by Joan Johnston

December 2002
ISBN: 1-55166-937-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Always a fan of twin or triplet stories, I was intrigued by Sisters Found as soon as I read the blurb. The premise behind the story is an interesting one, three women dealing with romantic difficulties. One, Charity, was adopted when she was young and the other two, Hope and Faith, were raised as twins never knowing of the others existence. The why behind the split up of the sisters I’ll let those who read the book discover.

While I found the characters interesting, for the most part I have to say I would have been more interested in the individual stories had the author released them separately. As all three girls and their prospective mates are the lead characters and there was a great deal of tension between them, it made it hard to flow into this story as there was no clear hero or heroine.

I personally wanted to root for Hope all the way. Hope is a fighter. She’d decided long ago what she wanted and she set about getting it, despite all the resistance. The man she loves, Jake Whitelaw, is several years her senior and is afraid to love her. As a result he throws up obstacle after obstacle, including an engagement to someone else, to block the possibility of a relationship between him and Hope.

Faith, I also enjoyed. Born without a hand, Faith is introduced to us as a secure woman basking in the love of a very good man. For years she’d hidden behind her sister Hope’s boldness, but when she meets someone who doesn’t care about her handicap, she grows into a woman readers will enjoy reading about.

Charity had a slightly harder life than her sisters. Never knowing of their existence but knowing she’d been given up for adoption as a child, though not why, she’s grown into a hard, fearful woman. Afraid to love and let anyone get too close for fear that they’d abandon her. This I can understand, but Charity’s character evokes little to no sympathy from me. She’s abrasive and insensitive and just plain irritating. There were almost no redeeming qualities to her character. The author left me with no idea why Kane Longstreet, her chosen significant other, loves her.

Add to Charity’s character, a plot that has way too many players and you have something less than what this story could have been. In addition to the triplets and their men, there’s the woman Jake is engaged to, Amanda Carter. Jake’s brother Rabb has been in love with Amanda for years and it’s because of his determination not to ruin things for his brother that he doesn’t say anything. It’s because of Amanda’s determination to uphold her promise to marry Jake that she doesn’t tell him she’s having doubts. And it’s because of Jake’s determination not to hurt Amanda that he doesn’t break off the engagement even though he’s in love with Hope, who has always loved him.

This story was frustrating because the reader could see the tangles these people were getting themselves into, all because they weren’t being honest with each other. On the upside, the story flowed exceptionally well. If the stories had been broken down into one book for each triplet it would have been infinitely more enjoyable. And maybe then, in her own story, the positive aspects of Charity’s personality would have come to light.

Reviewed in December 2002 by JaToya.

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