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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

An author friend asked me a while back if I had heard of a new author named Rebecca Rasmussen who had written a book, "The Bird Sisters," that was being talked about as the "hit" book of the Spring 2011 books. Curious, I sought out information on the author and her book, and am I ever glad I did!

Released on April 12, Rebecca Rasmussen's highly anticipated "The Bird Sisters" is finally out in the public's hands and is being received with the rave reviews that it so richly deserves!

About The Book:

When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds' heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can't, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who've brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn't change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn't exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly's eye. And, most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever.

There comes along once in a great while a book that just grabs hold of your heart and will happily remain in your memory for the rest of your days. "The Bird Sisters" is such a book!

I was competely enchanted from the first page with the story of Milly and Twiss, the two eccentric, but lively elderly sisters who have lived their lives in each other's pockets. Coming to the end of their lives, both Milly and Twiss find themselves reflecting back on their pasts, and wondering if their lives would have been different if decisions had been made differently.

Debut author Rebecca Rasmussen takes her readers on a journey that will include happiness, tragedy, great love and great loss. There is a little something for every reader in this fascinating story - a little mystery, a little romance, and a whole lot of heart.

I look for "The Bird Sisters" to be on every favorite book list of 2011! I know it will be on mine!

About The Author:

REBECCA RASMUSSEN teaches creative writing and literature at Fontbonne University. Her stories have appeared in Triquarterly magazine and the Mid-American Review. She was a finalist in both Narrative magazine’s 30 Below Contest for writers under the age of thirty and in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Contest. She lives with her husband and daughter in St. Louis.  This is her first novel.

Visit her at http://www.thebirdsisters.com/.
Here is a video of Rebecca discussing her book and the inspiration behind it!


Rebecca Rasmussen said...

Oh Sharon what a lovely review you have written. Thank you so much for reading the book and for loving it. I am so blessed to have met you :)

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

It was absolutely my pleasure, Rebecca! Enjoy your great success, my friend! The feeling is mutual!

Mary said...

Beautiful review, Sharon. I know it will be on my favorites list of 2011. I'm really looking forward to Rebecca's second novel.

Joy said...

Great review and I bet this would be a good book discussion book at my library too. What do you think.