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Tale of Two Sisters
on December 1, 2007
With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, Emily has rashly volunteered to host the family's festivities. Married to the widowed Luke, she has inherited a resentful stepdaughter and the mother-in-law from hell.
Emily's slightly flaky sister, Amber lives in a run-down New York apartment. Her fledgling career as a massage therapist seems to be stalling and she is reduced to earning extra cash by handing out cheese samples for a local eatery.
Theresa Alan's novel is set out so that the chapters alternate between each sister's storyline and each chapter is related in the first person. The major romantic element follows Amber's story as she has the good fortune to be able to drive with her latest crush to Colorado. There's plenty of humor along the way with motel room dilemmas and minor car accidents.
Many will sympathise with Emily's story as she battles to get her house in order, gifts (including the latest must-have toy) for everyone and food prepared for an ever expanding guest list. Again, there are some nice touches of humor in particular from Emily's acid-tongued mother-in-law.
This is not an exceptional novel by any means, but it is a very entertaining read with well-drawn and likeable characters. I always like to get to the end of a chapter before I put a book down and this is one of those books that tempts you to read 'just one more chapter'. Just right for curling up with on a cold dark night.