Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Sisters One, Two, Three, by Nancy Star {ends 1/12}

Ginger Tangle had nothing against nature. She often stopped to notice the sky, clouds particularly, but also hawks circling and the dissipating puffy trails of planes. But today was different. Today, in the parking lot at the summit of Mount Washington, as she gazed at teh granite ledges perched over sheer drops only inches from where her disgruntled teenage daughter stood, what she felt was hypertension. She could hear it, her heartbeat pulsing in her ears.
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Was Ginger worried Julia might get blown off by a sudden gale, or worse, impulsively leap? No, it wasn't like that. But an overly bold and defiant skip to the edge? An eyes-on-the-phone clumsy stumble and fall? Accidents happened. Ginger knew this better than most.

It seemed like this book took me forever to read, but I think it was mostly because I read it in installments - I started reading it before the holidays, and finished it within the first few days of 2017. It's written well, but it's a slow-paced story, so it took me a while to get in to it.

Book review and giveaway: Sisters One, Two, Three, by Nancy Star
Official synopsis:
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.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.


All of the sisters in this story, as well as their mother, Glory, definitely have distinct personalities. The book mostly focuses on Ginger, a helicopter parent who drives her daughter to run away with her boyfriend, to become street performers, which of course Ginger does not take very well. Her other sister, Mimi, has three or four sons, so she's constantly busy, and they don't talk much about the other sister, Callie, who they've been estranged from for about 25 years.

And they definitely don't talk about their brother, Charlie, who died on a beach in Martha's Vineyard many years ago.

Of course, secrets have a way of being hard to keep quiet, and eventually truths come out that neither Ginger nor Mimi can ignore.

Overall I liked this book, but I did find it very slow-paced, which for me is hard to get through - it took me about two weeks to read this novel, and when I find a book I really like, I can get through it in a few days. I'd recommend this novel for anyone who is a fan of books involving families, though, especially families who are keeping secrets from one another.

3 stars out of 5. 

*Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this novel for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

I have two copies of this book for my lucky readers to win!

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