Her Sister is the story of a family, which broke apart when the youngest daughter was kidnapped and never found again. Twenty-seven years later, Amanda and Max are divorced and Clare struggles to raise her rebellious daughter and breach the ever-growing distance between them. On top of that, Clare’s neighbor, Joe, comes to mean more to her than she is willing to admit, Amanda and Max discover that their feelings for each other never died and, Lynnie, the long-lost daughter is not as lost as they thought.
Karen Rose Smith has a long and established writing career and it is reflected in every word she writes. Her words will sweep you away to another place and make you focus on nothing but the story you’re reading. Her Sister is a quick read but packed full with the emotions of three women, who are at very different points in their lives, but all have an important story to tell. Reading this part from a message from Karen Rose Smith to her readers on her website, explains it perfectly:
“My women in this book--Amanda, Clare and Shara--have stories to tell, desires to share and needs to fulfill. They are three generations who have been torn apart by crisis. Gillian Bradley from book 1 of my Search For Love series helps strengthen their bonds.I hope you enjoy this novel that has a lot of my heart and soul in it. May you always find the bonds of family hold you close and heal your heart.”
Her Sister is just that. It’s about family, love and the most important relationships in your life. I wish the author had brought out Clare and Joe’s relationship a bit more. I felt that too much happened in the background that I, as the reader, would have liked to be a part of. Amanda and Max were my absolute favorite part of the story. The short flashbacks to their first meeting were very sweet and I loved that they found their way back to each other after all the heart-break and pain. I was so curious about the mystery plot of the story that I felt slightly disappointed when the book ended and it became clear that this will be part of the next book. I am very much looking forward to that, though, and will definitely pick up the next installment in the series.
Her Sister is not really a romance; it’s not really a mystery. Those are added bonuses but the focus of the book lies with the stories of three women, just like Karen Rose Smith describes in her message.
I recommend Her Sister to lovers of a sweet, family story who are happy with real life emotions and satisfied when the only drama comes from the rebellious teenage daughter.
Her Sister can easily be read as a standalone but is part of the Search For Love series.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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