Sisters One, Two, Three: Review

Thanks TLC Tours for a review copy of this book.

Secrets. Does your family have any? I’m not talking about what your brother bought Mom for Christmas. I’m talking about long-held, serious secrets. That’s the type the Tangle family has in Sisters One, Two, Three.

The book, set mostly in 1970s Martha’s Vineyard, was really well-written, although not in a literary-type way where sentences would make me stop with their beauty. Rather, the writing simply flowed. I was never taken out of the flow by an odd phrase or something that author Nancy Star wrote that seemed “off.” There are many characters in the book, and they were interesting and well-developed for the most part. You’ll certainly never forget Glory, the mom — a woman full of sass and attitude, telling her kids to “save your crying for when you’re alone in your room with the door closed and the shades down.”

Poor Ginger

I most sympathized with oldest daughter Ginger, given a lot of responsibility and facing hardships that mostly didn’t seem to be her fault: “her empathy and concern turned out to have the unfortunate consequence of driving people away.” Contrast this to middle sister Mimi. “Because life had been kinder to Mimi, she still had the luxury of believing there *was* a right thing to do.” Ginger “did not like to travel over water and she did not want to step down on the sandy shore on the other side. But, of course, she got on anyway because that’s what was called for and Ginger always did what was called for.”

The Tangle family was dysfunctional for sure, but really — in some way or another — aren’t most families? I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and reading about their various quirks and foibles — for instance, how different family members remembered events differently. It amazes me how a single incident can be perceived so differently based on who’s doing the perceiving! The book’s chapters alternated between when the girls were growing up, and the present day. Sometimes that set-up doesn’t really work for me, but in this book, it did.

If you enjoy family struggles, drama, and and a good story, I recommend that you give Sisters One, Two, Three a look.

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67 thoughts on “Sisters One, Two, Three: Review

  1. I was thinking of how dysfunctional our family is. And we have sisters one, two, three in it.

    On another note, your give-aways are highly balanced against those who are not on 100 different types of social media. I spend enough time on Facebook and certainly don’t need to get involved on Twitter and Instatgram. Just sayin ….

  2. This really looks likea great read! I am the oldest in my family of 1 brother and 4 sisters and although we do not get along, a few secrets…most is just dysfunction and not getting along. I think this book would surely make me forget my own family problems! 🙂

  3. I come from a big family there were eleven total 8 boys and 3girls so I can relate to the family drama and how family members can see things different thru their eyes then what other do..Never a dull minute

  4. I feel most families are dysfunctional in one way or another. The Tangle family (what an appropriate last name) sounds as though they also have plenty of secrets but that’s what makes it compelling fiction!!

  5. Now this is a book that intrigues me! I was the older sister taking care of my 6-year-old little brother (a real pain in the neck at that age), and I lived up to most of my responsibilities, such as having supper on the table every weekday night after my Mom had to go to work due to my Father’s early death at age 36.
    She was only 30 when he passed and life was rough for us for until I was almost 18 when she remarried.
    Our family secrets weren’t a very big deal. Usually it was gossip about other people in our little country church. I learned many things about life by simply listening to the adults talk, after which I still made up my own mind. Yet such things made me grow up much faster than other friends my age. I’m sure that I would really relate to this book.

  6. I feel like I could relate to Ginger but differently as I was the youngest of 5 children so when they were all gone I was lift with a lot of responsibility. I would certainly enjoy reading this from a different view.

  7. It is always interesting to read novels that include lots of family dynamics.

  8. There was 4 girls in my family and we all four have different attitudes

  9. I have seen this book on Amazon but have not purchased it. I love your description. As far as I know my family doesn’t have major secrets but I could be wrong. Thanks for your honest opinion. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy January!

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  12. This isn’t the usual type of genre that I would choose, but sometimes its good to get out of a rut. I liked that you described it as flowing. Books that draw you in and don’t let you go are easier to read (esp. when its not my typical genre!)

  13. This looks like a great read, and I would share it with my mom and aunt after I finished it. It looks like it would be one I couldn’t put down.

  14. I love to read and this sounds like a book that interest me as I love a mom that has sayings that my mom used to say.

  15. sounds like an interesting book! i like family dramas and i like not having to fall all over myself trying to read a book – it’s so wonderful when the writer just flows and a story is easy to digest. i think this is my kind of story!

  16. This really looks likea great read. I liek books about family.

  17. This book sounds so great! I have 2 sisters so the title and book cover caught my eye.I love books where there are juicy secrets. Lol! Thank you for the chance 😀

  18. It sounds like a good read. I’m always looking for something new.

  19. The title resonates with me as my best friend is getting ready to have her third girl. I enjoy reading fiction and this book sounds fun!

  20. This book looks great! I love novels where you really get to know the characters!

  21. My family does not have any major secrets but it would be interesting to read about their drama and struggles

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