Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: "Sisters One, Two, Three" by Nancy Star + GIVEAWAY

Sisters One, Two, Three Nancy Star
Published: January 1, 2017
ISBN: 9781503937468
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Lake Union Publishing

You might enjoy this book if you like: Family stories, novels about sisters, dual-time novels

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

My Thoughts:
I feel like I should start this review with a disclaimer.  I almost had to DNF this book--not because of anything wrong with this book, but because there were some similarities between the book and what was going on with my life at the time that made it difficult to read.  I did end up finishing it the book, but I suspect my view of it might have been a bit tinted.

I don't have any sisters, so I find books featuring sisters to be fascinating.  This one, however, didn't quite hit that mark for me.  For one thing, it didn't really read like a "sister" novel for me.  There are 3 sisters--Ginger, Mimi, and Callie, but the book doesn't really deal with the relationship between the three,  Instead, it tends to focus mostly on Ginger and her experiences.

I did find Ginger to be a fascinating character, although I'm not sure I can say that Star made the argument that the childhood accident led Ginger to be the way she was as an adult.  I also had a hard time buying or understanding Ginger's relationship with her daughter, Julia.  It didn't seem realistic at all to me and I felt like there was some crucial information missing.

Glory, Ginger's mother, was another character that I found interesting.  Part of this was because she reminded me of my own Grandmother.  But I also felt that, of all the relationships in the book, Glory's relationships with everyone else were the ones that were the best-developed.  Glory is a colorful character and I appreciate the care Star put into creating her, but I wish she had done the same for some of the other characters as well.

The plot of this novel is interesting, but I feel like the problems with character development hampered it.  If Mimi or Callie had been fleshed out more, I think the events of the story would have had more impact as I read it.

In the end, this was a readable book. I did enjoy it, even if it was probably a bad time for me to be reading it.  While it wasn't perfect, it still is something I would recommend if someone was looking for a book along the lines of this one.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

With many thanks to Lake Union Publishing, I have one copy of Sisters One, Two, Three to giveaway to one of my readers.  This giveaway is open to readers from the US and will run until 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on January 9.

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