Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

Summary from Good Reads:

     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.

My Thoughts:

     The Sunshine Sisters is another good summer read for 2017!  This is a good dysfunctional family/forgiveness story but it doesn’t get too overly emotional or dark which makes it just right for a light summertime read. 
     We move through the lives of the Sunshine sisters from childhood into adulthood seeing how their parental issues affected their lives and relationships.  Each sister dealt with their overly dramatic and selfish mother’s moods in different ways and also carried those coping mechanisms into their working and personal relationships.  I think everyone can identify a little bit with each sister be it Nell’s fear of vulnerability, Meredith’s people pleasing ways, or Lizzy’s constant need for excitement. 
     I really enjoyed reading about how each of the sisters dealt with their relationship issues and how they came to realize that they don’t have to carry their family dysfunction on.  This has a nice wrapped up ending with a tinge of sadness.  The Sunshine Sisters is an enjoyable read even though it was occasionally predictable. 
 4/5 stars

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