Hello fellow book lovers, today’s book review takes us to Kiwi Land with Michelle Vernal’s Sisterly Love previously published as The Brazilian Job. Happy Reading.
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Title – Sisterly Love
Author – Michelle Vernal
Publication Date: 2014
Nobody’s Perfect Are They?
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?
Sisterly Love is about a bitter sweet siblings dynamic between sisters Rebecca and Jennifer. Kiwi born but living in different countries, the sisters have a strong enough bond for Rebecca to leave behind her professional life in Dublin and come home. A crisis may have brought Rebecca home, specifically a Jennifer crisis, but soon she starts sorting her life.
Along the way the sisters relive their past differences, bitter sweet memories and get to know the grown up versions of each other. As expected with sisters, as different as these two, there’s plenty drama, heartwarming moments to keep the story going. The side characters of kids, best friends, cunning men and the cooking school students added a lighter touch.
It is a breezy chicklit with a side of kiwi quirk and drama. Definitely different from the usual Michelle Vernal stories, which I find whimsical and charming and love them due to it. This is much lighter making it a good, quick read.
Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.
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Reviewed by Bharti