November 3, 2012
All About Family: A Gift for My Sister
Published: May 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Read: October 2012
Goodreads, IndieBound, Amazon
It seems wrong to say I enjoyed this book when it was filled with quite a bit of sadness. I had a heard a bit about the book - Ann had been on TIE Book Bloggers radio show and guest posted on my blog - from others. However, when I started reading it, it wasn't quite what I expected.
Pretty much right from the start you know it's going to be sad. I don't think I've ever connected with a minor character as quickly as I did with Troy.
I've read other books from Atria, so I was expecting high literary women's fiction. (Not that there is anything wrong with that and I quite enjoyed my other Atria books that were high literary fiction). A Gift for My Sister is definitely literary women's fiction, I was surprised by how accessible the story and writing were. It kind of reminded me of when I would read the assigned books in school and actually enjoy it (admit it, on principle, you automatically hated everything on the assigned reading list).
The cast of A Gift for My Sisiter is very large and the book not very long. I was left wanting to delve deeper into several of the characters side stories, yet, we remained largely on the surface. Even the main storyline of Tara and Sky seemed only to be surface deep.
I thought it was a rather quick read. It only took me as long as it did because I didn't pick it up at all during the week I was on vacation. The story is sweet without being overly sugary. I liked the "recipes" at the end which filled in some of the gaps in the story line and made the characters seem even more real.
If you are feeling sentimental and "all about family" as the holidays approach, A Gift for My Sister would be an excellent book to pick up.
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