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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick - Book Review

About The Book:

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. . .

My Thoughts:

I've been a big fan of Marie Bostwick's "Cobbled Court Quilt" novels for a long time, so I was curious to read her latest stand-alone novel, "The Second Sister." I was delighted to find that Bostwick can and did carry her love of quilting and her unique view of sisterly relationships into a fascinating story that will delight her legion of fans, and will garner her a whole new group of devoted readers.

The characters who populate this emotionally charged story are intriguing and personable, and the premise of the story is heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming.  Readers will find a little piece of every woman in "The Second Sister," and whether you have sisters or not, you will finish up this story longing for a sister of your own!

I highly recommend anything Marie Bostwick writes, and am honored to have been asked to review this title.  If you read one heart-pulling novel this spring, read this one!  You'll be glad you did!

About The Author:

Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the Northwest. She and her family have moved a score of times, living in eight US states and two Mexican cities and collecting a vast and cherished array of friends and experiences. She has three handsome sons and now lives with her husband in Connecticut, where she writes, reads, quilts, and is active in her local church.

Check out her website at www.mariebostwick.com for more information on her books and appearances.

This is a fun interview Marie did that talks about The Second Sister.

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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