Anna, Bett and Carrie Quinlan were childhood singing stars, the Alphabet Sisters. As adults they haven’t spoken for years, ever since Bett’s fiancé left her for another sister. Now Lola, their larger-than-life grandmother, summons them home for her eightieth-birthday extravaganza and a surprise announcement – she wants them to revive their singing careers and stage a musical she has written. Rehearsals get underway and family secrets begin to be shared and revealed.
But just as the rifts begin to close, the Alphabet Sisters face a test they never imagined . . .
This was one of the books that i read on my recent holiday. It was very relaxing after having a swim at the beach, retiring to our rooftop terrace and lying in the sun on a lounge with a beer and a packet of chips whilst i read. That’s what i call a holiday.
The story is about three sisters; Anna, Bett and Carrie, who had a falling out three years ago and haven’t seen or spoken to each other since. Lola, their extravagant and unusual grandmother, insists that they all must come to her 80th birthday party and begrudgingly they agree. Little do they know what she has in store for them to make them stay, and that will hopefully bring them back together and sort things out once and for all.
I enjoyed this book (after all Monica McInerney is one of my favourite authors). It was well written, had plenty of humour, twists, challenges and some unexpected moments too.
I really liked most of the characters however i do admit that i already was biased against Carrie because of what she did – i didn’t like her so much at first. However as the story unfolded i started to warm to her.
At first i thought it was a lighthearted read. It came as a bit of a shock when towards the end of the book that tone definitely changed. I don’t know if it was just because i had certain expectations that it threw me so much or because it actually was a bit disjointed but either way i struggled through the ending. I’m not sure how to describe it without spoiling anything so i will just leave it there.
Even though the characters Monica created were fleshed out and written so well that they jumped out of the pages and became real, i don’t actually think the work of fiction as a whole was one of her best.
I’m not sure who i would recommend this book to as it is a lighthearted romance but then again it’s not. I guess if this is your first Monica McInerney book, read another before you decide whether you like her books or not.