REVIEWED BY LINDA WICKLUND
Sisters is another engaging and beautifully
written novel about a family with an assortment
of troubles and few joys along the way. Ms.
Hannah if you'll remember also wrote two other
books worth reading. "The Nightingale" and "The
Great Alone" which are vividly descriptive and
This is the story
of two sisters who couldn't be more different.
Meghann Dontess, the older sister is an
high-powered divorce attorney in Seattle with a
failed marriage and a distain for intimacy in it's
wake. While her younger sister, Claire lives a
very different life as a single Mother in a small
town in the Pacific Northwest helping her Dad run
a low budget resort.
The painful memory
that haunts the two sisters goes back to when they
were 16 and 9 and Meghann had to make the painful
choice to leave her sister with Claire's
biological father, who they had never met, when
they were abandoned by their Mother. "Now all
these years later, their lives were connected by
the thinnest of strands." It turned them into
"polite strangers who shared a blood type and an
There is also
another mysterious and sad side-story about a man,
Joe Wyatt, who is on the run from his former
life. You wonder what he has to do with this
story until the author brings him home to the same
small town in the Pacific Northwest.
As the story
progresses Claire and her long-time friends decide
on a night on the town. She's on the dance floor
with her friends when Bobby Austin takes the
stage. He says, "This song is for The One. The one
I've been lookin'for all my life." Claire had
never been in love until that minute! She was
thirty-five years old and she knew he was The One.
It's at this point
that Meg has a life threatening experience which
changes the course of her life. During the same
period of time, Claire calls to tell her she's
marrying Bobby Jack Austin after knowing him for
all of ten days. Meg says "I need to meet him
now. I'll be there tomorrow night."
The rest of the
story unfolds as Meg volunteers to plan the
wedding and works to make it the most special day
of Claire's life in spite of her serious
reservations about her choice of husbands. While
staying with her sister Meg meets the mysterious
stranger, Joe, and the two stories intersect. They
have absolutely nothing in common except their
loneliness and longing to connect with another
There's so much
more to the story, but I always think it's better
to discover most of the tale on your own. As in
real life, there are highs like an audition for
Bobby in Nashville to perhaps realize his dream.
Then lows like Meghann returning to Seattle and
her lonely, melancholy thoughts of Joe. Finally,
when Claire and Bobby are at there happiest, Meg
gets a call from Claire who has just returned from
Nashville. Claire is in her car and screams, "I
can't remember how to get home."
As always, I hope
you enjoy the story of two sisters who rediscover
their love and bond that they shared as children.
Ms. Hannah has such a gift of writing about
families and their relationships in a very tender,