The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller (Review)

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?

alison6L. Alison Heller grew up in Connecticut and attended Bates College in Maine. After graduation, she wandered dreamily around the eastern seaboard, temping and interning and shelving books before landing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Law. In 2000, she graduated from UNC with honors and moved to New York City and toiled in several law firms, growing increasingly nostalgic for those days of dreamy wandering. Alison opened her own family law and mediation practice in 2006 to help couples divorce with their sanity intact.

Alison is the author of THE LOVE WARS (Penguin NAL). Her second novel, THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS (Penguin NAL), is scheduled for June 2014. Alison currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family. 

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My Review:

First off, I really love the cover of this book. There are two girls lying next to each other, yet the title of the book says “never never.” I found that intriguing. Opening the book, I found that L. Allison Heller wrote a real-life, entertaining, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, endearing story of a dysfunctional family – and aren’t we all? The book is about two sisters trying to reconnect after many years of estrangement, caused in the beginning by the older sister’s drug use and subsequent rehabilitation.

As the sisters begin to learn about each other as adults, you are drawn into the difficulties they face as they try to fit into each other’s lives. I thought that THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS read like a memoir; that is how true-to-life the author writes. The story begins with Paige and her perfect life which soon begins to spiral out of control, leaving her wondering if she really knows those close to her. It is a story about self-discovery and how the past shapes who we are and how we think.

I think this quote sums up the book quite eloquently:

“The Never Never Sisters is a fast, entertaining and though- provoking story that explores important real-life issues like relationship, family bonding, and addiction. Through its strong and memorable cast of characters, including the sibling’s mother Vanessa, the author paints a sweeping story of reconciliation, forgiveness and healing. Compelling, powerful, poignant, and at times delightfully witty… “

Although I felt the book started out a little slow, it picked up its pace and the writing was good. I would recommend this book and I feel THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS is worth five stars.

THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS has been garnering rave reviews. It’s a don’t miss book!

“Touching and poignant, endearing and entertaining, Heller writes a wonderfully creative lesson on the necessity for healing and forgiveness.” –USA Today

A “must read”! –New York Post

“Heller has captured the true essence of friendship, family and love in THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS. Writing with such an engaging voice, her carefully crafted story immediately pulls readers into this contemporary novel.” –Bookreporter

“Heller writes with…razor-sharp wit.”—Meg Donohue, Author of All the Summer Girls


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