Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: Three Good Things by Wendy Francis

Three Good Things by Wendy Francis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
Pages: 256 
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Ellen McClarety, a recent divorcée, has opened a new bake shop in her small Midwestern town, hoping to turn her life around by dedicating herself to the traditional Danish pastry called kringle. She is no longer saddled by her ne’er-do-well husband, but the past still haunts her—sometimes by showing up on her doorstep. Her younger sister, Lanie, is a successful divorce attorney with a baby at home. But Lanie is beginning to feel that her perfect life is not as perfect as it seems. Both women long for the guidance of their mother, who died years ago but left them with lasting memories of her love and a wonderful piece of advice: “At the end of every day, you can always think of three good things that happened.” Ellen and Lanie are as close as two sisters can be, until one begins keeping a secret that could forever change both their lives. 

Kritters Thoughts:  Two sisters that are 10 years apart, but at a young age they endured a tragedy together when their mother passed away.  From an early age, Ellen had to become a semi-parent to her younger sister Lainie because of this they have a unique and very close relationship.  This book is a glimpse into their lives for a year.  It is about them both equally, which I loved.  I didn't feel like one sister was more or less the main character than the other.  

As you probably know, I am an older sister to my younger sister.  We still have our mom in this world (thank goodness!), but recently we have found the strengths in each other that we can use to better both of our lives.  I help my sister with her business and use my degree and passion to help her move it forward, while she is a dreamer and reminds me to reach beyond the stars because I just might be able to get there.  I loved reading about these two sisters who truly want the best for each other and encourage each other to be their best version.

A little women's fiction and a little chick lit, I think this book can go both ways and readers of both genres would enjoy.  Quite the quick read, this book was just easy reading on a cold weekend.

Rating: absolutely loved it, and want a sequel

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 88 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss.  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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