Courtney's boyfriend proposes marriage as they visit her sister Norah's house for a family meal. Courtney is determined to have all her family at the wedding but no one has spoken to her other sister Raine since Norah's wedding. Courtney's attempts to gather her family together and to celebrate with them causes them all to re-evaluate their places in the family, their relationships with each other and their understanding of what has happened in the past.
This is essentially a book about a dysfunctional family, all of whom have been affected by the departure of the sisters' father before Courtney was born. Each of them has handled the issue in their own way - Norah is controlling, Raine desires to shock, Courtney feels guilty, and their mother is absent from all their lives. This novel is written in an amusing style and centres on Courtney as she tries to understand her family better and bring them together. In the process she learns a lot about herself and her sisters.
I enjoyed this book very much. I engaged with Courtney as she sought to understand her family and her impending marriage, and felt her frustration with the way in which her sisters behave. Nothing very dramatic happens but the story is well paced and entertaining.
I was a bit confused about the title though as the sisters don't really call each other names !
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2970 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Publisher: Quercus (2 April 2009)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IPPED6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 24 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #932,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)