'A wonderfully warm and witty debut novel about family secrets and sibling rivalry' The four MacLeod sisters are no strangers to sisterly rivalry and with one of them about to be married, there are bound to be fireworks. Perfectionist Natalie wants the 'wedding of the year'. Harassed mother, Milly, just wishes her bridesmaid's dress wasn't the size of a tent. Career-obsessed Avril secretly moons over a married man and world traveler, Hazel, the youngest, yearns to be taken seriously. Forced together for the first time in years, and with an unexpected guest stirring up old resentments, squabbles are inevitable. But when tragedy strikes things really fly apart - as some shocking skeletons emerge rattling from the crowded MacLeod closet...
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Titillating rollercoaster of dysfunction and love!
Sophisticated, Funny, and Believable. I was astonished by how much dysfunction, drama, love, anger, mistakes, and resolutions Ms. Campbell is able to fit into one family, never feeling far-fetched or reality-show-fake.
I have never been treated to a book that makes you feel as though there are four protagonists or central characters… four would-be first-person accounts of the events which involve each, complete with unique perspectives, limitations, emotions, drives, damage, and redeeming qualities. Ms. Campbell masterfully understands and translates the innermost thoughts, feelings, and motivations of them all - she must have had help from several sisters! All this, done seamlessly, believably, and with a secure hold on the reader's interest by weaving in just enough suspense and mystery to keep you periodically questioning who to root for, and wondering about the final outcome.
Brilliantly narrated by Elizabeth Klett, the listener is treated to a multitude of accents and voices, with such talent and consistency that allows you to attain an intimate level of familiarity with each character.
At one point, I honestly did not know how Ms. Campbell was going to resolve all of the craziness that she had built into the story. I was scared for whether I would "like" the outcome, but compelled to find out. And I was definitely not disappointed!
I highly recommend this book, and will be starting my listen of Ms. Campbell's "Looking for LaLa" on my way home today!!
Funny and emotional!
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