Friday, July 18, 2014

The Secrets Sisters Keep

Title:  The Secrets Sisters Keep
Author:  SinĂ©ad Moriarty
Publication Information:  Penguin Ireland. 2014. 400 pages.
ISBN:  184488337X / 978-1844883370

Book Source:  I received this book as a publisher's galley through NetGalley free of cost in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Quote:  "I looked around at my wonderful, colorful, crazy, dysfunctional, warm, supportive, close family and felt so happy."

Anna and George are parents to four close-knit siblings - sisters Julie, Louise, and Sophie and brother Gavin.

Julie is a stay at home parent to four boys - a set of triplets and a younger son. She is supposedly living the good life. Her husband recently came into an inheritance, and the family tries to get used to their new lifestyle - a new house, a new school for the kids, new people to meet. Julie is unsure about the transition and about what more life holds.

Louise is a successful attorney and single mother to young Clara. Her career is on track, and Clara appears to be well ahead academically compared to children her age. The two of them have their set routines, and Louise thinks it works for them. A relationship may be lacking, but overall, Louise seems satisfied with the direction her life is taking.

Sophie is still recovering from her divorce. Her husband has found himself someone younger and seems happy. Her daughter Jess is enamored of her father's girlfriend. Sophie is struggling with self-esteem and concerns about her appearance.

Gavin is a drifter, never staying long at a job and never staying long in a relationship. His family has gotten to the point that they feel he will never change.

Through all their individual struggles, the family stands together. They cheer each other on when the occasion requires, and intervene when they think necessary. As the book goes on, though, it is clear that each sibling has parts of their lives and concerns - their secrets - that they don't share. The individual chapters are written from the perspectives of the three sisters; thus, each provides an insight into the life of that woman.

The overwhelming feeling of this book is one of family always coming together - through good times and especially through the bad times. It is a feel good book from that perspective. Not every concern is resolved, but the love and support shine through. For all the concerns, there is also plenty of laughter and fun. The siblings drive each other crazy at times, argue at times, but are always there for each other.

I have only read one other book by the author (Mad About You). As with that book, this book deals with every day life and every day issues. Things perhaps work out easier than they do in real life, but still the characters come across as real. The three sisters are different from each other, such that many different readers may see part of their life reflected in one of them. Somewhat predictable? Yes. An enjoyable story nevertheless? Yes.

This book is the second in a series, but I have not read the other. This one read beautifully as a stand alone book. A perfect chick-lit, summer beach read!

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