The Sisterhood

  • by Helen Bryan
  • Narrated by Laura Roppe
  • 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Reeling from a broken engagement, adopted 19-year-old Menina Walker flees to Spain to bury her misery by writing her overdue college thesis - and soon finds herself on an unexpected journey into the past. The subject of her study is Tristan Mendoza, an obscure 16th-century artist whose signature includes a tiny swallow - the same swallow depicted on a medal that is Menina’s only link to her birth family.
Hoping her research will reveal the swallow’s significance and clue her in to her origins, Menina discovers the ancient chronicle of a Spanish convent, containing the stories of five orphaned girls hidden from the Spanish Inquisition before they escaped to the New World. Learning about the girls’ adventures, the nuns who sheltered them, and Mendoza, Menina wonders if accident or destiny led her to Spain - and the discovery of a lifetime.
From best-selling author Helen Bryan comes The Sisterhood, an epic adventure filled with history, passion, and intrigue.

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Implausible & schoolgirlish

What would have made The Sisterhood better?

Deeper and more inventive writing, including thorough character development, suspense and a plausible storyline that makes you feel something.

And then, parts of the research were rather alarming for an historical novel. To avoid spoilers, they can't all be listed. But the silliest is a junior college grad, who couldn't pick up Spanish conversation in the modern day, being able to translate a miraculously well-preserved medieval Spanish text and, with the aid of a dictionary, vulgar Latin too!


Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Bryan again?

Probably not. The unabashed Catholic bashing coupled with the good girl focus of this book was off-putting - though I am neither a Catholic or a bad girl. It struck me as a book appealing to christian evangelicals, who mistake dabbling for rigorous study.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The nasal quality and repetitive lilt of the Spanish voices grew increasingly irritating. Made every female Hispanic character succumb to the Speedy Gonzales drawl from Looney Tunes. The frequent slips into American English and inconsistent application of Castilan were notable as well.


Any additional comments?

The trite situations, stereotyped characters and neat endings that drive this book make the positive reviews from Amazon baffling. Good girls get their rewards after a struggle or two; bad girls see the error of their ways, etc. Epiphanies abound, yet never scratch the surface of social norms. "Just awful" things are placed where they belong: out of reach of the storyline. Convenient plot devices implode reality. Coincidences. Visions. Miracles too. Rather nauseating overall.

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- Kafwood

It had potential

I really wanted to love this book. It's a good premise, but it's just not very well written. The main character does uncharacteristic things to get into trouble, the prose is uninventive, and there is a distinct lack of action for the heroine. I think the reader does a decent job with the book but some characters come off as too nasally and almost mumble their dialogue. A mediocre audiobook all the way around.
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- TWG

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio