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The Secrets Sisters Keep: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Abby Drake
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Book Description

“Abby Drake is a masterful storyteller.”
—Sue Margolis, author of Gucci, Gucci, Coo


The secrets sisters keep can be startling—and in the hands of Abby Drake, author of Perfect Little Ladies and Good Little Wives, they can be outrageous, eye-opening, wickedly smart and wildly funny. With The Secrets Sisters Keep, Drake once again takes women’s fiction far beyond common chick lit—delighting readers with a deeply satisfying story of four sisters gathering at a rich uncle’s home  to celebrate his birthday. But they’ll have to find the old man first, since he’s inconveniently gone missing. If you like Allison Pearson, Jennifer Weiner, and Jennifer Crusie, you will love this fresh and surprising story of sibling rivalry, fate, disputed fortunes, and The Secrets Sisters Keep.

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Drake's funny and wise family soaper, successful Broadway producer Edward Dalton vanishes shortly before the arrival of his unhappy nieces, four sisters, at his big 75th birthday bash in Kamp Kasteel, N.Y. Afraid that gay Uncle Edward could have run off to Connecticut to marry his partner, Henry, and leave them out of his will, the nieces all want to be at his party: historian Ellie Dalton, "the most stable one of the bunch"; "Park Avenue socialite" Amanda Dalton Delaney, who's married to an unfaithful architect; Naomi "Babe" Dalton, a movie star "wed to yesterday's top-box-office, action-flick man"; and black sheep Carleen, who 20 years earlier unintentionally burned their home down with their parents inside. Drake (Perfect Little Ladies) depicts the search for Uncle Edward and the bumpy quest for family harmony with wit and style as the sisters try to make peace with the past.
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Ellie, Amanda, Babe, and Carleen may be sisters, but that doesn’t mean they are anything alike. And it certainly doesn’t mean that they get along. However, when their uncle Edward throws himself a birthday party and then promptly disappears, the women are forced to reconnect. Amanda, a former member of New York’s elite, doesn’t understand her sister Babe who, with her movie-star looks and aspirations, fled to Los Angeles, but the two find common ground in their troubled marriages. Neither can understand their older sister, Ellie, who doesn’t have marriage problems of her own because she gave up a personal life to care for Uncle Edward. And none of them can understand Carleen, the reformed party girl who traded everything for a quiet life as a mother in the suburbs––and who has the biggest secret of them all. In The Secrets Sisters Keep, author Drake tells an exciting story of forgiveness and the unequivocal bond between sisters. Deftly weaving in the mystery of Uncle Edward’s disappearance and Carleen’s past, Drake tells an engaging story full of honesty and emotion. --Claire Orphan

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061878324
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WVUM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure Sister Story November 1, 2010
Being in family of three girls, I am always a fan of sister stories. While I think anyone will enjoy stories like this, I think those who are from a family of sisters will really enjoy this book. The story is about a family who has been estranged for years who returns at the party of a beloved uncle. However when they get there, Uncle Edward has disappeared! The sisters must make the decision to either stay together and find him or allow their past to continue to wreck havoc and send them on their separate ways again.

The four sisters are all very different from each other. I didn't necessarily agreed with all the decisions the women made but I could understand why they did what they did. Out of the four of them, I would probably say that Amanda is my least favorite but that's because she chose to make herself unapproachable and unlikable. I felt Carleen to the most intriguing of the four because she's introduced before we actually meet her. She's described by her sisters as a horrible person who they all want to avoid. However when we actually meet her, she's not the witch they've made her out to be. Instead she's the most normal out of the four of them and wants to have a normal relationship with her sisters again.

The secrets that are revealed throughout the book are not very scandalous but actually quite heartbreaking. It's sad when families keep such huge secrets from each other because they cause such huge rifts in relationships. If the family had chosen to share with each other their feelings or the true nature of their decisions, a lot of hurt feelings could have been avoided. Instead the family became estranged for many years, never being the strong unit they could have been.

There's a lot of drama in this book but I never felt it was over dramatic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars strong family drama October 15, 2010
In Kamp Kasteel, New York, Broadway producer Edward Dalton vanishes just prior to the arrival of his four nieces allegedly coming to celebrate his seventy-fifth birthday. The quartet believes Uncle Edward and his significant other Harry have gone to Connecticut to marry. Each fears he will next cut them out of his will.

Historian Ellie Dalton, Park Avenue socialite Amanda Dalton Delaney, and movie star Naomi "Babe" Dalton consult with each other re their missing uncle. The fourth sister, family loser and estranged sibling, Carleen is not welcome by the others, who have long memories of all the tragedies she caused; starting with accidentally killing their parents when she burned their home to the ground. However, the older trio relents and lets her join the search for Uncle Edward.

Although somewhat like a soap opera especially each sister's relationship with non-siblings and their family history, fans will enjoy the search for the missing septuagenarian as the quest leads each of the Dalton females to relook what matters in their respective lives. They need money but they also realize they miss the empathy as only a sister can provide. The Secrets Sisters Keep is a strong family drama.

Harriet Klausner
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Abby Drake is the author of 17 published novels (women's fiction), some of which she has written under her real name, Jean Stone. A native of New England and graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, she sets her books in the northeast, from New York City to Martha's Vineyard. "I like my characters to grow and change and overcome their sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious obstacles in places that I love," Drake says. For more information, visit

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