Monday, May 31, 2010

Goodreads: A tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over twenty-five years.

Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful: the one who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic career, a family. Clem, the archetypal youngest, is the rebel: uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her daring nature.

In this vivid, heartrending story of what we can and cannot do for those we love, the sisters grow closer as they move farther apart.


Kritters Thoughts: ***Warning - spoilers ahead*** I didn't want to ever ruin a book - I believe the spoilers contained in the below review will not inhibit anyone from enjoying the book.

What a book! A powerful and insight book into the struggles between sisters. Being a half of a sister pair, I am the older one, but our lives and roles have changed throughout the years - even by the week. We have each had to take a back burner to the other in our parents eyes when our lives have been up or down. We have shared in the joy and the pain of each other's life circumstances. I believe that sisters challenge each other more than any other relationship out there - you fight to be on top, but you praise each other when they get there.

To get a little personal - My sister (J) and I have both had times of great joy and times of great struggle. Some of the scenarios in the book completely mimic our lives - without giving too much away - J has spent some time in a few hospitals for many reasons, just as the younger sister in this book. Sometimes our parents were by her side and sometimes I was right there. A major story line for the older sister was almost a predicament that I found myself in - the character ended up being a pink ribbon holder; I only had a scare. I know that my mom had to put me first during this time of my life which left my sister on the sidelines.

These sisters that Julia created are human in that they grow apart, but still have each other to fall back on. They have real life experiences and I felt they were people that I could relate to.

I absolutely enjoyed reading a story that felt true and honest portraying sisters as they are - at times enemies while in the same moment the closest of friends.


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Total pages: 288

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