Book Review: The Sweeney Sisters

I am thrilled to be a part of the official blog tour for The Sweeney Sisters by, Lian Dolan. Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for having me!

Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: April 28th 2020
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary


An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.

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?

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.

There were many, many quotes that I marked in The Sweeney Sisters. I don’t think I have ever had so many to choose from! Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from this book.
All this time, she’d thought it was about running, but it was really about preparing her for the last seventeen minutes and the next few hours of pain, when she had to remain focused ling enough to leave work, go to her apartment and pack a few things and then get on the train out to Southport. This was the moment where developing all that endurance and a high pain threshold finally paid off.
We need to look backward before we can move forward.
Sure you don’t want to skip the run and have some wine instead?
Her father, whose life could be so ad hoc, appreciated the ritual of commuting by rail: the waiting, the ticket taking, the names of the same small towns called out over the inaudible intercom.
You will survive the truth.

Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Sweeney Sisters is a fun, fast-paced family drama. The plot rides like a rollercoaster of emotions as the sisters learn of the passing of their father and then of their new, older sister. How they each deal with this knowledge and figure out their father’s estate will keep you turning the pages to see what happens. Is the plot predictable in places? Sure, but it avoids possible pitfalls along the way so you don’t know exactly what will happen.

What I really loved about this book was the relationship between the sisters. Each is so very different, but yet they are able to come together as a family and love each other for who they are. Even when a new sister is added to the mix, while it takes some creative adjusting, the sisters accept their situation and move forward together as a unit.

The Sweeney Sisters is a wonderful book. There’s something relatable about each sister which makes them very endearing. You’ll be hoping for an invite to their Fourth of July parties and will miss them all when the book is over.

I give this book 4 Sips!

Prize: Win a copy of THE SWEENEY SISTERS by Lian Dolan (US Only)
Starts: 28th April 2020
Ends: 12th May 2020

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