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Sisterly Love: The Saga of Lizzie and Emma Borden by [Bollinger, Jordan]
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Just after eleven, on the morning of August 4th, 1892, the peace in a modest residential neighborhood was shattered, by cries of murder. Businessman, Andrew Borden was found by his daughter, Lizzie, bludgeoned to death. Later, his second wife, Abby, was discovered, also hacked to death.


Bridget Sullivan, the house maid had been outside, washing windows, that morning. Oldest daughter, Emma, was away, and Uncle John Morse -- who'd spent the night before with the Borden's -- had a string of unshakeable alibis. That left only Lizzie.

She was arrested, imprisoned for ten months, tried and acquitted of the murders.

Lizzie thought she'd been found innocent, but Fall River deemed her guilty and treated her as a pariah for the rest of her life.

The two sisters lived together for over a decade. Then, something happened that sent Emma storming from the house. Something so awful the sisters never spoke again.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (10 June 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DBKYSZO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars 55 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs, no rock-n-roll and it still sucks! **This review contains Spolilers!!** 18 February 2015
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I judged the book by its cover and what a mistake! I thought this was non-fiction; it's not! The fact that this is a fictional account of the Borden murders isn't the real problem however. Every bibliophile and author will tell you there is a very fine line in writing a fictional account of a real event. Unfortunately, Bollinger crossed it numerous times. The author embellishes or alters the facts too often and too blatantly to have the (old or new) scholar of the Borden murders shaking their head and asking themselves if the author read the same transcripts of the trial? This isn't a case of the events have been altered in the timeline, it's an issue of the "facts" are just wrong! According to Bollinger, Emma and the neighbor blatantly encouraged Lizzie to burn her dress. The "evidence" presented by the author is laughable. The author alleges that Emma, as a child, is a homicidal maniac committing matricide and infanticide on her sister Alice, but is somehow able to refrain from murdering Lizzie? Yet, Lizzie's prison matron knew that Emma killed her mother and baby Alice but never once spoke of it at the time of Lizzie's trial? Setting all of that aside, when you take into account that this is a fictional account, the story might be plausible, although laughable. The bigger issue is that Lizzie is portrayed as a pitiful victim, under Emma's spell with no ability to think or act for herself. Yet, at the end of the book, Lizzie has been awakened from Emma's spell and is kicking Emma out of the house and partying with actresses - sigh............
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure fiction 15 September 2016
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The Borden murders still fascinate people even though it was more than 100 years ago and other books have also considered Emma, Bridget,or some mystery person. I bought this book thinking it was another speculation, instead it is a fictionalized version of what might have happened. There are no footnotes or bibliography to support the story presented. If this book was titled clearly that it is fiction Imight have enjoyed it more; instead I was disappointed then annoyed at the lack of facts; I must however give the author an A for imagination, but if you want to read a more factual history about the murders, this is not the book to read. I recommend to start with Victoria Lincoln's book A Private Disgrace. PS my family knew Lizzie Borden's cousin who said "of course she did it-she's a Borden."
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent FICTIONAL account of the relationship between the Borden sisters 24 April 2016
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"Sisterly Love" is a work of fiction based on the lives of Lizzie and Emma Borden, covering the period from the murders in August, 1892 until their final breach in 1905, which Emma in a 1914 interview claimed was due to Lizzie's friendship with the then famous actress Nance O'Neill and her theatre company. (O'Neill made a couple of early talkies and video of her is available on YouTube.) The period of the murders and subsequent trail are not dealt with in any great depth, except for Lizzie's musings about what if this or that. Much has been written about those days, so 's. Bollinger had plenty of research material to get the facts right, although there are a couple of minor missteps. The bulk of the book concerns the pretty much undocumented period after, while the sisters shared the infamous house, Maplecroft. Emma, the more dominant personality, has Lizzie rather cowed and Lizzie fibs about trips she takes and about other things to prevent an eruption on the part of the ten years older sister who served as a surrogate mother after the girl's actual mother died when they were thirteen and three. Everything blows up when Emma goes away to the coast for two weeks with a friend. Lizzie throws a weekend house party for O'Neill and some of her acting company without telling Emma about it. Emma arrives home a few days early to find the actress sitting on the porch chatting with Lizzie. Thus begins the best part of the book, "Emma's Tale," covering about the last third of the novel. Everything has been a quiet build up to this sequence, a conversation between the sisters over the course of a single afternoon, about their entire lives to that point. Anymore would spoil the book.

Readers are again advised that this is FICTION.

This period of the sister's lives is not documented in great detail because Emma was always retiring in nature, and Lizzie became so as she was ostracized by Fall River after the trail and really only had any joy in life when she was on shopping and theatre going trips to Boston and Washington D.C. Ms. Bollinger therefore has the room to be very imaginative at the end of the novel. So little is known of the sisters' activities during this period that she can pretty much do with her characters as she likes, to stunning effect.

Those were the days of "a lady should only have her name in the papers at her birth, at her marriage, and at her death."

One has to wonder if Lizzie might not have been able to live more of the life she would have liked if she had not sat on her pride and instead left Fall River behind and moved away. Lizzie was infamous, and dared not only to try to enjoy the life that the wealth she inherited allowed, but purchase a large house. She and her sister historically broke in 1905, and both lived lonely, solitary lives. Emma chose to do so because she was always retiring g and felt after the trial that retirement was the most appropriate action. Lizzie was forced into retirement because the townspeople would have nothing to do with her, and because the papers dragged out her notoriety every August 4th with an annual rehash of summer, 1892. They died nine or ten days apart in the summer of 1927 and are buried with their father, mother, stepmother, and a sister who died as a toddler in Fall River. Lizzie's grave marker reads "Lisbeth," the name she used after the murders, her baptismal name being Lizzie Andrew Borden.
2.0 out of 5 stars Improbable Plot, Poor Editing. 18 June 2016
By SilverFox - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very fanciful and improbable retelling of the Borden ax murders in Fall River, MA in 1892. I've done a lot of reading on this subject, including inquest and court transcripts, and the plot of the book is highly improbable given the facts of the case. Nevertheless, the book would have been amusing if the editing hadn't been so bad. There were errors of word use, punctuation, continuity and language choice throughout the book. Emma's story is undeveloped and reads as though the author is just trying to get the book finished. Most of all, it is highly improbable, even for a theory. I was disappointed.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sisterly Love: The Saga of Lizzie and Emma Borden 23 June 2013
By M. Urso - Published on Amazon.com
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Sisterly Love: The Saga of Lizzie and Emma Borden is a unique and compelling story about a sad and lonely woman who received unwanted notoriety. The relationship between the sisters is an interesting part of the story, but the mystery of who killed her father and stepmother is foremost in setting up the basis of this story. The author's style clearly stated the facts in an interesting and poignant way where the reader can experience the emotions - both painful and joyous throughout sisters' lives.