Title: The Sometimes Sisters
When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart.
Now she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Place to her granddaughters—twelve cabins, a small house, a café, a convenience store, and a lot of family memories. It’s where Dana, Harper, and Tawny once shared so many good times. They’ve returned, sharing only hidden regrets, a guarded mistrust, and haunting guilt. But now, in this healing summer place, the secrets that once drove them apart could bring them back together—especially when they discover that their grandmother may have been hiding something, too…
To overcome the past and find future happiness, these “sometimes sisters” have one more chance to realize they are always family.
Author: carolyn brown
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Published: Feb 27, 2018
Genres: Woman's Fiction
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More of a women’s fiction than a romance, this story followed three sisters (Dana, the illegitimate child, Harper, and Tawny) who were, despite all their differences, grieving the loss of their grandmother, Granny Annie, who had given each of them unconditional love throughout their lives.
The premise of this story was beautiful; I looked forward to watching these sisters come together, through the wise and often funny words of their grandmother, and heal in an idyllic lake resort. The story started off strong, with Granny’s death and what she asks “Uncle Zed” to do. It was sweet and poignant and lovely, and the emotion was deep.
But that’s where the good ended for me. I didn’t like Dana; she came off as snobby and holier-than-thou with her attitude toward her sisters (she thought they were spoiled). Tawny is kicked out of college due to drugs, and Harper’s dealing with issues stemming from leaving home at 16. Each story seemed like it held promise, but the writing simply didn’t hold my attention. I found myself putting the book down often and picking it up reluctantly. At 30%, I realized I just couldn’t do it. The pacing was all over the place – fast, then so so slow, then quicker, then slower. I didn’t relate to any of the characters, and the hope I felt in the first scene quickly fizzled out into disappointment.