Title: The Sister Season
Author: Jennifer Scott
Publisher: NAL Trade
Published Date: November 5, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Received for a honest review
Book Description (from amazon):
It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They’re also coming to bury their father.
Claire, the youngest, a free spirit who journeyed to California, returns first. Then comes Julia, the eldest, a college professor with a teenage son of her own. And finally there’s Maya, the middle child, who works so hard to be the perfect mother and wife.
During the sisters’ week together, old conflicts surface, new secrets emerge, and the limits and definitions of family are tested. And as the longest night of the year slips by and brightening days beckon, the sisters will have to answer one question: When you’re a sister, aren’t you a sister forever?
The Sister Season is just not my cup of tea. I like happy, light-hearted reads and this book is anything but happy and light-hearted.
It is well written and includes great characters. The characters were dimensional and certainly realistic. The underlying tone is what I consider dark for a story that is set around Christmas, but the situations are real life situations that lots of people are having to deal with regardless of the time of year. Some may find some of the scenes intense as the book deals with domestic abuse and suicide — but both are written about in a very delicate manner and never in any extremely violent detail. It is a pretty quick read as the story flows and there is so much going on you what to know what happens next.
Overall, it is well-organized with great characters, but the whole book just lends itself to emotional overload. This is definitely not a fun light-hearted Christmas read, but if you want deep soul-searching, heart-wrenching family drama at its best this is your book.
Heat Rating: None
Reviewed by: A. Lyn
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