“whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phillippians 4:8

The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown

The Sometimes Sisters isn’t a book I would normally read. I usually prefer romance books to ones that focus on other relationships. I definitely need to branch out more. This book made me cry. It was beautifully told, and I really enjoyed it. However, I didn’t actually read it. I listened to the audiobook, and it was well read. I’ve heard some really good audiobooks, and I’ve heard some really bad ones. This was a good one. Brittany Pressley was the narrator, and she did an amazing job. It was so good that I would consider listening to other of her narrated books solely for the reason that she read them.

I digress. The Sometimes Sisters told the story of three half-sisters whose grandmother left them a lakeside resort in Texas. They had all met up there every summer as children before going separate ways as they’d age. Each sister faced her own demons, and they all took their pain out on their sisters. Left to deal with the sisters and all their animosity was their Granny Annie’s best friend, a man they referred to as Uncle Zed. Through their mutual devotion to him, their granny, and the eldest sister’s daughter, the three sisters find love for each other and themselves. They also find romance, if you’re looking for that, too. I think that’s why I really liked this book: it had it all. There was romance, only a touch of drama, and a lot of wisdom. It ended perfectly, and it took what could have been annoying or boring and made it heartwarming.

I will say that this is NOT a children’s or even a teen’s book. This is an adult book. It isn’t explicit, but it does have adult themes, and things are implied. There is also quite a bit of swearing but nothing worse than what would be in a PG-13 movie. It isn’t as bad as I kind of expected, though.

Overall, this is a story about forgiving oneself and learning one’s own worth. The sisters learn that, despite their mistakes, they always had the unconditional love of their granny and Uncle Zed. They learned to love themselves and push past their mistakes - a good lesson for any of us.

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