Friday, February 25, 2011

Review: Pieces of my Sister's Life by Elizabeth Joy Arnold

Review: Pieces of My Sister's Life by: Elizabeth Joy Arnold
Release Date: July 31, 2007
Publisher: Bantam
Genre: Fiction

The Story: (from Goodreads) Once, Kerry and Eve Barnard did everything together: sailing the Block Island harbor with their father, listening to their neighbor Justin’s magical fairy tales, and all the while longing for their absent mother. They were twin girls arm in arm, secrets entwined between two hearts. Until the summer of their seventeenth birthday, when their extraordinary bond was shattered. And thirteen years later, it will take all the courage they can summon to put the pieces back together—at a time when it matters most.…

My Review: This book was recommended to me from a friend when they saw me reading a Kristin Hannah novel Firefly Lane. This book lived up to its recommendation and then some. You know from the first pages that something caused the separation of these two sisters and the guessing begins from page one. Was it their neighbor and best friend Justin, was it devastating choices one of the sisters make? The story changes from 1993 to their present day 2007. The author does a great job at transitioning the novel so there was never any confusion on when and where you were. The story has you believe that there is a good twin / bad twin situation but your perception of which is which is constantly changing throughout the entire book.

Overall this was an easy read, full of suspense, that at times was sad, held many surprises and in the end, some hard choices had to be made. This book left me pondering what pieces of others life do we carry with us and can we make life's hardest decisions and see through the jealousy and hate with reason and love, when it really counts? If your looking for a quick emotional read, this is it.

My Rating:
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Cindy said...

Great review, Amy!

Meghan @ Books and a Cup of Tea said...

There's an award for you on my blog :)