Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green


Ronni Sunshine is a famous, wonderful, pleasant actress on stage, but at home she is anything but wonderful and pleasant. She has no time for her daughters.

We follow Meredith, Nell, and Lizzy as they grow up in an unloving household with a mother who is more of a tyrant than a mother and a mother who cares only for herself.

The girls flee the nest one at a time and have troubles of their own because of their childhood, but now that Ronni is dying, she wants her daughters to rally around her. Ronni also had something else in mind when she invited her daughters back to their childhood home.

Each sister has a totally different personality, and it was interesting to follow them to see the path each one took.  Nell seemed to be the responsible one.  Meredith seemed to still be looking for happiness.  Lizzy was still the fly-by-night, spoiled one.

The family issues and the different lifestyles the girls led were nicely developed by Ms. Green and could be the lifestyle of any young girl growing up trying to make choices.

This is my first book by Ms. Green.  It was an enjoyable read and not something I normally read so I was surprised how her writing and story line pulled me in.

Nell seemed like a genuine person who worked hard in her life to make up what she had missed during her childhood.

Meredith kept speaking to me because of the way she put everyone before herself and kept the peace.

Lizzy was self-centered like her mother, and I liked her the least.

The characters did grow on me as they grew emotionally and made choices they never thought they would.

Women's fiction fans will enjoy this book because of the family drama, the regrets, the healing, and how Ms. Green addressed both family and friend relationships, as well as addressing end-of-life decisions..  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.




16 comments:

  1. Good to see you were sucked in, guess this will be a book I'll read in due time!

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    1. Oh yes on being sucked in. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Kathryn.

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    1. I think you would enjoy the book, Kathy.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  3. Just read a review of this one. Seems like it is going to be very popular this summer.

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    1. I think it will be. I have seen it on a lot of blogs.

      Thanks for stopping, Mystica.

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  4. Someday I will read a Jane Green. Could be this one.

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    1. This was my first.

      Thanks for stopping, Lloyd.

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  5. Only the second of her books I've read. I liked it.

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    1. I always saw positive posts about her books.

      I am glad I finally have read one.

      Thanks for stopping, Mary.

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  6. I enjoy Jane Green's books, and this one sounds like another that will keep me engrossed in family drama until the very last page.

    Thanks for sharing. I have this one, ready to read as soon as I get a chance.

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    1. I think you will like it, Laurel.

      Happy Reading when you get to the book.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  7. Great review, Elizabeth! I'm glad you enjoyed this book. I am seeing a lot of it on blogs right now.

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    1. Thanks, Suko.

      It was an enjoyable, but at times tense read.

      Thanks for stopping. Yes...it has been popular.

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  8. This sounds interesting and perfect for a summer read.

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    1. It was good, Susanne.

      I hope you enjoy the book if you get to read it.

      Thanks for stopping.

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