Sunday, May 02, 2021

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader ~ Book Review

Lindy and her sister Delia were very close growing up.  But seventeen years ago something happened that drove the two sisters apart.  Lindy, always considered the more wild of the two sisters, left home and Delia the responsible one gave up her dreams of Europe and school and stayed back to get married, start a family and take over their parent's restaurant/shop.  Now, with their mom's health going downhill Lindy is back to see if she can lend a hand.  But Lindy's help isn't always well received and the sisters must come to terms with what caused their divide in the first place.  With old secrets surfacing is there any chance for them to mend the relationship?

In this quick read family drama, we are looking into the lives of a family who have been dealt some blows that has changed the course of their lives.  Meredith was never an affectionate mom but when her husband died, she was just never able to cope.  She rose up to take over her husbands fishing tour business but never had enough left over for her girls.  The dysfunction now seems to be passing onto Delia's family as she struggles to keep control of her teenage daughter even while juggling a baby and the running of the family store/restaurant.  She is not living her dream.  The business was Lindy's dream.  The sisters grew up extremely close and would write together into a shared journal.  But some events occured that caused the split and it's been 17 years since Lindy was in town.  They are almost like strangers, yet there is that strong underlying foundation of love that got them through their childhood.  Can they allow it to surface so that it gets them through once again?  The characters were for the most part realistic and the secret that broke the family was teased at throughout the book and finally revealed towards the end.  I was able to guess what it might have been but there were twists that I didn't see coming at all.  A good summer read if you are a family drama fan.

I gave it a 7.5/10

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