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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sister Dear

Laura McNeill is a writer, mom, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker.  In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News afiliates in New York and Alabama.  Laura holds a master's degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a PhD in Instructional Leadership at the University of Alabama.  When she's not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at eh beach.  She lives in North Alabama with her family.

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.

But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn't commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish - time that can never be recovered.  Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with her daughter she barely knows.

But Allie's return home shatters the quaint coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia.  Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie's claims of innocence.  Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined.  Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret - one that holds the key to Allie's freedom.

My Thoughts:
Sister Dear is an absolutely riveting story portraying small town Southern life, family relationships and redemption.  McNeill tells the story from varying character perspectives both past and present but does so fluidly.  She draws you in with Allie first on the scene in the first few pages.  By the end of the first chapter, I was invested in Allie's story and devoured the rest of the book.  I will be anxiously awaiting the next book by McNeill.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving an honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,