When We Were Sisters

When We Were Sisters

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As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Now superstar singer-songwriter Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, Cecilia drops everything to be with her. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris's love and attention, but does Kris need them? When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she's away. She gambles that he'll prove to them both that their children - and their marriage - are a priority in his life.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Mira Books, c2016.
ISBN: 9780778322764
Branch Call Number: RICHARDS E
Characteristics: 454 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 13, 2019

2016; Mira/HarperCollins

When We Were Sisters is told from three point of views - Robin, her husband, Kris, and her foster sister, Cecelia. Robin and Cecelia have been sisters since they met in a foster home. Both were abandoned by their families and had no one to turn to but each other. Robin's husband Kris works all the time and she finds herself holding her family together. After almost dying in a car accident Robin starts to wonder if she needs more in her life. Cecelia has a perfect plan - come work on a documentary about foster care. When Kris balks at the idea of taking care of his children and working less Robin is only more determined to go. The question they both ask themselves is..."what will be left when Robin comes home?"

Right off I did not care for Kris and was greatly annoyed with his attitude towards his family. As the story progressed I began to respect him as he started to learn what was important to him. I think Robin was not as honest with Kris as he was with her. I also enjoyed the story line and relationship between Cecelia and Robin but I found at times it went on a bit too long. I think those parts of the story could have been edited a bit further. I did enjoy the book and recommend it to those who like contemporary fiction.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jul 02, 2017

Emilie Richards writes books about women and relationships. Good books about women and relationships. Not only man/woman relationships, but relationships between women, whether sisters, mother/daughter or friends.
When We Were Sister is a book about two women who were foster children together and who have formed an inseparable bond. They are now grown and have taken very different paths. Robin gave up her career as a photojournalist and is now married with two children. her husband is a successful lawyer who is so busy that his family rarely sees him. Cecelia is a superstar singer-songwriter, but I'm happy to say the glam part of her career played a minor part in the book.
When Robin is injured in a car accident, things in her life start to change. Cecelia comes to be by her side, but her hospitalization appears to be an inconvenience to her husband. Cecelia asks Robin to work with her on a video about foster children. In doing the video, both women will revisit the traumatic events that took place in their lives. The opportunity to take photos for a meaningful project and be with her "sister" is something Robin decides she must take advantage of. She insists that her husband step up and take care of the home front while she is gone. It adds more stress to an already stress filled marriage.
As the two women spend more time together, they explore their feelings about their past. When their individual secrets start tumbling out, they discover that events that shaped their past and present just might not be what they thought. The question is, can they resolve their past to make a better future for themselves and the ones that love them?

Feb 06, 2017

I really struggled reading this book, however, I did not give up on it and now I'm glad I didn't because the ending was very satisfying.


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