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Between Sisters [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Differences between siblings couldn't be more extreme than they are in this overwrought feel-good novel by Hannah (Distant Shores), a tale about two estranged sisters. Meghann Dontess is a hotshot, well-to-do Seattle divorce lawyer in her 30s, entirely focused on her career. Her younger sister, Claire Cavenaugh, a single mom living in a backwater town in the Pacific Northwest, takes care of her five-year-old daughter and helps her father run his low-key lakeside resort. The half-sisters were raised by a neglectful mother, who finally abandoned them for Hollywood when she won a starring role in a science fiction series. Meghann was 16 and Claire was nine; Meghann had already essentially raised Claire herself, and after their mother left, she tracked down Claire's biological father. Sam Cavenaugh was thrilled to be reunited with Claire, but Meghann suddenly found herself motherless and sisterless all at once, and numbed the pain by pouring herself into school, college and career. Now she's horrified because Claire has recklessly fallen in love with a country singer whom she's about to marry. Their absentee mom suddenly steps in to get him a recording contract, but before there can be a happy mother-daughter reunion, Claire is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Only Meghann, with her worldly connections, can come to the rescue. The melodramatic plot is something of a stretch, especially when Hannah ties it all together with a happy ending. Some devoted fans will enjoy the sisterly bonding, but the broad-strokes characters will disappoint more demanding readers of women's fiction.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Hannah returns to a minor character, Meghann, from Distant Shores [BKL My 1 02], and explores her life in-depth as she and her sister confront the past in order to have a better future relationship. They share a bitter childhood and find it difficult to trust each other, but for Meghann it goes deeper as her inability to trust anyone leads to a dangerously promiscuous lifestyle. Both sisters feel betrayed by the other, and now lead very different lives. Meghann, a shark of a Seattle divorce attorney, has been in therapy for years. Claire leads a simple, small-town life, and now tells her sister that she's getting married. Meghann initially tries to save her sister from what she believes will be a disaster since she doesn't believe in love, only in prenups, but eventually she adopts a more positive attitude and takes the first step toward healing the rift. Then Joe arrives, a wanderer with his own issues. Change comes gradually but with such finesse that the reader will enter the characters' relationships and make them her own as Hannah transcends the mundane in this gratifying, five-hankie story. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3631 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 3 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFNT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Page turner with strong premise Oct. 4 2003
Author Hannah sets up an intriguing dilemma, one that will be familiar to many readers. Two sisters strike out in different directions, then come together again at a critical point in their lives. WIll they reconcile? That's what keeps the pages turning. But I believe the deeper question is: Why should they feel guilty if they don't?
The novel begins with big sister Meaghan, a hotshot divorce lawyer, being challenged by her highly-paid therapist. She's almost a stereotype: wealthy and successful with an unsatisfying, empty personal life. Coincidentally Claire, the younger sister, has just become engaged to a country singer. Naturally Meaghan's first thought is not to congratulate the bride, but to offer help with the pre-nuptial agreement!
Hannah begins by emphasizing the contrast between the sisters. Claire, a party-girl who dropped out of college, versus Meaghan who got a law degree. Claire, simple in the country; Meaghan, sophisticated in the city. Stereotypically, we're supposed to feel sympathy for Claire and resent Meaghan's heavy-handed intrusions.
Meaghan feels guilty about losing touch with Claire, but it's hard to see why. As children, left alone by a self-centered mother who stumbled into a starring television role, Meaghan saved Claire from a foster home with Social Services. It was Meaghan who ended up homeless, who put herself through college and law school. In the novel, I believe the Meaghan character was more well-rounded and more interesting, with contradictions that led to questions.
Following a bizarre episode in a courtroom, Meaghan finds herself with time on her hands. She visits Claire and volunteers to help with the wedding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted Writer Oct. 29 2003
ISBN: 0345450736
Title: Between Sisters
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Prominent but jaded divorce attorney, Meghann Dontess, discovers that her estranged younger sister is planning to marry a penniless would-be country singer. Since Meghann knows there is no such thing as happy-ever-after, she is determined to save her sister from a marriage sure to fail. Thus begins Kristin Hannah's grab-the-tissue-and-a-soft-seat fabulous page turning narrative. "Between Sisters" is a touching exploration of the relationships that abound in families. This well-penned fiction rings with honesty, the characters are your friends and neighbors, the dialogue is authentic and the action believable. Hannah has a talent for unforgettable plots and "Between Sisters" is destined to become a true classic.
Beverly J Scott author of "Righteous Revenge" and "Ruth Fever." Reviewer for Intriguing Authors and Their Books at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book! Sept. 19 2003
This heartwarming tale of two sisters, separated over time by the choices they had made in their childhood, will warm your heart. Meg and Claire, two sisters born to a negligent and selfish mother but with different fathers, have a very close bond until fate steps in and tears them apart. When the book begins, many years have passed, and both have gone on to lead their own lives, but think often with regret of the events that separated them. Each woman feels guilty for the choices she made, and blames herself for the separation. The rest of the book details their struggles to come together again and resolve the issues that separated them to begin with, and to ultimately find happiness.
I don't know if this review does the book justice. It is definitely my favorite of the four books I have read by Hannah, and marks a departure from the storyline she usually follows. Even if you are not sure whether this book is for you, pick up a copy. It remains one of my favorite reads of 2003.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing Story of Love and Hope July 16 2003
Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah, is another heartwarming story by this amazing author. I have read all of Hannah's books, and each and every one of her books is endearing and so filled with life's realities. Hannah is able to draw the reader directly into the story and one just does not want to put her books down until the every end! The reader is relating to all the characters by feeling all of their emotions and seeing their world perfectly due to the artistry of Hannah's words.
I love Hannah's books, as they are so full of hope and love, even through the challenges that life presents each and every one of us. There is nothing stronger than love and Hannah portrays that so very well in all of her books. A crisis surely pulls a family together, where the love of one another is able to overcome even the strongest challenge.
Hannah portrays that so well with her latest book on the bond of two sisters, broken apart by life, yet love pulls them and those around them closer together. Love heals, as Hannah so clearly shows. Sisters torn apart by family forces yet brought together again though their love of one another.
Hannah's books are not only wonderful stories, but she also weaves a message throughout her books that just fills one with hope.
I loved this book and highly recommend it anyone! You will not be disappointed! Five stars does not do this book justice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READING
One of my favourite Authors. The ending had tears streaming down my face.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Frohlick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice story!
Published 4 months ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
Just loved this book. Made me laugh and cry. Better book for women as you can relate to sisters. Very emotional.
Published 7 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent as always, Kristin never fails to deliver
Published 12 months ago by Leah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good novel, great for a book club!
Published 13 months ago by Christa
4.0 out of 5 stars Between Sisters
A great read, the characters feel authentic and are believable, the story is fun and keeps one turning the pages and in my opinion that is a good read
Published 15 months ago by Shirley Misener
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristin Hannah never disappoints!
What a steal of a deal for a dollar! If you put more of hers on sale I'll buy ones I've read already just to have them in my collection
Published on Nov. 21 2013 by C. Nauha
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book very much, actually still reading and enjoying it!
Love a book that when I can sit down to read that I look forward to it. This is such a book. A very nice story and am still enjoying it.
Published on Nov. 19 2013 by melliejoe
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read.
Enjoyed this book ,and of course found it so emotional toward the end.I do not like to be forced to write more . Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2013 by es martinI
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet
This was a very emotional novel. I loved it. I could not put the book down. One of herbest so far!
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