Sister Acts: A Special Bond in Four Books

I have two sisters. We couldn’t be more different—and we couldn’t be more alike. We have each chosen a different path in this life, but before our road forked, we walked it together. That bond of same beginnings—of genetics and blood and shared experiences and understandings, and the wholly fascinating changes that happen somewhere between nature and nurture, childhood and maturity, are weird, wild and wonderful.

There’s a reason sisters are the stars of so many great contemporary fiction titles: sisters have stories to tell. And no two sisters will tell the same story the same way, so you get all the tension, all the humor, all the conflict and all the love that makes a story great. Take a look at these four recent books that highlight this special bond.

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer

Lexie, a doctor, has helped her sister Annie, a drug addict, more times than she cares to remember. So when she gets an out-of-the-blue call from Annie for the first time in years, Lexie is reluctant to give her sister any more of her time or energy. But this time is different: Annie is pregnant and will lose her baby forever if she doesn’t get clean. Can Lexie reconcile her desire to help her sister and the baby with her determination not to let Annie manipulate or hurt her once again?


Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) by Susan Mallery

Like many sisters, single-mom Harper and expectant mom Stacey don’t seem to have a whole lot in common as adults—except, that is, their own mother. Navigating their lives as individuals and their life as a family brings the three in and out of each other’s orbit, until they all realize that a bond is always a little stronger when you give it a bit of slack.


Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee


It’s a dynamic that many sisters share: one is the responsible, protective sister and the other needs protecting. But what happens when the protection a sister needs is from herself? As Lucia chases a big, exciting life, seemingly undeterred by the mental illness that has manifested since their mother died, her sister Miranda must constantly decide how and when to step in and offer stability and aid. It is only when Miranda realizes Lucia may no longer want that assistance that she can begin to see that her sister’s life is truly separate from her own.


Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

Phoenix Rose has taken a job in the small town of Cooper’s Charm to try and recalibrate after a traumatic experience that sent her life into a tailspin. The bucolic lakeside resort is the healing balm Phoenix was looking for, so when her newly divorced sister Ridley arrives for a visit, it’s no surprise that Cooper’s Charm has the same effect on her as well, spurring Ridley to spontaneously take a job at the resort as well. Together, the sisters rediscover their attachment to each other and the beautiful possibilities that life has to offer when you open your mind and your heart.


Are you a fan of stories about sisters? Let us know your favorite!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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