Release Date: November 20, 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction / Chick Lit
Goodreads Average: 4.36 *as of 11/30/18*
Wealth and privilege can’t buy you love… or keep your secrets safe.
The de Santoval sisters are heiresses to a glamorous fashion house, and the darlings of LA society.
Violetta is the hottest reality TV star of the moment, with a fierce press interest to rival Hollywood’s A-list.
Carlotta is an exclusive horse trainer, as wild as the stallions she breaks in.
Fine-arts consultant Grace is hiding a dark secret she must keep hidden at all costs.
Their mother, wealthy fashion maven Birdie De Santoval, lies unconscious following a mysterious accident. Blame soon falls on their powerful but ruthless tycoon father, the missing Leon De Santoval.
Beneath the ritzy façade of the de Santoval family lies a web of deceit and betrayal that hides a secret that threatens to destroy them all…
The Sisters by Kate Forster was just the palate cleanser I needed from all the *more* serious books I have been reading lately. There are serious topics, but enough humor as well that overall this book has a lighthearted feel to it.
What it’s about: The 25-year-old de Santoval triplets have drifted apart. Violetta is a party girl that just got on a reality TV series, Carlotta is a popular horse trainer that loves her horses more than anything else (maybe even her family), and Grace works in an auction house and has a terrible secret she has been hiding from everyone. The girls must come together again when their father Leon disappears and leaves their mom Birdie lying unconscious in their bathroom. This family may be wealthy, but all their secrets and lies are about to come out.
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fast read and actually reminded me a bit of She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop due to it having to do with a wealthy family in New York. It is also filled with lots of family drama, and lots about fashion and art which was very enjoyable and interesting to read about.
One thing I wasn’t quite expecting was how much sex is in it. It’s nothing too descriptive, but I wasn’t expecting it all the same. The sex scenes are short though, and since they aren’t very detailed I didn’t mind reading them (usually I really don’t like sex in books). The real focus was on the family and their fashion brand Pajaro which Birdie started.
The Sisters switches from present which is 2017 and past which ends up being 1980-2010. It also switches between a few characters including the triplets, Birdie, Birdie’s friend Spencer, and Leon. There are also other character perspectives throughout, and this is mostly done throughout the chapters as opposed to each chapter or chunk always being just one character’s perspective. This normally bothers me but it worked for me in this book.
For some reason, I ended up having a hard time keeping the triplets straight though and wrote myself notes about them so I would remember who had what characteristics. I thought the characters had pretty distinct voices though, so this might have just been a personal problem. I just read a book with tons of characters and was fine, but for some reason I couldn’t keep the 3 girls straight.
The only thing that was weird for me with this book was that even though the girls were born in the United States and the book is set there, the author would use language like “jumper” and “mum” and other words that aren’t distinct to the US. It didn’t really bother me but it did come across as odd to me. Also, Birdie is from Georgia but I didn’t find her voice to really seem like she was from there. The author lives in Australia so I’m thinking that is the reason behind this, but I feel that if you are going to write a book set in the US you should use the language for the US and not for other countries.
Final Thought: I laughed a lot during the book, but I also cried as well. It ended up being a very emotional novel even though it had a lighthearted feel. I loved seeing the triplets coming into their own, and finding out what they were supposed to be doing with their lives and where they belonged. If you are looking for a novel full of laughter and drama with a dose of emotion I would definitely recommend checking out The Sisters!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Kate Forster lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and dogs and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once. She is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is also an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne.
Twitter handle: @kateforster
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A note from the author:
I am thrilled to be writing for Aria. I have written several other women’s fiction books but The Sisters is my first one with Aria and was a fun and exciting book to write.
The idea to write The Sisters came from reading about heiresses and how, even with all the beauty and money in the world, they still had to fight to be heard, to be respected and to become individuals beyond their sibling relationship.
I am also fascinated by lies and secrets in families, and with this epic family story, there are plenty to be uncovered.
I always say to people I write escapist fiction set in fabulous places that deal with issues that affect all women. Shame, love, fear and ambition are something we have all felt at times in our lives.
The Sandoval sisters in my book are as alike as they are different. Each one is yearning for their fathers respect and struggling with the expectations of society and family.
There are so many successful women who have paved the way for the sisters in my book, and I wanted to explore their journey in trying to mature, find themselves and create a future beyond appearances.
I am passionate about women’s issues and highlighting the struggle for many in their daily lives. I do think many women carry the mental and physical load in their families and have so much to juggle and plan for, while trying to raise children, take care of their parents, work and more. If my books can give a woman some time for herself, entertain her, and help her see that these issues are universal, then I have succeeded in my job as an author.
I hope you enjoy reading The Sisters.
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