Wednesday, May 6, 2009

[Book Review] Sisters by Danielle Steel

From the Book Cover:

21-year old Candy is blazing her way through Paris, New York, and Tokyo as fashion’s latest international supermodel…. Her sister Tammy, 29, has a job producing the most successful hit show on TV…. In New York, oldest sister Sabrina, 34, is an ambitious young lawyer, while Annie, at 26, is an American in Florence, living for her art…. One Fourth of July weekend, as they do every year, the four sisters come home to Connecticut for their family’s annual gathering. But before the holiday is over, tragedy strikes and their world is utterly changed.

Suddenly, four sisters who have been fervently pursuing success and their own lives come together to share one New York brownstone, to support each other, and to pick up the pieces while one sister struggles to heal her shattered body and soul. A bustling house is soon filled with eccentric dogs, laughter, tears, friends, men…. And the kind of honesty and unconditional love only sisters can provide. But as the four women settle in, each is forced to confront the direction of their respective lives….

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If you’re not familiar with Danielle Steel’s writing style, you’d look at the cover and read Sisters in a nice red script and four females walking side by side in a straight line across the cover on top of the scrawled title and the first thing that comes to mind is sibling rivalry. Actually, it’s not at all about sibling rivalry. It’s about friendship, loss, courage, and what family means.

Four sisters, four different lives yet closely linked to each other’s. Meet the sisters: Sabrina, the oldest at thirty-four, is a New York based lawyer, followed by Tammy, twenty-nine, a TV producer in L.A., then Annie, twenty-six, an artist living her art in Florence and the youngest, international supermodel, twenty-one year old, Candy.

One would immediately think that having an international supermodel for a sister is enough to cause cat fights but these four amazingly beautiful and talented women dared to think and feel differently. They’re not only sisters who share the same blood they’re also the best of friends. Despite their age and personality differences, they all came together to help a sister until she can manage on her own again. And living again in one roof, after years of living on their own, can be really hard as the sisters will need all their patience, and understanding to make their present living conditions a more harmonious, organized one.

In Sisters, the adage ‘Doing the right thing is not always easy’ pulled Tammy in both directions: to continue working in L.A. or to go to New York and be where your family needs you? The daily struggle Tammy had over this kept her awake most nights out of guilt at not being there for her sisters but family always comes first and Tammy couldn’t have said it any better when she said to her boss, “I came here to resign… and I’ll never have another job I love this much. But I can’t let my family down.”

And some sisters simply have no sense of responsibility but are caring enough to offer, “Do you want me to book you a massage too?” when the stress of moving into a new apartment, taking care of, looking out for and basically being solely responsible for two younger sisters gets a wee bit more overwhelming than anticipated.

And some sisters have a more take charge attitude than the others and “that’s why she doesn’t learn. You give her too much slack,” as Chris, Sabrina’s boyfriend, points out when Candy sailed out of the apartment on move day to party out with friends.

In Sisters, Danielle Steel shows readers that getting involved in any life-changing accident does not mean it’s the end of the world. And in all instances it proved that giving something up means gaining a lot more in return… like finding true love.

So if, after a life-changing event, you think you’re less of a person now as compared to who you were before, pick up this book and think again. You’re still the person you are if not more.