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Book Review – When We Were Sisters by Cynthia Ellingsen @bookouture #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary

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Oh I loved this book. A beautiful story about the bond between sisters that paved the way for a new relationship.

2 sisters separated in childhood by circumstances found themselves coming face to face as per the terms of the grandmother’s will.

A sweet poignant read filled with bucket loads of emotions, I loved the author Cynthia Ellingsen’s writing. Her style and dramatics made the prose come alive. Emotions touched my heart by the strength of their purity

When bickering and arguments and subsequent make-ups didn’t suffice, the author added a bit of mystery with old secrets and a tinge of romance. Both the sisters came across as genuine, and I found myself rooting for them.

They were different in their characteristics but similar in their love for each other, though they had to dust away the resentment and complaints to forge their bond again. JAYNE was my favorite.

The book and its lovable characters gave me a few pleasant hours where love and forgiveness resided in the bond between family, especially the unbreakable one with your sister. For me, it was UNPUTDOWNABLE


Rating: 5 out of 5.


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Two sisters who haven’t spoken for twenty years. One summer to bring a family back together.

Jayne Winters hasn’t seen her sister Charlotte since that last childhood holiday at their grandmother’s North Carolina beach house. Separated after that summer by their parents in a bitter divorce, Charlotte has never forgiven Jayne for not fighting to stay together.

So when Jayne discovers that they have both inherited the beach house, and that their grandmother’s last wish was for them to renovate it together, it feels like a miracle: one last chance to win her sister back.

At first Charlotte will barely speak to her. But slowly the memories of swimming races and storytelling in their attic bedroom looking over the sea start to break down the wall between them. With the help of photographs and letters left by their grandmother for them to find, the two women begin to restore not just the creaking mahogany staircase and the faded antique wallpaper, but their own relationship.

But then Jayne discovers that Charlotte has kept a heart-stopping secret from their past from her. Can she find it in her heart to forgive her sister and keep their grandmother’s dream of reuniting them alive—or are some wounds too big to heal?


Publication Date: August 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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