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The Alphbet Sisters by Monica McInerny

The title of this book enthralled me and, although it is not my usual genre, am glad I read the novel. I borrowed it from my local library.

The Blurb

A glorious, uplifting story about the joys and heartbreaks of sisterhood, from the Number One bestselling author of The House of Memories and Lola's Secret.

'I've got something very important I want the three of you to do for me.'

Once as close-knit as sisters can be, Anna, Bett and Carrie haven't spoken in three years. They are still feeling the effects of the fight which tore them apart - but their grandmother's birthday party forces them out of their silence.

Lola, the big-hearted, strong-willed grandmother who first nicknamed them the Alphabet Sisters, has a plan to reunite them. And while none of the women is eager to confront the past, each has a new reason to long for their sisters' support.

But just as they find their way back to one another, the sisters are rocked by a greater challenge than ever before - one that will teach them the true value of family . . .

The Review

Bett now lives in London, England. She is hesitant to face her sisters after the scandal of losing her fiance. Sophisticated Anna is the eldest sister. Anna is not too keen on the idea of the reunion either,however, she’s secretly grateful for the excuse to leave her failing marriage in Sydney, Australia. Carrie, who remained in Clare Valley, is perhaps the most apprehensive. Her marriage, which is the cause of the sisters’ estrangement, is also on the rocks.

Lola makes a special request, that the girls stage a musical she has written. This means their short visit becomes a much longer commitment. As they are forced to spend more time together, the sisters confront the difficulties between them.

Misunderstandings are slowly put aside and the three find themselves gradually, irresistibly reuniting again: until an unexpected turn of events changes everything in ways none of them could have ever imagined.

The author layers the light hearted antics of small-town life with a heartbreaking story of sibling loyalty lost and found, "The Alphabet Sisters" is an unforgettable story of two generations of women who learn that being true to themselves means being true to one another. I read the book whilst on holiday in Portugal. It is the first book I have read for a long time that truly made me cry. If you have missed the book to date, take a body-swerve and read it now.

The Author

Australian born Dublin, Ireland based author, Monica McInerney, has written several best-selling novels. I found her book "The Alphabet Sisters" when my local library was selling off some books. The story revolves around three sisters Anna, Bett, and Carrie Quinlan. They were childhood singing stars known as The Alphabet Sisters. Their flamboyant grandmother Lola was the glue that held them together. As adults, though, the women have not spoken in years – ever since Bett’s fiancé deserted her to marry her younger sister, Carrie. Now Lola is turning eighty and she is determined to reunite the girls for a grand birthday bash. No one ever says no to Lola.

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