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5.0 out of 5 starsMy go to book when I go to bed to read and relax
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2019
Love, love, love this author and her story telling.
Growing up Tessa has always been Caroline's not so pretty younger sister. After an alcohol fuel mistake, Tessa leaves the family home in Dublin for the bright lights on London and soon find success. Back in Dublin, Caroline is still trying to come to terms of the Tessa's big mistake and the changes that it has brought to all of their lives. "Caroline's Sister" by Sheila O'Flanagan was an okay book. I have to admit there were parts the of the book that seemed really unlikely to happen in real life and the 700+ pages makes it a challenge to finish. Overall "Caroline's Sister" was a nice if not long summer read.
I absoulutley enjoyed reading "Caroline's Sister". Sheila O'Flanagan is such a brilliant writer and can make a story seem so real. Her simple description of Caroline's sister leads to the unexpected climax of the story. One would never anticipate that Tesa's actions would lead to the seperation of her family as well as break the close bond that she once had with her sister.
This book is a perfect example that proves, despite the tests that life throws us, we learn to forgive, grow and make the best out of our situations. I reccommend this book because not only is it a page turner, but it proves that if we simply believe in ourselves... Everything will fall into place.
I read this book during my vacation & think it was a good read. Of course, it was a bit shocking to find your husband smooching your sister .. but that's fiction. However, it was a good deal with emotions concerned and the way things were put made me feel for the characters. I think it was a good pick me up for those who like to wallow in self pity!
I always have to prepare myself before reading a Sheila O'Flanagan novel - purely for the sheer length of them! 'Caroline's Sister' managed to successfully fill 726 pages and yet despite that, I enjoyed all of it and didn't once think "WHEN will this END?". Sheila doesn't simply have a 'start' and 'end' to her books, she follows the characters through a period in their life in detail. No twists and juicy cliff-hangers, just decent story telling that many of us can relate to. This book followed a period in two very different sisters' lives - Caroline and Tessa. I liked this a lot.