Wednesday, September 26, 2012

(129)The Language of Sisters by Amy Hatvany

The Language of Sisters

Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Pages: 320

I am so sorry for my absence.  Between work, social activities, the kids, and the start of football season, I have been pretty busy.  I have been working on this book for what seems like forever, but I was not about to give up.

Nicole Hunter left her family ten years ago when she thought her mother chose her husband over her daughters.  Nicole has always been the protective big sister and was furious when her mother agreed to put her developmentally disabled sister in a home at the request of her father.   Now it is ten years later, Nicole's parents divorced anyway and poor Jenny is now pregnant, the result of a rape that took place in her group home.

Nicole returns to Seattle to be there for her sister, partly out of guilt for leaving her there and partly out of a sense of obligation that most big sisters feel.  Being home has opened a lot of old wounds for Nicole and she is forced to face some cold hard truths about her family.  And she is forced to make some tough decisions about her future, as well as Jenny's future.

The Language of Sisters is a re-release of a book written in 2002, so keep that in mind when reading this book.  There are a few small nuances that you might notice that indicate that the book was written a few years ago, but nothing that changes the flow of the book. Nicole's devotion to Jenny is quite admirable.  At first I thought she was doing it purely out of guilt (and maybe she was at first) but then I realized that she was taking care of Jenny and Jenny's baby just because she loved her so much.  Not only did I love the bond between Nicole and her sister, but I enjoyed seeing Nicole come to the realization that her mother was just human and had done the best that she knew how to do when it came to raising children.

Bottom line, The Language of Sisters is a sweet story about the bond between two sisters. A bond that remains strong no matter how much time has passed and the tragic events that lead to Nicole's return home eventually lead to blessings in all of their lives.  If you are looking for a good dramatic read, pick up The Language of Sisters and let me know what you think.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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