Friday, June 9, 2017

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Berkley Books
The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.

But now the Sunshine Girls are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy are all going through crises of their own, their mother s illness draws them together to confront old jealousies and secret fears and they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all.

My Thoughts…

Estranged sisters, a self absorbed mother, and a pending death are all happening to the Sunshine Family.   

I almost felt like this was 4 separate stories that intertwined a little bit.    It wasn’t until close to the end that the stories truly merged.     Each of the daughters was dealing with how their mother treated them while they were growing up.   They seemed unable to move past their history in their adult lives.      I was unable to connect with any of the daughters although I did feel sorry for how they were treated by a person who should have nurtured and loved them.   

I probably shouldn’t have but I felt bad for the mother.   She was dying and was trying to make amends for how she raised her daughters.    She was reliving her past in just a few short days and knew her time was being cut short without being able to be a true and good mother to her daughters.  I liked that she took the blame on herself and knew that she owed it to her daughters to try to “fix” them.  

The Sunshine Sisters was an okay read.   I enjoyed it and was invested in finding out if the daughters were able to move on with their lives.   

Thank you Jessica Mangicaro, Penguin Random House, and Netgalley for a copy of the book for a honest review.   

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