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Carter's talent continues to evolve, as evidenced in this solid offering about deaf artist Lacey Gears, whose happy life—good boyfriend, rising career, faithful dog—is upended when she receives a mysterious note informing her that she has a twin sister she didn't know existed. Lacey soon discovers the message is true and that she's not an orphan as she had thought: her parents put her up for adoption and kept her hearing twin, Monica. As she comes to terms with this, she reconnects with her sister, but the secrets kept by her birth family could have dire consequences. Though the plot is limp in spots, Carter's command of deaf culture is superb, and Lacey is a charismatic heroine—a nice contrast to her unstable, clingy twin. The unique spin Carter (Accidentally Engaged) takes on the familiar theme of self-discovery gives this a welcome, fresh feeling. (June)
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About the Author

Mary Carter, author of American Junk, Garden Junk, and American Family Style (all Viking Studio), is the Vice President of Advertising at Polo/Ralph Lauren. Carter lives in New York City and Dutchess County, New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758229208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758229205
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,723,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Carter is a novelist and workshop leader at The Chicago Writer's Loft. Her latest work, London From My Windows will be released July 28th, 2015. Her other works include: Meet Me in Barcelona, Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister's Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She'll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged. In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach/(SUMMER DAYS), A Southern Christmas (OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS) A Kiss Before Midnight (YOU'RE STILL THE ONE) A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology HOLIDAY MAGIC, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology ALMOST HOME. Her works are translated into over 7 languages. In the spring of 2016 Mary will have the first book in a murder mystery series published under a pen name. Details to follow. Mary currently lives in Chicago, IL and heads workshops at The Chicago Writers Loft. Readers and aspiring writers can check out Marycarterbooks.com and thewritersloft.com. Follow her on Twitter, @marycarterbooks.com or like her on Facebook: Mary Carter Books.

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It took me a bit to get into this book. Once I did, I really enjoyed it. I tore through the middle and end. Unfortunately, the ending left me very unfulfilled.
This book is about a deaf woman who finds out she is a twin who was given up for adoption while her sister was raised by their parents. It is a great look into the deaf community and a very interesting story as to why she was separated from her sister. If it weren't for the bland and disappointing ending, this would have definitely earned 4 stars.
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I agree with Valerie's review, I thought the beginning and middle of this book was great. The story unfolds and the reader is dawn into the lives of the sisters and their emotion journey. The insights into the world of a Deaf person were also enlightening.

However, the book completely changed pace and tone towards the end and left me feeling disappointed. The ending felt rushed and manufactured; I'm wondering if this was the original vision of the author? Was she pushed to create a mainstream ending or was she was edited poorly? Too bad.
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Although Philadelphia artist Lacey Gears has never heard a sound and has no known family that she knows of, she believes she lives a great life. She enjoys her career, which is on the rise, has a nice caring boyfriend and a loyal dog. Her idyllic life is turned upside down when she receives a note insisting she has a twin sister; this is a shocker because she has no known biological family.

Lacey assumes the message is her boyfriend's sick joke, but soon affirms the note is true. She has a twin Monica, an author, which is how she learned of her existence, who can also hear. Euphoric to learn she has family, but heartbroken that her parents gave her up for adoption because of her impairment, Lacey, who has doubts, contacts Monica who is excited and wants her twin in her life.

The key to this terrific character study is the reversal of stereotypes as Lacey is independent and Monica reliant, which comes across throughout the story line, but especially after they meet. Thus, as readers obtain a deep look into the subculture of people born deaf, My Sister's Voice is a strong profound tale with a solid ensemble secondary cast although the family secrets revealed late detract from an otherwise superior tale.

Harriet Klausner
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I have really enjoyed this novel. It made me laugh a couple times and it also made me sad at others. I love the heroine, Lacey. She's deaf, rides a motorcycle, has a puggle and a major attitude. She's very likable. When trying to read people's lips, she would sometimes run down a multiple choice in her head like this: He either called her a: a cyclone b: a silo or c: a psycho. I LOVED this feature cause really, that is what it is like, reading people's lips. It's half a guessing game.

The author also really understands what it's like to be Deaf. I was amazed at this spot on, wonderful quote from Lacey, "It was draining to constantly be looked at as deficient, handicapped, in need of fixing. Other people's opinions - that was the handicap she faced, not her hearing loss!"

Anyway, Lacey grew up in a home for orphans so when she discovers she may have a twin running around out there, she is really surprised. When she finds out that her twin is hearing and raised by their parents, she is shocked and hurt. Was she just thrown away like garbage? If so, why?

So... a bunch of stuff happens and she meets her twin sister, Monica and the truth is slowly revealed. BUT Lacey has gained a lot more than a sister.. she has gained a stalker. Monica is not satisfied being Lacey's sister and friend, she wants to BE Lacey. There are some psychological issues here..

The ending had a lot of surprises that I didn't see coming. I thought it was too pit pat considering the seriousness of the situation and the lies that were told, but I enjoyed the book enough not to take away a star.

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the part when Lacey goes to church to be "healed." Laughed my rear end off.

Highly recommend this one!
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This book was on my wishlist for about two months before I finally caved about the price and bought it. I was really fascinated by the story concept of twins separated at birth and was excited to read it. I honestly wish I hadn't bought it. From the beginning I could not bring myself to like the main character, which is usually fine and can sometimes make a book more interesting. But it was difficult to empathize with Lacey's (the main protagonist's plight) when the only real image I given of her character is an overwhelmingly negative one. When I wasn't being asked to feel sorry for Lacey, I was getting lectured about deaf culture over and over again through out the book. The first time it was interesting, the second time made me really think about it and after that I just got sick of reading the same thing over and over again. It isn't until about halfway through the story that the reader is introduced to the other sister. And while she is a better person than Lacey, she is also a bit of a boring read. I don't think her character was developed all that well. When you did get a glimpse of something more interesting about her it got swept over by mentions of Lacey or new twists that are introduced but never fully explained. The end is a bit too pat and unrealistic. Everything is forgiven quickly and easily and that doesn't seem true to the character she spent pages showing as an unforgiving, stubborn and unrelenting person. It just didn't make sense. I really wish this book was better than it was because the concept is just so fascinating.
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