by Kristin Hannah

April 2003
ISBN: 0-345-45073-6
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Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah, is a story about a dysfunctional family, and the attempt of sisters Meghann Dontess and Claire Cavenaugh to overcome their troubled childhood and again become the sisters they once were. Their mother was self involved, and thought nothing of abandoning her young children to pursue her own dreams. Meg being several years older tried her best to assume maternal responsibilities for Claire, but with the Social Service people sniffing around Meg decided that what was best for Claire was to live with her biological father if possible. This step was the beginning of the end of the closeness of the two sisters.

Both women are now grown, and living independent lives from one another. They both are skilled at talking to each other without really talking. It takes life altering events in both their lives for Meg to decide itís time to pay a visit to Claire. The visit is stilted from the get go. Meg has a hard time accepting Claireís friends, and the man Claire intends to marry. Claire has a hard time not taking everything Meg says to heart.

They manage to work their way through the minefield of their emotions, but just barely to see Claire happily married. It takes one last final life changing event for them to decide that the past is past, and the future is all that matters.

Ms. Hannah has written a book that is full of emotions. I never really wanted to laugh at the story, but there were times I wanted to hit both sisters over the head and tell them what for. I was glad that the ending I was totally expecting is not the ending I was given. Ms. Hannah has created a story that I think will affect every woman with a sister, and make them take stock of that relationship, and mend any fences that need mending before itís too late. In fact, while my relationship with my own sister is fine, I think I need to call her, and say I love you while I can.


Reviewed in May 2003 by Sandi.

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