Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr. Andreas, a professor and expert on Shakespeare, named his three daughters after three of Shakespeare's heroines: Rosalind from "As You Like It", Bianca from "The Taming of the Shrew" and Cordelia from "King Lear." The family is obsessed with books, which I loved, and watching television is forbidden - I'm good with that, too. Dr. Andreas dubbed them "The Weird Sisters" - also from Shakespeare. This is the story of how they come back to Barnwell as adults to care for their mother who had developed breast cancer. Rosalind is the older, stable one who takes care of everything and everyone. She is a professor at Barnwell along with her father and engaged to a wonderful man who has been given an opportunity in England. She has to decide whether to go or stay and whether her loved ones can survive without her. Bianca was fired from her job in New York City for stealing from the company and she is the wild one. Cordy has been all over just traveling around hobo-like and has come home pregnant - although she doesn't tell anyone right away. We learn a lot about the girls' childhood and watch them grow through their difficulties and become the women they are at the end of the book. I normally don't enjoy contemporary novels that much, but this one was interesting and I liked the way everything turned out - not all of it was as expected!

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