The Christmas Sisters
In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas?

The Christmas Sisters Details

TitleThe Christmas Sisters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherHQN Books
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction

The Christmas Sisters Review

  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Delightfully mesmerizing, positively heartwarming, and absolutely brilliant!The Christmas Sisters is an engaging, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the beautiful ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands in winter and immerses you into the lives of the McBride family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, forgive, accept, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.The writing is expressive, effortless, and polished. The characterization is spo Delightfully mesmerizing, positively heartwarming, and absolutely brilliant!The Christmas Sisters is an engaging, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the beautiful ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands in winter and immerses you into the lives of the McBride family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, forgive, accept, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.The writing is expressive, effortless, and polished. The characterization is spot on with a whole slew of characters that are genuine, multi-layered, unique, and intriguing. And the plot, and it’s series of compelling subplots, skillfully unravels and intertwines to create an unforgettable, touching story about life, love, loss, family, secrets, friendship, romance, and happiness.The Christmas Sisters is without a doubt the perfect festive read that highlights the magic of the holidays and reminds us to always live life to the fullest and surround ourselves with those we love. It is a fabulously irresistible read that proves once again that when it comes to writing heartfelt, moving stories with characters you can’t help but fall in love with Morgan’s one of the best!Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, I realize that it’s only September and I’m already reading Christmas books and I’m totally ok with that! I’m like a little kid when it comes to the holiday season and I’m always more than ready to get into the holiday spirit, even before fall has officially started haha. The Christmas Sisters was the perfect book to bring the magic of the season to life and it made me even more excited about the holidays than I already am.This follows a mom and her three daughters and you hear from each of Yes, I realize that it’s only September and I’m already reading Christmas books and I’m totally ok with that! I’m like a little kid when it comes to the holiday season and I’m always more than ready to get into the holiday spirit, even before fall has officially started haha. The Christmas Sisters was the perfect book to bring the magic of the season to life and it made me even more excited about the holidays than I already am.This follows a mom and her three daughters and you hear from each of them throughout the book. Suzanne adopted the girls when they were young after a tragic accident took both of their parents and it was so fascinating to see how their deaths affected each woman in a profoundly different manner. Beth, Hannah and Posy all have their own unique issues but they all stem from the past and I became entirely wrapped up in their lives and very invested in what would happen to each one.This is set in Scotland and it was such a picturesque and gorgeous setting and Morgan described it beautifully. Her brand of writing works so well for me, it’s fun and flirty, but also heartfelt and poignant and left me with a sense of comfort in the end. I always end up caring deeply about her characters and this was no exception, I was rooting for all of the McBride women and their men weren’t too shabby either. Highly recommended for holiday reading lists!The Christmas Sisters in three words: Enchanting, Cozy and Sweet.
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  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGI know Sarah Morgan comes highly recommended. I read one other book by her which was more women's fiction than romance which didn't completely work for me because of the four different point of views, alternating telling the story of them. I was bummed when I realized that this one is women's fiction as well, again with four point of views. It's such a shame because, dammit, I want to read a Sarah Morgan romance!All four women are connected through one event that took t READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOGI know Sarah Morgan comes highly recommended. I read one other book by her which was more women's fiction than romance which didn't completely work for me because of the four different point of views, alternating telling the story of them. I was bummed when I realized that this one is women's fiction as well, again with four point of views. It's such a shame because, dammit, I want to read a Sarah Morgan romance!All four women are connected through one event that took their loved ones away. The woman who lost her best friend, Suzanne, adopted Cheryl's daughters, Posy, Beth and Hannah and moved from the Pacific North West all the way to Scotland so that the children could grow up without having to experience the very public handling of their parents' death which made a huge impact of all of them. Christmas is approaching fast and Hannah and Beth, now back in the US, prepare to go back home to visit their parents. THE FOUR WOMEN Beth, a stay-at-home mom, loves her children, is a little over-protective of her children but yearns for a grown-up conversation. She is restless, exhausted raising her kids pretty much alone since her husband is the successful business man. Beth wants more and when she gets a chance to interview for her dream job she wants to jump at the chance. Except he wants another child.I loved that Beth stood up for herself and showed Jason what it means to be a parent who is solely responsible for the children for the majority of the time. He learns a new appreciation for mothers, so mission accomplished. But Beth was also the person who got on my nerves the most. She was overly neurotic and a hypocrite when it came to her sisters. Fortunately they didn't have an issue to show her that. "I’m saying that being a good mom isn’t just about protecting your kids from hurt, it’s about showing them how to cope with hurt. It’s about teaching them resilience and giving them the tools to handle whatever comes their way.” Although Posy is supposed to take over the small family business her secret wish is to follow in her parents' footsteps and be a mountain guide. When she meets Luke the longing is only amplified.Posy was the easygoing, laid-back baby sister. I connected with her the most because she was accepting and tolerant and let people have their space. But she also knew how to make a point. I love her no-nonsense characters.Hannah is focused on her career, driven, and seems like nothing can chafe her. She comes across at standoff-ish until you get inside her head.She has a whole bunch of insecurities, every psychologist would have a field day with her. Her dad played favorites when the sisters were children and she wasn't #1 - but she never wanted to be. She just wanted to be loved like her little sister was. Hannah had all my sympathy, she was so hurt and so withdrawn I wanted to hug her. And then she started to climb over the walls she built I felt truly proud of her. Protecting yourself locked out hurt some of the time, but it locked out the good stuff, too. Suzanne loves her family. She would do anything for them. At first I didn't understand what the fuss was about that Hannah came home for Christmas. Everything was Hannah wants, Hannah needs, Hannah loves...in the end I realized that Suzanne, being a very smart and intuitive woman, knew how much Hannah was hurt by her father's favoritism of Posy. She wanted to show her how loved and special Hannah was. Suzanne is the glue that holds families together. She was wonderful.For some reason I didn't feel the disconnect I felt in How to Keep a Secret, brought on by the rotating POVs, as much this time around. While I would have loved to get deeper into the stories of the three women The Christmas Sisters was definitely satisfying. I learned enough about these characters to understand them. While the sisters had issues to solve with one another, no matter how much they argued they stood by each other with all the love they had. I also adored the men at their sides. Especially Stewart, Suzanne's husband captured my heart with his endless wisdom and his eye-twinkling humor. They closed the door and Stewart looked at the glitter on the floor. “I like it. I think it should stay.” “You mean you have no idea how to remove glitter from a carpet.” “That, too. You have to admit, it’s festive.” One thing that I need to mention because it didn't make sense: The accident was 25 years ago - in a flashback Cheryl talks about photos of her kids on her phone. Granted, the story hints nowhere in what time period the story is set in but in that case I assume it's in the present. 25 years ago there were no photos on phones. We were lucky to own mobile phones which were big and chunky.The Christmas Sisters is a heartwarming, delightful story that will get you in the mood for Christmas. It has a dose of humor and a very low angst factor. The characters are genuine, real and lovable. This story is poignant, holding truths we can identify with about loss, family and how love can heal wounds. It's the perfect winter read when you want to snuggle up in your book nook with a blanket and hot chocolate! “You can’t live your life too afraid to do things in case you get hurt. If you get hurt, you heal. And while you’re lying there healing you can think about how much fun you had.”
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    The magic of Christmas and the enduring bond of family will bring three sisters home to heal, to remember, to bond and to look forward to the future. From the workaholic Hannah, to the stay-at home-mom, Beth to Posy, the one who stayed home to help out their adoptive parents, three sisters will come together in the snowy Highlands of Scotland, open their hearts and embrace the love and support they have always needed.An emotionally taut tale of crisis, confusion, secrets and avoidance, THE CHRIS The magic of Christmas and the enduring bond of family will bring three sisters home to heal, to remember, to bond and to look forward to the future. From the workaholic Hannah, to the stay-at home-mom, Beth to Posy, the one who stayed home to help out their adoptive parents, three sisters will come together in the snowy Highlands of Scotland, open their hearts and embrace the love and support they have always needed.An emotionally taut tale of crisis, confusion, secrets and avoidance, THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS by Sarah Morgan is a heart-warming tale of coming to understand family, as a group and as individuals, to trust in their support and to accept oneself and the love of others.A wonderful Holiday read to be savored as these characters become so very real, so fragile and not unlike people we may know. We can’t pick our family, but we can treasure each person for who they are and the unconditional love they give.I received a complimentary ARC edition from HQN Books!Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (October 1, 2018)Publication Date: September 25, 2018Genre: Holiday Theme | Women's FictionPrint Length: 416 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    This book was simply brilliant from the first page and didn't want to put ot down the story was so like real life and the characters are brilliant and the story plot is so believable. Perfect Christmas read to curl up in front of a fire and enjoy Christmas. It's all about family life and how all a mother wants is for her children to be happy and in love and enjoy being with each other. Plenty of romance and sisterly love but also heartbreaking and how they have to deal with the past in order to This book was simply brilliant from the first page and didn't want to put ot down the story was so like real life and the characters are brilliant and the story plot is so believable. Perfect Christmas read to curl up in front of a fire and enjoy Christmas. It's all about family life and how all a mother wants is for her children to be happy and in love and enjoy being with each other. Plenty of romance and sisterly love but also heartbreaking and how they have to deal with the past in order to move forward. You are really able to laugh at times when reading it but also heartwarming and you believe you are in the setting as all amazing secenery and plenty of snow. Well worth more than e five stars I have given it and live how each chapter is about a different sister but how they all pull together in the end. Suzanne moved to Scotland years ago and has her own cafe and her husband steward works in the mountains rescuing people from danger but she is never happy at him doing this due to the upset of years ago. She took on bringing up her best friends three children when they were young as the parents died while up on the mountains. Problem is the heartbreaking time has different memories for all three children and non of them are close at all. Two moved back to America but one stayed living in the highlands of Scotland but can Christmas bring them together. You have Hannah who lives in amaerica and has a high powered job but has surprised herself by having a boyfriend for a length of time but she's kept him secret from her family she really doesn't want to go home for Christmas but one day she feels she is pregnant and really doesn't know what to do so she tells Luke her boyfriend she has to go home early as her sister is poorly and she leaves the next day. Heads back to Scotland and can she decide what she wants and if she can be happy with her boyfriend and a baby as well or is it to much. There is also Beth who has two children and her husband is always working and she feels she isn't a good mum at all and hasn't got her own life so when her old boss rings up offering her a job she jumps at the chance but her husband wants her to have another baby so poor Beth decides to leave both her husband and children and heads home to Scotland to see what she wants. Then there is Posy who has taken after her birth parents and rescues popele on the mountains but also works in her mothers cafe but when a handsome man rents out a barn is he who he says he is and can they be happy or not. Can all three girls support each other through their hard times and tech each other to be happy again and build bridges with their partners and does Suzanna get her Christmas wish of having the perfect Christmas where all her girls are happy and in love agin and moving forward at last from the horrible past so she can also be happy and move forward. A simply fantastic read highly recommend it packed with so much happiness in the end of hard times.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really enjoyed this family story and have no hesitation in highly recommending it! The tragedy which led to Suzanne McBride adopting three sisters is still impacting on all of their lives twenty five years later. The three sisters rarely get together now, except for at Christmas. This year, however, things are going to be very different for them all as they discover that assumptions about each other can be so wrong and they all have their own secrets. The story explores events from the I really, really enjoyed this family story and have no hesitation in highly recommending it! The tragedy which led to Suzanne McBride adopting three sisters is still impacting on all of their lives twenty five years later. The three sisters rarely get together now, except for at Christmas. This year, however, things are going to be very different for them all as they discover that assumptions about each other can be so wrong and they all have their own secrets. The story explores events from the past, reveals how they have influenced the young women in such different ways and how they reconnect and learn more about each other, love, family and healing themselves in this festive, heartwarming family story.Sarah Morgan is one of my ‘go to’ authors when I want a story with great characters who come to life in the pages of her story and it is easy for the reader to empathise with. Set in a picturesque Scottish village that can be cut off during heavy snow, the close knit, supportive community is where the girls were brought up and where everyone knows everyone else – which can be a mixed blessing at times! Whilst Posy lives there all year round, the return of her two older sisters signals the start of revelations, surprises and a new understanding of everyone in their family and of themselves.This is a lovely festive, family read, whatever the time of year and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories exploring the interactions, expectations and intricacies of family life with plenty of surprises and love along the way.I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come soon.Quick thoughts:LOVE this cover. The sparkles, the gals boots, the colors. LOVEIf you are looking for a sweet story, set in the Christmas season- this is IT!
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters, each thinking that the other has the perfect life but each with their own secrets. Hannah, the oldest, is high up in a management consultant, flying all over the world helping companies work better. She's a genius but, of the three, the most scarred by their parents' death twenty-five years ago. It's led her to a life that is peripatetic with few relationships, even with her sisters. So now that she's got a man who's lasted longer than two months, she's starting to panic.Middle si Three sisters, each thinking that the other has the perfect life but each with their own secrets. Hannah, the oldest, is high up in a management consultant, flying all over the world helping companies work better. She's a genius but, of the three, the most scarred by their parents' death twenty-five years ago. It's led her to a life that is peripatetic with few relationships, even with her sisters. So now that she's got a man who's lasted longer than two months, she's starting to panic.Middle sister Beth is a stay-at-home mom with two darling girls. But she's tired. She just wants to go back to work. When she gets that option, she's blindsided that her husband is thinking they should have a third child.Posy, the youngest, just wants to leave home. But after the way her bio-parents died, she feels guilty for not wanting to stay and take over her adoptive parents' coffeehouse. She's getting just a little taste of freedom with her current renter. But is he telling her everything about his past?This was a heart-warming story that I sped through, not the usual Morgan fun and flighty contemporary romance. Yes, the stories suffered because of having three different characters in the book but this was overall just a lovely read and I look forward to seeing more like this from Morgan.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan Book ReviewScotland at Christmas time, 3 sisters brought together & each one in a crisis. Throw in a cafe that hosts a knitting night & baked goods to die for. Oh, I'm not finished yet! There's also, a sleigh ride with a pony, mountain climbers, secrets, career changes & adventure. In my best Britney Spears vice, Gimme Gim I've written this review for Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan Book ReviewScotland at Christmas time, 3 sisters brought together & each one in a crisis. Throw in a cafe that hosts a knitting night & baked goods to die for. Oh, I'm not finished yet! There's also, a sleigh ride with a pony, mountain climbers, secrets, career changes & adventure. In my best Britney Spears vice, Gimme Gimme More.A Scottish Family ChristmasFirst thing, I'm in love with the McBride family. Like, serious love here folks. I hope there's room at their Scotland home because I am moving in. I will help Posy water the Christmas tree named Eric, help Suzanne cover shifts in the cafe & I'll make sure Stewart has plenty of single malt scotch on hand at all times! It's The Most Stressful Time of the Year We know all families have their issues, right? Well, the McBride family survived a horrific event. Just because they survived it, doesn't mean they are not affected by the fallout. Every Christmas, feelings, hurt, anguish & despair come rolling in waves. Each member of the McBride family deals with his or her grief in a different way. But, when you stick them all in a snowed-in house during the most festive (and the most stressful) time of year, feelings float to the surface.Sisterly LoveI do not have sisters, so I am forever in search of sisterhood type of stories. I love the dynamic between Posy, Hannah & Beth. When I read the synopsis for The Christmas Sisters, I knew the sisters were adopted. What I didn't realize is they all share the same biological mother & father. This lends itself to creating a different type of relationship between the sisters and their adoptive parents. I love how Sarah Morgan explores the delicate nature of this type of parent-child relationship.THE VERDICTI am Really Into This book! The Christmas Sisters leaves me feeling warm inside. Sarah Morgan weaves a sweet & satisfying tale about love, families & healing nestled during Christmas in Scotland. What more could you want? Oh, I know; more holiday books! Please give me your favorite holiday reads! Special thanks to Sarah Morgan,  Harlequin & NetGalley for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.
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  • Deirdre Metcalf
    January 1, 1970
    Such a heartwarming read. Really loved this one. Here we have the story of three sisters who faced tragedy as young children. Each were affected differently and as adults they grew apart. In this book, due to certain events, they all decide to return home for Christmas in Scotland. They finally have a chance to heal some festering wounds from their childhood. I really loved this. We get each sisters point of view as well as the mother. I think this was really effective as I was able to see thing Such a heartwarming read. Really loved this one. Here we have the story of three sisters who faced tragedy as young children. Each were affected differently and as adults they grew apart. In this book, due to certain events, they all decide to return home for Christmas in Scotland. They finally have a chance to heal some festering wounds from their childhood. I really loved this. We get each sisters point of view as well as the mother. I think this was really effective as I was able to see things from their perspective. As with all of her books, this was an easy fast read and perfect for the holidays. I received this book from Netgalley and it comes out later this month.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Sisters is a fabulous read. I loved the McBride Sisters, Hannah, Posy and Beth. And, of course, their adoptive parents, Suzanne and Steward. My favorite character would have to be Beth. As a stay at home mom, I definitely understood what she was going through. I honestly was not too cray about Hannah at first but the more I got to know her, the more she grew on me. I loved Posy and her side kick, Bonnie. So sweet. Suzanne and Stewart are two of the most admirable characters. Their The Christmas Sisters is a fabulous read. I loved the McBride Sisters, Hannah, Posy and Beth. And, of course, their adoptive parents, Suzanne and Steward. My favorite character would have to be Beth. As a stay at home mom, I definitely understood what she was going through. I honestly was not too cray about Hannah at first but the more I got to know her, the more she grew on me. I loved Posy and her side kick, Bonnie. So sweet. Suzanne and Stewart are two of the most admirable characters. Their bond, strength and courage is inspiring. The Christmas Sisters is such a heartwarming story. One that involves the wonderful Christmas season that brings families together. Like all families, the McBrides are not perfect with their share of their own problems. But they all still love one another. It, also, of the Scottish Highlands. What more could this reader want? The Christmas Sisters gets a well deserved five plus stars from me. I am adding other books by Sarah Morgan on my wish list. Great read!I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Peggy Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    In Sarah Morgan’s newest work, we’re introduced to three sisters who each deal with a past tragedy in different ways.Twenty-five years ago, Hannah, Bethany, and Posey lost their parents in a horrible ice climbing accident right before Christmas. Their mom’s best friend Suzanne, adopts the girls and together with her fiancé, brings them to Scotland and his home-town to live.Every Christmas the family gathers in Scotland to celebrate and even though Suzanne does her best to make the holiday as per In Sarah Morgan’s newest work, we’re introduced to three sisters who each deal with a past tragedy in different ways.Twenty-five years ago, Hannah, Bethany, and Posey lost their parents in a horrible ice climbing accident right before Christmas. Their mom’s best friend Suzanne, adopts the girls and together with her fiancé, brings them to Scotland and his home-town to live.Every Christmas the family gathers in Scotland to celebrate and even though Suzanne does her best to make the holiday as perfect as she can, old memories, fears, and anxieties usually rear up.Hannah, the oldest, is career-driven, relationship-avoiding, and never talks about the incident that changed their lives. She shuns Christmas like vampires shun the sun and didn’t even come home last year. This year, though, is different. She may be pregnant, something that absolutely terrifies her and when the man she’s been seeing tells her he loves her, she panics and flies to Scotland early, stunning her family.Bethany is the perfect mom. With an adoring husband who works more than he’s home and two daughters who suck the life out of her, Beth craves for something more. When she’s offered the opportunity to work for the women she did before she had kids, she leaps at it, thrilled. Jason, her husband, isn’t so thrilled. They have a huge fight and Beth leaves him to fly home – early, like Hannah – to Scotland.Posey, the youngest, has memories of only Suzanne and Stewart, not her real parents. Unlike her sisters, she has no memory of the time before they came to Scotland and only remembers being loved, secured and protected. Scotland is the only home she’s ever known, but she aches to travels, see the work, and climb mountains, just like her parents did. How can she tell the only parents she’s ever known that she wants to leave and embark on the same kinds of adventures that killed her biological parents?The character of Suzanne was my absolute favorite in this book. Just in her 20’s when her best friend is killed, she takes on the responsibility of 3 little, broken girls, not knowing how to be a mom, and only ever having been responsible for herself. In her, I see the true character of what I think every mother should be: selfless and filled with unconditional love.THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS is a bit of a departure from Morgan’s usual light romantic fare, but it is a welcome detour. And don’t worry: there’s enough romance in this book to satisfy her legion of fans.This was a wonderful story of family, forgiveness, unconditional love, and most of all the true bond of family and sisters.Thanks you to Netgalley , and Harlequin romance for allowing me an early reader ARC for this wonderful book. 5 well deserved stars!
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  • Linda Hill
    January 1, 1970
    The McBride sisters spend most of their time avoiding one another, but Christmas this year might be different.Why on earth haven’t I read Sarah Morgan’s books before? I may have been on holiday in scorching temperatures when I immersed myself in this book but The Christmas Sisters proves that smashing, feel-good fiction can be read and thoroughly enjoyed at any time of the year.Although all the women in the story are well rounded and realistic characters, it was Posy whom I enjoyed reading about The McBride sisters spend most of their time avoiding one another, but Christmas this year might be different.Why on earth haven’t I read Sarah Morgan’s books before? I may have been on holiday in scorching temperatures when I immersed myself in this book but The Christmas Sisters proves that smashing, feel-good fiction can be read and thoroughly enjoyed at any time of the year.Although all the women in the story are well rounded and realistic characters, it was Posy whom I enjoyed reading about the most. I loved the fact that she was feisty, independent and yet still bound by family ties so that I identified with her completely. The men in the story, Luke, Jason, Adam and Stewart, play a slightly reduced role but form a perfect backdrop for Suzanne, Hannah, Beth and Posy making the narrative beautifully well balanced and immensely satisfying. The blending of the American and Scottish elements also adds to the huge enjoyment gained in reading The Christmas Sisters.The plot is lovely. Readers might expect a happy ever after ending from this kind of women’s fiction, but the journey to the denouement is humorous, well constructed and romantic. I thought the italicised asides lent just the right level of extra detail so that I felt included in the story; especially when some of the characters didn’t have the information or detail I had. As well as levity, however, there are some weighty themes to explore too so that The Christmas Sisters prompts the reader to ponder family and relationships, trust and guilt and, most importantly, to consider what, or rather who, really is important in life.I’m probably going to sound sexist here but I swear there isn’t a woman alive who has prepared for a family Christmas would wouldn’t find echoes of themselves and their loved ones in The Christmas Sisters. It is an absolute joy to me that Sarah Morgan gives her readers the permission to step back and not strive for unrealistic perfection whilst simultaneously entertaining them royally. This book is joyful, touching and a jolly good read!
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas SistersSarah MorganMorgan’s latest is contemporary women’s fiction at it’s finest a superb novel about family, loss, blessings and love. Set during the Christmas season in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands staring the most genuine cast of characters that ever graced the pages of fiction all equals in importance and all unforgettable. The backdrops are breathtaking the narrative is fluent and conversational with timely humor that mixes brilliantly with the tumultuous emotional sub The Christmas SistersSarah MorganMorgan’s latest is contemporary women’s fiction at it’s finest a superb novel about family, loss, blessings and love. Set during the Christmas season in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands staring the most genuine cast of characters that ever graced the pages of fiction all equals in importance and all unforgettable. The backdrops are breathtaking the narrative is fluent and conversational with timely humor that mixes brilliantly with the tumultuous emotional subject matter. The author is a master storyteller and her portrayal of the sisters is amazingly authentic, the issues they have alone and within the family are so true to life it’s reminiscent of sitting in on a real family event. This is for more than just fans of the genre all lovers of exceptional fiction will love this novel that will soon be on every bestseller list.SUMMARY:Twenty-five years ago Suzanne and Stewart McBride adopted three young terrified grieving sisters and moved them to the Scottish Highlands to raise them after their parents were killed in a tragic accident. Now adults they only manage to get together for Christmas and Suzanne is determined to make sure everything is perfect this year. Now If only her girls would comply.Workaholic Hannah is facing a crisis. Now more than ever she needs her family, especially her sisters but she wonders if it’s too late to make amends.Former PR superwoman, current stay-at-home mom Beth is facing a turning point. She wants to go back to work but her husband wants another child, turning up in Scotland childless she wonders if what she really did was forfeit her marriage.Mountain rescuer, Posey McBride never left home and owes her mom and dad everything. God knows what would have happened to she and her sisters if they hadn’t taken them in. So she can never tell them that her dreams don’t include staying put and taking over the family business, she wants to spread her wings and fly.
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  • Michele Salls
    January 1, 1970
    I own all of Sarah's books and she never disappoints. What a wonderful Christmas story!!Hannah, Bethany and Posey have all lost their parents, at a young age, and Suzanne and Stewart decide to adopt the girls, with no hesitation. Suzanne always wants to have the "perfect Christmas" for her daughter's. This Christmas is not going to go as planned. All three sister's deal with the tragedy in their own ways and each have very individual lives. Posey continues to live in Scotland with her parents. S I own all of Sarah's books and she never disappoints. What a wonderful Christmas story!!Hannah, Bethany and Posey have all lost their parents, at a young age, and Suzanne and Stewart decide to adopt the girls, with no hesitation. Suzanne always wants to have the "perfect Christmas" for her daughter's. This Christmas is not going to go as planned. All three sister's deal with the tragedy in their own ways and each have very individual lives. Posey continues to live in Scotland with her parents. She has a mind to begin travelling but is the one who is always there. Hannah, she never wants to talk about the past and is a career driven woman. She finds that she can't always plan everything in her life though and winds up returning to Scotland for Christmas earlier than expected. Bethany, the perfect wife and mother. She needs more to her life than these two things and wants to begin working again. It just happens to be that she would be working with a previous employer and things weren't so great at that time either. She becomes fed-up with her husband Jason and also returns to Scotland earlier than planned, without her family. Suzanne just wants a perfect Christmas because it's the time of the year that truly needs to be special for her family, due to the tragedy that had happened many years ago. She loves her children and wants nothing but happiness for them. She is truly an amazing character. This story does have it's serious side due to the tragedy that had happened but their is love, laughter and romance all wrapped up also. I laughed so hard when one male character had to describe how his life had been without his wife (I don't want to give it away). I'm pretty sure that my family thought I was losing my mind a bit, but it was so well written and hilarious, I couldn't stop laughing. I enjoyed this story of the women who are learning that not everything can be planned out in life, that their is room for forgiveness and always room for pure and unconditional love. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for this ARC and all opinions are of my own. I always look forward to Sarah's books!!
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Suzanne and Stewart adopted Hannah, Posy, and Beth when their parents were killed just before Christmas 25 years ago. The holiday always brings up old memories and unfortunately the trauma so every year they get together in Scotland (well, it is home, of course.). Hannah, the eldest, is the most untethered as she's travelled and worked around the world. Beth is the most grounded, as a stay at home mom; she really wants to go back to work but has some choices ahead. Posy is the youngest who hasn' Suzanne and Stewart adopted Hannah, Posy, and Beth when their parents were killed just before Christmas 25 years ago. The holiday always brings up old memories and unfortunately the trauma so every year they get together in Scotland (well, it is home, of course.). Hannah, the eldest, is the most untethered as she's travelled and worked around the world. Beth is the most grounded, as a stay at home mom; she really wants to go back to work but has some choices ahead. Posy is the youngest who hasn't quite grown up. All three are realistic and sympathetic and just perfect. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is an old fashioned, heart warming read and even though it's got a Christmas theme of sorts, it doesn't matter when you read it.
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  • Nicole Smith
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis one will get you into the Christmas spirit. This family only gets together at Christmas and this year it's going to be any interesting one. I like that you get four stories going on at once. The three sisters and their mother. This book will hit you right in the heart. It has the feels times 100. Each sister is struggling with where their life it taking them, but this holiday season may be just the one that heals them from long ago. I highly recommend this perfect story for the hol 4.5 StarsThis one will get you into the Christmas spirit. This family only gets together at Christmas and this year it's going to be any interesting one. I like that you get four stories going on at once. The three sisters and their mother. This book will hit you right in the heart. It has the feels times 100. Each sister is struggling with where their life it taking them, but this holiday season may be just the one that heals them from long ago. I highly recommend this perfect story for the holiday season. Plus most of it takes place in the Scottish Highlands what not magical about that! I did love the descriptions of the highlands. It truly does sound magical especially during the holiday.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I'd probably categorize this more as a book about family and life rather than a holiday romance. But if you're looking for a book about the holiday spirit and family coming back together and sisters, this is definitely one you should check out. There is a lot going on in this book and that's good, because it makes it go quickly, but I almost with it was split into three different books. Then we could get a book for each sister rather than switching between their POVs (plus Suzanne's) throughout I'd probably categorize this more as a book about family and life rather than a holiday romance. But if you're looking for a book about the holiday spirit and family coming back together and sisters, this is definitely one you should check out. There is a lot going on in this book and that's good, because it makes it go quickly, but I almost with it was split into three different books. Then we could get a book for each sister rather than switching between their POVs (plus Suzanne's) throughout the book. And we could learn more about each and have more time to develop their individual backstories and romances. As it was, it felt a bit rushed with the resolutions. But regardless, it was enjoyable and emotional and sweet all at the same time.*eARC provided by the publisher and Edelweiss
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  • Klarissa Shaninghous
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading this book yesterday and I so hope that this becomes a series of books, because I want to know what happens next for each of the Mcbride sisters, Beth, Hannah and Posy. The story centers around them gathering together for Christmas with their adoptive parents Suzanne and Stewart and the reason each of them has for wanting to be there for the holidays. This story is heart warming and shows love throughout the book, and shows the value of family and being there for one anoth I just finished reading this book yesterday and I so hope that this becomes a series of books, because I want to know what happens next for each of the Mcbride sisters, Beth, Hannah and Posy. The story centers around them gathering together for Christmas with their adoptive parents Suzanne and Stewart and the reason each of them has for wanting to be there for the holidays. This story is heart warming and shows love throughout the book, and shows the value of family and being there for one another when it is needed the most. Thank you to #netgalley #SarahMorgan for this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book very much. It revolves around three sisters. They usually only get together once a year for the holidays. Because of a tragedy when they were children there are issues. They find it very hard to confide in and be there for each other. But this Christmas could be different and bring the three closer than they ever have been. A great holiday read.
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  • Aryn
    January 1, 1970
    The McBride sisters couldn’t be more different: analytical and career-driven Hannah, former beauty marketing/PR representative turned full-time mom Beth, and outdoor-loving Posey, helping run her parents’ business. The things that they share in common: a tragic and traumatic past that led to their adoption by Suzanne and Stewart when Hannah was 8 years old, and a predilection for anxiety. The sisters and Suzanne serve as narrators in this holiday romance, balancing the cheer you’d expect from a The McBride sisters couldn’t be more different: analytical and career-driven Hannah, former beauty marketing/PR representative turned full-time mom Beth, and outdoor-loving Posey, helping run her parents’ business. The things that they share in common: a tragic and traumatic past that led to their adoption by Suzanne and Stewart when Hannah was 8 years old, and a predilection for anxiety. The sisters and Suzanne serve as narrators in this holiday romance, balancing the cheer you’d expect from a novel of this genre with realistic family dynamics. I expected a light, breezy story that I could float in and out of, waiting for my computer to load, water to boil, etc. What I got was a story that I couldn’t put down. While each of the narrators annoyed me at one point in her own way, and I wanted them all to sit down and talk to each other, they all seemed human and I was rooting for them throughout the story. The supporting cast was there, mostly filling archetypal roles: “good guy,” “evil boss,” “understanding father,” “preschool age daughter,” “clueless father.” Necessary to the story, but the plot action is centered firmly on the sisters, their internal struggles, their relationships with each other, and their views on the state of their romantic lives. Final verdict: The Christmas Sisters is on my to-acquire list, and will be recommended to anyone who is looking for a holiday story with a little more depth than an average made-for-tv movie.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is a lot different than her previous novels. This one is deeper than the others. It has stories from three sisters each with their own issues. Their issues stem from their parents' death and from various other things in their lives. They each struggle with what they want to do, what they should do, and what they actually end up doing. I felt sympathy immediately for these women. They are full grown and still coming to terms with their loss. Love, family, and The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is a lot different than her previous novels. This one is deeper than the others. It has stories from three sisters each with their own issues. Their issues stem from their parents' death and from various other things in their lives. They each struggle with what they want to do, what they should do, and what they actually end up doing. I felt sympathy immediately for these women. They are full grown and still coming to terms with their loss. Love, family, and hope were common themes that I found on these pages. It was a bit inspiring to watch them each battle their demons and come to terms with their grief. Heartbreaking but hopeful, Sarah Morgan created a realistic novel. I found myself sounded by her characters and enjoying as they grew emotionally and mentally. Unconditional love was on every page. The sacrifices that the adoptive mom made blew me away. There was so much attached to this story. It wasn't like most novels. This one gripped a hold of me and didn't let go...I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is a lot different than her previous novels. This one is deeper than the others. It has stories from three sisters each with their own issues. Their issues stem from their parents' death and from various other things in their lives. They each struggle with what they want to do, what they should do, and what they actually end up doing. I felt sympathy immediately for these women. They are full grown and still coming to terms with their loss. Love, family, and The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is a lot different than her previous novels. This one is deeper than the others. It has stories from three sisters each with their own issues. Their issues stem from their parents' death and from various other things in their lives. They each struggle with what they want to do, what they should do, and what they actually end up doing. I felt sympathy immediately for these women. They are full grown and still coming to terms with their loss. Love, family, and hope were common themes that I found on these pages. It was a bit inspiring to watch them each battle their demons and come to terms with their grief. Heartbreaking but hopeful, Sarah Morgan created a realistic novel. I found myself sounded by her characters and enjoying as they grew emotionally and mentally. Unconditional love was on every page. The sacrifices that the adoptive mom made blew me away. There was so much attached to this story. It wasn't like most novels. This one gripped a hold of me and didn't let go...
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the HQN and NetGalley for a review galley.Three sisters, adopted at a young age when their parents perished in a climbing accident, reunite to celebrate Christmas in the Scottish Highlands – and no one is more excited than their adoptive parents, Suzanne and Stewart.Hannah hasn’t been around for a family Christmas in a few years. Her fast-paced job has kept her occupied. That’s still the case but she also has a secret. Beth is mother to two young children. She wants to return to work a Thanks to the HQN and NetGalley for a review galley.Three sisters, adopted at a young age when their parents perished in a climbing accident, reunite to celebrate Christmas in the Scottish Highlands – and no one is more excited than their adoptive parents, Suzanne and Stewart.Hannah hasn’t been around for a family Christmas in a few years. Her fast-paced job has kept her occupied. That’s still the case but she also has a secret. Beth is mother to two young children. She wants to return to work and try to recapture some of the person she’d been before kids. Her husband is less than thrilled with the idea. Posy, the sister who stayed in Scotland to work in the family business, has met someone who makes her yearn for a bigger life – one that would take her away from home.As the three sisters work through their challenges will their parents get the family Christmas they hoped for? I enjoyed finding out and recommend to fans of Sarah Morgan and women’s fiction. Who can resist a Scottish setting at Christmas time? Not this reader!
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  • Peggy Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    In Sarah Morgan’s newest work, we’re introduced to three sisters who each deal with a past tragedy in different waysTwenty-five years ago, Hannah, Bethany, and Posey lost their parents in a horrible ice climbing accident right before Christmas. Their mom’s best friend Suzanne, adopts the girls and together with her fiancé, brings them to Scotland and his home-town to live.Every Christmas the family gathers in Scotland to celebrate and even though Suzanne does her best to make the holiday as perf In Sarah Morgan’s newest work, we’re introduced to three sisters who each deal with a past tragedy in different waysTwenty-five years ago, Hannah, Bethany, and Posey lost their parents in a horrible ice climbing accident right before Christmas. Their mom’s best friend Suzanne, adopts the girls and together with her fiancé, brings them to Scotland and his home-town to live.Every Christmas the family gathers in Scotland to celebrate and even though Suzanne does her best to make the holiday as perfect as she can, old memories, fears, and anxieties usually rear up.Hannah, the oldest, is career-driven, relationship-avoiding, and never talks about the incident that changed their lives. She shuns Christmas like vampires shun the sun and didn’t even come home last year. This year, though, is different. She may be pregnant, something that absolutely terrifies her and when the man she’s been seeing tells her he loves her, she panics and flies to Scotland early, stunning her family.Bethany is the perfect mom. With an adoring husband who works more than he’s home and two daughters who suck the life out of her, Beth craves for something more. When she’s offered the opportunity to work for the women she did before she had kids, she leaps at it, thrilled. Jason, her husband, isn’t so thrilled. They have a huge fight and Beth leaves him to fly home – early, like Hannah – to Scotland.Posey, the youngest, has memories of only Suzanne and Stewart, not her real parents. Unlike her sisters, she has no memory of the time before they came to Scotland and only remembers being loved, secured and protected. Scotland is the only home she’s ever known, but she aches to travels, see the work, and climb mountains, just like her parents did. How can she tell the only parents she’s ever known that she wants to leave and embark on the same kinds of adventures that killed her biological parents?The character of Suzanne was my absolute favorite in this book. Just in her 20’s when her best friend is killed, she takes on the responsibility of 3 little, broken girls, not knowing how to be a mom, and only ever having been responsible for herself. In her, I see the true character of what I think every mother should be: selfless and filled with unconditional love.THE CHRISTMAS SISTERS is a bit of a departure from Morgan’s usual light romantic fare, but it is a welcome detour. And don’t worry: there’s enough romance in this book to satisfy her legion of fans. This was a wonderful story of family, forgiveness, unconditional love, and most of all the true bond of family and sisters.Thanks you to Netgalley , and Harlequin romance for allowing me an early reader ARC for this wonderful book. 5 well deserved stars!
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  • Karina
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters with a tragic past, living separate lives, now find themselves drawn back to the place of their childhood for Christmas and to the loving couple who took them in after losing their parents. Well-put-together Beth suddenly goes home to Scotland without her husband and kids. Career-minded Hannah, who skipped out last year, has arrived as well. Posy, the one who stayed and destined to take over the family diner, is restless and wanting a different life. Thru old hurts and new complica Three sisters with a tragic past, living separate lives, now find themselves drawn back to the place of their childhood for Christmas and to the loving couple who took them in after losing their parents. Well-put-together Beth suddenly goes home to Scotland without her husband and kids. Career-minded Hannah, who skipped out last year, has arrived as well. Posy, the one who stayed and destined to take over the family diner, is restless and wanting a different life. Thru old hurts and new complications, the Christmas Sisters all come together, finally learn to accept their past and look forward to the future. I was initially skeptical that a single book would be able to fully flesh out all 3 main characters; adding in their spouse/partners, and their parents, it all seemed to be too much. However, after a slow start, the story came to life and I can’t help but root for all 3 sisters as well as Suzanne and Stewart, their adoptive parents. I wanted them to understand each other, find that love and affection again for one another, and most especially, for Hannah to open her heart to Suzanne and Stewart, and for herself to accept love. My favorite part of the story though is the unconditional love that Stewart and Suzanne gave to these girls. I sped through it and really enjoyed the story. It was heart warming and emotional. It’s my first time reading this author and I’m glad I found this book. Looking forward to reading her other stuff!
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading The Christmas Sisters!One family holiday, three very different sisters, plenty of drama & romance...but the strengthening of sisterly bonds is the true gift. I loved the relationships between the sisters and the well developed emotional journeys each character took. So very good!This ARC was obtained thanks to HQN/HarperCollins, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marybeth
    January 1, 1970
    Well this book gave me a much needed Christmas in July! What a good way to spend a hot day reading a story set in much cooler times. This is a wonderful and heartwarming story about 3 sisters, Hannah, Bethany and Posey, and the tragedy that changed their lives forever so many years earlier. It's about love and family and everything that goes along with that. It's about learning to forgive and move on and form new beginnings with each other. It's amazing how the author is able to keep 3 storyline Well this book gave me a much needed Christmas in July! What a good way to spend a hot day reading a story set in much cooler times. This is a wonderful and heartwarming story about 3 sisters, Hannah, Bethany and Posey, and the tragedy that changed their lives forever so many years earlier. It's about love and family and everything that goes along with that. It's about learning to forgive and move on and form new beginnings with each other. It's amazing how the author is able to keep 3 storylines going and give us so much of each one. I love that!! I also really love Suzanne! What she did for those girls is beyond special. She really gave the whole family is not always blood dynamic a new meaning. The 3 sisters are so different yet all connected by their past. I really enjoyed it!!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Suzanne 's three grown daughters are coming home for Christmas, but when they arrive, things are not as great as she'd hoped. Each daughter is dealing with their own personal problems, so a relaxed and happy holiday may not happen. I really liked this book. It had multiple story lines going, and I liked how all the sisters came together. My first book by this author, and I will be reading more. If you like Susan Mallery, this is a book for you!
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  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful Christmas story. Family can be so challenging and yet there is love as the root of it all. The three sisters couldn't be more different but the bonds are strong. I loved this book 💗
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