Friday, January 13, 2017

Dear Abby - Join In to Remember Special Pets

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week.  My big news here?  It tried to snow.  Thankfully, the snow was not very successful, and just ended up in patches here and there.  I was able to walk around it, and Momma stayed home with me, and then it disappeared as quickly as it arrived ... so all is good.

I would like to introduce a new series at my blog.  I hope you will join me in remembering special pets.  Cats, dogs, horses, birds, guinea pigs, bunny rabbits ... all are welcome.  Every family has special pets that they remember - from childhood, from years ago, or from perhaps 5 or 10 years ago.

We can keep the memories upbeat with happy stories and funny anecdotes - and of course lots of photos of pets you remember and want to share.

If you would like to join in, please leave your email in the comments below.  I'll send a note back with just a few short questions, and then feature the special pets that you remember in future Dear Abby posts here.

I hope you'll join in!

Wishing you a good weekend, with no snow (!), and lots of time to cuddle with your favorite people.

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

Book Synopsis
After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go. 

Purchase Links

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My Review

Sisters One, Two, Three begins with the Tangle family.  There are four children:  Ginger, Mimi, Charlie, and Callie.  The parents are want-to-be-actress Glory, and Solly, who owns a toy business.  During a pivotal summer long ago (early 1970's from details like Space Food Sticks and psychadelic signs), Glory and the four children travel to Martha's Vineyard.  Tragedy occurs and changes the family.


The story flashes back to the past and forward to the present, with cautious Ginger, busy Mimi, and always adventurous Callie.  I found these characters well drawn and interesting;  I had a hard time putting the book down at night, and will admit that I stayed up several nights reading past my bedtime.


This is a beautifully written book, with dialogue that rings true and a plot that moves in threads that connect as the story moves on.  It is a moving story of family secrets and love.


I really enjoyed reading Sisters One, Two, Three, and will look for more books by Nancy Star.  Readers who enjoy women's fiction, family drama, and compelling storytelling will enjoy this book.  


Author Bio
Nancy Star is the author of four previous novels: Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This, and Buried Lives. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York TimesFamily Circle, Diversion magazine, and on the web. Before embarking on her writing career, Nancy worked for more than a decade as a movie executive in the film business, dividing her time between New York and London. She has two grown daughters and a son-in-law and now lives in New Jersey with her husband. 

Connect with Nancy

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One lucky reader will win a copy of Sisters, One, Two, Three.  Giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, and ends 1/20.  The winner will be notified by email, and needs to respond within 48 hours.  The author or her publicist will send the book directly to the winner.

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours.