"Sister Dear" was a trip from the norm for me in my reading materials. The cover snagged my attention (especially the cock-eyed "E" in "Dear" - genius design). Then the author's name intrigued me. I'd heard of some controversy around her first novel because it was more of a cross-over -- meaning: published by the CBA but not overtly inspirational Christian fiction and easily marketable to the general market.
Anyway, sign me up! You know how Jaime dabbles with adventure. I will say, this book was nothing to dabble with--it was a jump in with both feet and fully commit novel. I LOVED IT!
McNeill's story centers around a woman just released from prison after being falsely accused of murder. It's about her readjustment to life, and really, how her sister has moved in and almost assumed her persona. It's a psychological novel, less of a mystery. While our heroine is pursuing the truth behind the murder, her troubled sister, emotionally-traumatized daughter, and the loss of her future, had me full invested in the story. There were hints of "Gone Girl" in novel. Stylistically and also psychologically.
Sister Dear is a gritty, in-your-face story about two sisters, the pursuit of redemption, the jealousy born of lust for what is not yours, and the dysfunction of two sisters who long to love, but live at odds.
I highly recommend "Sister Dear", but knowing our readership here at the CCC blog, I will qualify a few things: there is some mild language, and mild physical interaction between lovers (mostly implied). The book is not afraid to tackle some intense scenes. Most assuredly not a romance or feel-good novel in the sense of a reader looking for warm fuzzies or a bold, spiritual theme. The themes are woven throughout with subtly and it will most assuredly cause you to think.
Laura McNeill has made her mark on my reading shelf. I am impressed with her writing, her thoughts, the emotions the characters evoked, and the interwoven spiritual impressions that made me step back and cautiously analyze who I was rooting for and why.
Want to try this novel? We're giving away a copy today and I'm really excited to be able to do so!
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Professional coffee drinker and best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright, resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited and gritty turn-of- the-century romance stained with suspense. Her day job finds her