*Have You Heard? * Audiobooks For Your Listening Pleasure* When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards

Posted July 12, 2017 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

*Have You Heard? * Audiobooks For Your Listening Pleasure* When We Were Sisters by Emilie RichardsWhen We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards
Published by Blackstone Audio, MIRA on May 31st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 0778322769
ASIN: B01M6Y4QGS
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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.

four-stars

About Emilie Richards

Emilie Richards is the USA Today bestselling author of seventy plus novels in several different genres including romance, mystery and women’s fiction. Published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages, her most recent novel is The Swallow’s Nest, a June 2017 trade paperback and hardcover release from Mira Books. She’s won the RITA from Romance Writers of America and multiple awards from RT Book Reviews, including one for career achievement. Ten of her books have been made into television movies in Germany.

Emilie finds relationships of all kinds intriguing and perplexing, and exploring that great diversity of possibilities is her passion. Having lived in nine states and briefly in Australia, she’s also determined to discover how the places we live help make us the people we are.

Right now Emilie divides her time between Sarasota, Florida and Chautauqua, New York, when she and her husband aren’t visiting their four children and grandchildren.Emili

One response to “*Have You Heard? * Audiobooks For Your Listening Pleasure* When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards

  1. So glad you enjoyed this audio production! I love recording Emilie’s books – she does such a great job of weaving social justice issues into plots with characters you can fall in love with.

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