Sisters One, Two, Three

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Sisters One, Two, Three

“Sisters One, Two, Three” penned by Nancy Star brought into light the terrors and heartaches of a family who resided in Martha Vineyard where life from the outside appeared bright and serene. The story unfolded when the sisters were in their late elementary school.

Stolly the father earned his living as an entrepreneur. He owns a toy business, which Ginger referred to as junk. His presence is limited in the narrative but impactful. Glory the mother is quite a heavy handed matriarch. She does not take well to suggestions and disappointments. The family of six has its comical moments, frequently because of the antics of Ginger the oldest daughter, Julie, Mimi and Callie. There are multiple painful memories that may cause the reader to shake their head in disbelief.

Throughout the delicate prose of Nancy Star's “Sisters One, Two, Three” the reader is taken on a private family journey of likes, dislikes, and many controversies. These are tragic events that most families would hold close to their hearts. We have some dark secrets between the pages here.

The setting of Martha Vineyard to the college campus to Ginger's job as a school nurse are well defined and clearly depicted. The emotional entanglements from the first family meal as a birthday celebration to the Thanksgiving dinner as adults gave my heart tiny rips and occasionally belly laughs as the conversations jarred my own family memories.

Ms. Star's lyrical style touches the soul of her audience. She helps readers recall when words were stated to injure. She follows that up with resolution. Things must be rectified before the end of one's life. It is so sad when the hurtful words eat away at the souls of the person who delivered the distasteful phrases as the receiver of the pain. Regrets haunt deeper without reconciliations.

Ms. Star has a class act of a read and I recommend this book to everyone because the life lessons are so vivid. If I had my wish, this would be a book club and discussion title. It would be great for a family read and discussion. It may bring closure and healing therefore developing a stronger bound among members of a family unit.

Book Blurb for Sisters One, Two, Three

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2017 4.50