Saturday, May 30, 2020

Review: Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 384
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Beauty. Wealth. Success.

She’s got it all.

And it all should’ve been mine.

When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree—an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play.

Kritters Thoughts:  Eleanor Hardwicke starts this book devastated that her dad's days are numbered as he is battling an illness and with a horrible relationship with her mother and sister, she is aware that when he dies she will be saying goodbye to a notion of family.  Until she finds out that as he was dying he revealed that he is not her biological father and she actually has more family out there.  She wants to find this other family and see if she can connect and grow how she has always defined family.  

I went into this book with the cover that is presented ready for sinister and crazy right off the bat and this is more of a slow build and actually more of a family drama.  The sinisterness comes into play at the very end and some great twists and turns, but this book is about family and trying to define family however you need to and what family can look like.  

I liked how Hannah Mary McKinnon wrote characters.  The character arcs are just genius.  From where Eleanor starts to where she ends is just a great journey and yes it is fiction, but it was believable to see Eleanor end up where she did.  

i was surprised when I finished this book that this was my first read of Hannah Mary McKinnon.  Although this one didn't go as I had predicted, I still loved it and want to dive into her backlist.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
  Ebook 2020 Challenge: 46 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.  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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