A long time political campaigner, Lucy Toomey has finally, after years of sleepless nights, disappointing and unfulfilled relationships, and a nonexistent social life, reached the potential pinnacle of her career. The candidate she has devoted so many years to has just been elected president of the United States. But when her older sister, Alice dies unexpectedly, Lucy goes back to the one place she vowed she would never go back to, the small, tight knit community of Nilson’s Bay, Wisconsin.
In order to fulfill the requirements of Alice’s will, Lucy takes up residence in the old family home, biding her time until her imposed time period is up and she can return to Washington and her White House dream job. Alice’s influences linger everywhere in the little town, and soon Lucy finds herself taken in by Alice’s friends, a group of strong women who share with her their love and memories of Alice. Through these women, and the Nilson’s Bay community as a whole, Lucy soon learns the importance of letting go, forgiveness of oneself and others as well as allowing for second chances.
Marie Bostwick has written a wonderfully sweet, touching and heartwarming novel of family and friendships, but also of the importance of faith and having the ability to move on from past misconceptions and transgressions. In a world of too much negativity, selfishness and lack of integrity, The Second Sister offers a refreshingly wholesome, inspirational and feel good story, with strong, appealing characters and a compelling plot line. My only complaint? When I got to the last page I wished there was more and longed to continue reading about Lucy, Peter, the Friends of Alice and Nilson’s Bay.
I absolutely recommend you read The Second Sister and will definitely be checking out Marie Bostwick’s other novels at my local bookstore and library. I might even pick up a beginner’s book on quilting!
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.