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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.

As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother's overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother's criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London - and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother's fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.

But now the Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother's illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all.

©2017 Jane Green (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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I couldn't do it

What disappointed you about The Sunshine Sisters?

The story was decent but I couldn't bear the narration. I wish I had listened to the sample because it only took about 30'seconds to find the narration annoying to the point I couldn't listen. I tried several times but it was impossible to concentrate on the story because of the horrible accents.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Green? Why or why not?

I've read several books by Jane Green and would definitely try another with a better reader. Or maybe I should stick to the hard copy.

How could the performance have been better?

I don't know where to start here. The narration was slow, the voice irritating and the accents outrageously bad.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed because I couldn't finish it.

Any additional comments?

I don't usually do reviews - and I read tons of books - but I found this narration so poor I thought I needed to share.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good Book.

I liked the story but hated the author narrating it. She may be a good author but she should have someone else narrate for her.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Narration left a bit to be desired

I love Jane but didn't care for her narration. The story was a bit predictable at first but I enjoy Jane so I plugged on, and I really am happy I stuck it out. It turned out to be quite delightful.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book but Jane stick to writing

This is a really great book although Jane Green should stick to writing. She does not have a good American accent and in the beginning it was very hard to listen to. I only struggled through it in the beginning because I really like her books, I did get used to it but it was rough.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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disappointed

An alright story, but the worst narration I've heard yet. I should have read a print copy! The accents and voices were terrible and hard to follow. I do always enjoy Jane Greens light and romantic stories.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A perfect beach read!

I always love Jane Green's books, and this one was such a great story. Perfect for a day at the beach or commuting to/from work. I couldn't wait to get back to the Sunshine sisters at the end of the work day!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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OK story, terrible narration

What did you like best about The Sunshine Sisters? What did you like least?

I liked the story of the 3 sisters, and to find out the directions their lives took. The narration was terrible, especially when she tried to do the American characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Green? Why or why not?

Yes if it wasn't read by the author.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Green’s performances?

No way

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hated the language!

I didn't expect copious use of the "F" word in a novel about a mother and three daughters. It was distracting and totally unnecessary. I have read virtually all of the books written by this author and this book will be the last. I will return to other authors, John Grisham, for example, who manage great story-telling without the "F" bomb. I have a mother and 5 sisters. We manage to communicate beautifully without it!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not developed and choppy

The characters were not very developed so the reader could not really feel for any of them. At times, too boring. Disappointed in this book.

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my first Jane green book

I loved it
its wonderful that the author reads her own story and adds that personal touch knowing just how each character would be in her mind.
This story reminded me of mommy dearest but with a better ending
I can't wait to listen to another of her books.