Thanks to Harlequin Publicity Team for sending me a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
What drove their family apart just might bring them back together…
It’s been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Pennsylvania hometown on the shores of Lake Erie. But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home.
As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame–and best of all, each other. But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever.With warm affection and wry wit, Molly Fader’s The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is about the ties that bind family and the power of secrets to hold us back or set us free.
Tease me with a book about sisters, and I’m putty in your hands. This is one of my absolute favorite types of relationships to read about, and I devoured this book. In a matter of hours. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was flipping pages that quickly.
I liked that Fader took a pair of sisters and stretched their bond to its limits. Then presented them with an unavoidable situation that forced them back together again. Watching the push and pull of these two women as they tried to regain their footing around each other again was incredibly consuming. And despite never having been in the same situations as the McAvoys, I was still able to find aspects of their relationship and struggles that I could relate to, as well as see reflections of my sisters and I within their story. I love finding those connections.
One character who isn’t mentioned in the synopsis, but whom bears mentioning was Delia’s teen daughter Brin. Through all of the chaos around her, she was trying to get a grasp on her own identity and place within her family. I was just as invested in her storyline as I was in Delia and Lindy’s.
The McAvoys are a fierce group of women, and women’s fiction fans are going to devour this one. Carve out an afternoon, and take a trip to Pennsylvania.
Book stats: paperback, 368 pages, Graydon House, July 16, 2019