Monday, 23 March 2015

Review: The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances--and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .

Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.

An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson's Bay. Lucy, meanwhile, got out and never looked back. But now, to meet the terms of Alice's eccentric will, Lucy has taken up temporary residence in her sister's cottage--and begins to see the town, and Alice's life, anew. Alice's diverse group of friends appears to have little in common besides an interest in quilting. Yet deep affection for Alice united them and soon Lucy, too, is brought into the fold as they share problems and stories. And as she finds warmth and support in this new circle, Lucy begins to understand this will be her sister's enduring gift--a chance to move beyond her difficult past, and find what she has long been missing. . .

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2015 by Kensington

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher Kensington via Edelweiss in exchange fore an honest review.  The expected publication date is March 31st 2015.

This is one of those stories that I have a hard time sharing my thoughts on because it did not excite nor bore me.  It was simply a book that past the time for me but didn't really offer any stand out element to me.
If I had to describe this story in its most simplistic terms it is about coming home and discovering yourself.  I enjoyed the close knit small town backdrop tot he story.  Since it took place in the winter I could identify to the cold and snowy climate.

The highlight of this story is the "misfit" group of friends that Alice was a part of.  Each somewhat odd yet truly endearing people. 

Lucy on the other hand I had a hard time warming up to.  I think it simply took too long to get to see the demons she was fighting and it made it difficult to be in her corner.

At the end of the day this story provided me with some entertainment that while predictable was enough to take me away from reality for just a little while


About the Author

Marie Bostwick is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of uplifting historical and contemporary fiction. She lives in the state of Connecticut and travels fequently to sign books, speak to reading groups, and meet her readers.


Twitter:  mariebostwick

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