My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was so lucky to get this book straight from the author for my Kindle by Colleen Faulkner. After reading her last book and super loving it, I couldn't wait to get to this one on my list of TBR.
We learn that McKenzie, Aurora, Janine and Lilly from the age of twelve always went back to Albany Beach, Delaware where they could play, and as they get older, catch up on each other and just be themselves bonding again.
Each of these lovely women have something going on. Aurora has her own demons to lay bare and overcome.
Janine has memories going back there which haunt her along with Aurora.
Lilly is pregnant when they meet up after years of not be able to have children. But more is going on in her life.
McKenzie has brought them altogether as she is dying from cancer and wants to enjoy herself with her best friends. Help them to cope with her due death. She also has two daughters who is this story seem detached at first from their Mother's illness and impending death until you read more into it.
I won't say anymore about the story as it was very touching, in parts emotional and in others very evocative and some fun in there too even among the tragedies.
This author has put together a friendship of women that grew up together, bonded and never lost that bond. You have privy and first seat of everything they do and everything they say.
I can't wait for more from this author as I really love her style of writing and she really gets into the heart and soul of 'each' of her characters she forms. I felt like I was among them.
Thank you Colleen for allowing me to read and pass a review of how I felt about your book
It was an honor to read this.
Since the age of twelve, McKenzie Arnold has spent every summer at Albany Beach, Delaware, with her best friends Aurora, Janine, and Lilly. The seaside house teems with thirty years of memories--some wonderful, others painful--and secrets never divulged beyond its walls. This summer may be the last they spend together, as Janine contemplates selling her family cottage.
For now, all four enjoy morning beach walks and lazy evenings on the porch, celebrating Lilly's longed-for pregnancy and offering support during McKenzie's greatest crisis. It's a time for laughter and recriminations, a time to forge a new understanding of a long-ago night when Aurora sealed their bond with one devastating act. And as the days gradually shorten, events will unfold in ways that none of them could have predicted, to make this the most momentous summer of all.
In a deeply moving novel filled with heartbreak and warmth, Colleen Faulkner explores the complex ties between four very different women as they move through life together, and apart.
“As Close as Sisters shares the emotions of four very different women and their personal journeys through heartbreak, hope, and joy. Faulkner addresses serious topics that will evoke both tears and laughter while leaving readers contemplating the unbreakable bonds of friendship.”--Booklist
Praise For Colleen Faulkner's Just Like Other Daughters
"This deeply moving story of maternal love and renewal will touch your heart. It's a celebration of the capacity of the human heart to heal itself and embrace change, beautifully written with rare insight." --Susan Wiggs, # 1 New York Times bestselling author
"Be prepared to weep tears of sorrow as well as tears of joy. This is a novel you won't soon forget." --Holly Chamberlin, author of Last Summer
"Just Like Other Daughters was so real, so honest. . .I laughed, I hoped, I cried. It's that good." --Cathy Lamb, author of Henry's Sisters
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