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Emilie Richards writes books about women and relationships. Good books about women and relationships. Not only man/woman relationships, but relationships between women, whether sisters, mother/daughter or friends.
When We Were Sister is a book about two women who were foster children together and who have formed an inseparable bond. They are now grown and have taken very different paths. Robin gave up her career as a photojournalist and is now married with two children. Her husband is a successful lawyer who is so busy that his family rarely sees him. Cecelia is a superstar singer-songwriter, but I'm happy to say the glam part of her career played a minor part in the book.
When Robin is injured in a car accident, things in her life start to change. Cecelia comes to be by her side, but her hospitalization appears to be an inconvenience to her husband. Cecelia asks Robin to work with her on a video about foster children. In doing the video, both women will revisit the traumatic events that took place in their lives. The opportunity to take photos for a meaningful project and be with her "sister" is something Robin decides she must take advantage of. She insists that her husband step up and take care of the home front while she is gone. It adds more stress to an already stress filled marriage.
As the two women spend more time together, they explore their feelings about their past. When their individual secrets start tumbling out, they discover that events that shaped their past and present just might not be what they thought. The question is, can they resolve their past to make a better future for themselves and the ones that love them?
I read this book six months ago, but as awesome as I found it then, the audio version offers so much more. I loved the different voices for the three main characters. The narration added a lot. If you only listen to one book this year, this should be it!
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I'm not even finished reading this book, but feel the need to write this review while my dislike of it is at a peak. As I'm listening, I find myself constantly sighing and rolling my eyes (which must look odd as I'm walking through my neighborhood.) Particularly annoying is the "Robin" narrator. The sing-songy, exhausted tone in her voice is wearing me out. And the overall story line is definitely lacking. Once again, I'm puzzled by the positive reviews I read before deciding to read this one. I can easily predict the outcome of every situation in the book, even though I have several hours left to listen to. Corny, corny, corny.
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