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Sisters in Fiction: 5 Heartwarming Reads That’ll Make You Call Your Sis

by  | July 31
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There’s a lot of sisterly love in the air. Not only is it National Sisters Day today, but Netflix recently announced that Sister, Sister will be coming to a couch near you this fall!

If that doesn’t make you want to jump up and call your sister, these heartwarming reads featuring slightly dysfunctional sibling relationships (aren’t they all?!) will surely do the trick.

Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

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The View from Here

The View from Here

by Hannah McKinnon

Siblings Perry, Jake, and Phoebe Goodwin were raised on the shore of a beautiful Connecticut lake in a close-knit family. The eldest of the family, forty-two-year-old Perry has long craved order as surely as his charismatic younger brother, Jake, has avoided it. Phoebe, their baby sister, courts both. As adults, the Goodwin siblings could not be more different.

Perry is as married to his career in New York as a risk analyst as Phoebe is to her college sweetheart, but both have returned to Connecticut to raise their young families. Charismatic Jake, however, has spent his years living away wanderlust and unable to settle. The three have not spent much time together…until this summer. On the afternoon of their grandmother’s ninety-seventh birthday party, the siblings reunite at the lake house where Jake stuns the family with a stranger on his arm and an announcement. While the Goodwin family struggle to welcome the newcomer over the course of the summer, a series of bad choices made by each family member finally unravels, leaving them all to question just what truly makes a family. Can one fateful moment on a July afternoon undo a lifetime of good intentions? Only one thing is for certain—this extraordinary summer has irrevocably changed the Goodwin family and all that remains is the uncertain future.

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Louisiana Lucky

Louisiana Lucky

by Julie Pennell

Lexi, Callie, and Hanna Breaux grew up in small-town Louisiana, and have always struggled to make ends meet. For years, they’ve been playing the lottery, fantasizing about how much better life would be if they had the money.

For Lexi, it means the perfect wedding; for Callie, it means having the courage to go after her career dreams; and for Hanna, it means buying a house that isn’t falling apart and sending her bullied son to private school. When the incredible happens and the Breaux sisters hit it big—$204 million dollars big—all their dreams come true. Or so they think. Because it’s actually not a cliché—money isn’t the answer to everything, and it often comes with problems of its own.

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The Key to Happily Ever After

The Key to Happily Ever After

by Tif Marcelo

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

by Talia Hibbert

After a near-death experience, chronically ill Chloe Brown doesn’t want to waste another second going after what she wants, which she captures in a daring to-do list that includes a drunken night out, a motorcycle ride, and a no-strings-attached fling. In short, she wants to be a little bad, and she’s pretty sure that her tattooed handyman neighbor, Red Morgan, could help her out with that. He agrees, but what neither of them bargains on is how tempted they’ll be to make their short-term deal last forever.

While Talia Hibbert’s Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a romance novel with a plot centered on Chloe's growing feelings for Red, her complicated relationship with her two sisters, Dani and Eve, is equally winning. The good news is that their story continues in the second book of the Brown Sisters trilogy, Take a Hint, Dani Brown.

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