The Weird Sisters

by Eleanor Brown (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780007393725

 

What a delight this book was. It was easy to read, and easy to identify with if you’ve ever had a sister.

 

The weirdest part about the sisters is that they quote Shakespeare to each other in the middle of a fight.  Which is normal in their house as their Dad is a Professor of English, and their house is littered with books.

 

Each girl decides to travel to find a new life but they eventually come home to their sleepy village because their mother has cancer. Rose has a PHD and is engaged to Jonathan. Bianca cannot share the horrific reasons for returning home with her family. Cordy has a huge secret that she reveals in the beginning to an old flame but the family is unaware of the looming disaster. Cordy has led a hippie existence, trying to escape from the real world. 

 

The relationship between the absent minded Professor and his darling wife is exceptionally well described. The sisters have a difficult time communicating with each other. What can the shy responsible eldest sister, the fast living middle child and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Eventually they find they are more similar than they thought. 

 

A very well written story. I couldn’t put the book down.

 

Dee Andrew

4/5

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