Good Reading : August 2017
GENERAL FICTION he Sunshine Sisters Jane Green h Ja T and ada wh o the detriment of her three daughters, Hollywood actress Ronni Sunshine has been consumed with her career for all her adult life. Nell, Meredith and Lizzy have been forced to adapt to dealing with a mother who lacks any kind of nurturing skills. con all Thriving on attention om anyone, Ronni has always demanded the spotlight in her public and private lives. But now om dem she is dying and she has had an epiphany. Despite a long and successful career on the screen and stage, the only real legacy Ronni will leave is her daughters. Time is running out for her to give her last performance – that of a caring mother who wants to reconcile with her estranged daughters and help them salvage their relationships with one another. Nell has always been independent. After a teenage she is dying and she has had an ep pregnancy, she set off to live and work on a nearby farm and has never looked back. Meredith, the target of her mother’s most vicious criticism, moved to London as soon as she was old enough and rarely visits. Lizzy, the youngest and the favourite, has also found herself in the spotlight as a celebrity chef, but her personal life is in turmoil. Called to their mother’s bedside and persuaded to stay a week under the pretence of waiting for test results, the girls are encouraged by Ronni to get to know one another again. Initially they fall into their old roles, and old wounds are opened. But as the week goes on and the seriousness of Ronni’s illness is revealed, the sisters find strength in their renewed relationships. They are inspired to make changes in their less than perfect lives, and they turn to one another for support when Ronni asks for one last sacrifice from each of them. The Sunshine Sisters is a great read and a reminder of the importance of sibling relationships and family. Sometimes the parent that causes the most trouble and is the biggest nuisance can leave the largest hole in a child’s life when they are gone. ★★★★ Macmillan $29.99 Reviewed by Melissa Wilson OUT NOW Siren BY Rachel Matthews A brave new novel that sensitively explores one young woman’s experience of sexual violence and the silencing of those who feel compelled to speak out.