never-never-sistersReviewed by Amanda Schafer

All families have secrets and most times the children in the family know that something is amiss but can never put their finger on the problem. Many times they find out the details after becoming adults and it causes them to remember various details and situations from their past in a different light. Regardless of the situation, the secrets nearly always affect their own marriages. The Never Never Sisters is a book all about family secrets and how they affect us as adults.

Paige always knew that something major happened with her sister Sloane when they were younger, because Sloane just disappeared from the family and no one spoke her name for 20 years. Now, out of the blue, Sloane has decided to come to New York and wants to see the family. But her return causes Paige to begin asking questions and trying to find out exactly why Sloane left and why she’s not been around since. Vanessa, Paige’s mother, is all in a tizzy about Sloane’s return and is working hard to get Paige and Sloane to spend time together and reunite as sisters.

During this time of Sloane’s return, Paige’s husband Dave is put on a sort of suspension from his job while an investigation occurs. Paige begins to suspect that Dave has been involved in illegal activities within his company so she hires Percy to do some investigating on his own into what’s going on within Dave’s company. Percy just happens to be the friend of Sloane’s fiancé, Giovanni, and Paige finds Percy to be extremely attractive and easy to talk to. Paige tries to continue her work as a marriage counselor, all the while recognizing the irony that her own marriage is crumbling.

Paige discovers things about her mother’s past and secrets her mother kept regarding Sloane that cause her to reevaluate all of her relationships. She sees Sloane in a new light and they begin to forge a new friendship. She realizes that her marriage was over long before this fiasco with Dave’s work. And Paige sees a strength in her mother she never realized was there.

The story within The Never Never Sisters was an interesting one, but the characters were not developed as well as they possibly could have been. There wasn’t really any depth to them. I actually thought the primary plot would be focused around Sloane and Paige becoming what they never could be as children, but really it was all about Paige becoming who she was really meant to be. The “sister” aspect was only a sub-plot. Not a bad thing, just not what I expected when I first started reading.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by NAL. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.