ARC Review – Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly

I had high hopes for Between Sisters, but was ultimately disappointed. Filled with too many characters, too many cliches, and a story that went on far too long, only to quickly wrap everything up in a neat, tidy package at the end. It didn’t live up to its potential. ~ Java Girl, Guilty Pleasures 

Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right – making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife to her husband and a dutiful daughter-in-law to his mother, even when her patience has been tested. Although it has left her so exhausted that ‘wine o’clock’ comes a little earlier each afternoon. But she wouldn’t change a thing, she’s certain, until temptation comes her way…

Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and sure, she’s shied away from commitment over the years. It’s just that Coco believes men complicate things more than necessary, and she’s got enough to contend with looking after her business and her staff, who seem to rely on her more and more for relationship advice. But who is she to give advice, when her own life is so simple?

Watching over them is grandmother Pearl, tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square with her chickens, busy with her poker club and a secret lover. But something is keeping her awake at night. Was she right to do what she did all those years ago? Surely, if she were right, she wouldn’t be thinking about it so often now…?

And then there’s Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who’s battled demons of her own in the past and come out on top. Now Elsa faces one final battle – but this one will require more bravery than anything that’s come before.

Review copy provided for an honest review


Between Sisters is the first Cathy Kelly book I’ve read, I’m not sure I will seek out any other books from this author. The characters were interesting, and I thought the premise–two adult sisters whose mother had left them when they were young girls–was very promising. Cassie and Coco, the sisters, were both likeable enough, however, they made some terrible decisions, behaved in ways that had me rolling my eyes, and frequently wandered into cliche territory. Their grandmother, Pearl, was my favorite character in the book. I found her to be the most realistic, and well-developed character. While I found Cassie’s marital issues very believable, the manner in which they were handled and resolved was not.
Character after character was introduced, and I could tell exactly where each was headed almost immediately, it was all very predictable. There were some very serious and complex issues in Between Sisters, but all conflicts were handled swiftly, and tied up neatly, often without much in the way of substantial discussion or any real resolution. The book would have held my interest and attention better, if it hadn’t dragged on. The extraneous characters, repetition, along with situations that just didn’t seem to end, really bogged down the flow of this story.


2.5 stars

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  1. I’m gonna pass on reading this one…thanks for sharing your thoughts Java Girl

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