by Laura McNeill
All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish—time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.
– 2.5 Stars
Unfortunately, I didn’t care for this book all that much. The story line was fairly predictable, there was no real suspense, and I had the “whodunnit” aspect of the book figured out right off the bat.
Another thing that I did not care for was that even though it was published through a Christian publisher, you would not have known it. There were a few spots of profanity, as well as a couple of sex scenes (if you want to call them that) that made me uncomfortable enough to wonder if they were going to stop before it got overly graphic. They did, but it was still far more than I would have cared to read, and I did not find it appropriate for Christian fiction.
Overall, I honestly wouldn’t recommend Sister Dear to any of my friends and family, and I certainly would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 18. Kind of a disappointing book, coming out of Thomas Nelson publishers.
Obviously, this is just my own personal opinion, but I guess that is what a book review is, isn’t it?
I do appreciate and give my thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for allowing me to be a part of their Fiction Guild, and giving me the opportunity to read so many of the great books that they publish in exchange for my reviews!
Until next time,