The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fifteen years after losing their mother to cancer, the Sweeney sisters learn that their father has passed away. In preparing to mourn his loss and wrap up his estate, they learn that they have another sister. One that their father had out of wedlock. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, they discover that she lives next door and they grew up with her. These four women must learn how to adapt and figure out where to go from here. The three must accept the blow that their father wasn’t faithful to their mother. And Serena must learn how to cope with knowing the girls she grew up wishing she was closer to are her sisters. In the midst of it all, they learn that he has written a memoir. He got a hefty advance for it and the money has been spent. They must find it or face a lot of issues with the publishing company.
When I first started this book, I was very underwhelmed. I thought it was going to be a highly predictable book that really didn’t go anywhere. I was completely wrong. All the characters were really amazing. I felt like I could relate to Maggie most of all. She just tried so hard but it seemed like everybody just focused on all the blunders she went through in life. Rather than having faith in her, they counted on her to just run off. The amazing thing to me is that all four of the sisters are relatable in some way. They all have their own things going on, but they manage to make time for each other. They are able to fully get everything sorted out with very little incidents.
I didn’t really have any problems with this book that I can fully think about. I have a few nit picky opinions. I think some of the major conflicts that were in the book were a bit watered down. I think they could have been amplified a little bit. I also wish that the communications with the publishers and agent were actually included instead of referenced. There was an incident later that I also wish had been included instead of referenced. I won’t go into the details because I don’t really want to provide any spoilers with the review. I can’t think of anything else. I was so impressed with this book in more ways than I thought I would be. It was a book I thought would be decent that wound up so beautiful.
This book was narrated by Brittany Pressley. While I have an actual copy of this book, I saw that it was in audiobook and I just couldn’t resist. I mean I love owning multiple versions of books anyways. Anyway, I really did enjoy her narration of the book. She was very easy to follow along with and enjoy. There were a few times that I didn’t feel she gave the sisters a unique voice, but I think that’s more a personal opinion than actual fact. I haven’t really listened to other books narrated by her. I am definitely willing to. I’d love to see what types of books she narrates.
I really didn’t think I’d fall in love with this book the way I did. I thought I would like it. I thought I would find it very predictable, but very adorable. I was pleasantly surprised. I can honestly say it wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. I also craved to know more. I just couldn’t put the book down. I really do think this will be a beautiful and wholesome movie one day. I will gladly watch it if/when it does. I fully recommend this beautiful story.

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