I received a copy of Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. The story of a family deeply affected by a tragedy that the survivors know almost nothing about, this book addresses what happens when the difficulties in life are ignored rather than discussed and processed.
“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.”
What happened to Ginger and her siblings as kids is heartbreakingly sad and only begins to be understandable when the whole secret comes out – the reader finds out what really happened at the same time that Ginger does. The way the past shaped the future is so interesting and told in such a way that the reveal is one of those that makes the reader say “oh!” and that is something I love when I’m reading. The mother in this book reminded me of the mother in another book I read – a mother who was abusive. In this book, the mother becomes much more relatable when the secret is revealed. The book moves between the past and the present in alternating chapters, which does become confusing as the chapters aren’t labeled as to when they are taking place, but when you look at how the past and present intertwine, this choice seems purposeful.
Obviously I cannot say much because I don’t want to give it all away, but as a book about mother-daughter, family, and sibling relationships, this one is highly recommended.
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