Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman

A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman 

Publisher: Atria 
Pages: 288 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them. It’s a long road to understanding, and everyone who knows them hopes these two sisters can find a way back to each other.

Kritters Thoughts:  How strong is a bond between sisters, even if they are only half sisters?  I think through this book you find that sharing a mom is a bond that can overcome almost anything.  Tara and Sky are half sisters who have lived through quite a few disappointments in each of their lives, but they don't realize what emotions each sister has had to live through until a true tragedy hits and they are on a road trip of sorts.

Being a sister this book hit real close to my heart.  Although my sister and I have not faced the level of personal struggle that these characters have, I saw in them the difference that sisters can be affected by the same situation.  

Ann Pearlman does a magnificent job of switching between the two characters to show the full story, at one point the characters describe the same fight and how intriguing to see how each one "heard" the fight.  The descriptions of feelings, people and places were just spot on, it made me feel like I could really see it, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it at all.   

A sweet companion novel to The Christmas Cookie Club.  It was great to see a larger story come out of a book that I loved so much that I plan on rereading during the holidays again this year.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Simon and Schuster.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.  

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