The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

Jane Green

“Whether you have a sister or not, The Sunshine Sisters is my definition of the perfect beach read.”—Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

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“A plum of a novel: juicy, ripe and bursting with sticky situations. I savored every page.”—Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Identicals

“A warm, satisfying tale about the love that binds even the most dysfunctional of families.”—People

“With clear prose and a straightforward plot, Green spins a breezy story.”—The Washington Post

The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

 
Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.
 
As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother’s overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother’s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London—and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother’s fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.
 
But now the Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother’s illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all...


Advance Galley Reviews

I have read several books by Jane Green, and loved each one. However, in my opinion, this is her best book so far. I have always loved her writing style and the depth of her characters. This book is not chic lit. It is women fiction. This story is a novel dealing with some very difficult, what could be, real life issues. I was very impressed with how Jane Green used a completely broken family to show how important it is for children to feel loved and secure by both parents. In this family there are three sisters. Their parents are divorced, the Mother hates her ex-husband and the children know it. The girl’s Father remarries and he and his wife have a child. The stepmother does not want to include his children in their marriage. The girl’s Mother, Ronnie Sunshine, is a celebrity. She grew up in England and relocated to Hollywood to become a star. She was in a few B movies but never made it to the best movies. “She was a narcissistic disinterested Mother who alienated her three daughters.” She has been critical of her daughters throughout their life and their current lives show the effects of her parenting. When Ronnie is diagnosed with a serious illness she calls her girls home. They are now adults and are going through crises of their own. They have almost nothing to do with each other or their Mother. Reluctantly, they all agree to accept their Mother’s final wishes and return to their childhood home. Nothing is easy about them being together with one another. It is also difficult for each of them to be around their Mother. As their Mother’s illness takes over her body they begin to realize what is really important in each of their lives. They are sisters after all and have the same blood flowing through their veins. Jane Green has written an exceptional book dealing with difficult family issues that often tear families apart. She has used just the right words and characters to show there can be hope, even in what appears to be hopeless situations. I highly recommend this book. Note: I received “The Sunshine Sisters “ by Jane Green, free, from First Reads in galley form.

I have read all of Jane Green's novels. They are usually quintessential beach reads - enjoyable, but somewhat predictable. The Sunshine Sisters was incredibly predictable yet only somewhat enjoyable. Each of the four main characters were some of the least developed characters I have read of Jane Green's. Each sister was more of an archetype than a fully-fleshed out character. As each sister was introduced in the present day, I could tell almost exactly what their journey through the novel would be. Additionally, for a novel dealing with the very senstive subject of assisted suicide, I was taken aback at how lightly Green handled it throughout the book. I think she missed a great deal of opportunity in this area. If you are a Jane Green fan, you will likely enjoy the book but you have been down this path before with her and now how even less developed characters than you are used to seeing.

It's been a little while since I read this book, and the memory that lingers is not that this is a story about mercy killing, even though the book opens with Ronnie's decision to end her life. No, that was merely a plot device, a way to get all three Sunshine sisters under one roof. I can accept it as a plot device, I suppose, but I wish more had been done with that thread. Rather, the feeling I was left with was that this was a story about four women, none of whom ever really felt more than one-dimentional to me, who all blame mommy dearest for their problems even though they are grown ass women. Sure, we could get into the whole nature versus nurture debate, but really there reaches a time where you have to say, All right, your upbringing sucked, but instead of rising above it, you simply wallow in it and use it as an excuse for your mistakes. Meredith was probably the most frustrating of the sisters; I felt some small sympathy toward her for her self-esteem issues (that part of her felt relatable...to an extent), bit then she was with Derrick because she thought she could "do no better," and I just wanted to shake her and say, "God, woman, don't you have ANY self-respect?!" Nell never felt fully realized, and the realization that she's attracted to women felt a little too abrupt and forced. And then there's Lizzy. She was terrible immoral, and kind of a bitch, but she was the only one who felt real and offered some life and humor into the story. She might have been the "worst" of the Sunshine sisters, but from this reader's perspective, she saved the story from being a big dull dud.

I love Jane Green's writing, and this book did not disappoint in that regard. I was excited to see the cover since I was on a readers panel to help pick it. As much as I love the cover, I'm not sure that it was the best portrayal of what the book is about. I think I only remember one scene where they talk about going to the beach, but since this is summer, I can see the allure of wanting this to call to readers to pick up as a beach read. While I enjoyed the flow of the writing, and the plot of the book, I honestly didn't like any of the characters. There are some books that have unlikable characters on purpose, but I don't think that was the case here. They were all so rude to each other, and regardless of the forgiveness that ultimately takes place, I just wasn't buying it based on their treatment of each other. Unfortunately this did damper my overall enthusiasm for the book. I will still pick up the next book by Jane Green since I have enjoyed many of her books in the past, the characters in this one just didn't work for me.

The Sunshine Girls is my first experience in reading Jane Green’s novels and I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to read it since most sites I visit categorize it as Chick Lit, which isn’t generally a genre I enjoy. I’m so glad I gave it a chance though because The Sunshine Girls is a beautifully written, compelling family drama that focuses on mother-daughter relationships, the bond between siblings, the search for love and self-worth, and most importantly, end-of-life regrets and the search for forgiveness and redemption. The story focuses on Ronni Sunshine, an aging Hollywood star who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. When the story opens, Ronni is reflecting on her life – choices she has made, good and bad, and especially on regrets she has. Her biggest regret – and one she hopes she can fix in the little time she has left – is how she raised her three daughters, Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy. Even though she would never admit it before, Ronni is now fully cognizant of how she was so consumed with herself and with her career, that she never gave her daughters the attention, love, and support they needed. She raised them in an environment where she was not only often physically unavailable to them, but she was emotionally unavailable as well. The environment that Ronni created for her daughters was not only harmful to her relationship with them, but it also damaged the bond between the sisters as well. When Ronni was frustrated with how things were going in her professional life, she often took out her frustrations on her girls, especially Meredith and Nell, heaping criticism upon criticism on them. Her favorite target was Meredith because Meredith was overweight and very insecure about herself, but Nell was a close second. Youngest daughter Lizzy somehow managed to escape the brunt of the verbal abuse, maybe because she was the baby or maybe because in most ways, she was the most similar to Ronni. Whatever the reason, Lizzy always being excluded from Ronni’s moody tirades only served to create resentment and drive a wedge between the sisters. For each of them, their primary goal in life is hurry up and graduate from high school and move as far away from Ronni as possible. Each of the Sunshine sisters therefore go their separate ways and follow their own path. While each sister is moderately successful professionally, their personal lives are less than ideal. Healthy relationships seem to elude them, and they rarely ever speak to each other or to their mother. Oldest daughter Nell gets pregnant right out of high school, but the father doesn’t want anything to do with the baby so she’s left to raise her child alone. Nell stays closest to home, moving into a nearby farm and working as the caretaker there. Middle daughter Meredith moves to London, becomes an accountant, and gets engaged to a man that everyone assumes she has just settled for because in many ways, he’s a giant loser. Youngest daughter Lizzy becomes a successful business entrepreneur and operates a successful line of pop-up rooftop restaurants in Manhattan. Lizzy is married and has a child, but Lizzy also has a long-standing affair with her business partner. As she reflects on her life and how she wants to leave this world, Ronni decides that she wants to do whatever she can to bring her daughters back together and repair the sisterly bond that she damaged when they were young. She therefore summons all three of them home so that she can tell them about her illness and so that she can try to begin the healing process in their relationships. While Ronni ultimately hopes they’ll forgive her for being such a sub-par mother, what she’s most concerned about at this point is that they come back together as a family so that she knows they’ll have each other after she’s gone. LIKES My favorite part of The Sunshine Sisters is how well drawn each of the characters are. Even though the story starts out from Ronni’s point of view, we also see things from each of the three daughter’s perspectives so in each case, we get to see how they view themselves as well as how others view them. I also liked the complexity of the relationship between Ronni and her children, as well as the relationships that each daughter has as they move into adulthood and beyond. It’s easy to see how their upbringing has shaped them into people who find it hard to enter into healthy relationships. Nell finds it easier to just not even put herself out there. It’s easier to just say she’s too busy with the farm and with raising her son. In Meredith’s case, the insecurity about her weight that her mom helped to perpetuate has made it so that she just assumes no one will ever fall in love with her. And in Lizzy’s case, she almost seems determined to sabotage what at least on the surface appears to be a healthy marriage. Ronni knows this is her fault and makes it her end-of-life mission to have a heart-to-heart with each daughter, basically giving them a lifetime of motherly advice and pep talks in one last conversation. While she knows it’s probably too little too late in terms of them forgiving her, Ronni still hopes that these talks will at least let her daughters know that even though she was a horrible mother, she still loves them with all her heart and wants nothing but the best for them. DISLIKES I can’t really say I had any real dislikes other than that a few plot points were a little predictable. In most cases, the outcome was what I was hoping for though so it didn’t really bother me too much. FINAL THOUGHTS If you like a good family drama that explores relationships gone wrong and whether or not they can be repaired, then The Sunshine Sisters is one you should have on your radar. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and Ronni being Ronni will occasionally make you want to throw the book across the room, but ultimately you won’t be able to put it down until you find out if Ronni achieves her dying wish to reunite her family. RATING: 4 STARS Thanks so much to First to Read, the Publisher, and of course Jane Green, for providing me with a copy of The Sunshine Girls in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influences my opinion of the book.

I discovered Jane Green when I was in high school so I have been reading her books for a number of years. I enjoyed this book and while it is not my favorite of her novels, it was till a nice, quick read. While I was not a fan of all of the sisters (Lizzy), I understood their personalities and appreciated their journey. There were some aspects that were somewhat unbelievable such as the time frame for reconciliation (three days), but it did not detract from the novel. All in all, it was a light, enjoyable read and would recommend to fans of women's fiction.

I really enjoyed this book! I had 20+ hours of traveling recently and this book made the the time fly! The story of the Sunshine sisters definitely drew me in from the minute I started the book. It was interesting to see how growing up with Ronni as their mother impacted each of the girls and how it impacted each of their relationships with each other. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I was happy with the way the book ended.

The Sunshine Sisters was one of those books that I just devoured. I found myself drawn back to the story of Ronni and her three daughters and I became totally wrapped up in their lives. Talk about a dysfunctional family, wow! And I don't know, was that what drew me to this interesting, complicated family? Don't all of us have some degree of dysfunction in our own families? I just needed to find out if the Sunshine family was able to survive and move on with their lives. The three sisters are all as different as night and day and they each had their own way of dealing with their difficult mother. Ronni shaped each of her daughter's personalities by the way she treated them. They are the people they are today because of, or in spite of, her. When Ronni calls them all home, they have to work out their issues with her, and with each other, before they all implode. Watching each of them work through their thoughts and emotions made the story compelling for me and made me think a little bit about my family, at times. Every family, and the siblings in those families have problems. The Sunshine Sisters was a very interesting look at the power of family dynamics.

DNF - Read about 55%. The story started off interestingly enough, with B-list actress Ronnie Sunshine wrestling with herself after turning down a role that could catapult her to the top of the Hollywood ladder because of a producer's salacious demands. Then we skip to something a bit later in time (maybe a few months?), as we get her daughters' points-of-view as they struggle with a mother who is too busy with her own selfish needs to show compassion towards them. Next, we jump to the youngest daughter as a teenager, and then all of a sudden they are all adults. If my review seems a bit disjointed, that's because the book was, as well. The time jumps didn't make much sense to me and could be confusing at times even with years as chapter titles -- there didn't seem to be a clear progression of time, just quantum leaps. Once we get to the daughters' adult lives, we see how the world each has created for herself is seriously cracked and flawed. The eldest daughter, Nell, has intimacy issues and prefers to be alone; Meredith, the middle child, has consumed herself with her weight to the point where she is engaged to a man who controls what she eats; and the youngest, Lizzy, is as erratic as her mother, and treats those she loves just as callously as Ronnie herself did. Spoiler Alert: None of the characters' stories was very compelling and were fairly predictable at times. I stopped reading once Ronnie's illness is revealed to readers because, despite saying she wanted to make amends with her daughters, she agrees to let a writer follow her around with a camera as she breaks the news to her girls. This, to me, doesn't seem like a woman who is trying to rebuild bridges she burnt and every character -- and their actions -- was so unlikable that I didn't have the desire to continue reading.

Jane Green is always a must read for me. I've been reading her for 15 years and her stories are always fun.

Once you get past the first chapter of the book we see the beginning of the story Where Ronni Sunshine is a Hollywood actress and her family life. We see her three daughters Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy. Throughout the story the story changes narrators, so we see everyone's life from their point of view. Nell is the oldest and has learned how to keep away from her mothers anger. She ends up a teen mother and does everything to keep herself from being her mother and makes sure her son is her main focus in life. Meredith took the brunt of her mothers anger. She mostly settles for whatever her way rather than trying for more. Lizzy is the baby and the most like Ronni and she got away with everything when she was a child and teenager. As an adult Lizzy still behaves horribly. In the end everyone changes and things are not so dreary. Nell was my favorite character in this book. The ending for her was something I did not see coming but it was great to see her happy. In the end Ronni did try to make up for her short comings. There was a bit of a time jump and the story is not a life is all sunshine and rainbows kind of story. It was an interesting book. I would read another book by this author.

dnf @ 40% I have read almost half the book and I really don't like any of the characters and don't care what happens to them. Maybe I will give it a try at some other point but it is not working for me at all right now.

How could I have missed out on Jane Green's books all these years? This story is a mix of elements revolving around a dysfunctional family, the Sunshines. Volatile celebrity actress mother, Ronni, raises three very different daughters ending up estranged from each other as adults. Remorseful and suffering from ALS, Ronni chooses to end her life but first wishes to make things right. She brings the family together one last time to say goodbye and reweaves lasting relationships. Touching, entertaining, and relatable in many ways!

An interesting story about how a selfish, mean and neglectful mother's actions reverberate throughout the lives of her daughters, tainting self images and decisions for years. And how each sister, as their mother is dying, will choose to deal with what lies ahead.

Of all her acting jobs, motherhood was Ronni Sunshine's least successful part. For one thing, none of her pregnancies were planned. In fact, her last one, with Lizzy, cost her a potentially award-winning role. Her three daughters are not so much children for her to tend as props and, far more often, targets. Nell, the oldest, learns to keep quiet and retreat, something she puts into life-altering motion when she leaves home at the first opportunity. Middle child Meredith, the people pleaser, strives to do just that: please her mother. But Ronni finds her lacking, particularly when it comes to her looks. Meredith is a little overweight, something Ronni points out at every opportunity. Like Nell, Meredith leaves home as quickly as she can, only unlike Nell, she doesn't move within an hour - she flees to London. The baby of the family, Lizzy, learns that the best revenge is to remain defiantly unaffected. Now, with the girls in their thirties and early forties, Ronni has beckoned them home. Disease-ridden, she is not above using that as a means of manipulating her daughters into an extremely rare visit. One reason for the command: Ronni wants a documentarian to film her waning days, and she would like Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy to partake. Jane Green treads familiar territory with the premise of this book: the remote, uninvolved mother; the three disparate and detached sisters; even a father who emotionally and physically abandons his daughters upon a remarriage. Despite the sense of cliché, Green gives her story some jolts of freshness, largely with Lizzy. She's the only one who faces ugly truths about herself and sets out to do something about them. She is selfish, spoiled, and entitled, and once she realizes and accepts this, she recognizes that she has to change some things. Nell and Meredith neither face nor conquer such a dramatic shift, yet their familiarity feels comfortable. You've seen them before, but you welcome them again here. The men in this book fare poorly, largely because they are straight out of Central Casting, the most egregious of which is the girls' father. Despite the sense of unoriginality, this is an enjoyable book to read. Green uses the setting of Westport, Connecticut, quite purposefully, putting the Sunshine women close to healing waters. Yes, you will feel as if you've read this story before, but encountering it through the eyes of Jane Green makes it a wonderful summer read.

I thought this book started a little slow and I wasn't sure, but I'm glad I stuck with it. About 40% in I found that I didn't want to put it down. It was a nice read about complicated family relationships.

I really enjoyed this book. I know a lot of people are looking forward to reading it and it's definitely worth it. I felt the book started to drag about midway through but it turned back around. The three sisters are all so relatable and I could see a little of me in all three. I felt it really shined a light on the true relationships of sisters. I also enjoyed the love/hate relationship they all had with their mother. All and All, I would saw Ronni Sunshine's final role was her finest.

Quick, easy, light ready. Great book for under a shade tree outside, wasting away a Saturday.

Great quick and beachy read. I liked the characters and cared about what happened to them. The story was wrapped up nicely but not perfectly, which is a plus. It was just a simple enjoyable book.

While I enjoyed the story, I wasn't all that into it. I felt I wanted to know what happened to the sisters in the week leading up to their mother's death but I felt that I could put the book down and walk away from it. I liked that each sister was different from the others but even that felt a little expected. I caught myself skipping ahead so I could finish.

Jane Green tends to write the same kind of book. Same plot just different faces. The book wasn't terrible but it was defiantly a beach read.

Family relationships are complicated. Marriages are challenging. This is story of family & relationships. Broken & healing. The Sunshine sisters are three. Oldest child, middle child, and youngest. They grew up with a self-absorbed actress mother. Each trying to find their way in the world while desperately wanting the absent love of their mother. Each daughter reacted differently to their mother's neglect in childhood. But each left home as quickly as she could, drifting apart from their mother and each other. The reader knows from page one that their mother will soon die. She brings her daughters home together hoping to see her them reunited and forming a lasting relationship before she dies. For the daughters it becomes a journey of long overdue self-discovery and that life is whatever you choose to make it. Death bed conversations are a bit trite for me. It would be nice if dying could be as perfect a scene as that. But as with Green's other books, there's a life lesson to be learned here even if the story is a bit overdone.

Cheers to THE SUNSHINE SISTERS!! I always love reading Jane Green's books. Green's latest offering is probably my favorite of her novels. I read 200+ pages in one sitting. For me, that's a big deal. I've been recovering from surgery (that's a book in itself!) and I've had a little more time to read. I've also had visitors, which I love and appreciate, and post-op appointments. Hated to put this book down. The constant interruptions. Urgh.You know how it is. Ya just get so annoyed when a great read has to be temporarily sidelined. I started this book the day before Mother's Day and it really was an excellent choice, given the holiday. Ronni Sunshine is nothing like my mother but I do have three siblings, and I'm the middle child. I wasn't always. I used to be the baby. Until I was 18 and graduating from high school, making my Bal Masque debut. (Hey! I'm a southern gal. We still do cotillions.) There was my beautiful forty-three year old mother, eight months pregnant, glowing, and stealing my thunder. The following month, along came the new "Baby Sister", a name my father (I'm his favorite!) fondly called ME. Suddenly, this gorgeous baby girl stole our hearts and just like that I became the middle child. I was always confident, had lots of friends (voted Class Favorite every year of high school), and I was attractive. But, Baby Sister, well, she is stunning!! Can do no wrong, even though she's mischievous. Baby sis is a United States soldier, in charge of military honor funerals. "Though she be but little, she is fierce!" - Shakespeare So, Baby Sister reminded me of Lizzy, the youngest Sunshine sister and her mother's perfect child. (Coincidentally, Baby Sister IS Mom's favorite. No doubt about it.) My oldest sibling, my brother, has succeeded at everything he's laid his hands on. A jack-of-all-trades. He built a giant, modern mansion, his dream home, with his own two hands. Oh, yes!! He did!!! He's not even an architect! He's an I.T. Specialist and the BEST around. Dave is also lead singer in a pretty popular local band. He's a musician at heart. Of course, he's great!! Best big brother a girl could have. I guess my brother is a combination of both Nell, the oldest Sunshine sibling, who's quiet and reserved, and the ever-successful Lizzy. Then, there's me. I'm Meredith, the middle child. Oh! I'm so Meredith - the people pleaser. Don't want to disappoint anyone, but I realize that I cannot please everyone. I surround myself with those that love and accept me, with all my shiny faults. And, the first person I reach for, after my beautiful husband, is Baby Sister. When I was hospitalized for emergency surgery two and a half weeks ago, Baby Sister was there bright and early every morning, stayed the entire day, soldiering through arctic temperatures in my room, sitting mostly in the dark because I refused light and tv. She held my hand when I expressed fear of dying. She made necessary phone calls. My mother was out of town, worried sick. Baby Sister was both sister AND mother. She's my biggest cheerleader, my best friend. She's my sunshine sister on the darkest of days. This story resonated so much feeling in me. As I mentioned, my mother is nothing like the selfish, over indulged Ronni Sunshine. Is Mom pampered? Yes! My dad, my wonderful, amazing big guy, provided his family with love and so much more. Dad is nothing like Mr. Sunshine. Unlike the Sunshine Sisters, I've enjoyed a comfortable, close relationship with my siblings and unconditional love from a set of parents I'm blessed to have. However, Jane Green evokes powerful meanings and memories of family. I appreciate her stories. They're so real. Although some of her characters have no right to ask for love or forgiveness, in the end, it's about family, a bond that can never be broken. My family made me who I am. I would be lost without them. This story made me appreciate each member of my family so much more. Thanks, Jane Green! Another winner. I wouldn't mind visiting the Sunshine Sisters in the near future. Surely there is much more to their story. Quick afterthought: I originally gave this book four stars. After thinking about the effect it had on me, I decided it was well worth five stars. So, yeah...five sun-shining stars!!!!! * I received a DRC through Penguin's First to Read program for review. Rambling thoughts are my own.

This book is definitely a beach read. It wasn't bad but it also wasn't great. The book follows the Sunshine Girls as they grow up and as they try to come to terms with their mother. The author does do a good job of switching focus between the girls so you will never get confused on who the chapter is about. I found myself reading just to see how it would end. Definitely the type of book to read when you've read through most important ones first.

Mother's illness brings three estranged sisters together again. Ronni, an actress, is a narcissistic and dramatic mother to three girls. Her daughters, Nell the single mother who runs a farm, Meredith who is engaged to a man she's not sure she loves, and Lizzy a TV show chef famous for her pop up supper clubs in NYC, grow up fearing their mother's temper tantrums. After high school, they each go their separate ways and barely keep in touch with each other. In later years, when Ronni is diagnosed with ALS, she summons them all home to share her tragic news in the hopes that they can all reconnect before it's too late. While the premise was good, this book was just kinda meh for me as a reader. This was my first time reading a novel by Jane Green, and unfortunately, it was too light for my current tastes and definitely a "beach" read, if you will. I did appreciate that she mentioned [book:The Thorn Birds|3412] since that is one of my favorite books EVER! Hehe. If you're looking for a light read, then this might just be your cup of tea! Thank you to the author, the publisher, and First to Read for a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!

I wasn't crazy enough about the characters, storyline or plot/pacing to finish reading! I loved Jemima J, way back when, but I just feel like the rest of the books I've read by her aren't for me. I keep wanting to like them, but it hasn't worked out that way.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the different relationships in the story. For me it was all about the sisters finding their happiness even though their mother was such a selfish person even up until her death. I actually liked the format of the book and how the story was told.

I have read a few Jane Green books but not in recent years. This was a great book about the ups and downs of families. Looking forward to reading more by this author!

Great beach or lazy rainy day read.

Thank you First to Read for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Jane Green's The Sunshine Sisters. Jane Green is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her books. This story dealt with an actress name Ronni Sunshine, taking us through her "glory days" as an up and coming actress until her death. Ronni was then diagnosed with a terminal illness and in this she was able to realize what she had done to her relationship with her daughters and their relationship with each other. Before her death she wants her daughters to be able to get along and be able to depend on either other. Through it all there was happiness and tears and this story shows that you cannot let fame & material possessions get in the way of relationships because in the end it may be to late.

All too predictable and unrealistic... perfect for a beach read or lazy summer Sunday. You won't be wowed, but you'll be mildly entertained.

This is my first exposure to Jane Green's work, and she's not making a good first impression. The writing is grammatically flawed, and I just can't bring myself to care about the characters. This could and should be a much shorter book if the unnecessary repetition of information could be edited out.

This book deals with some incredibly heavy subject matter. But Jane Green deals with it in such a way that I never felt bogged down by the heaviness of it all. Instead I felt buoyed up in the hope that she filled the pages with, hope that problems could be solved, that relationships could be mended, that forgiveness could be had and given and that love would win out in the end. This was a beautiful book, my favorite by this author for sure. I loved each of the Sunshine Girls, in all of their brokenness and quirkiness. I even eventually loved Ronni, although it took awhile. The emotion ran strong and there were a lot of tears for me along the way as I identified with a few of the characters and their feelings. But I never felt sad or depressed with all of the angst. There was a lot of laughter throughout and a really great ending that left me hopeful and loving this strong group of women. I love when a book can make me feel so much but leave me happy at the end, and this book does that. I highly recommend this book to lovers of family drama, with well written characters who make you love them, quirks and all. This was a fabulous read.

Breezy take on all the basics of family dysfunction known so well in the women's fiction world: narcissistic mother, maltreated daughters, disappearing father and 40 years of their tumultuous lives. Their mother is diagnosed with a fatal disease; will everyone reconcile in time for her death? If you doubt the answer, then you don't know much about the genre.

4.5? this may be Jane Green's best novel to date! I received an advanced reader copy from First to Read and was thrilled since she is one of my go to authors, despite my up and down reviews of her novels. the characters are well developed, and she describes both the mother-daughter and sister-sister dynamics or relationships well. I thought the pieces could have been woven together a little more evenly to make the story flow more smoothly. overall this is a lovely story that reads quickly - and an ending that left me very satisfied

I loved this book. Nell, Meredith and Lizzie were all affected by the lack of love and compassion that their mother had for them growing up. They had to find a way to move past that and live their lives. Ronni had to make amends so she could die peacefully. I love the way the story went and wraps everything up so neatly. I have read several Jane Green books...she doesn't disappoint!!! So thankful to have been chosen for an advanced copy!!!

As I am a voracious reader and love books, I was so excited to receive my first digital galley of The Sunshine Sisters. I have read and enjoyed all of Jane Green's books. The famous and beautiful Hollywood actress, Ronni Sunshine was self absorbed and more interested in her acting career than raising her three daughters. Each sister had her own unique looks and personality. As they grew into adulthood the sisters became estranged as they followed their dreams and pursued different careers. Suffering an incurable disease, Ronni summons her daughters back to their childhood home for an unexpected request. As they confront their past, the sisters learn compassion and love as they overcome old conflicts and strive to rebuild their relationships and fondness for each other and their mother.

This is the first book I read by Jane Greene. Iit is a great summer read. A second rate movie Star, Ronni Sunshine, is the matriarch of her dysfunctional family. Her three daughters, Nell, Meredith. and Lizzy are brought back together by their mother to witness her death. Each of the daughters learns lots about herself during the three days they are together. Ronni loves each of them although she wasn't the best mom when they were growing up. Loved the book.

The Sunshine Sisters is the perfect Summer read! This story is about a very dysfunctional family, I mean really, what family isn't?! Ronni Sunshine, once a famous actress, was a self-centered, dispassionate mother who was never available for her 3 daughters as they were growing up. You might say she created a very toxic environment for them, because the bond they once had has now been disconnected through all the turbulence Ronni created throughout the years. The story follows each sister through their life, and you will see how each one is unique in their own way. Each creating a different life for themselves, each going down a different path. But now Ronni has called them home in hopes they will fulfill her final wishes. Ronni wants to make amends to her daughters, and she wants them to become a family again - like they should have been many years ago. Will the girls ever forgive their mother for how they were raised? Will the girls become a family again and set aside the distaste and jealousy they have for each another? Is Ronni asking the impossible? In the end, this is a very emotional story about family, forgiveness, love, finding out who you really are, self-worth, and most importantly, mother and daughter relationships. *I would like to thank First to Read, Berkley Books, and Jane Green for the ARC of this book.

The Sunshine Sisters are all the daughters of Ronni Sunshine, a used to be famous actress. The three daughters are as different as sisters can be. The book follows them through their life to the point where they have all been called back to their mother's side and they don't know why. Nell, who went the shortest distance from their mother's Connecticut home, is taking over an organic farm she inherited. Meredith, the stereotypical middle child, has run all the way to England to escape the criticism of her mother about her weight and her love life. Lizzy is the youngest and has always been the favorite. She is now a famous tv chef in New York City. When they are brought back together by their mother, they discover that she is dying and wants them to get back together to support each other after she is gone. The Sunshine Sisters is a typical sisters who don't like each other but need to come together story. But the writing is good and the characters are likable and fun. So this is totally good to add to this summer's beach read list!

The story of an elderly, B movie star who is dying and tries to get her three daughters together before she is gone. I think that this is the first book by Jane Green that I have read. I tried to like the book more but found nothing in common with the characters and had little pity or emotion for the dying starlet. Sorry, I really think that this book rating should be 1.5 stars.

Jane Green's books are like a bowl of good soup. You know, even if there are no surprise ingredients, you are going to enjoy them. "The Sunshine Girls" is no different. The story centers around Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy Sunshine and how their relationship with their mother, Ronnie, shaped their lives and who they are currently. Ronnie has ALS and, while awful, the disease allows her to look at the mistakes she made with her daughters and the words she needs to give them now that her time is limited. Jane Green's books always make you feel good and give you a happy for now ending that hits the spot in a fantastic beach read.

To me, this book was all about relationships and how you can make amends. It shows that families can look all rainbows and sunshine on the outside, the inside, behind closed doors might not be what it seems. This is a very dysfunctional family, but what family isn't. Ronnie is the perfect Hollywood diva who cares more about image and herself than her three daughters who can't wait to get away from her. When the veil comes off and her mood comes out, the daughters react in different ways. Nell closes off and leaves, Meri breaks down and leaves the country and Lizzy doesn't take any crap from her Mom showing that Lizzy really is like her Mom. I have four sisters so it was interesting to see how the sisters were very different yet could support each other. There were relationships happening where you just wanted to smack people on the back of the head and relationships where you wanted to stand up and cheer. I found this a typical Jane Green book, and I've pretty much read them all. I enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I found myself thinking about the sisters when I wasn't reading the book.

This one was a hard one to review. This is my 4th Jane Green book. I keep trying her books because the masses seem to love her. I have two more on my "to read" list and then that will be it for me. This one, however, was a little better than the other three I read and therefore, I gave it one more star than the others. It wasn't as dramatic as the others, either and slightly more believable. Ronni Sunshine, megastar back in her heyday, has three daughters, Nell, Meredith and Lizzy. Ronni is sick (not really a spoiler) and wants to, as a lot of people do, make amends with her family. All three girls are not close with their mother, due to the fact that her actor life took her away from them for long periods of time and quite frankly, made her quite the narcissist. The girls aren't close with each other either. Each daughter has branched out and they barely talk. Ronni wants to try and change that, too and try and make them see that they need each other. Word of advice, the book did hold my interest, but it is a light read. There are no surprises here. What you read on Goodreads, or the book jacket is what you get. But, all in all, a good story, except for a side issue (which I won't go into here) seemed to be an afterthought that wanted to be forced into the story by the author and not really relevant to the main plot. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House First To Read Program! I really appreciate it.

Thank you to Penguin Random House and First to Read for the opportunity to review this book. I have previously only read one Jane Green novel, and from my experience it was a light summer read, perfect for the pool or beach. Light and easy. I think this book had more depth in character and plot than my previous read however, and while I have limited experience I would say it was better than the other Jane Green novel I read- although I know that is incredibly subjective. I think this book stands out in it's introspective nature. The novel is dramatic, and wrought with poignant questions about family relationships and dynamics. Ronni Sunshine and her daughters are truly unique characters shaped by their experiences and there is a character that everyone can relate to in some way because of the problems they face and experiences they have. I think the differences betweeen the three sisters being so stark allows for this attachment to the characters.I especially loved the sequences leading up to the meat of the present day. I felt they were insightful and the characters became more real because of it. The main plot of the book does come much later and the prologue is a bit of a spoiler- although by the end of the book in my rapture I had forgotten about the prologue's key information. I think this novel is a bit more dense than a typical beach read, but would be a great call for anyone who is a fan of Women's Fiction as a genre. I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading more Jane Green in the future.

My rating : 3.5 stars I am at a loss as to how do I pen down exactly what I felt while reading this book. This is only my second ARC from Penguin & FTR ( thank you, again!) and the first one was a typical summer romance. I started out this book thinking this one is a chick-lit too. But it turned out to be proper Women's fiction , or at least till the midway point it was, and I was pleasantly surprised enough to read till 4 AM. A story about a movie star mother and her 3 daughters mostly neglected, and how their lives diverge and converge in the decades to follow. I love dysfunctional families and this one resonated with me as the plot hit close to home. I can imagine what having a somewhat eccentric mother, a father mostly away travelling, and only a sibling to rely on , is like. It all went really well for me, dark and edgy, real problems of seemingly real women, till the midway point where the family reunites. That was where I thought - huh, really? It goes typical chick-lit fashion then on - all happy endings, all ends neatly tied up. I wanted a different writing, different course to the same ending. It was as if the writer changed midway! It was still better than a lot of books I have read recently, but hey, Life isnt all that neat as this book made it out to be. That is my only grouse - better writing midway would have made it one of my best beach reads this year. That said, I did want to find out what happens to the characters in the end - especially Lizzy and it was engrossing read though weak in the conclusion. 3.5 stars

I think this will make a really great summer read! I have never read a book by Jane Green before and this was a pleasant surprise even though I don't really care for books that give the ending away in the beginning - ( If you don't want to know the ending, skip the prologue and then read it before the epilogue). This was a great read about the difficult childhood of 3 sisters by their selfish mother & absent father. It draws you into their lives and the choices they make from how they grew up. It's full of life experiences, heartache, love and loss.This also takes you through one of the sisters discovering why all these years she never found the right man. I was drawn in to the story & loved all the sisters each in their own way. I wish the author would have given a few of the different characters best recipes, that would have made the book even better after reading how amazing they were.

An easy read. When I saw this book I was very excited because I really wanted to read it (the beautiful cover and also the premise touched my heart) but it disappoint me a little, the attitud of the characters just did not like me, however, I think that in the end Jane Green knew how to give to The Sunshine Sisters an ideal ending.

A book about finding your true self- no matter how old you are, or how damaged you may be.

Jane Green's THE SUNSHINE SISTERS tells the story of three daughters of an ailing former movie star. Even though the plot was predictable, the well developed female characters made this a quick, entertaining read. My thanks to Penguin's First to Read for the Advance Reader copy...

In typical Jane Green fashion, her characters were so interesting. I love books that have characters that are chefs and celebrities and this book had both, The short chapters really bode well for my busy lifestyle. I can pick up and read a chapter in just a few minutes. I wish I could find books similar to this all the time. Thank you for selecting me. It really was my pleasure!

Selfish, self-absorbed, actress mother, 3 adult daughters called home for her last act. What's not to like. Large portions of time are skipped throughout the lives of the daughters leading up to the reunion of sorts. Once together, relationships quickly tank or develop and at times felt almost like an outline of what was going to happen. However, the sister dynamic was genuine and the book was best in their interactions.

I am a big fan of Jane Green and absolutely loved this book! I tore through it, not wanting to put it down. I really identified with the characters - excellent character development. Thank you for the chance to read it early!

What is it about sisters? Love, hate, and everything in between are the feelings you have for the only people who have the same gene pool and same life experiences that you do. I LOVE a good sister story - and this is a GREAT one! This is the story of the Sunshine sisters and their over the top, actress mom. It is a story of ambition and regret, of choices made, of finding oneself AND finding out that sometimes, family is not only all we have but also all we need. I was hooked from the first page and enjoyed every minute of this book. Not only do I recommend this book, but I look forward to adding it to my personal library and reading it again and again.

It took me a little bit to get into this book as I kept thinking, what is this book about? But then I found myself totally absorbed into the lives of the sisters. They were all so different from one another, and I felt myself wanting to know more and more about them. This is a beautiful story and I highly recommend this book.

I have read previous Jane Green novels but "The Sunshine Sisters" has to be the best. The characters are so well developed. I found it hard to put down the book. The family dynamics were so relatable that I am sure everyone could find a piece of his/her family in the book. A great read!! Thanks for the advance readers copy.

I haven't read all of Jane Green's novels but enough that I feel comfortable in saying this is one of her best ones yet. Her books are always perfect vacation reads. I loved how the book followed each of the girls from childhood to adulthood. I thought it was well represented that despite children being raised under the same household, each child has different personality characteristics and coping mechanisms. The real heart of this book is the relationships between the mother and each daughter and the relationships between sisters. And while the ending was predictable, I'm glad that it brought much needed closure for the sisters and the opportunity to move forward in their lives. Thank you First To Read for the opportunity to read this ARC!

Thanks for the first to read opportunity. I enjoyed the relationships of the sisters, coming to terms with their individual selves and their mother. Great characters; all with different issues to resolve from youth to adulthood. Will make a good beach weekend read.

Ronnie Sunshine is an actress first, a mother way down the bottom rungs of the ladder. Self-involved, vain, selfish ,narcissistic, her main focus was always on her career and the publics person a of her as an actor. She raises three daughters who have each reacted to her hands off mothering in their own way. The oldest Nell is standoffish and self contained. She became a teen mother and created her own life working and then inheriting a nearby farm. The middle daughter is the people pleaser with zero self confidence, she escapes tomLondon and finds herself engaged to marry a man she doesn't really even like, yet alone love. The baby, Lizzy is brash, things come very easy. She is selfish and the most like her mother. Ronnie at 65, discovers she has a terminal disease and engages a plan to bring her daughters home, shares her parenting regrets and makes a bid to reunite the sisters so they will have each other after her death. Of which she plans to orchestrate on her own terms. The book is not maudlin, although dealing with many of life's burdens, it is well told and an engrossing, enjoyable read.

This was the first book I had read by this author, but I will be desperately seeking others. The sunshine sisters are raised with a mother that is self involved and causes the sisters to have terrible childhoods. The bond between the sisters disintegrate through the turmoil. The mother finds that she has ALS and seeks to have her daughters reunite to help her end her suffering. What follows is a thing of beauty. Each sister is redeemed, or saved in some way. This novel definitely highlighted the value and strength of family.

I would like to thank First to Read, Berkley, and Jane Green for the ARC of "The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green for my honest review. The genres of this novel and Women's Fiction and Drama. Jane Green writes about a truly dysfunctional family. She describes her characters as complicated and complex for starters. This is a heavy family drama. The mother, Ronni Sunshine is an actress and reminds me of a "Mommy Dearest" type person. Totally narcissistic, and unavailable as a mother to her three daughters, she has created a toxic environment for them. Ronni is very moody and takes it out on two of her daughters when she is having a dark day. She is constantly critical of her daughters and always complaining. The three daughters have very different personalities and have different ways of coping with their mother's temperament. This reflects in their relationships to one another and to to others. This also contributes to many life choices and their professions. An older Ronni calls her three daughters home, when she learns that her has a fatal illness. Upon reflection, Ronni wants to make amends to her daughters, and she wants her daughters to relate to one another and become a family. Is Ronni asking the impossible? How can three sisters who have been separated by choice,come together? Is it possible to show forgiveness to their mother. I love the way Jane Green writes the emotional story and discusses, family, mother and daughter relationships, self-worth, growth, forgiveness, love and hope? What does make a family? I would highly recommend this intriguing and dramatic family novel.

Very enjoyable story! Jane Green never disappoints ! This is one of those books you truly wish would not end the characters continue to live on in your mind long after the last page has been read. This will be a good recommended reading for the beach this summer

 


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