Title: Sisterly Love
Author: Michelle Vernal
Genre: Romance, Romantic comedy, Fiction
Pages: 349 (I’ve read Kindle version)
To escape from her younger sister shadow, Rebecca tries to find her happiness on the other side of the world in Dublin, far away from her family in New Zealand. She gets a job as a secretary in a law firm. But one call and she is back in New Zealand babysitting her niece and nephew. How will she manage to do it? Will she handle? She left her boss and one night stand Ciaran in Dublin but meets David a single parent. Ciaran sends her an e-mail, but David helps her with her nephew.
The story is attention-grabbing and funny. It makes me laugh and enjoy Rebecca’s escapades. Descriptions of places and characters are remarkable, and I take pleasure to read them. Just take a look:
“One wouldn’t call it a pretty house, but it had all the qualities that mattered in a home. It oozed a welcoming warmth, and it was solid and dependable, just like its mainstays, her mum and dad.”
Rebecca is an insecure and funny person. She feels that is not worth as her sister is because of her mum’s mumblings.
“That was one broken record that had been playing for most of her adult life. Why had she been blessed with a sister –achievers and a mother who was not only an ageist but a sexist too?”
The scene when Rebecca stuck in an attempt to place herself in the aeroplane seat is hilarious; I felt sick laughing. Here is a little part of that scene:
“Right –on a count of three!” Felt-tip yelled. “One, two, three- PULL!” With her face buried in dandruff man’s scalp, Rebecca wondered if the crowd that had now gathered in the aisle would notice if she burst into tears. Probably not, she surmised. They were all far too busy joining in the circus by shouting out their instruction to the ringmaster: “Try lifting her up and then out.” “No! That won’t work. Keep pulling her towards you.”
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?
Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.
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