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I always like novels where I learn a little something about some area of life or learning that I know nothing about. I loved the behind-the-scenes details of running a restaurant/bar, and I also loved reading about the protagonist's creative sewing ventures.
Also refreshing was the male romantic lead, a truck driver. When's the last time you read a novel with a truck driver as a great romantic find? Harrison makes him believable and non-stereotypical at the same time. As someone who married an auto mechanic, I really appreciated this!
This novel has a lot going for it, not least that Harrison avoids a cliched, Hollywood ending. I also appreciated the laughs I got from reading about the younger sister, Ariel, who definitely had her work cut out for her as regards self-discovery. But the author was compassionate toward Ariel, which I liked. Cher, the older sister, has her own discoveries to make, and the author doesn't sugar-coat that. It isn't only younger people who have moments of clarity and "eureka!"
If you're looking for a light-hearted, feel-good novel that will put you in a good mood, look no further. Even better, this novel will not compromise your feminist instincts nor insult your intelligence!
Ariel craves romantic conquest and excitement as much as Cher craves stolen moments with her embroidery projects. Ariel, initially a poet, decides to take control of Cher's coffee shop, Sugar Shack, in favor of a restaurant/bar/poetry reading/pizza-serving hot spot.
Cher is alternately threatened and strengthened by April's expansiveness, as is Emma, Cher's life-long best friend and the sister she would have chosen, if any of us could choose our family members.
Emma bakes for Sugar Shack, and bakes too well for her own good--she struggles with diabetes before she, like Cher, is forced to challenge herself, grow stronger, and more flexible in body and spirit. Emma's increasing flexibility is due in large part to a hot yoga instructor--by which I mean that he is very hot--he's not an intense, driven Bikram dude.
SISTER ISSUES is the readerly equivalent of snuggling under a huge velvet throw on your couch, while snow blankets the trees outside like spun sugar. The three extraordinarily talented and vulnerable heroines have rough and smooth sides, like the velvet that Cher can transform with her needlework. It is voyeuristically interesting to see how they rub each other the wrong way, and then push one another forward in ways that you think you might be able to predict (but that twist off in different directions like tangled vines of embroidery).
Although most novels written in close-third person enable the reader to mind-read, the way that Harrison wrote SISTER ISSUES somehow makes this mind-reading more vivid than most novels that I've read recently. In that way, this novel will particularly appeal to established and emerging writers. It is a well-crafted yarn.
I appreciated that although the characters and their circumstances changed in some way by the end, the changes were believable and not far-fetched or contrary to their personalities. However, at times I did feel events progressed a bit too quickly, not in terms of pacing but rather the actual time elapsed in the story.
Harrison has an easy-to-follow writing style. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone looking for a light, entertaining read.
Review disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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