• The Sisterhood

  • By: Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by: Laura Roppe
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (886 ratings)

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The Sisterhood

By: Helen Bryan
Narrated by: Laura Roppe
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Publisher's summary

Reeling from a broken engagement, adopted 19-year-old Menina Walker flees to Spain to bury her misery by writing her overdue college thesis - and soon finds herself on an unexpected journey into the past. The subject of her study is Tristan Mendoza, an obscure 16th-century artist whose signature includes a tiny swallow - the same swallow depicted on a medal that is Menina’s only link to her birth family.

Hoping her research will reveal the swallow’s significance and clue her in to her origins, Menina discovers the ancient chronicle of a Spanish convent, containing the stories of five orphaned girls hidden from the Spanish Inquisition before they escaped to the New World. Learning about the girls’ adventures, the nuns who sheltered them, and Mendoza, Menina wonders if accident or destiny led her to Spain - and the discovery of a lifetime.

From best-selling author Helen Bryan comes The Sisterhood, an epic adventure filled with history, passion, and intrigue.

©2013 Helen Bryan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Telenovela treatment of complex history

I congratulate Helen Bryan for tapping into the treasure hold of stories that can spring from historical Spain and Latin America. Her intentions are laudable but work falls short. I agree with those who comment about the characterizations. They feel like a telenovela cast. Often the author short cuts nuanced character development with flat stereotypes. This might be harmless except the underlying theme is one of revealing human unity and harmony despite religion or gender. That's a big job for cardboard characters. The author finds herself proclaiming it more than proving it.

Best scene: when the four girls reach South America and the description of the cosmopolitan world of the harbour juxtaposing their sheltered convent experiences.

Worst section: the long awaited revelation of the gospels about the foundress. The stories were trite.

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