An e-galley was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.
The Never Never Sisters
Paige Reinhardt is a marriage counselor- a woman who sees the bad sides of a marriage in her office on a regular basis. She reads the signs, the ticks, the tells that her patients are giving off and helps them, hopefully, put aside the problems in their marriage and find a solution.
One day, Paige comes home early. It’s summer and people are not as interested in working on their marriage as they are hanging out on vacations. Paige’s husband, Dave is home and he is crying. All, Paige can get out of him is that he has been suspended from work for a bit- and that he is sure things will blow over, Paige, being a therapist, tries to get to the root of the problem by talking to Dave- but her marriage, her wonderful looking marriage begins to show problems quickly during this suspension. Dave is shutting her out- but is it because of a male ego thing, because he knows more about this suspension than he’s telling Paige or is there even more to the story?
Paige can’t worry too much about Dave, though, because her sister, Sloane, is back in town. Sloane, who has not been in Paige’s life in 20 years- is back in NYC, clean and sober; potentially looking to make amends. Or is she?
The summer becomes a learning experiment for Paige- she learns that she does not know some people as well as she thinks and that some people do change. But, most importantly, Paige learns that when it comes to herself, she really does not know her true self. She knows the woman her mother wants her to be. She knows how she feels about herself after Sloane left. She knows how she is as the other half of a perfect married couple. But Paige does not messy. Paige does not know free. However, Paige is going to learn about all those things.
Told in current time and flashbacks, THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS is not an easy read. It’s not light and fluff. It’s beautiful cover is disguising a book with hidden depths and lots of meaning. It’s, in all it’s glory, a book of finding yourself. Being free to be yourself. Being free to talk- to show the warts and all of life.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
This was my first L. Alison Heller book and I really wasn’t sure what to think when I started reading- I knew Paige’s life was about to get rocky; but I wasn’t sure for how long or what exactly was causing it. I suspected several things- but ultimately, did not see the twist.
The storyline between Paige and Sloane- Paige, being the perfect sister- the one who did everything right because it was expected of her and Sloane- being the one who made mistakes- and yet, still had more of her mom’s love or attention felt very real to me. The women and their roles felt very real- it’s hard to try to be perfect and still feel like you are second best.
The relationship between Dave and Paige also was very realistic. Both wanted to be pleasers, to look perfect- so it’s easy to see why and how they were together. It also made for an excellent breeding ground for trouble later.
All in all, THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS was good. Hard themes, tough subjects abound in this book- and as said before, it’s not an easy read. However, it’s worth it. I highly recommend for book clubs or small groups of women yearning for a book with some depth- instead of a light and fluffy read.
*This e-galley was sent to Traveling With T via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T