Tale Smarts’ has five questions about your favorite fairy tales. The book also contains a list of original fairy is is a amazing book to encourage ones imagination. I highly recommend it.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    I don't know where Mrs. Brown gets her story ideas, but they are awe inspiring , teary, feel amazing books.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    This book is listed as Kindle unlimited which I belong to but I am being billed for it. What can I do to correct this ? Thank you. Diane Paniccia

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    Book InfoPaperback, 320 pagesExpected publication: February 27th 2018 by Montlake Romance (first published February 6th 2018)ISBN 1503949206 (ISBN13: 9781503949201)Other Editions (3)Source:Netgalley EARCBuy book fromAmazonB&NBOOK BLURBA bittersweet inheritance reunites three estranged sisters in a novel of family, trust, and forgiveness from Fresh York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Put to her granddaughters—twelve cabins, a little house, a café, a convenience store, and a lot of family memories. It’s where Dana, Harper, and Tawny once shared so a lot of amazing times. They’ve returned, sharing only hidden regrets, a guarded mistrust, and haunting guilt. But now, in this healing summer place, the secrets that once drove them apart could bring them back together—especially when they explore that their grandmother may have been hiding something, too…To overcome the past and search future happiness, these “sometimes sisters” have one more possibility to realize they are always ThoughtsIt seems that when the more time that passes the harder it becomes to search common ground and leave past grievances out of show interactions. Such is the case for the three Clancy sisters Dana, Harper and Tawny. Dana always felt like since their father never acknowledged her that half sisters Harper and Tawny had a much better family life growing up than ny thing was Harper and Tawny felt the same about ly there came a time when the tenuous ties the girls felt for each other fell apart, ten years pass and now all that tension comes to a boil as they finally hash out those long held feelings that had grown all out of kids there was no better summer vacation than Granny Annie's North Texas home for Dana, Harper and Tawny e three women, who once called themselves Sometimes Sisters, have all returned to fulfill their beloved grandmothers latest want upon her death. Older, warier and not altogether sure that living together once again to run the businesses they inherited would completely tear them apart or finally bring them together forever.A possibility for old hurts to heal and fresh beginnings to become reality this book is all about family ties that bind tighter than we believe. Even when those same ties are stretched thin for a lot of years they never totally break apart as the sisters and reader search out to mutual satisfaction.[EArc from Netgalley]

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    Dana, Harper and Tawny are sisters, but mostly connected during the summer, when they all spent a month at their grandmother's lakeside resort. Annie loved her granddaughters dearly and was always glad they were coming. However, suddenly it stopped. The sometimes sisters, who were already not seeing much of each other, weren't feeling very sisterly at all anymore. Annie's latest want is to bring them back together and when she dies she leaves her resort to her granddaughters. She asks the person who's always been there for her, their Uncle Zed, to obtain them through it. Will this be a amazing idea?For Dana, Harper and Tawny owning a resort couldn't come at a better time. They might dislike one another, but they are each in a situation that doesn't leave them much choice. They've all kept secrets from each other, one of the main reasons they aren't close any longer. Will they dare to share what's inside their hearts and maybe search a method to heal and become proper sisters again?Dana is a single mother who could use the stability of finally being home. Her daughter is a true sweetheart and she melts everyone's hearts, which makes it a lot easier for the sisters to begin talking again. Harper had to create a difficult decision in the past and she can't obtain past it. Her life has been standing still ever since and being at the resort gives her a possibility to finally begin processing her feelings. Tawny managed to land herself in a difficult situation that changed her entire future. Being back at the put she loved so much when she was a kid gives her a possibility to begin over. Will the sisters be able to reconcile?The Sometimes Sisters is a attractive heartwarming story. Dana, Harper and Tawny don't obtain along. They have grown apart and resent one another. Running the resort together might seem a challenge at first, but slowly, under Zed's guidance, they're starting to feel at ease with each other again. Zed is a loving man and he has plenty of amazing Annie stories to share, which created me tear up a lot of times. They're absolutely unbelievable and I was spellbound by their gorgeous connection. I love stories about families and The Sometimes Sisters is an awesome one. The bond between the sisters is a lot stronger than they think. To move on they have to begin peeling off all of their emotional layers, which is an interesting and moving process to witness. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to explore more about their secrets and really enjoyed being so anxious to search out if they'd be satisfied olyn Brown's unbelievable warm writing is making The Sometimes Sisters an absolute joy to read. It's a unique book filled with a lot of precious moments, unexpected twists and turns and complex secrets and relationships. I loved the story from beginning to end and couldn't place it down. The Sometimes Sisters is a brilliant touching story about unconditional love, family, friendship and forgiveness. I highly recommend this delightful story.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    Favorite Quotes:Granny used to say that the person who stirs the $* pile has to lick the spoon.He created it in eight mins and would have arrived there sooner if he hadn’t gotten behind a pokey old woman who didn’t have any put to go and a year to obtain there.Did you think it was all rainbows and unicorn farts after you left? The only thing that changed was that I got all the b* instead of sharin’ it with can do better… He’s not for you, Aunt Tawny. He’s got a cat and he lives with his e’d worn a white robe and the preacher said that she was leaving all her sins in the water and would be a fresh monster when she arose from it. At ten years old, she’d often wondered how the water felt holding the sins of so a lot of people and where it went when the preacher pulled the plug and allow it all go. Did it wash into the rivers, where the sin jumped on people as they swam?She loved the sound of his soft drawl. Maybe she could take him home. He could sit beside her bed and read the phone book to her until she fell Review:I enjoyed this cleverly paced small-town family drama that was packed with quirky characters, heart-squeezing histories, irreverent homespun wisdom, and amusing observations. Three grieving and desperate women arrived at a small-town Texas lake resort with each hoping for a possibility at a new begin in life. They had previously called themselves sometimes sisters, although they were actually three half-sisters who were only together one month each summer while staying at the rustic lake resort of with their much-loved grandmother, “Granny Annie.” Each was envious of the others but had never looked too deeply as nothing was as it had seemed.But Granny Annie has just passed away, and the three women must return to run the resort together or obtain nothing at all, which posed quite the challenge, as they had not been successful in spending more than a few mins together without an argument breaking out. Each arrived at the resort out of options, out of money, and weighted down with shameful secrets, regrets, and old resentments. Small did they know that Granny Annie had been keeping the largest secret of them all. My favorite hero was not one of the sisters but the elderly cook who had been known to them all their lives as Uncle Zed, I adored him, even if he was the cause of the first ugly cry I’ve sobbed out in years.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    Three sisters each various in personality, but so related when they reunite after nine years apart they all come back for the same reason and each one carrying their own private kids they were close, Dana, Tawny, and Harper, looked forward to the summers when they were able to spend a month together at Granny Annie’s place. Now as adults they can barely tolerate a few mins in a room together unwilling to share what’s happened to them in the past nine years that ripped them apart and caused each one such massive burdens to bear.Dana, the oldest of the three, always struggled with her parentage. Even though she was born out of wedlock she never felt unloved. Granny Annie created up for where her father failed and then when Dana conceived her own daughter, Brooke, she fell right into the circle she herself grew up in, yet her sisters looked up to her and felt that Dana had her life together. The grass is always greener on the other side.Harper was a wild teen and created a large mistake when she was just sixteen years old. Her mother sent her away in shame and that decision to not stand up for herself or the choices she created has haunted her for the past nine advertently Harper’s leaving affected the youngest sister, Tawny. Tawny suffered all the retribution of Harper’s mistake along with any thought of what mistakes Tawny could make. Left out in the cold with no answers and no sisters to ask questions of Tawny felt abandoned and ese three sisters all have emotional baggage when they present up to support run Granny Annie’s place, but to create the put run smoothly they will have to set aside their differences and learn to obtain along.“We’ve all got parent baggage,” Harper said.“Yes, you do, but you don’t have to carry it. It’s your choice whether you have a funeral for that baggage or strap it to your shoulders.”I don’t have sisters, but I craved having one when I was growing up. I know family can be taxing, even on amazing days so I credit Carolyn Brown for showing that families can stick together even when the apron strings have been chop and things aren’t easy. Although with love and help even sometimes sisters can be a true family everyday.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    This book follows the lives of three estranged sisters as they work their method back to family. An inheritance of a lakeside resort, a café, and a bait store along with a grandmother’s dying want reunites these three sisters as they strive to work through the years of hurt, bitterness, resentment and anger and search their method to love, forgiveness and family. We obtain a look into each sister’s past and the secrets she carried to support us understand the reason behind the choices they each created and what has led them to this current put in their life. The resort is a crossroad for each of them as they struggle with past memories and pain to search their method back to happiness, love and the real bond of sisterhood. Learning to work together brings them closer as mates first, then sisters as they navigate the fresh choices before them. As they each start to come to terms with their past and search their own peace, each sister is presented with the opportunity for a fresh love and a future of happiness and possibility. This is a unbelievable story full of bittersweet memories, sadness, happiness, laughter and definitely some tears. A heartwarming read that will hold you interested until the end and rooting for the sisters to search their satisfied ending. *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book and am providing my honest review.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    Carolyn Brown is one of my favorite authors. I have fun both her Women's Fiction stories and her Western Romance stories. I can honestly say that I have never read a book by this author that I didn't totally enjoy. And I have read most of them. I still have a few to catch up on. This book, The Sometimes Sisters, is a comforting, heartwarming read. I laughed, I cried and by the end my heart felt full with the sentiments and emotions of a family coming olyn Brown is an exceptionally amazing writer. The storyline in this book was simple to follow and compelling. The conflict was well defined and the resolution more than satisfying. The characters are very realistic and it was simple to love them and root for their happiness. I always end up feeling so fulfilled and satisfied at the end of Carolyn Brown's books. Her stories are my "go-to" put when I wish to read a heartwarming story that ends with a sense of happiness, comfort and peace.I highly recommend this book.

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    Carolyn Brown is a consummate weaver of tales. This is no exception. Not only are we treated to the sister's journey to love and family, we are given the bonus of the romance between Grannie Annie and Zed in flashbacks and his conversations with her spirit. Dana, the eldest, born out of wedlock believes her sisters have a better life. Harper and Tawny live a life of hell with their distinctly non-maternal mother, and even though their father lived with them until his death, he would not cross her. All three sisters has burdens to overcome...but the powerful foundation of love laid by Annie and Zed enables them to obtain past the hurts of childhood and meld into a powerful family unit. As they heal they search their 'meant to be.' The tale brings tears, smiles, laughs and sighs. It's the work of a master storyteller. I requested this book on NetGalley as soon as I saw the author because I knew it would be enjoyable

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    The Sometimes Sisters review [Book]  2018-2-28 18:0

    I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion of the book. The book started out a small slow until all the sisters were introduced. Dana, Harper, Tawny, come back home when their grandmother passed away and support take care of the family business. Every sister has lies they have been telling others and themselves for so long they take them for truth. The sisters need to deal with their demons to move forward with their lives and as a family. Zed has his own problems with the past and a long-time secret for their grandmother. During the novel, Zed keeps the women in line with their grandmother wishes. He helps them deal with the loss, petty issues, lies, and begin the healing process to become a true family. I will be recommending this book to everyone!! What a amazing read!

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    The moment that Tess Kincaid's eye catch a glimpse of a familiar face walking down the street, she can't support but be intrigued, it's like looking in a mirror, her and this stranger share the same face. She has always heard that somewhere in the globe there is someone who looks just like you, but this is far to real, and a small more than unnerving. She wants to create contact with her, just to see what other similarities they share, and once she works up the nerve to casually bump into her a few days later, things take a turn she never expected. Her and her twin have far more in common than she ever anticipated, and she has a hard time wrapping her mind around the fact that they might be similar somehow... But before she can delve too deep into their shared pasts, a body appears in a local marsh, and Tess finds herself tangled up in risky territory!!The Wrong Sister is a spellbinding tale that will have you completely mesmerized from the very first chapter, and with each page that follows things just continue to obtain more engrossing! This was a first time read for me, and I have to say that I walked away more than a small impressed, every time I thought I had a handle on things, there was another surprise waiting for me! It was a suspenseful read, riddled with gut-wrenching emotion, and a few twists and turns that are sure to mess with your mind! If you are a thrilling suspense lover, then you will really have fun this one, it's sure to give you just what you are looking for, and so much more!I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed it.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    The Wrong Sister by T.E. Woods is a thriller that the main character, Tess Kincaid, finds herself in a police station answering questions at the begin of the book. As Tess answers the story begins to be told in these flashes back from the moment she first saw a woman who looked exactly like her and went to introduce herself.Tess and Mimi search that looks are not the only thing the pair shares between them. They both have the same birthday and then apparently even the same mother who had left Tess as a child. How is this possible? Are they twins who have been separated? And what other secrets could their parents have hidden from them all their lives?The story within the pages of this book was one that flowed nicely and was simple to become completely engaged in while reading. The method it’s set up with a glimpse of the “current” being an interrogation you know things will escalate and it’s a matter of patience until getting there while the layers of the story unfold.I will say that I had created a huge guess with this one fairly early on and that sort of works out in the end but the author created sure to throw in a few additional twists that kept it exciting nonetheless. With the fact that I flew through this one and enjoyed my time reading it I’m still giving this one 4.5 stars regardless of some things seeming a bit obvious to me.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    Kensington Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Wrong Sister. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin, Tess Kincaid sees her double walking down the street. It is uncanny how much Mimi Winslow looks like her and the pair soon uncover some unsettling information. As her father is basically housebound and refuses to talk about the past, Tess has no choice but to take Mimi's lead on how to figure out the truth. When the police begin to ask puzzling questions, will Tess have the answers they seek?I did like the premise and the hero of Tess, but the format of the book was predictable and familiar. The author employed the strategy of using a police interview to tease out the parts of the story that were essential, which just shows the whole story instead of letting it unfold naturally. The twist at the ending was shocking, but did not create that much sense in the overall context of the book. It was as if the author wanted to end the book with a certain plot twist, but did not place enough into the story itself to back it up. I liked The Wrong Sister, but would have been even better with a small more meat to the plot.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    My wife and I both read The Wrong Sister by T.E. Woods and loved it. This is one of those books that you tell your friends, "you've gotta read this, it is amazing". We both read a lot of mystery and suspense novels and this is one of the best I've ever is is an simple read and brings you along slowly in wondering: who was actually killed, why was Tess involved, who did it and why. The story is being told by the main character, Tess, to a police detective and a psychologist. Just when I thought that I had the whole thing figured out, it would go is is a amazing story, extremely well written and conceived. If you like the type of mind play in Gone Girl, you will certainly like this story as well. This is one of the few books that I will highly recommend from the latest 12 cidentally... I ordered this book because it stated that the story took put in Madison, WI and we have lived within an hour of Madison for 40 years and we did recognize a lot of of the references to locations in the book. Also, one of the characters grew up in Green Bay where I happened to grow up, this created it especially fun to read, but is not the reason for my recommendation.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    Set in Madison, Wisconsin, this book opens up with one of my very favorite plot elements – the discovery of a long-lost identical twin sister! But when the setting of Tess telling her tale (from a police interview room!) becomes clear, her story begins to present signs that all is not what it seems. And while the plot’s twists are not completely unexpected here (though they involve some of my other favorite tropes of fiction), I still found myself liking the characters and Tess, though her relationships and reactions are not always the most identifiable. The narrative here is powerful and the setting feels quite authentic (while I don’t know Madison as well as my sister and brother-in-law who went to school there, I think the essence of the town is captured well). I did like this one, but despite it involving some of my favorite parts to a story, didn’t quite love it as much as I had hoped to. Maybe it was the predictability, and some of the repetition of Tess’s actions… but I would be curious to see what the author tackles next.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    As the novel opens we meet Tess, a young woman who is relating the happenings of the latest few days to the police, beginning with the eerie experience of seeing herself walk by as she drove past. Intrigued Tess began to find for her doppelgänger and, after locating her even stranger things began to happen. Gradually we start to learn more about Tess, how she cares for her alcoholic father, her only family since her mother had abandoned them years before. The look alike stranger certainly brings excitement in Tess's otherwise drab life but the question of what this mysterious woman wants remains unanswered.I enjoyed this book immensely. Every time I thought I had figured out what was going on a fresh twist proved me wrong. I did feel the story lagged a bit in the middle, not much but some, but the final few chapters had a surprise every few pages. Anyone who enjoyed Agatha Christie's surprise ending suspense novels will have fun this one.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    4.5 whaaat? Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5What would you think if you saw your identical twin walking down the street? And you don’t have an identical twin? Would you hunt her down and confront her? Would you have drinks with her? Would you question everything you’ve ever known about your life? Well that is what Tess did....Tess has a quiet life, she works at a library, and takes care of her alcoholic father.... her mother left her father and her when she was 12 and she feels tremendous guilt.... she thinks she drove her mother away and consequently ruined her father’s life.... A lot for a girl of 12 to place on herself....Mimi, Tess’s doppelgänger has had quite the various life.... she is a latest graduate from Tufts with a PhD in history, interviewing for a job as a professor at the local university.... after meeting and deciding to have drinks, the girls explore they have more in common than just their looks.... they have the same birthday, their mothers have the same first name, and did I mention they look identical? What is going on?This book had my head spinning.... Tess is being interviewed in a Police Station about a body... and the story is told in flashback scenes, in bits and pieces.... I had so a lot of theories it was crazy..... but nothing had my head spinning more than the truth.... what an ending... an ending I required to read twice.....Strongly recommend to my psychological thriller loving friends.... absolutely join Mimi and Tess on the journey to search out what the heck is going on? What is the truth?*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this fabulous book ***

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    This book is narrated in the first person by Madison, Wisconsin native Tess Kincaid. She is telling a story to the police about driving home from visiting her father and seeing a woman that looks just like her walking down the street. Tess goes on to describe how she met her lookalike, Mimi, and how things unfolded between the two of them. Beautiful soon it becomes obvious that there is more to the story than what Tess is relaying to the authorities.I was in suspense reading Tess's story, even when I thought I had everything figured out. However, the ending was one I didn't see coming and I was truly shocked. I was amused that I wasn't as intelligent as I thought I was and was truly surprised when the truth comes out at the end. There are a lot of twisty suspense novels out there, but I'm happy to search one that was truly unpredictable. I would definitely read more books by this author.

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    This is a fun beach read.A word of advice: when you think you've got it all figured out, hold reading. You're likely only partially right. There are...surprises yet to come.I thoroughly enjoyed this. I liked Tess and, even when I figured out one of the plot points, was dying to hold reading until the end. And, boy the end surprised me!The author does a amazing job of leading the reader in the wrong direction without cheating. When you finally see what's going on, you sort of kick yourself because there were clues that you someone interpreted a completely various way.I'd happily read this author again in the future - I enjoyed this so much!

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    The Wrong Sister review [Book]  2018-3-8 18:0

    I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest is is a story about a woman who sees a stranger with her identical face. If you think this is the tried and real long lost twin story line, hold ere are multiple mysteries entwined in a single story line. Just when you think you have it figured out...you don't. Set in a neighborhood bordering the University of Wisconsin campus in the state capitol of Madison. For anyone familiar with Madison, you will feel like you are coming home as you work your method through this novel.Having read each of the author's previous works, I am familiar how easily she can describe a gory murder stage and still obtain the nuanced emotions of her characters across to her readers. Ms. Woods' ability to twist a story is remarkable. I found that I couldn't place it down. Once I thought I had it all figured out (which let's face it, is why so a lot of of us like to read mysteries) suddenly she throws a fresh twist into the story and I search myself reading further into the night. This book surprised me to the very end - and I mean to the final pages of the book. Well done.

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    Summer Sisters is enjoyable to follow the lives of these "sisters" and anticipate what what happen next. Love the method it's written to easily obtain to know all the personalities of the story. Amazing job!

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    amazing read

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    Judy Blume is such a amazing writer. I loved reading this book. Highly recommend her book.

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    I loved this book. I have gone to the Vineyard for the latest 14 years and so when I was reading this I knew of the locations that Judy was talking about. I highly recommend reading this book.

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    Love Judy Bloom novels. Started reading Judy Bloom as a teenager and am always for anything she has written. Amazing story!

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    Not exactly sure why I only gave it 3 stars. Didn't completely hook me, but I enjoyed it.

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    this book is a quick read and one that you won't wish to place down. A story that takes put over time about two girls who meet and become summer sisters. It is a tale of dysfunctional families and of how you don't have to be similar biologically to be considered a member. I highly recommend this!

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    Saw something that created me look twice. Not for kids. Enjoyed the divergent personalities, sharing a unique relationship. Admired Vix dedication in spite of Caitlin's superficiality. I was surprised they created such a splendid cleaning team. Not surprised she left Maizie. Totally caught off guard by the ending. Thought she was too self-centered for that. Or did she?

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    This is a beautiful engaging novel, but it's not what I would call a light read. I found the topic matter beautiful sad, and the characters only sporadically likeable. I was glad I finished it, once I had started, but I can't say I really enjoyed the journey.

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    Summer Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2017-12-18 18:0

    Simple to read. Felt familiar in the Judy Blume style. It was a small predictable, but an enjoyable read

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    This is one of the most engaging historical novels I have ever read. A compelling story, beautifully portrayed: the lives and times of good-natured people being turned upside-down, exposing their vulnerability and flaws. Simultaneously sad and uplifting, appalling in its content and inspiring in its delivery, Underdown’s debut novel showcases her as a thorough researcher and a hugely talented n’t be fooled by the content, though – the idea of the witchhunt itself is enough to unnerve some, and as a pagan myself I feel a amazing deal of empathy and sympathy for the suffering of those women. Yet Underdown manages to weave her story with raw human emotion and profound understanding of psychology – psychology of masses, of victims of their time, of ultra-religious minds, and of what today we understand as depression, schizophrenia, neurosis, anxiety, e portrayal of Essex as a county in problem is also worthy of note. Essex: the earthly recipient of negative energies, not because of witchcraft itself, but because of the wrong ideas that people so easily and readily dispersed about those with whom they had an issue… I think Underdown understood this even from the first stages of her research – the dense energy that became trapped in a part of land because of such horrible actions versus human beings, the loss of power of even local religious leaders themselves struggling versus manipulation, fear, and in some cases, mass apathy.I won’t say much about the story itself, given that Matthew Hopkins is a historical hero with a documented life already out there for anyone to find, but mostly because in Underdown’s retelling, the characters are there to be discovered by the reader. I will say this, however: it takes a unique kind of talent to turn dark history into a poetic piece of narrative, and Beth Underdown has that talent!

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    After the death of her husband, Alice is summoned home by her brother, Matthew, with news that her mother has also recently passed away. When Alice arrives to her hometown, she learns that Matthew has a fresh job, one that finds him investigating suspected witches. Alice tries to dissuade Matthew from his actions but soon finds herself too close to the women who Matthew accuses.I appreciated how the author touched on how those that accused others of witchcraft did, at times, have ulterior motives. Witchcraft, just like some accusations created today that are hard to prove or disprove, was one of those claims that could be created and your issues could vanish while you appear to be the pious one for coming forward with the claim. I think this book provides an necessary lesson that these kinds of accusations can be quite damaging and are often unfair and ice was an interesting character. She doesn't really believe in all of the witchcraft accusations that are being created but she also does not fully doubt the existence of fantastical beings that bring evil to earth. She is more apt to believe that a spirit has caused changes in the garden than in some other scientific reason. She is more in line with the beliefs of the people of her time but claims to be more progressive than she really e writing created this a bit slower of a read for me but it did not detract from the story, which I really enjoyed. I have read a lot of books, especially historical fiction, on the witch trials but most often they take put in Salem, Massachusetts, whereas this one takes put in England. Most novels will have the protagonist as a member of the community or as an accused witch but The Witchfinder's Sister is told from the perspective of someone close to the community leaders who investigate the accused witches. If you have read a lot of historical fiction about the witch trials, I encourage you to give this one a test because it is so various from others that are out there.I really enjoyed this book and I think it would be a amazing book for someone who likes historical fiction, especially historical fiction with a bit of a mystery or thrill to it.I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    The Witchfinder's Sister,  Beth UnderdownReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre:  General Fiction, Mystery and Thrillers I can’t search any information about previous books so I think this must be Beth's debut novel – and what an intense and complex read for a first story!Its so well written I was pulled back into that time, back to the seventeenth century. I’m a UK reader, living in Norfolk, so reading about Matthew and Alice living in the Eastern region of UK, I had a mental photo of locations I know now as they would have been back then. My house was build in 1682 – strange to think of it still standing ( and for a long while yet I hope!!) when it was built such a short time after these events. Mix of the old and the current...So, Matthew Hopkins- I recall learning about him at school, along with the US Salem witch trials. The Crucible was one of our set text English reads.He’s cropped up as a side hero in a few books since then, but I’ve never really thought much more about him. Here Beth’s given him a fictional sister, though he may have had a true one Alice is purely invented for this story. It works well, she’s a foil to him, shared upbringing, and a method to allow us see his actions from someone who loved him as a kid but grew scared and confused of the man he became.He’s a strange person, and as we learn about his upbringing there are elements slowly revealed that could have impacted upon his actions now. Others have had far worse happen though, and don’t turn into people like him, so its part explanation but not as easy as the whole cause. He really was a enigmatic character, phlegmatic about what he required to do, unemotional, even when it means tearing apart, condemning to death, people he’s known since childhood. I can’t decide whether he’s just cruel, vindictive, out for revenge, totally mad or whether he really believes in what he’s om a little begin his witch hunt takes on a life of its own and snowballs, and maybe the power pushed him to go further and further, created him feel righteous, invincible? Who knows, and after finishing the story I still don’t h offers lots to speculate about but the reality? He was real, he did what we now see as horrific things, but which at the time were backed by other necessary people, landowners, local politicians – well, what passed for them in those days, the Church even. It was as if nothing could stop him from this path he’s set on, and the longer he was “successful” the more righteous he got. Success bred more of the same methods, even when the causes of it were s a bit like that sink or swim test, he was pushing people to their limits physically and mentally and when they “confessed” through exhaustion, pain, thirst, would say anything to obtain some little relief he seized upon it as evidence his path was right, and went even ice, not good Alice. Her mother died when she was very young, father remarried and had Matthew, but his birth left his mother frail and Alice really took over his upbringing, loving and looking after him.Even then the public face, showing the satisfied family outside, the father who was a priest, a amazing man, the mother who simply tired easily, was hiding things, secrets that kept slipping quietly out, and building background to the current events.I so felt for Alice, she’s a amazing woman, widowed from her beloved Joseph, a servant’s son, whom Matthew did not approve of, she’s still young, in her twenties I think, and forced to come back and live off Matthews e can see happenings unfolding, sees at first hand what’s going on but is powerless to stop anything. She tries though, tries to do what she can but Matthew is an unmovable force. Her little brother has grown into a confident and strong man.He takes small note of her, and at times seems to really dislike her. she becomes just another tool for him to use in his never ending quest for witches. Too much pressure or intervention and she risks her own put in his home at best, risks getting caught up in the hunt at s a tough line, being brought up to support people and then forced to stand aside as those you’ve known since childhood are tested for what seems like petty grievances, revenges, spurious accusations...Witch hunts, back then not knowing the cause of events, accidents, tragedies, people looked for someone to blame, and it was simple to pick on one person a small on the outside of society, and call witchcraft and the intervention of the Devil the we look back and think how could they really believe that, but its a poor, uneducated society, and its human to wish to blame someone or t every thing has an explanation though, and there are a couple of happenings here that gave me the shivers, defied rational metimes I think we haven’t moved on that much, we still look to blame others, though not as witches but in some 21st century the UK we’ve just voted to leave Europe, mainly because of the hype and untruths certain media factions told about immigration, and it brought up the same kind of feelings as in this book, where people wish to blame someone for misfortune. In the UK lack of cash for NHS and other public services was blamed on immigration – scaremongering, but a spark that when fanned turned into a fire.Hitler did that back in the 1940’s with his attempts to stamp out minority groups, not good things happened as those who could have stopped it turned a blind eye, much as those in power when Matthew Hopkins allow him obtain away with his en there’s the US and the political system there, where another modern witch hunt has allow a racist, sexist, xenophobic bigot race to the top put for power. Scary items but proves that witch hunts aren’t just confined to history – but have their own modern day ver :-( “The Only Thing Important for the Triumph of Evil is that Amazing Men Do Nothing” Edmund Burke et al.A fabulous book, uncomfortable reading at times, which felt so very real, took me back in time, created me understand a small more about the poor happenings that took put back e characters were wonderful, felt so real, I was scared for and of them, depending on which ones of course.I loved the method secrets were teased before the reader, parts revealed slowly, tips of what may have been relevant or may be just superstition taunted through, making me second guess my thoughts. In fact its not until writing this that I’ve connected a couple of major points that could have been the catalyst for Matthew’s s a fascinating first book, well researched, marrying true happenings and people with fictional ones to make an awesome story. I’m not sure its one I’d reread but its certainly one I’m glad to have s: Five, wonderful book, uncomfortable at times but so very, very true C supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and publisher 

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    This is the second debut author I have read this week, and I very impressed by the fresh talent on the scene. Beth Underdown delivers a morbidly fascinating look at the witch hunt that occurred during England's Civil Battle told from the perspective of the fictional sister to the Witchhunter General, Matthew Hopkins. This idea of telling the story of a historical figure from the perspective of that person's sister/daughter/wife has been trending for the latest year or more, and I have to say that I do have fun this way of storytelling. It provides a new look at history interweaving fact and fiction in a method that keeps the reader engaged and tthew Hopkins was a cold man, sullen and spoiled with a quiet and calculating manner. I think he would have utterly terrified me if I had lived during this time period, as he seemed to have an aura of questionable evil about him. I couldn't tell if he really believed in witches, or if his motives were purely for revenge and a dislike of women in general. Neverthless, it is believed that Hopkins was responsible for the death of over 300 "witches" from 1644-1646. The women he targeted were often old, widowed, physically disabled or mentally infirm - and he would torture them until they confessed to devilish deeds of their own, and also reported on other women in the area. Hopkins authored the book, The Discovery of Witches (1647) detailing his methods and manner of ice Hopkins is a sympathetic narrator, having lived a somewhat difficult life and experiencing amazing tragedy. She returns home to Matthew following the death of their mother and her husband, and discovers her once-loved brother is now terrorizing and killing women. While this was a dreary and depressing tale, it was one that captivated me and kept me reading late into the night (and certainly contributed to a few poor dreams). I was drawn into Alice's struggle to reconcile the brother she had known with this fresh persona whom she must thwart for the safety of the women of the time. The author did a amazing job at pulling you in to Alice's tale and making you feel the turmoil right along with her as the story unfolded.While it was disturbing to know that some people believed in witches, and tortured women into confessing... I believe it is even more troubling to know that a lot of people did not believe in witchcraft, yet reported on their friends, neighbors and family anyway out of meanness, spite, jealousy and greed. While this was the story of Alice and Matthew, I do want the book would have delved a small more into the motivations of the accusers. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this story even though it was morose and macabre, and reflects a sad piece of ancestral history.I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, or is interested in the witch hunts of the past. It's a amazing book to read on a rainy day or when you are in the mood for a terrifying glimpse into our past. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Ballantine.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Beth Underdown, the author we’ll be hearing about a lot in the future! I know this might not be the best method to begin a review, maybe a short synopsis would be better, but I really had to obtain it out there. I am so fascinated with her writing and this debut. I adore the time period the book explores, seventeen-century England and how she manages to portray the witch hunt and trials raging through England during that time the very begging you’ll learn that book was inspired by actual happenings and the main character, Matthew Hopkins is based on the true M. Hopkins who was connected with a lot of crimes versus innocent women. I don’t know about you, but I do love a amazing historical fiction based on true events/people, this makes it even more fun to e book is set in England in 1645. It is told by Alice Hopkins, Matthew’s older half-sister who is back to her childhood home in Manningtree after her husband dies. She’s got no one else left, except her small brother whom she hadn’t heard from in long 5 years. Not even a single letter, though they promised to each other as children they would hold in touch regularly. Oh , except the few lines Matthew sent to allow Alice know their mother is dead and to be buried. Alice fears what she’ll see in Manningtree, it’s been so long and Matthews’s probably changed…especially knowing that he never accepted and forgave her her choices. Alice left home years ago to marry a person she loved, a person who was her only love unfortunately didn’t fit the social criteria of her family. Matthew never approved of him, the son of a servant, which only makes it harder for Alice, especially now she’s pregnant and doesn’t know how to approach Matthew with the news.Once in Manningtree she learns about who Matthew has become, the small scarred boy whom she protected as a child. And this book reveals it all, all his crimes, victims, witch hunts. The sweet small boy she grew up with turns into an obsessive, evil, vengeful man full of hate. How is she supposed to hold quiet? She needs to reveal it all, all his crimes and journal is book is probably one of the best historical debuts I’ve ever read and I absolutely enjoyed the setting. I think Beth did and AMAZING job in portraying Manningtree and all the atmosphere in England at that time. I think I could simply close me eyes and be transported to this dark time in the history of human kind.I wasn’t the largest fan of Alice, despite thinking she’s a amazing narrator. But I didn’t really feel her that much as I want I had. While there’s a lot of descriptions who just added to the facts on which this story is based, I really want there was more about the actual hunting. I am by no means disappointed, however think I would have fun it more if that was the case.I was hooked from the very beginning. I just couldn’t place the book down. I traveled with Alice to Manningtree, I was enjoying the scenery and felt the fear in her stomach as she was approaching her home. It was so vivid and so real. The first half of the book was simply unputdownable for me, but then the pace slowed down. As the story got slower, I would catch myself not being able to focus, so that’s the only reason for the 4 * ever, it’s still an amazing, beautifully written debut and I’m sure we’ll be hearing of Beth a lot in the future. Well researched, attractive story and a must for all fans of historical fiction and 17 century England.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    I’ve had a fascination with the Salem Witch Trials since I first heard about them, ages ago. So when I saw The Witchfinder’s Sister available on NetGalley, I thought this was a excellent read for me. It may not be the SALEM witch trials, but they were still witch e Witchfinder’s Sister is based upon a true man named Matthew Hopkins who actually did place over a hundred women to death. This book is a fictional acc of what happened, told from the first person perspective of his (fictional) sister, is book started out solid. I loved the info of Alice’s life, from before she left home, while she was away with her husband, and then as she returned, a (secretly pregnant) widow.But while the info of this story were engrossing, the plot never completely came together for me. Alice is, for the most part, an outsider watching her brothers actions but unable to do much. After all, she was just a woman and in the 1600’s they had no power. It’s possible this story could have benefited from being told in 3rd person, because then we could have seen past Alice’s limited view, but I honestly don’t know if that would have helped.What I did really like was the method the author weaved a possible explanation for Matthew’s actions. His mother (Alice’s step-mother) is described as basically having a mental illness of some sort. Of course, back then, that wasn’t a thing. However, Alice at one point wonders if their mothers “weakness of mind” could have passed on to Matthew. Of course, there are also supernatural possibilities thrown in as well, but those never felt completely valid to me.Overall, for a book that promised to be “haunting” and “spellbinding”, it really wasn’t. There was minimal interaction between our narrator and the accused witches. The one accused she did spent time with, never really seemed like a woman who had just been, essentially, sitting on death row. The feelings never felt genuine. I never felt the fear or the anguish of those who knew they were going to die, and most of that was because we very, very rarely saw it happen. I suppose you could say, for a book about women being accused of witchcraft, the accused were very secondary to anything else.Would I recommend this book? Eh… not really. I mean, if you have interest in this particular witch hunt and wish to read a fictionalized acc of Matthew Hopkins, you might have fun this. But for this reader, it was unfortunately beautiful forgettable.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Underdown is a amazing writer, her prose pulls you in and moves you along. However, the writing in this was better than the overall depth of story - at times I felt like I was swimming through the middle of the story wondering when something huge was going to happen. By the end I was pushing through though unable to place it down which I suppose is a compliment of sorts! There were certain historical aspects that weren't quite authentic for me, I didn't feel that Alice, the protagonist was an authentic voice in terms of the setting of the story. Nor did I feel her grief at losing her husband (not so much a spoiler as this happens in the first pages). Too much of the story happened in the latest pages and (SPOILER) there was so a lot of mentions of women on trial but by the end when they meet their fate, there is no true emotional connection to those events. Their deaths are pushed by quickly and without any true attention, it felt like the whole point of the book just fell away. Certain endings are unclear or unsatisfactory in the sense that the story just falls away. SPOILER: And the final mention of Salem was just too much for my taste.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    The Witchfinder's SisterIn 1645, Alice Hopkins' husband died in a horrible accident leaving her to return to to the little Essex city of Manningtree where her brother lived to move in with him. Small did Alice know that her brother had changed though with rumors of him having a book of women's names that accused them of witchcraft. With Alice hiding a pregnancy she slowing begins to uncover the darker side of her brother e Witchfinder's Sister is a fictional tale based on the true person Matthew Hopkins. Matthew actually was known as a witch hunter in the time the book is based and was known for being responsible for the deaths of 300 women between the years 1644 and 1646. The author has loosely based this fictional tale upon his true life giving readers a look into that era.I have to say this wasn't particularly a poor book and I can see some people loving the story but for me I just couldn't obtain into most of it due to the slow pacing. The beginning started off rather well and I thought I would also be one loving this read but it became a bit dry for my taste after a while and I just couldn't obtain behind Alice or the story she was telling to hold my attention and interest for ter pushing through the slowness I didn't mind the ending of the story too much either but in the end I decided to rate this one at 2.5 stars just for the slowness of the read to me. I liked what the author was trying to do but perhaps there was just too much focus on Alice and not even on Matthew who is the true star of the story to hold up my interest.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    What an amazing, disturbing, twisted bit of historical fiction. The best kind of historical fiction. A look at a serious happening in history, based around a bit player that we know so small tthew Hopkins was a true person in history. A self-appointed "Witchfinder General", who sought to rid the globe of witches and witchcraft. Operating in Britain, as opposed to the US, which is where every piece of witchcraft history I've ever read has been. There's not much difference, but it's still awesome to think this was event elsewhere in the e story is told through the eyes of his sister, Alice. A woman who used what limited power she had in these dreadful days to test to stop her brother, and help the townfolk caught up in Matthew's madness.When history looks back at the men who hunted witches, at the people who accused their neighbors of sorcery, how do they see them? Religious zealots? Greedy opportunists? Scared innocents?What if it were easy mental imbalance? Or, as referred to then, a weakness of the mind?What if the witch hunters were sociopathic killers?It is believed that serial assassins operate regularly throughout the world, and are never discovered because they hunt prostitutes, women who matter so small that their deaths aren't viewed as anything more than a risk of the trade.What if a serial assassin used his belief that all women are wanton, lusty strumpets to spur an entire village to approve his murders?This book doesn't spell out Matthew's reasoning. In fact, the respond we are (possibly) given as to his motives are the most disappointing part of the book, and why it only gets four stars. I found that part wasteful, and would've preferred that bit to be left to the reader to decide.Other than that, I found this book immensely enjoyable. Or, as enjoyable as books about murdered women in Puritan times can be. Such a amazing read.

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    The Witchfinder's Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    What is it about the witch trials of history that is so fascinating? It’s a society we can hardly identify with. We look back, shake our heads and say in a dejected voice “How sad! Amazing thing that could never happen now. Those people were out of their minds!” I think we’d be surprised to realize we’re not that far removed from the very human emotions that drove them to commit their Underdown’s book is historical fiction based on a true-life self-styled “Witch Finder General” named Matthew Hopkins who is credited with the murder of hundreds of supposed witches in 1640’s England. Not much is known about his true history, so the author sketches out what small we do know about his life and then adds to it with the creation of the narrator, his sister Alice. She is a young woman, newly widowed who definitely has her wits and amazing sense about her. She does not fall into the general hysteria that is driving the witch hunts. Instead, through her eyes we see the truth about what is behind the nerally, the women who are targeted with suspicion are women on the fringes of society, and thus the most vulnerable. Poor, widowed, or unmarried women are ripe for the picking. In a society where women rely on men for every primary need in life, how can a lone woman defend herself versus a male accuser? The author also focuses on the demonization of the mentally ill and society scapegoating women who are considered impure. Sexual dysfunction and misogyny on the part of the accusers also plays a part. All of this is exacerbated by accusers who stand to profit from the witch being removed from society. With that, greed and revenge can be strong motivators. The superstitious beliefs that we blame first for the rage fueled mob environment are barely e book touches on all of these issues, while still providing an interesting mystery. What will happen to Alice? How far can she go in opposing her brother? What will she do if he asks her to be part of his actions versus her neighbors? What is spurring him on to such depraved lengths? It’s a amazing psychological thriller and I found it a fast read. I would definitely recommend for this book: Down in the Willow Gardens – The Chieftains, Bon Iver (song perfection for this book!)Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley.

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Theresa, Pammie and Nona are sisters whose bond is strengthened through the stresses and struggles of is book brought me smiles, laughs and plenty of tears as the sisters war to survive and thrive when their father leaves them, and their mother suffers from mental illness, drifting in and out (mostly out) of reality. Being a kid of the 70's, I had flashbacks of life in the city; the noises, music, sights, and sounds. I never lived in the projects, but I remember driving past them in my hometown of Detroit. The Jeffries and Brewster Projects; towering reddish brown brick buildings clustered together in groups of 4 or 5. Those same projects gave birth to Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, and Loni Love. Do I dare imagine Theresa, Pammie or Nona achieving such success? This book leaves me wondering just where they end up.

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    That was deep, in my opinion. I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was so good, so real, so thought provoking.I can't come up with anything else.Excellent read.

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    When Pamela's father leaves their home in Brooklyn in the `70s, he leaves a family of deeply injured women--a wife who slips into madness and three daughters who hide their anguish and loss deep in their souls. They are forced by their altered economics to leave their shabby but beloved house in East Fresh York and move into the projects, and the girls' lives change irrevocably. In doing what each must to do to survive, Pamela and her sisters Nona and Theresa forge a fresh and vital strength in their re-defined family. This is a story of making human connections in spite of the pain of a difficult life, and Glover tells it deftly, lovingly and not without humor. She paints her characters completely, yet without a stray detail; they are as natural and believable as their Brooklyn Black san O'Neill, Author: Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Reality hurts and it is hard that what I liked, no man is excellent to contain a amazing man, dislike

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Decided to order on line though not familiar with author. happy with online presentation it was a amazing description and it was a amazing guide.

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    I loved this novel. Glover uses the gritty setting of black American urban culture to portray a very human and universal story of growing up, facing challenges, and taking bittersweet leave of childhood things.I found the cultural aspects very interesting - I like learning about environments and settings I know very small of (I grew up and live in Asia), and this added immensely to the book's appeal- but I reckon this is no more a "black American" story than, say, Heart of Darkness is a travelogue about a group of men going up an African river. Told from the appealing and genuine first person voice of Pamela, the middle of three sisters, it's really about family, and as in all amazing novels, the immensely engaging characters, while grounded in the setting (and necessarily so), transcend the setting to speak to everybody. The story unfolds naturally and organically and authentically-nothing is forced, no shoe-horned satisfied ending, but the ending is deeply satisfying e novel deserves to bust through to a wide readership.

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Middle Sister, by debut novelist Bonnie Glover, is a strong tale about unconditional love and family. Set versus the backdrop of Harlem, NY, during the 1970s, middle sister, Pamela embraces life with reckless abandonment and freedom, until her two-parent home is shattered. After her father moves out, her mother suffers a nervous breakdown and the family is forced to move from their quaint, modest, one family home to the roach infested, urine smelling surroundings of the projects. Always studious and the smartest of the sisters, the projects prove to also be challenging for someone as naïve as Pamela. To support her navigate her method through her fresh environment, Pamela conjures up David Caine's character, Kwai Chang, from the tv series Kung Fu. Okay, I must admit, it seemed odd that someone as old as Pamela would make an invisible mate from a tv series. And, is it really this mate who helps to hold her on the straight and narrow or is it her conscious? Whatever the source, coping skills were definitely important to survive her fresh home as she comes of age amidst fresh situations and over has skillfully crafted a poignant and strong storyline. Middle Sister is filled with messages about family, love, survival, acceptance and redemption as well as taboo topics such as mental illness and sexual identity. Once the reader accepts Pamela's Kung Fu side-kick, climatic plot twists and turns quickly move the storyline forward. But, it was the basic characters, as well as secondary characters, who really brought the storyline to life. Though flawed and scarred with blemishes, they were often loveable and endearing even in their most confused, sometimes most difficult moments. As I watched Pamela come of age, she would flounder and create a lot of mistakes, some of them before thinking, but I never felt that any situation was too arduous for her to conquer. Trials and triumphs, eccentric characters, not so tidy endings create the Middle Sister an eclectic yet heartwarming nnie Glover takes us on a literary journey through the eyes of the Middle Sister characters and she does not let us to obtain off until she is happy that it has been a journey worth taking. Solid writing, engaging characters, timeless plot and theme, vivid imagery and shocking twists and turns create Middle Sister a recommended read for those who need a change of pace.YasminAPOOO BookClub

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    Pamela Johnson is the middle sister, who along with sisters Nona & Theresa have the daunting task of keeping the sanity of their family. After their dad vacated his "Daddy" spot, the mental fabric of the family becomes tattered and it's all the girls can do to survive in the midst of their Mother's mental NNIE J. GLOVER'S debut novel is not a poor effort at all. In fact it's quite daring and introspective on more than just one level. The writing at times becomes a bit pretentious, but the overall result is notable for this first-time fiction e Middle Sister is set in 1970's East Fresh York where Pamela conjures an invisible mate into being, as if he were the Father figure that she'd missed since the days of her daddy's departure. In fact that is the only plausible reason for the appearance of Kwai Chang - David Carradine's hero from the old action series Kung Fu - to offer the fatherly tip that is lacking in Pamela's life. This fact speaks very boldly on how one survives the devastation of life. It speaks on how the human mind locations that very survival above all other situations that create up the muck of life.And that is exactly what GLOVER'S expertly crafted novel represents: surviving the muck the globe sometimes offers up. And as a side motif: finding buried talents and establishing them as part of your own persona, your own legacy.[pg. 56]The lock on the apartment door turned slowly and created a grinding noise when Nona pushed it open. Theresa rolled her eyes since we had been trying to be as quiet as possible. I thought right away that I would check my toolbox to see if I had any four-in-one. I'd lubricated the lock and doorknob and obtain rid of that sound. Funny how I knew what to do with issues like doorknobs or dripping faucets without thinking hard. In my mind I could see exactly how I would approach a issue like that, what tools I'd use, and how long the job would take, all in a few seconds. Maybe that was my talent, fixing things like Daddy used to do. That created me smile a small inside.--------------------No doubt Pamela's talent for solving issues and preserving the peace within is the glue that keeps this family together. And you'd better believe GLOVER gives Pamela and her sisters more than their fair share of issues to resolve, defeat and move beyond. Sometimes GLOVER does this with startling and chilling alacrity, but at other times the sobering result of her writing is bittersweet with one point in this spectacular freshman effort the sisters have taken their Mother for a doctor's visit. Having witnessed Alzheimer's work its' mystical effects, this stage is firmly etched in my memory:[pg. 119]"That James Brown, he sure do know how to hold that head combed. Wished I could obtain a perm to do like his do.""Mama, you look fine. You don't need no perm. You got an Afro now. You a true soul sister."....The door opened, and a huge white woman came in holding a folder in her right hand and fumbling to place on glasses with her left..."Mrs. Johnson?""That's me, Doctor.""My name is Dr. Renee Moore.... Can you tell me what's wrong?"My mother waited a couple of seconds, then looked at Nona, me, and Theresa."They say I done lost my mind.""And what do you say?""That it's a matter of opinion."I'd never heard Mama speak like this before. I jerked my head up."Why is it a matter of opinion?""Maybe I ain't lose it, maybe I just misplaces it every once in a while."Mama gave the doctor one of the grins she gave to us when we brought her home a candy bar or burger from McDonald's....--------------------Another poignant moment is when GLOVER reveals to us Nona's lesbianism. The very fact was announced in such a method as one never saw it coming, but the method the Johnson family embraced Nona makes for a very admirable OVER'S novel has shattered stereotypes of mega proportions. She has given a voice to the strength of iron will and determination. She has given a voice to the mentally ill and the ill-spurned alike. She has shown that in the face of adversity one must be there for family and she's done so in stunning & attractive fashion.4 ½ Stars - Introspective, Strong-voiced & AdmirableJacquii CookeMahogany Media Review

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    The voice of The Middle Sister is so honest and pure, expressing beauty and poverty with the same level of detail and passion. Characters are so well-developed.

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    The Middle Sister: A Novel review [Book]  2018-1-22 18:0

    At one point or another, we can all relate to searching for something in life. Whether we're searching for love, for self, or for understanding, the find never really ends. In Bonnie Glover's debut novel, THE MIDDLE SISTER, she focuses on this find as she introduces us to characters who are on the journey to finding themselves and those around them. We meet Pamela, her imaginary mate Kwai Chang, her two sisters, and her mother. The story follows Pamela's growth from a young girl and the issues she encounters growing up after her father exits their lives. We also are privy to the a lot of changes on the surface of her life, such as her mother's depression and mental ttling versus the dilemmas of their young lives, they encounter a lot of struggles caring for their mother, maintaining a household, and growing into women. As they mature and begin relationships outside of their family, they take one step closer to really understanding and seeing each other for who they are, accepting of their flaws, societal abnormalities, and past ortly after beginning the novel, I felt it seemed a bit weird for an imaginary mate to be popping up -- mostly announced -- throughout the story. Why would a young black girl in the projects choose to conjure up a Kung Fu hero to tutorial her through the experiences of life? It seems Kwai Chang served more as her conscience or as her advisor since her father was gone and her mother appeared to be mentally unstable. In the vein of most contemporary books bordering on literary fiction, THE MIDDLE SISTER makes you think beyond the words, beyond what is actually being said. At the end, I was left with the real meaning of family -- flaws and all -- and following one's own find for identity and the unconditional love of ed by Tee C. Royalof The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    The Sisters of Glass Ferry is a beautifully written, haunting book about sisters, sins, and secrets. Kim Michele Richardson has such a special voice, putting the reader right into the middle of this story, its characters, and rural Kentucky. Spanning decades, this book tackles social problems such as rape and domestic abuse as it explores such intricate relationships as those between twins, mothers and daughters, brothers, and fathers and daughters. These relationships were the heart of the story to me, each relationship complicated, genuine, and oftentimes heart-breaking. The plot is riveting and emotional, unearthing long-hidden mysteries and crimes, some of them so shocking that I gasped!

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    Must read. I loved this book, and found myself going back over sentences/passages just because some phrasing was beautiful. The plot was good, and kept adding things, just when I thought they would be wrapping up the book. Things were mentioned at certain points which I thought might be forgotten and leave me hanging, but the author wrapped up every one! I love the narrative with various time frames as well. Read this book....it's a must read.

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    Sisters of Glass Ferry is the fourth book I have read by Kim Richardson. The book is so rich in southern and what I call country living. I don't know how she makes you feel you are living in that era. I am close to that age, but not quite, and I know Kim isn't. She is a unbelievable writer. The mystery and warmth of her writing create you just wish to see what else she has in store. Pick this book up, I guarantee you will enjoy. Thanks again Kim for writing such a amazing novel. Rick

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    As expected, the book is so living as Kim Michele Richardson's former books. The plot ist really amazing and although I am living in germany and have never been in the US, I felt as if I were right at the scenes as an eyewitness. I can recommend this book without any doubt.

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    I love the secrets and how they intertwined in the story. I love her books. Smooth read and riveting!

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    Amazing not great. Didn’t search it exciting.

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    I was really disappointed in this book. Although it was well written, the author seemed determined to inflict on her characters every possible poor thing that could happen. I liked her characters, but honestly, it was depressing trying to obtain into a hero only to search in another chapter he/she had -take your pick- been murdered, been raped, been beaten, been sterilized versus their will, been burned to death, or committed murder. This list included five children, two of whom were newborns. We are talking about two rapes, four murders, two attempted murders that led to a fatal accident, and four people burned to death. I found the final secret to be sufficiently horrible that I honestly wished I had never read the book.

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    From Kentucky’s finest Southern storyteller, Kim Michele Richardson returns following (2016) GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and (2015) Liar's Bench with her recent gripping mystery (her best yet), crime thriller: THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY –Rich in character, powerful family bonds, suspense, and dark deeply-buried family secrets with a Southern Gothic t in the southern riverside city of Glass Ferry, in the heart of Kentucky bourbon—a gripping complex multi-generational tale of three families and four generations. Told from two points of view (Flannery and Patsy), and dual om 1952 to 1972 and beyond, meet the Butler family. Mother Jean, father Honey Bee, and twin daughters: Flannery Bee and Patsy Jean. Their rival, The Henrys.Even though wise Beauregard “Honey Bee” (dad) has passed on, his legacy lives on through his daughters. A bourbon distiller, he created sure his family was taken care of and taught his daughters to be strong. Teaching them about guns, bullets, driving, and other things a man would teach his sons, and in particular, Flannery – the bourbon business, the river, chores in the barn, and his secrets (including his recipes) as he unburdens his soul to his thirteen- year- old daughter. His rules still called from the grave.Honey Bee had said, “Kentucky without its whiskey men, its stills, would be like Fresh York Town without business suits and buildings.”Flannery loved everything about whiskey. Loved that Honey Bee had taught her the secrets of its doings. " She loved the dark earth and the mystery of its scent that tucked itself into a strange sweet growing time." Her sister was more like their mom. Patsy had other mates besides her twin Flannery and Flannery felt betrayed and jealous. The mom referred to her husband's business as “the devil’s water.” However, Honey Bee thought his River Witch was respectable. After all, he was licensed and offered a real gentlemen’s ever, there was a payback. They had to hold the sheriff's pockets full of fees (taxes). Sinful bribery by the Henry brood, in more ways than one. Carried down to the next generation. Honey Bee always reminded his family the business had saved them throughout history, through the Depression and Prohibition. Only four licenses were handed out over the years in Kentucky and he was er, in the story, we explore there were also twin sons (Paxton and Preston) which died as babies. A huge mystery is unveiled near the conclusion regarding a third family and the connection to the Butlers from decades e story revolves around 1952 — the night of the prom. Patsy had a unique date with her boyfriend Danny Henry. Danny the younger son. There was also the oldest, Hollis (bad news-troublemaker), and the father Jack which is the Sherriff. The Henry’s looked down on the Butlers. Some thought being a twin was poor luck. A little city of half-truths, sadness, domestic abuse, rape, cover-ups, corruption, mental illness, and rumors. Spirits of the past. Unfinished tsy was the attractive and curvy sister; whereas, Flannery was the intelligent one and not so beautiful. Patsy was closer to her mom and Flannery her dad. They were eight mins apart. Patsy was protective of her younger sister. The girls did not always obtain along. Sibling rivalry. However, prom night. The night it all went wrong – will haunt Flannery the rest of her life. The argument. The night Danny and Patsy went missing. From her mom’s sadness to the guilt of her e 1950 Mercury, pearls, prom night, a gun, bullet, two various brothers, twin sisters, Hospital Curve, Ebenezer Street and the Kentucky River. The same river that had given Flannery so much would take yet another from her. The night Danny and Patsy went missing. They never created it to the prom. There was also the haunting day Patsy accepted a ride with Hollis three months earlier when Danny was flirting with , Patsy is gone and Jean still makes a cake each year for Patsy and Flannery on their birthday. However, this year, a vehicle was found in the muddy Kentucky River and the secrets of the past start to unravel. They had all hoped the two runaway lovers had been living a secret life; however, a o various twin sisters cannot seem to escape their tragedy and loss. Regrets. Secrets. One after another, trapped with no seemingly method out.“Reckoning Day was why Flannery stayed precisely eight mins ahead, looking over her shoulder for those lagging mins when the devil might test to collect."Flannery had the pearls. Her mom wants desperately to search the family pearls. Flannery would have to tell everything – both her secrets and Patsy’s. Flannery could only think of getting miles away from Glass Ferry. From her mom’s sadness, the rumors, and her guilt which only pushed her into yet another nightmare twenty years later she returns.What would Hollis do? A pact with the devil. The Henrys and their keep on this family, throughout generations. Precious moments lost. Brokenness and drowning misery. Is history repeating itself? Flannery has to do something to support clear her sister’s reputation and name. The powerful urge to avenge her sister. Will she have the courage, to tell the truth, or seek revenge? the background, there is also another intriguing mystery (icing on the cake). The long-dead midwife Joetta, alleged to have been a witch and a murderess. Does her spirit still haunt Ebenezer Road? However, the parents kept one huge secret which is yet to be unveiled. An old family matter. A secret box. A diary. Holding the key to the past. (A nice twist)!Will the spirits of the past, continue to hover over the lives of this family? How far will a sister go to protect her secrets and seek justice for those she loves.Riveting. Emotional. Compelling. Haunting. Beautifully written. A mix of psychological, domestic suspense, crime thriller, coming-of-age, mystery, historical, and Southern fiction. A tale of heartbreak, and the powerful bonds of family, balanced between destruction, regret, and redemption. The dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of three families, who will never be the same again. Love and ardson’s best yet! Once you begin reading, you will not be able to place this one down. These families will draw you into their web of secrets and lies across generations, keeping you turning into the r fans of David Joy, Wiley Cash, Joshilyn Jackson, and Ron Rash. If you have fun authentic Southern Gothic family mysteries, this one is for you. Ideal for book clubs (discussion tutorial included). My mom was a twin and come from a long line of family twins- always search them intriguing.Highly Recommend! Have read all her books and a large fan. Anxiously awaiting the next book. I enjoyed reading what’s next for the author: Add this one to your TBR list.“I am currently working on my next novel The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, and have spent countless hours researching and exploring the Package Horse Library Project of 1935. It is a fascinating tale of tribute about the fearsome librarians who traveled on horseback and mule to provide books to the not good and isolated communities in Kentucky.”Read MoreA unique thank you to the author, Kensington, and Netgalley for an advanced digital and print copy. I have also pre-ordered the audiobook narrated by Marguerite Gavin.JDCMustReadBooks

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    MY REVIEW OF “THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY” by Kim Michele Richardson“The Sisters of Glass Ferry” by Kim Michele Richardson is an emotional and captivating novel. “The Sisters of Glass Ferry” is published by Kensington Publishing Corporation and will be out November 28,2017. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Mystery. The timeline of the story is mostly 1952 through 1972, and though the ere are some parts of the story that are before 1952 to explain the history and the characters. The author depicts the setting in rural Kentucky in the city of Glass Ferry, which is known as “Bourbon e characters are describes as complex and complicated. The author describes a lot of secrets and lies that affect the little city and characters. In this little community everyone knows each other, and there is a lot of gossip.During the time of bourbon production there was corruption and some criminal activity. It was not unusual for kids to learn to shoot guns to protect themselves.Flannery and Patsy are twins, separated by 8 minutes. Patsy is the elder of the twins, and the girls are close, but there is jealousy. Patsy being the older twin is given the family pearl necklace. Patsy is invited to the Junior Prom, and Flannery has to take her shift at work. The sheriff”s two sons come to drive Patsy to the prom. One is her boyfriend, and the other is his older brother who drives the car. Unfortunately, Patsy and her boyfriend never come home.Every year on the twins’ birthday, Flannery’s Mom makes a unique birthday cake for Patsy hoping she will be coming home. After two decades of Patsy being gone, Flannery is still looking for is is a story of heartbreak, grief, revenge, retribution and redemption. What are the secrets and lies in this town? What happened the night of the Prom? This is a story of coming of age, pressure and jealousy. I like that the author describes the issues of bullying, alcohol abuse, emotional and physical abuse, and superstitions. I also appreciate how the author discusses the importance of family, love, hope and is is an intriguing and thought-provoking story, and I would recommend it highly.I look forward to reading more of Kim Michele Richardson’s novels. I received an Advanced Reading Edition for my honest review.

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    The Sisters of Glass Ferry review [Book]  2018-3-2 18:0

    Some books begin off in a method that makes you just know that this book will work out very well. And, this beginning of this book with Flannery visiting her mother on her birthday and it's the twentieth one since Flannery's sister Patsy went missing. And, still, her mother expects that she will present up. This is the year, this time will Patsy return. And, yes this is the year patsy comes home, it's also the year Flannery finally will learn what happened twenty years prior, when her sisters Patsy disappeared...I love reading books set in the American South and this one with two parallel storylines is a fabulous read. The book shifts effortlessly between the 70s and the 50s during the book and I found both storylines compelling. As Flannery learns about Patsy's fate in 1972 do we also obtain Patsy and Flannery's POV in 1952. It's a captivating and tragic story and I loved how part of me, despite beautiful much knowing the outcome hoped that Patsy would come home. The ending of the book also revealed a huge surprise that really took me by surprise. This is a book that is sad, but there are all lovely moments and I especially loved the latest part of the book because I hoped that Flannery would search some peace and joy in her e Sisters of Glass Ferry is a unbelievable book and I hope to obtain the possibility to read the authors other books!

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    All Songs Haschak Sisters review [App]  2018-4-15 21:9

    I hated this application because it had curs words in it and the hashtag sister would never curs in a song and in theese songs it shows the hashtag sister singing but the learexs had curs words in it and i am only 8 years old so they should fix that so i hate this application if you are under 12 do not donloud this application so i am deleting this application right now.

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    All Songs Haschak Sisters review [App]  2018-4-15 21:9

    Its OK but I am only 11 years old.

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    Sister Square's Escape review [App]  2018-5-10 13:0

    I enjoyed playing this game, and love the concept of the game. The white walls caught me a few times didn't expect that lol.

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    Sister Square's Escape review [App]  2018-5-10 13:0

    It's fun to test to avoid the roadblocks and stay on the street to the finish line!!!

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    Two Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:0

    First, it was never really specified that Muriel was a mistake of unplanned, that was in her mind.. In the end Lidia confessed that she and Owen wanted to create a go at their marriage and planned Muriel(aha). The main character, Muriel has spent her entire life as the Ugly Duckling, Her childhood only covers a few middle years from about 8 to 12 and how those years impacted her. She learned to hold secrets for fear of being even less loved than the rest of the family. This book only dwells on her, while she had no idea what Logan was going through.. Most of all it talks about the differences between Law and Gospel, It is a book about faith and living up to your family and God’s expatiations By learning how to close herself up so she could survive, she also closed herself up to other people in the outside world, thus making it impossible for her to have a true relationship. Her alter ego Joanne is the one real mate who can support her face her demons. First with the expectations that Pia didn’t wish to see her, It was Joanne who said, go see her, and it was unbelievable and healing, and then as she drive to Fresh Mexico to ask the question we all sometimes ask, Why didn’t anyone love me? (I cried out loud on the one). The healing begun. To the point of the significance in one of the final scenes, Dog steals her mitten, owner then comes and puts his mitten on her hand. The old Muriel would have not allowed it and would have used a sani wipe to quickly clean it off, but she accepted the mitten, thus accepting herself. Love the symbolism, from people are toxic to people can be healing. When your God is Loving you can accept love, When God is judgmental, you can’t love yourself.

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    Two Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:0

    I thought I was picking up a light chick-lit book, so it took a moment to adjust my brain, to decide if serious was okay. But by the second or third page, the book decided for me; I was in. Smooth, disturbing, sad, funny - it was all that. Initially I was a small bothered by the book's remarkable number of similes and metaphors; Mary Hogan could be the reigning queen. But after a while, they felt normal, how Muriel's quirky, smart, ashamed brain worked. And there were sentences and moments throughout like gems that I collected as bookmarks, like, "People were laughing inside, bathed in the flattering light of disposable income." And, "Even the Walmart was shoe-box shaped and mud colored. Driving past it felt like she was at Disneyland, on the Fresh Mexico ride." Or "After a lifetime of hiding and lying for others, the truth took a moment to locate." The more I read, the more I sunk into this book and family. There are tough parts; I am afraid of death and it's in there. But it's beyond worth it. I'm a fan and wish more by Mary Hogan.

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    Two Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:0

    If you have siblings, if you've ever had a conflict in your family, or if you have ever tried hard to meet someone else's expectations, this story will keep something for you. Elegantly written, this novel had me spellbound from the first chapter. Muriel is the black sheep of what passes for a family. She does her best to cope through denial, then through trying to piece things together with her family members. The narration switches from show to past and back, giving the reader a full experience of the divergent personalities and what came before the show crisis. Two Sisters is written beautifully. It's one of those books of which I wish to sop up every latest word and phrase like a piece of bread on a plate of gravy. I hated to see it end.

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    Two Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:0

    Two sisters a novel about life and family. How deep this hurts the heart when the reality cuts like a knife. We have all felt the love and hate of sisterhood. Yet, are you also the unwanted? The unexpected? Knowing this the riptide of secrets a family holds results in future devastation. Is love enough to mend the family who is held together by fine strings of emotions. When you place the past behind and begin a fresh life and family the fairy tale begins. But all to soon the past catches up, and decisions must be made. Can this family come together once again. I give this book a solid 4 stars for hope, sisterhood, family, faith, and future. May they all come together and complete the circle of love.

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    Two Sisters: A Novel review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:0

    My sister an I have had a love hate relationship all our lives. Yet some of the best times I have had were with her. We've laughed an cried together a lot of times. Side aching laughs like I've not known except with her. Although this book is very real, it has opened my eyes to how truly short and fleeting life is. One thing though, my mother is a real excellent example, the definition of mother. I know the volatile relationship my sister and I have had has caused her anguish, but she truly loves us both equally for we are both her daughters. I hope with all my heart my sister and I can search peace with each other. This book has been healing. It created me remember how it feels to know no matter what I have my sister. Because I know if I called her right this moment needing a sister she would be there. I am grateful to Mary Hogan for allowing me to realize and reflect.

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