I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
Published by Berkley Books ISBN: 0399583319
on June 6th 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.
Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.
As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.
But now the Sunshine Girls are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy are all going through crises of their own, their mother s illness draws them together to confront old jealousies and secret fears and they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all.
This book started out a bit slow for me. We meet a young Ronni in the beginning of the book. Ronni is the mother of Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy,, the Sunshine Sisters. I have to admit that I did not like young Ronni, an aspiring self centered actress or old Ronni, a lonely woman. Ronni was a horrible mother and as a result her daughters have a lot of issues. This book deals with a lot of heavy family issues which the author did a superb job of weaving into this story. I had a hard time, at first, connecting to the sisters but as the book went on and I got to know each of them the connections grew stronger. Ronni is very ill and wants her daughters home with her one last time. There are lots of emotions running high in this books and the three siblings do not get along. They each have their own issues and problems to deal with as well. These are complex women due to Ronni’s parenting, or lack of. It was so hard for me to like Ronni and I really did not like her until the very end of the book as she speaks to each daughter separately. It is only then during Mother and Daughters’ private moments together that we really get to know who Ronni really is, that is when I finally decided that I liked her.
This book started out slow and I felt very disconnected to the characters a third of the way through the book. All of a sudden it opened up for me. I began to get to know and understand Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy. Each sister is interesting and a bit quirky with their own unique story. Ronni’s true self is revealed to me eventually. All said this book worked well for me.