Jun 16, 2020

Sisters and Secrets by Jennifer Ryan Review

Sisters and Secrets
A Novel
By Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: June 16th, 2020
William Morrow Paperback
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

There’s nothing more complicated than the relationship among family…Especially when the Silva Sisters are keeping secrets.

For Sierra, it means returning home with her two little boys after a devastating Napa wildfire takes her home, her job, and even the last mementos of her late husband, David. Determined to start over, how can she ever reveal the truth—that her husband may have led a double life? 

To the world, Amy’s world is perfect: handsome husband, delightful children, an Instagram-worthy home. But behind this facade lies an awful truth: her marriage is rocky, her children resentful, her home on the verge of breaking up. 

Heather, impulsive, free-spirited, and single mom to an adorable little girl, lives for the moment wearing a carefree smile. But she refuses to reveal the truth about her daughter’s father, and his identity remains a mystery even to her family. 

As the Silva Sisters' secrets are revealed, each realizes that there is more to their family than meets the eyes…and forgiveness may be the only way to move forward and reclaim true happiness at last.

Sisters and Secrets is a moving novel of sisterhood, second chances, and the secrets that have the power to break or bond families—and alter destinies.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Jennifer Ryan is back with another stand-alone story and OH BOY is it a doozy! It is the tale of the three Silva sisters and their lives as adults and the secrets they keep. 


Sierra, the eldest sister who is widowed with 2 boys and has just lost everything they owned in a fire that destroyed their little town, taking with it all of the answers to her deceased husband's secrets. Sierra is the giver of the sisters, and even when she returned home after all of the horrors she had been through, she took no real-time for herself, just focused on her family.  


Then there is Amy; she seems to have the Instagram perfect life with her husband and two children, but nothing could be farther from the truth, with Amy’s over-scheduling and micromanaging pushing her little family to the brink. But Amy is also the headstrong and blunt one of the sisters, the justice fighter, but also loving and indulgent and I have to admit, my favorite of the sisters. 


Then there is the youngest Silva sister Heather, spoiled by everyone, is also jealous, resentful, and full of secrets, like who is the father to her beautiful baby girl. 


Oh my goodness, this book is explosive! it is a mix of a heartbreaking story with a heartwarming ending that only Jennifer Ryan could produce. I could dive in deep with more of my own personal thoughts and feelings on the character, I would end up giving away the whole story. But at the end of the day, the book is brilliant, I enjoyed this diversion from the normal (but thrilling) books the author writes, only to be emotionally devastated by this one. 


I give Sisters and Secrets a well deserved 5 stars! 

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes, and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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