Monday, July 31, 2017

The Almost Sisters - Review and Excerpt

Idgie Says:

In the past I have reviewed 3 other Joshilyn books and while well written, they were fairly dark in nature.  I found that I didn't really connect to the story as much as I would have liked. Because of this I have passed on reviewing a few of her books since then, which was regrettable because she does have a magical flair for cadence and sense of place in her writing.

Now I have received her latest from the publisher and am pleased to say that while this one is just as well written as her others and has serious issues to be dealt with, it is slightly lighter and more wit filled than what  I have read in the past.  I quickly found myself immersed in the story and responding to the characters. 

The book moves at a fast pace, with no "filler chapters" bogging it down.  I truly enjoyed  living with these characters for a few days.

Click HERE to read an excerpt.
William Morrow
July 7, 2017

About the Book

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.