you to Harper Collins for giving me a copy of Secret Sisters in exchange for an
had the opportunity to share Joy Callaway’s debut novel The Fifth AvenueArtists Society. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share Secret Sisters.
Joy writes historical fiction and once again she takes from a part of her own
history. Secret Sisters tells the story of how female fraternities began in the
United States. Many of us now would know
the female group as sororities.
College is one of the few colleges in the Midwest that include women as
students. These women are allowed to pick their majors, but not without
persecution from the male students and faculty. Most of the women at the
college choose the divinity major. These women also have their own social
gatherings and are not inclusive of the other women. What happens when a woman
chooses a major outside of divinity? This question was asked by a group of
women led by Elizabeth Carrington. Shouldn’t they have the right to meet and
have a social club of their own? The
women turn to the only fraternity on campus the Iota Gammas for guidance on how
to form a fraternity. They seek help
from their leader Grant Richardson, but will he be helpful? Will Whitsitt
accept a women’s fraternity?
Sisters is a great sophomore effort by author Joy Callaway. I found the
characters more engaging and interesting than in her first novel. I loved that
the character of Elizabeth Carrington. Readers will love her take charge
attitude and her commitment to the cause. Grant and Elizabeth's conflict made
for a more interesting read. It also
contributed greatly to the plot to keep readers guessing on whether the women
are successful. The pacing worked well in the framework of the novel. It did
slow in some spots, but an enjoyable read.
time we are visiting the lake house just outside of New York City. This lake house
is located in upstate. A Week at the Lakeis a stand-alone novel by Wendy Wax. She shares her same style with three friends
that are facing a huge secret.
has invited her two friends Mackenzie and Serena to the lake house. These
friends have spent a week at the lake for years together; until recently when
Emma decided to distance herself from her friends. Why? Emma is harboring a
secret that includes the three friends and her daughter Zoe. She plans to
reveal the secret at the lake house. The plans change when Emma has a
disagreement with Zoe. When Emma decides to go after her daughter she is struck
by an oncoming vehicle. Will the secret be revealed? What impact will this have on
Serena, Mackenzie, and Zoe?
novel is interesting, but it was not my favorite. The other two titles shared recently One Good Thing and The Houseat Mermaid Point are definite favorites. The story has a great plot. I loved
how she wove the back story of the
character of Emma throughout the story. The character that most resonated with
me is Mackenzie. She is married but has not children. All authors love their characters to grow and
Mackenzie’s arc is how does she feel not having children? Could readers identify with a childless
marriage? I too am older and would love
to be married with children. I understand this struggle.