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This Bright Beauty by [Cavanagh, Emily]
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Length: 296 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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My sisters and I are terribly close, but we have complicated relationships to say the least. We’re fiercely devoted yet perpetually insecure. We’re forever questioning ourselves, wondering if we did the right thing, gave the right advice, helped each other out as much as we could. We agonize over not just the big stuff, but also the trivial. Does Kristen think I cheaped out because I brought chips and salsa to her fancy dinner party? Did Shelly misread sarcasm in that text about letting my son watch an R-rated movie at her house? My husband thinks we’re ridiculously oversensitive. I disagree. I think the three of us realize on a very deep level that a relationship between sisters is unlike any other.

In This Bright Beauty, the connection between identical twins Franci and Lottie is even closer and more complicated. They lost their mother at a young age, and Lottie has long battled mental illness. After their mother’s death, Franci stepped in as caretaker, repeatedly rescuing Lottie. Each time she pulls Lottie from the depths, she questions whether she’s done enough to help. It’s not until Franci is completely exhausted and ready to give up that she’s faced with the most painful question yet—after their mother died, who was really protecting who? And who ultimately paid the price?

While This Bright Beauty is infused with hope, there are no easy answers here. And that’s what I especially love about the book. Emily Cavanagh shines a light on the joys and difficulties inherent in the sister bond and affirms what I’ve always suspected—because we share the same parents, history and DNA, no matter how complex and exasperating things can get, I will never have relationships like the ones I have with my sisters.

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor

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A long-buried secret changes everything two sisters thought they knew about each other.

Franci and Lottie may be identical twins, but that’s where the similarities end. Franci has always been the stable one, while Lottie has bipolar disorder, constantly battling depression and mania. After years of taking care of her sister, Franci moves across the country to build a life for herself. Now, all the two share is distance.

But when Lottie gets in an accident, Franci reluctantly steps back into her familiar role as protector. She returns to find her sister’s life in complete disarray and makes a shocking discovery: Lottie has an infant daughter she never told Franci about. Although Franci swore she wouldn’t get sucked back in, she can’t leave the baby alone in Lottie’s care.

As Lottie further unravels, a secret is revealed that she has kept since childhood—one that has the power to reframe the sisters’ entire relationship, forcing Franci to ask herself if the secret was too much for Lottie to bear. Was the accident really an accident, and who has been protecting whom all these years?

About the Author

A teacher as well as a writer, Emily Cavanagh lives with her husband and two daughters on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. She is also the author of The Bloom Girls. Read more about Emily's work and life at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3201 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 154204779X
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (1 March 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0719548QH
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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