I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
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Meet the women of Delaney Gardens, a bustling suburban village in the outer reaches of Dublin. There's Cassie, who's spent her married life doing everything right for her children, husband, and mother-in-law, yet feels so exhausted that "wine o'clock" comes a little earlier each afternoon.
There's her sister Coco, who runs a vintage dress shop, but has avoided the complications of romantic commitment. Watching over them is their grandmother Pearl, who, despite caring deeply for her family, is contending with a long-buried secret.
And then there's Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who's triumphed over demons before, but is now facing her toughest battle yet.
At every crossroad these women face, readers are taken deeper into the heart of what it means to be a family.
Cassie Reynolds is a 38-year old married working woman with two teenaged daughters who’s facing a challenge in her marriage for the first time. Issues from her past have her reacting drastically, seemingly out of character. She and her 31-year old sister, Coco, were raised by their grandmother after mother Marguerite left them when Cassie was just seven. Both have abandonment issues that are now affecting their relationships.
While Cassie and Coco are the main focus of the story, there are many, many secondary characters who play critical roles. They helped make this a much richer tale, even though at times the story was bogged down by too much detail and repetition. I liked both sisters and enjoyed their relationship as well as others who helped shape their perspectives. The conflicts were realistic and the town setting certainly gave me a strong sense of community and culture (they live in Dublin). While the ending was fairly predictable, it was a satisfying conclusion.
I enjoyed this story even though at times the story lagged because there was too much extraneous detail related to secondary characters and plots. The characterizations were outstanding as I felt I knew these people and how they would react in any situation. It’s a good story with strong themes around family and long term relationships.