NEW RELEASE - REVIEW!
Sisters and Brothers
By Fiona Palmer
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Women’s Fiction
A poignant novel of heartbreak, adoption and a father's love by beloved bestselling Australian author, Fiona Palmer.
Bill, 72, feels left behind after the death of his adored wife. He relies heavily on his only daughter, Sarah.
Sarah, career woman and perfectionist homemaker, struggles to keep up with the Joneses. As her husband grows distant, she has no support network.
Emma, a down-to-earth nurse and busy mother of three, always dreamed of having a sister . . . But nothing prepares her for the shock results of a routine blood test.
Adam, a successful florist, was raised by his mother. As his dreams start to fall into place, he can't stop thinking about the father he never had.
Finally, Michelle is trying to build cake-making into a career. But at 46, has she left her run too late to fall in love, have children and find her birth parents?
These five very different people - all connected but separated by secrets from the past - could be facing their futures together. After all, friends will come and go but sisters and brothers are forever . . .
The new novel of heartbreak, adoption, family and a father's love by the Top Ten bestselling author of Secrets Between Friends, Fiona Palmer.
Before becoming an author, Fiona Palmer was a speedway driver for seven years and now spends her days writing both women's and young adult fiction, working as a farmhand and caring for her two children in the tiny rural community of Pingaring, 350km from Perth. The books Fiona's passionate readers know and love contain engaging storylines, emotions and hearty characters. She has written nine bestselling novels and her most recent book, Secrets Between Friends, was a Top Ten national bestseller.
Review & Wrap-Up:
Sisters and Brothers is written in third person but from multiple view points: Bill's, as well as his four children, Sarah, Emma, Adam and Michelle. It's an beautiful story of lies and secrets that eventually right themselves and create this huge family.
I found Sisters and Brothers to be a lovely story with so much heart and love. A few things were a little far fetched for me: What are the odds that three of four of Bill’s children would begin looking for him at the same time? How on Earth did Bill hold it together and bring these new adult-children into his life as easily as he did, with no resentment toward their mothers?
The only reaction that I felt was real enough to be genuine about these strangers was Sarah’s; how difficult if must have been for her to grow up believing that she is an only child, only to find out that she is actually the youngest four?! I do not blame her for having a difficult time letting go of her responsibilities of her father, and sharing them with these strangers.
Overall, Sister and Brothers was a heart-felt family drama, with lots of secrets, but even more love. Not my typical read, but I would highly recommend it to my mother and to anyone else who enjoys a book that tugs at the heart strings!
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚
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Start a conversation: How would you react if you were in Sarah’s shoes - grow up believing you’re the only child, only to find you have multiple siblings in the world?
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