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Reviewed by JoAnneBook provided by NetgalleyReview originally posted at Romancing the Book While this book is women s contemporary fiction The Second Sister had a lot of depth to not only the storyline but also the characters who were multifaceted and ept depth to not only the storyline but also the characters who were multifaceted and ept on my toes There were many emotions running throughout sadness despair anger frustration fighting for causes and second chances finding oneself happiness friendship peace and acceptance Alice and Lucy As Sisters Had A Rocky Relationship During Their Childhood as sisters had a rocky relationship during their childhood of their parents treatment of them Their father seemed to only love Alice for a multitude of reasons and was a very unhappy man living an unfulfilled life Whatever blame could be placed At Lucy S Feet For Anything That Lucy s feet for anything that t go the way he wanted was No wonder Lucy wanted to get as far away from Nilson s Bay Wisconsin as she possibly could and never wanted to return or look back Not that her adult life was great She was a workaholic who was always on the go in Washington working 247 without any friends or love in her life Although she and Alice ept in touch after the death of their parents Lucy never gave Alice what she wanted her to visit their hometown especially for Christmas but Alice finally got her wish and that s when the story for me really took off since initially it was a slow read even with all the political machinations going onOnce I got immersed in their hometown and met the residents and Alice s friends it was like a different book I loved the descriptions of the businesses the lake and the waterfront the homes but especially the cottage with the cats the food the uilts and the uilting along with the landscape the ice fishing and the shanty Everything was so detailed and vivid that I felt I was there The small town feel was welcoming and it was nice to see Lucy finally realize that there was a lot of good in Nilson s Bay and not always how she remembered it There were a lot of reminisces by Lucy some told to others and some she just relived in her mind but when she finally could talk about her childhood and the eventful day that changed everything in her life she finally found some peace The three uirky women who were Making Me Crazy (Multicultural Romance Series: NHL Billionaire Meets African American Beauty Book 1) known by the townspeople as the Friends of Alice or FOA also eventually became Lucy s friends Watching her get closer to the people shenew growing up and the new friends she made was heartwarming She and her childhood friend Peter had a history but could they also have a future There was chemistry but they also fought like cats and dogs and never new how the other felt back in high school or even now There were a lot of twists and turns to the story as well as many surprises along the way There were From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich inspiring new novel about family second chances and the connections that bring women together in hope and healingYears of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House But when her estranged older sister Alice unexpectedly dies Lu. Her sister very well She learns about Alice from her Friends FOA Friends Of Alice The House FOA Friends of Alice the house beautiful drawings and Alice s uilts Lucy learns about herself and has to decide what she wants Peter is glad that Lucy will be staying around for a little while Romance is in the airI give The Second Sister 4 out of 5 stars It is a good story but I found it a little rambling and did not find it as good her Marie Bostwick s Cobbled Court series When I finish one of the Cobbled Court books I always want but I did not feel that way with The Second Sister The Second Sister has a lot of twists and turns as Lucy learns about her sister s life and discovers that there may be to life than work There is some uilting in the book Alice s stash sounds marvelous as well as two cute catsI received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Lucy Toomey had poured all her energy and every waking moment into the presidential campaign She has avoided her hometown in Door County Wisconsin using work as an excuse to not spend time with her sister Alice Alice was never the same after a drowning accident yet she remained a talented artist uilter and animal lover While Lucy loved her sister she viewed her as an obligation than a relationship When Alice is hospitalized Lucy rushes home to be by her side but she is too late Alice had stipulated in her will that in order to inherit the family cottage she must live there for 8 weeks With the presidential inauguration weeks away Lucy decides to stay through the holidays What she discovers at the cottage are some beautiful drawings and uilts for a person no one can identify She also rediscovers the beauty and peace of her hometown Though not warmly welcomed initally the 3 women fondly referred to as Friends of Alice grow to embrace Lucy and bring her into their fold Lucy also reconnects with her high school crush Peter and a few sparks ignite Filled with warmth humor and heartbreak another wonderful novel by Marie Bostwick Lucy and Alice sisters with secrets One with a high powered job always on the move the other living uietly in their home town Sisters so diametrically opposed in values and Priorities One Wonders How They one wonders how they be relatedThings are never really as they seem in families we all now that And no matter how you run or try to bury or forget your past you never really succeed No one is ever all wrong or right Growth redemption and the strength of family are the themes in this story The characters were well developed and easy to relate to The story line moved right along no laggingOverall it was an easy sweet read predictable Sometimes you just want a story you now will turn out oka. Up of friends appears to have little in common besides an interest in uilting Yet deep affection for Alice united them and soon Lucy too is brought into the fold as they share problems and stories And as she finds warmth and support in this new circle Lucy begins to understand this will be her sister's enduring gift a chance to move beyond her difficult past and find what she has long been missi. ,
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Any secrets revealed which just added another layer to the story There was some closure with most of the loose ends tied up but there were that needed to be addressed Bostwick was able to intertwine many lives effortlessly even when they seemed to have nothing in common When I turned the last page I was sorry to see the story end and an epilogue would have been a nice treatMarie Bostwick is an author that I ve read many times before Her Cobbled Court uilts series is among my favorites even though I don t uilt I loved the way she brought uilting into this book as well although it was totally unexpected Her books are always added to my always growing TBR pile as soon as I now she has a new one outFavorite uote It was breathtaking especially on such a crisply cold but bright and sunny day in an autumn that was lingering long Every breath of wind raised sparking ripples on the endless blue gray surface of the water and rattled the leaves of the trees releasing showers of still brilliant yellow gold orange and red foliage that floated to the ground like little flags of welcome The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick is the story about living life change taking chances and love Lucy Toomy has been working with Tom Ryland for over thirteen years Working to get him elected to various positions including governor She is now working to get him elected President of the United States Her parents of been deceased for several years but she has her sister Alice Alice Toomey was hurt in an accident when she was eighteen and has been left mentally challenged Alice still lives in her their hometown of Nilson s Bay in Wisconsin Lucy has not been home in years Unfortunately Lucy s memories of Nilson s Bay are not Happy Ones On Election Day ones On Election Day receives a call that her sister is in the hospital and she needs to come home immediatelyLucy rushes to Nilson s Bay but she is too late Alice is gone from an accidental overdose Lucy is hoping to have the funeral clean out Alice s house sell it and get back to work However Alice has other plans for Lucy Peter Swenson went to school with Lucy who had a crush on him and Alice He is the newest member of Nilson s Bay town council and Alice s lawyer Peter informs Lucy that in order to inherit the house she must live in it for eight weeks and part of that has to be over Christmas Lucy received a further blow when Tom Ryland President elect Ryland offers of that has to be over Christmas Lucy received a further blow when Tom Ryland President elect Ryland offers a position in the West Wing of the White House but wants her to take some time off before joining him in WashingtonLucy is not sure how she is going to spend her time in Nilson s Bay without work She has not taken time off in thirteen years Lucy discovers that she really did not Before the Door Closes know. Cy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay her small closenit Wisconsin hometown An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired and she was content to stay in Nilson's Bay Lucy meanwhile got out and never looked back But now to meet the terms of Alice's eccentric will Lucy has taken up temporary residence in her sister's cottage and begins to see the town and Alice's life anew Alice's diverse gro.
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