"The Second Sister", by Marie Bostwick, started off slow and did not pull me into the plot until well into the storyline. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I could tell immediately that she knows how to build a description in the reader’s mind. I imagined Lucy from chapter one. Her look, her personality and her dedication to her career, were all explained in great detail. The devastating blow that brought her back to her hometown had me reading further. Her journey to remember how to ‘live’ kept me hooked until the end. I adored the secondary characters described as the Friends of Alice. The small, lakeside town came alive, and made me want to visit the shops, the people, and especially the surrounding nature. Quilting became an integral part of this novel, and I love the way it was woven in. A bit of mystery worked well and touched my heart when the answer was revealed. By the last few chapters, I didn’t want the story to end, but it had to, because I had no tears left. The reading group guide, personal letter from the author, along with her request for comments, and the offer of a freebie, are spectacular additions to this heartwarming tale of two sisters whom at first glance seem very different.
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances--and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .
Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.
An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson's Bay. Lucy, meanwhile, got out and never looked back. But now, to meet the terms of Alice's eccentric will, Lucy has taken up temporary residence in her sister's cottage--and begins to see the town, and Alice's life, anew. Alice's diverse group of friends appears to have little in common besides an interest in quilting. Yet deep affection for Alice united them and soon Lucy, too, is brought into the fold as they share problems and stories. And as she finds warmth and support in this new circle, Lucy begins to understand this will be her sister's enduring gift--a chance to move beyond her difficult past, and find what she has long been missing. . .