A Sister's Place

Available: February 14, 2017

Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Nestled in the picturesque city of Santa Barbara, the tale of two sisters forced to be roommates after their beloved grandmother passes has extreme potential. Naturally, there will be conflict – oil and water can only co-mingle for so long. There’s a lot of conflict between the two, when either sister is not being wishy-washy or whining about her own problems.

What I loved: The focus on each sister’s relationship with Mimi can be so rare in today’s world that I think the idea is to be celebrated and cherished. While it seemed like they were sometimes at odds with their own mother, Mimi could provide a beautiful outsider’s perspective while still providing love and wisdom.

What I didn’t love: Each of the three characters bugged me in one way or another. Gracie – its time to cut the apron strings. Seriously – you went home every other weekend in college? And then you wonder why you didn’t have any close friends. Why did you allow your parents to spend $200,000 plus on your education if you weren’t in it for the entire college experience.

Juliette – how dumb are you? If you got into NYU, you’re kind of expected to have some brains. How did you not know the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? The police just don’t make deals all the time and then set you back on the streets – this would have had to been reviewed by at least a District Attorney if not also a judge and Public Defender even if a deal was made and you pled guilty.

And Mimi – yes – I’m going to rip on the dead woman now…. So please explain the girl’s inheritance. You have them live together for a year in order to keep the property in the family…then what? There are two girls…one house.. I never heard of any plans to make the other granddaughter whole from the inheritance in the book (nor did I see anything about taxes being paid on the house but that’s another story). Did you seriously expect them both to live there forever? At some point, one sister is going to move out due to love/work/school, etc. Is it a game of last man standing and whomever is in the house last wins? Instead, the winning sister needs to now take out a mortgage for her sister’s half of the value of the home at current market rate? That’s kind of a crappy inheritance.

Oh, and the Anaheim Angels changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim back in 2005.

What I learned: I’m better off being an only child.

Overall Grade: B-

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