The Sister Season - Jennifer Scott (2013)

Claire, Julia and Maya Yancy have all returned home to celebrate Christmas and bury their father. The three daughters love their mother, Elise, however, they have no love for the alcoholic father that abused them through their childhood. Elise to trying to make it a festive Christmas, with a tinsel-garnished tree and mulled wine, while holding a secret about her husband's death from her daughters. The three sisters have scattered across the country because of years of misunderstandings and harsh accusations. The sisters are no more than strangers to each other. As the three women spend time together, long-buried secrets resurface and present hardships are revealed. It finally takes a near tragedy for the sisters to come together. This novel will pull you in immediately. It is extremely sad and tackles very heavy topics, however, it ends with a measure of hope that will leave the reader satisfied. (AO)

The Sister Season, by Jennifer Scott, is about the homecoming of three sisters. The summary says: "It's December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They're also coming to bury their father. Claire, the youngest, a free spirit who journeyed to California, returns first. Then comes Julia, the eldest, a college professor with a teenage son of her own. And finally there's Maya, the middle child, who works so hard to be the perfect mother and wife. During the sisters' week together, old conflicts surface, new secrets emerge, and the limits and definitions of family are tested. And as the longest night of the year slips by and brightening days beckon, the sisters will have to answer one question: When you're a sister, aren't you a sister forever?"

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