Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review/Giveaway: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

Paperback, 342 pages 
Published January 1st 2017
by Lake Union Publishing
Nancy Star is a new author to and my sincere thanks to TLC Tours for the invite to be part of this blog tour and discovering a new author.

Sisters One, Two, Three is the story of the Tangle family and told in dual timeperiods,
1972 and current day.  With a diverse cast of characters, unique personalities and each one handling (or maybe avoiding) grief in their own unique way painted a vivid picture of what happens when tragedy strikes and families are left to their own devices in how best to deal with it.  When this takes place in 1972 there wasn't the social support available and if it was the importance wasn't realized. There was that 'let's not talk about it' or bring it out in the open and just pretend it never happened and carry on with life. As shown in this book that doesn't work. I think the author did a great job of portraying these characters with their grief bottled up inside. As they carried on with life each of them dealt with the situation in their own way. Ginger is a worrier and over protective which damages her relationship with her daughter and husband. Mimi keeps herself so busy that she doesn't have time to think or deal with what happened. While some might find Ginger and Mimi's behaviour annoying and obsessive I could totally see where they were coming from. Maybe it's because I've had tragedy in my life that I can sympathize with Ginger and Mimi and relate to their behaviour. 

While grief is a unique experience and there is no time limit on when or if grief will ever end, these ladies came head to head with the summer of 1972 where the memories and secrets of the past were brought to light. 

Sisters One, Two, Three is a multi layered story, and as each layer is peeled away I got to know this quirky family and was totally caught off guard to events that gave this book a fitting conclusion.

Definitely a book I will recommend and an author I will be reading more of.  Her writing style while dealing with a serious subject was realistic and the touches of humor fit in perfectly.

Nancy Star is the author of four previous novels: Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This, and Buried Lives. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, Family Circle, Diversion magazine, and on the web.

Before embarking on her writing career, Nancy worked for more than a decade as a movie executive in the film business, dividing her time between New York and London. She has two grown daughters and a son-in-law and now lives in New Jersey with her husband.

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  1. This looks interesting. Esp. To a member of a family of girls.

  2. I am reading Golden Earrings by Belinda Alexandra. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway.

  3. Family stories like this always suck me in. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for being a part of the tour.