The Sunshine Sisters
“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
“All women will recognize something of themselves in one of the Sunshine sisters. Jane Green’s best yet. I raced through this.”—Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and Paris for One and Other Stories
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
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