Nothing says “Christmas” like a dysfunctional family. You’ve got your woman bristling over her cheating husband, your mother of a suicidal teen and a young woman scared to death of commitment because she was raised by an abusive father. There’s also a good dose of family drama and dark secrets in Jennifer Scott’s novel, The Sister Season. Oh, and there’s the confused, scared widow who is starting to lose her mind one day at a time. All good entertainment if you don’t mind reading about a family that just can’t seem to get along with each other, or try to get along with each other for the sake of the children, even on Christmas.
What made me keep reading this novel, though, was the fact that I have sisters myself, and I know family drama like it nobody’s business, and I wanted to know if these characters find a way to work things out in the end. That was just me coming from what I have come from wanting to know if there’s hope that everybody can be one big happy someday. I know how secrets, lies, manipulation, abuse and betrayals can tear people apart, turn a family inside out and leave chaos in its wake. Been there and done that! So I could definitely relate to the sisters in this story. I understood what they were going through. They were portrayed so well and so accurately! Even in parts of the story I could only think to myself ‘Claire would SO do that’ or ‘ah, that’s Maya for you!’ And some of the scenes in this story took me on a wild ride for sure. I was left breathless and stunned after reading such scenes, so much so that I had to stop reading for a bit.
The Sister Season was ultimately a good story to read. I really liked this book. Despite one huge disappointment with a character at the end, this was a great story and I think women who have sisters they’ve quibbled with in the past might enjoy reading this novel.
Sometimes coming home for the holidays isn’t as easy as it seems?.
It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They’re also coming to bury their father.
Claire, the youngest, a free spirit who journeyed to California, returns first. Then comes Julia, the eldest, a college professor with a teenage son of her own. And finally there’s Maya, the middle child, who works so hard to be the perfect mother and wife.
During the sisters’ week together, old conflicts surface, new secrets emerge, and the limits and definitions of family are tested. And as the longest night of the year slips by and brightening days beckon, the sisters will have to answer one question: When you’re a sister, aren’t you a sister forever?