An absorbing, highly entertaining novel about family secrets, The Never Never Sisters introduces you to the strong-willed and big-hearted Reinhardt women, as they reunite one summer in New York. Gifted storyteller L. Alison Heller has written another witty and moving page-turner that will captivate readers and keep them guessing right up until the satisfying end.
Sometimes you just need to get away….
Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is counting down the days to summer, eager to reconnect with her workaholic husband at their cozy rental cottage in the Hamptons. But soon a mysterious crisis at Dave’s work ruins their getaway plans. Paige is still figuring out how to handle the unexplained chill in her marriage when her troubled sister suddenly returns after a two-decade silence. Now, instead of enjoying the lazy summer days along the ocean, Paige is navigating the rocky waters of a forgotten bond with her sister in the sweltering city heat.
As she attempts to dig deeper into Dave’s work troubles and some long-held family secrets, Paige is shocked to discover how little she knows about the people closest to her. This summer, the self-proclaimed relationship expert will grapple with her biggest challenge yet: Is it worth risking your most precious relationships in order to find yourself?
I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did. I feel like I should have liked the characters more than I did. The concept was interesting, and did keep me wondering. Why did Paige’s sister Sloane return after so long? What secret was Paige’s husband, Dave, keeping?
In the end, I guess I just felt let down. I was never able to warm up to Sloane’s character, and so I found it hard to believe that Paige would be able to warm up to her, either. Dave was an enigma. I was more interested in some of the supporting characters than I was in the main characters. And the secrets didn’t really feel like they were worth my curiosity.
And in a book like this, you really need to care. You need to have someone to root for, and I just really didn’t find that to be the case.
Maybe it was too real: people do things without big, exciting reasons all the time. I’m just not sure I want to read about it.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Rating: 3/5 stars