Monday 4 April 2022

Book ~ "Sister Dear" (2020) Hannah Mary McKinnon

From Goodreads ~ When Eleanor Hardwicke’s beloved father dies, her world is further shattered by a gut-wrenching secret: the man she’s grieving isn’t really her dad. Eleanor was the product of an affair and her biological father is still out there, living blissfully with the family he chose. With her personal life spiraling, a desperate Eleanor seeks him out, leading her to uncover another branch on her family tree - an infuriatingly enviable half sister.

Perfectly perfect Victoria has everything Eleanor could ever dream of. Loving childhood, luxury home, devoted husband. All of it stolen from Eleanor, who plans to take it back. After all, good sisters are supposed to share. And quiet little Eleanor has been waiting far too long for her turn to play.

Eleanor’s parents are divorced. She doesn’t have much of a relationship with her mother or sister, Amy, but she is close to her dad, who unfortunately is dying. On his deathbed, she discovers that he really isn’t her dad and she finds out the name of her biological father. Since she now has no family she wants to be with, she decides to approach her biological father and has visions of a great reunion and being welcomed into his family as his daughter. It doesn’t work out that way … in fact, because she is the product of an affair, he tells her to leave him and his family alone.

Eleanor doesn’t think this is fair so sets out to infiltrate his family by contacting his daughter, Victoria, and eventually becoming good friends with her. The closer Eleanor gets to Victoria, though, the guiltier she feels about deceiving her as they become good friends.

I had started reading this book last year and found it very negative and depressing. Eleanor is always putting herself down and that got tiresome. So I stopped reading the book. I’ve since read a couple other books by this author and have liked them so I thought I give it another try. I got through it this time but I didn’t enjoy it any more. I found Eleanor unlikeable and depressing, even when things were starting to turn around for her. I found the ending convoluted and unbelievable.

I like this author’s writing style but I just didn’t like the story. It’s written in first person in Eleanor’s voice. As a head’s up, there is swearing.

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