Published by Blackstone Audio, MIRA on May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Love and loyalty made them sisters. Secrets could still destroy them.
As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Now superstar singer-songwriter Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, Cecilia drops everything to be with her.
Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris's love and attention, but does Kris need them?
When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she's away. She gambles that he'll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life.
Cecilia herself needs more than time with her sister. A lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her. She wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still haunt her.
As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be.
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Lots of first for me with When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards: my first time for this author and my first time for all three of the narrators. The plot is a complex one that develops through the eyes of three characters who are at turning points in their lives. As is often the case, a personal crisis has led each of them to this point. I won’t repeat information that is in the book description, but what it doesn’t reveal is the fact that the story is told from the individual points of view of each of the three main characters, Robin Lenhart, her husband Kris, and Cecelia, Robin’s foster sister. An important secondary character, Cecelia’s manager Donny, is revealed to us through Cecelia’s eyes. Listening to each person’s voice as they tell their story gives the book a depth that wouldn’t be possible with a strictly third-person POV. When We Were Sisters is classic women’s fiction. There are two strong women who need to face the past and make decisions about how they want to move forward. There are two male characters who must face the strong women and decide if they can live with the decisions the women make. As the characters tell their stories, the author explores a complicated and often cruel foster care system, the rewards and demands of fame, and the formidable task that families may face when both parents want to pursue careers outside the home. Listeners will hear a story of surprising personal growth from one character, along with a touching breakdown in the walls of another. “Joined at the hip and joined at the heart”, Robin and Cecelia form one of the strongest bonds — at times even stronger than blood — and that is the bond of shared experience. Secrets will be revealed, and just when you think you can no longer be surprised by anything that happens, there will be yet another surprise.
Narrators Elijah Alexander as Kris, Karen White as Robin, and Rachel Fulginiti as Cecelia give excellent performances. There couldn’t be a more effective way of telling the story than with the voices of these three people.
I recommend While We Were Sisters to anyone who enjoys stories about strong women, especially those who have overcome obstacles in life to achieve success. It is evocative, educational, and well-written. I look forward to more from Emilie Richards.