The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan
Expected publication: April 28, 2020 – William Morrow
E-Galley courtesy of the publisher and Edelweiss
Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.
But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.
When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.
Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story? (publisher)
My take: The Sweeney Sisters is the story of three siblings mourning the death of their father, a famous author whose estate is in disarray and it would appear he had some monumental secrets. As they sort through the fallout they are faced with welcoming another sister into their fold. This is just one of the challenges they must deal with as each sister grapples with personal upheaval at the same time. Set in a tony Connecticut town, with the expected well-heeled characters, The Sweeney Sisters is an enjoyable novel that I recommend to fans of messy stories about family, sisters and secrets.
10 thoughts on “The Sweeney Sisters”
Okay, sounds like an unexpected sister is thrown into the mix, that’s enough to throw any family!
Ooh, this one sounds delicious! I am a big fan of secrets and messy family dynamics. LOL. Thanks for sharing.
This one looks good! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Sounds like a good book. I’m putting it on my TBR list. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.
I love stories about sisters and one with secrets is especially good to me.
I love stories about women who are related and this sounds like one to add to my list for this year.
Great review! I like the title and the cover, too.
They say that weddings and funerals can bring out both the best and worst in people, so this story is definitely running true to form!
The ratings and reviews (including your own of course), are looking excellent, so this is definitely one which is heading for my own list – I do love a good family saga! 🙂
Have a great weekend 🙂
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