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