has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother’s illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all...
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Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Women's Fiction
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green is a phenomenal novel about the complexities of families. Green dives very deep in this one and I found it to be a moving novel with down to earth and lifelike characters. What I also liked about this novel is the fact that I was hooked to the pages. Sure, a lot of books are catchy and grasp their readers attention from beginning to end, but somehow, this one was different. I was EXCITED to read it. I wanted to pick up the book even when I was busy (summer is such a busy time of year in my life), and I absolutely did NOT want to put it down. I was enthralled in the lives of these characters and utterly addicted to the story because of them. Perhaps this is one of Jane's best. After all, I don't think it's the type of story that I will soon forget. Even more, I can't remember the last time I read one of her novels and I used to be such a huge fan. But I know that I am now going to continue reading based on this one. So if your a fan of the author and/or enjoy women's fiction novels that detail the hardships of family and how to make amends again then I implore you to read this one. It's certainly one of the best that I have read in a very long time.
A little more about the story for those who are curious and like to know what to expect:
This novel is about 3 sisters and their mother. The mother (Ronnie Sunshine) is the epitome of an emotionally neglectful parent. (Readers will see what I mean as the author uses the first 30% of the book detailing their early lives). So it is not surprise that these girls (the Sunshine Sisters) grow up to have problems of their own. Lizzie- the youngest- is in a failed marriage due to her own infidelities. Mer- the middle child- is extremely insecure and seems to settle for anyone that will take her. And Nell- the oldest- is having somewhat of a midlife crisis as her sexuality seemingly changes (or not so much- you shall see). Each are distant from one another and hardly talk until their mother summons them home. Being back to where it all started is emotional for each of them in their own right. But coming back together can be as challenging as ever. You'll have to read to find out more... And I really think you should!
Overall, I loved this book and highly recommend it to readers who enjoy the genre. If your solely a romance reader then this one is probably not your cup of tea (there isn't much in the name of romance) but if not, this one is for you! I can't wait to read Green's upcoming releases and go back to my shelf and pick up the others that I have from her (I have read almost ALL of her novels and am never disappointed). Happy reading!