The Sweeney Sisters
An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.

The Sweeney Sisters Details

TitleThe Sweeney Sisters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 28th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062909060
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

The Sweeney Sisters Review

  • Quirkyreader
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you William Morrow and Harper Collins.I was very impressed by this book. It is about family ties. This ties are often out in the open and ones that are hidden.This story is so full of secrets it will make your head spin. If you can try and finish this magnificent family story in one sitting.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this E-book ARC from the author, publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.When Famous author William Sweeney passes away, the three Sweeney sisters gather back home to Willow Lane to settle his affairs. What will happen when they gain a new sister in the process? Read on and find out more for yourself.This was a pretty good read. I enjoyed this women's fiction book about sisters, family, and forgiveness. I also thought it was cool that these I received a complimentary copy of this E-book ARC from the author, publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.When Famous author William Sweeney passes away, the three Sweeney sisters gather back home to Willow Lane to settle his affairs. What will happen when they gain a new sister in the process? Read on and find out more for yourself.This was a pretty good read. I enjoyed this women's fiction book about sisters, family, and forgiveness. I also thought it was cool that these characters got to befriend some real life celebrities while reading this book too like Willem Dafoe and more. If you like stories like this, be sure to check this book out when it officially hits bookstores and wherever books are sold online on April 28, 2020.
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  • Moonkiszt
    January 1, 1970
    The Sweeney Sisters: A NovelSisters! Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters. . . .(are you humming it?)This book begins with three devoted, yet mourning, sisters. Their parents loom large throughout the tale but happen to be dead (mostly), famous, rich, and the pages are possessed of so many clues you couldn’t be blamed if you thought this was a mystery – well, ok. I think it is. And a little ways through, tag it a romance, and part way through I began to sense someone somewhere in the The Sweeney Sisters: A NovelSisters! Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters. . . .(are you humming it?)This book begins with three devoted, yet mourning, sisters. Their parents loom large throughout the tale but happen to be dead (mostly), famous, rich, and the pages are possessed of so many clues you couldn’t be blamed if you thought this was a mystery – well, ok. I think it is. And a little ways through, tag it a romance, and part way through I began to sense someone somewhere in the writing crew has interior design credentials, with possible realtor experience. There are handsome men, all mostly rich – everyone is rich – and golfs, tennises, and yachts. One man isn't rich but knows how to grill - that means he has one. I was raised up a poor kid, so about there in the book I was fading – these folks are too many social classes above me!But then. . . .I started seeing the differences between these girls, and they were not the same. Ha! That happens in my family. So, some relevancy cred regained. Then a little bit of friction, each have some kind of person issue that holds them hostage – another relevancy cred applied. And then well STUFF HAPPENS. . .I will leave you to find out on your own. From there in, I held tight to that kindle, stabbing the right side as fast as my big brown eyes could do that L-T-R zip across the screen. It was A Blast (capital B), every T crossed and all the I’s dotted. A very fun, smart and engaging read. After it was done, I missed the mix-and-mingle of the characters done so well by this author. I missed them.4 stars. . . There was one person of color and hurrah for that yumminess, but a family that caucasian could stretch its wings a little. . .From now on, I am looking for more of the Dolan flair. Got it.!! ?did you? ;)A sincere thanks to Lian Dolan, HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Digital galley from William Morrow and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.The Sweeney Sisters is the story of three siblings mourning the death of their father, a famous author whose estate is in disarray and it would appear he had some monumental secrets. As they sort through the fallout they are faced with welcoming another sister into their fold. This is just one of the challenges they must deal with as each sister grapples with personal upheaval at the same time. Set in a tony Digital galley from William Morrow and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.The Sweeney Sisters is the story of three siblings mourning the death of their father, a famous author whose estate is in disarray and it would appear he had some monumental secrets. As they sort through the fallout they are faced with welcoming another sister into their fold. This is just one of the challenges they must deal with as each sister grapples with personal upheaval at the same time. Set in a tony Connecticut town, with the expected well-heeled characters, The Sweeney Sisters is an enjoyable novel that I recommend to fans of messy stories about family, sisters and secrets.3.5 stars rounded up
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    William Sweeney, a famous author, has died. The Sweeney Sisters is a novel covering the period following his death. William Sweeney was an imperfect man who left behind several secrets and problems that his daughters must deal with while grieving. The sisters are very different but share a strong love for each other. As they uncover secrets from their past they also make choices and changes that define their future. This was a sweet book focusing on a loving family.I received an advanced copy of William Sweeney, a famous author, has died. The Sweeney Sisters is a novel covering the period following his death. William Sweeney was an imperfect man who left behind several secrets and problems that his daughters must deal with while grieving. The sisters are very different but share a strong love for each other. As they uncover secrets from their past they also make choices and changes that define their future. This was a sweet book focusing on a loving family.I received an advanced copy of The Sweeney Sisters courtesy of Library Thing and Harper Collins.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    The Sweeney Sisters. This is what my friends and I call “a real book.” It is a wonderful story about human emotions and actions...good, bad, embarrassing, uplifting. When renowned writer William Sweeney unexpectedly dies he leaves a mess for his daughters...the three that grew up in his house and the other child he didn’t acknowledge while he lived. Told from the perspective of the four girls, with insight from their father’s published writings, the three Sweeney sisters come to see a different The Sweeney Sisters. This is what my friends and I call “a real book.” It is a wonderful story about human emotions and actions...good, bad, embarrassing, uplifting. When renowned writer William Sweeney unexpectedly dies he leaves a mess for his daughters...the three that grew up in his house and the other child he didn’t acknowledge while he lived. Told from the perspective of the four girls, with insight from their father’s published writings, the three Sweeney sisters come to see a different side of the man who was such a big presence, and of each other. The other daughter, blindsided by a DNA test, struggles to find if there might be a place for her in the family she’d always envied. The author has created characters that come alive within the book’s pages. Readers experience each emotion, as the four very different sisters struggle to come to terms with each other and the fact that their father has written an often unflattering memoir that is contracted for publication. I couldn’t stop reading. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Most highly recommend.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Family life is messy and girl-families are messier. This is a charming and winning novel about the special relationship between sisters and the complications of family life. When the Sweeney sisters suddenly lose their famous writer father, they learn he has kept what could be a tragic secret, a fourth Sweeney sisters. The Sweeney sister, however, are strong and resilient and will make it all work. The sisters work though their grief and confront their past, as they face the memories of their Family life is messy and girl-families are messier. This is a charming and winning novel about the special relationship between sisters and the complications of family life. When the Sweeney sisters suddenly lose their famous writer father, they learn he has kept what could be a tragic secret, a fourth Sweeney sisters. The Sweeney sister, however, are strong and resilient and will make it all work. The sisters work though their grief and confront their past, as they face the memories of their famous, well-loved but complicated father, their loving free spirited mother who they lost too early their own complicated lives, while incorporating their new-found sister. The sisters are all very different personalities, but these differences form a beautiful unit as they move their extended family forward. There is no bond like the bond of sisterhood. Lian Dolan is a gifted writer. This book will make you laugh, cry, and cheer each sister. Thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the privilege of reading.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting take on the DNA tests that are all the rage right now! This tale of sisters as they find out about the half sister they didn’t know existed was well written and heartfelt. Their father was a famous author and the sisters spend the summer after his death getting to know their half sister and attempting to find his tell-all memoir, hidden somewhere in his house. I loved the author aspect of the book and watching the sisters figure out their roles in this new family dynamic. This was An interesting take on the DNA tests that are all the rage right now! This tale of sisters as they find out about the half sister they didn’t know existed was well written and heartfelt. Their father was a famous author and the sisters spend the summer after his death getting to know their half sister and attempting to find his tell-all memoir, hidden somewhere in his house. I loved the author aspect of the book and watching the sisters figure out their roles in this new family dynamic. This was a heartwarming, lovely read that arrives on shelves just in time for beach read season! 3.5 ⭐️ My thanks to @williammorrowbooks for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Vesna Dan
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful story about FamilySisterhoodSecretsCourageForgivenessI received this early copy from the editor of this book. What a gift. Grateful for the rich storytelling of author Lian DolanAn excellent choice for book clubs!The Sweeney Sisters releases April 2020Add this to your book list you will not be disappointed!!
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  • Kaitlyn Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan from the publisher William Morrow through Edelweiss.This book is one that I was hoping would be very light and fun. However, this book was more dramatic than I would have preferred, but it was intellectually quite good. The story follows three sisters after their father, a famous author (think Ernest Hemingway but slightly better adjusted) dies unexpectedly. Left with an estate in shambles, they find out their next door neighbor is I received an advanced copy of The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan from the publisher William Morrow through Edelweiss.This book is one that I was hoping would be very light and fun. However, this book was more dramatic than I would have preferred, but it was intellectually quite good. The story follows three sisters after their father, a famous author (think Ernest Hemingway but slightly better adjusted) dies unexpectedly. Left with an estate in shambles, they find out their next door neighbor is actually there long lost sister. This book follows the sisters, all four of them and the implications of this reveal on their life and memories of family. The author explores talent, drive, passion, and family and how they balance each other. I would recommend, but it wasn't my favorite.
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  • Shari Suarez
    January 1, 1970
    The Sweeney sisters are all very different. Liza is the caretaker who needs everything to be perfect; Maggie is the free spirit artist who occasionally lies; Tricia is the lawyer who leads with intellect and not emotion.They come together when their father, William Sweeney dies. Their father was a famous author and professor at Yale. His publisher was promised his memoir which he never delivered. In order to keep the estate from going into the red the Sweeney sisters are forced to search for the The Sweeney sisters are all very different. Liza is the caretaker who needs everything to be perfect; Maggie is the free spirit artist who occasionally lies; Tricia is the lawyer who leads with intellect and not emotion.They come together when their father, William Sweeney dies. Their father was a famous author and professor at Yale. His publisher was promised his memoir which he never delivered. In order to keep the estate from going into the red the Sweeney sisters are forced to search for the manuscript while also dealing with their grief. Their father might have also left some surprises that they didn't expect including one that has the potential to destroy their family.
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  • Chelsey Lepinski
    January 1, 1970
    Received this ARC from net galley in exchange for a review. Popular author William Sweeney passes away, leaving his 3 daughters behind and some secrets. As the sisters discover the secrets, they also grow in their bond as family. Nice story about how bonds of family can withstand any family secrets that could just as easily tear them apart. Some parts dragged on a little and then ended too abruptly.
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  • BooksnPugs
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully written book, it's emotional and at times humorous. Every family has secrets, most times it's discovered at the worst. The relationship between the sisters are very much relatable, each one with different emotions and questions. Their love for one another brings them together and shows us the resilience of what a family can overcome. I received this ARC from Harper Collins Publishers.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. The characters really stood out, in their personalities and relationships. Liza, Maggie and Tricia are daughter of a famous author. When their father dies, they find out they have a half sister. The fallout, and the impact on the sisters’ relationship makes for a great story. I highly recommend this novel, and thank Edelweiss for the ARC.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    /The Sweeney Sisters/ is a light, breezy read; even while taking into consideration the deep seated family issues that are woven throughout the heart of this book. It is a bit like reading the script of a Lifetime movie as opposed to watching one but, as it so often is with those, once you get drawn in you just can’t stop watching/reading.
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  • Claudia Silk
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun book for locals! Three sisters lose their famous author father and come together. Where? At his house on the water in Southport. A lot of local mentions which was just great and the author has a great way of capturing the personality of the town.
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  • Grumpybookworm
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good read. It didn't blow me away and at times I felt like the characters were a bit one dimensional, but I really liked the concept and I enjoyed the literary backdrop. I could have done with a bit more flushing out and setting the stage at the beginning up until they found out about the fourth sister (their reaction to this revelation seemed a bit bland and anticlimactic given the level of surprise this would be). I loved the Little Women vibes I got from the sisters. All so very This is a good read. It didn't blow me away and at times I felt like the characters were a bit one dimensional, but I really liked the concept and I enjoyed the literary backdrop. I could have done with a bit more flushing out and setting the stage at the beginning up until they found out about the fourth sister (their reaction to this revelation seemed a bit bland and anticlimactic given the level of surprise this would be). I loved the Little Women vibes I got from the sisters. All so very different, not always on the same page, often frustrated with each other, but so very well versed in one another’s tendencies and patterns. I did struggle a bit with some of the flow and how it would switch (seemingly randomly) from one character’s inner thoughts or actions to another’s.This is mainly an intimate look at family (and more specifically - sister) dynamics and I really identified with that, having a sister myself with whom I have a complicated relationship. I found a lot of the internal as well as sister-to-sister dialogue to be very relatable and reminiscent of sisterly interactions.This will be a great read for those who love family sagas like The Nest, The Most Fun We Ever Had, or others that aren’t as much plot-heavy but relationship and family dynamics-heavy. Appreciate the opportunity from Netgalley for an early read!
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to LibraryThing and William Morrow Publishers for an advance reader's copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.An engrossing family drama about three adult sisters who join together to pick up the pieces after Bill Sweeney, their famous author father, dies suddenly. The redheaded sisters soon learn there is a fourth blonde Sweeney sister their father never told anyone about. Having grown up in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut, they return to give their Thanks to LibraryThing and William Morrow Publishers for an advance reader's copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.An engrossing family drama about three adult sisters who join together to pick up the pieces after Bill Sweeney, their famous author father, dies suddenly. The redheaded sisters soon learn there is a fourth blonde Sweeney sister their father never told anyone about. Having grown up in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut, they return to give their father the rousing Irish send-off he would have wanted. And then, with a deadline from his publisher, they must find the final memoir Bill stashed somewhere in the house. Their search also uncovers other family secrets. Skillfully described and likable, the realistic characters each have their own lives and issues, and author Dolan weaves these dramas together to form an absorbing family tale of grief and growth. I found this to be a satisfying novel, and I plan to look for others written by Lian Dolan.
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  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    3.5William Kennedy is a literary giant, whose sudden death stuns his three adult daughters. They are further shocked to learn that he also fathered a fourth daughter, Serena, who is now a part of their already-complicated lives both individually and collectively. They react to her presence in ways that define their personalities. The knowledge from his postmortem memoir reveals that he was a very flawed human being with extraordinary talent. This knowledge and their memories of him as an 3.5William Kennedy is a literary giant, whose sudden death stuns his three adult daughters. They are further shocked to learn that he also fathered a fourth daughter, Serena, who is now a part of their already-complicated lives both individually and collectively. They react to her presence in ways that define their personalities. The knowledge from his postmortem memoir reveals that he was a very flawed human being with extraordinary talent. This knowledge and their memories of him as an imperfect father and husband bring the sisters, including Serena, to a deeper understanding of their bond.My thanks to the publisher and LibraryThing for the opportunity to read this book as an early reviewer.
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  • ☕Brenda☕
    January 1, 1970
    Oh the twists and turns life, and death throw at us.Throw in the secret of a recently deceased parent, and a surprise sibling, and you've got The Sweeney Sisters.This book takes us through grief, surprise,acceptance, and eventually more family to love.Very well written.This was my 2 ND book by this Author, and I'm sure it won't be my last.
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  • CMDH
    January 1, 1970
    I just power read through The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan. I’m really excited to share my review closer to publication in April 2020. This is one I’ll be reading again, gifting, and recommending over and over. Highly, highly recommended! Many thanks to LibraryThing and William Morrow who provided a beautiful ARC for me to review, opinions are my own.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first novel that I’ve read by Liam Dolan and it was a delightful surprise. It’s a lovely story of three Sweeney Sisters who suffer through both the death of their literary giant father and the discovery of the existence of a fourth sister. The author uses a timely way to discover previously unknown relatives and truths, a DNA kit, is the vehicle for the women learn about their relationship. The author draws all the characters very well, but her greatest gift is her ability to create This was the first novel that I’ve read by Liam Dolan and it was a delightful surprise. It’s a lovely story of three Sweeney Sisters who suffer through both the death of their literary giant father and the discovery of the existence of a fourth sister. The author uses a timely way to discover previously unknown relatives and truths, a DNA kit, is the vehicle for the women learn about their relationship. The author draws all the characters very well, but her greatest gift is her ability to create such graphic descriptions that a visual reader (such as myself) was able to picture each character and setting. I found it very engaging, loved the way the epilogue tied up so many endings; as well as the portrayal of a grieving family forced to regroup and establish a new dynamic. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to discussing it in reading groups. So much to talk about, sibling relationships, the tricks of memory and the handling of the death of a parent. Of course, it also questions the rights of “great artists “ in treating their own families. Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this novel.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so happy that I took a chance on reading this book when I was unfamiliar with the author. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down once I started. There are wonderful characters, both living and dead, suspenseful scenarios, and unusual and compelling family dynamics. Although I flew through the book, there was plenty of substance to it and I think it would make a great choice for book discussion groups. I will read the author's previous books and look forward to her next one.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    The Sweeney sisters didn’t have the easiest childhood, their parents were both writers. Their mother set her career aside to support her husband and he became a huge literary icon. Their mother sounded like an amazing woman but she died when her daughters still lived at home. Their dad didn’t handle it well. He turned to his vices, drinking and gambling and the girls were practically left to themselves.Maybe as a result of their childhood, they’ve grown up to be close and to support each other. The Sweeney sisters didn’t have the easiest childhood, their parents were both writers. Their mother set her career aside to support her husband and he became a huge literary icon. Their mother sounded like an amazing woman but she died when her daughters still lived at home. Their dad didn’t handle it well. He turned to his vices, drinking and gambling and the girls were practically left to themselves.Maybe as a result of their childhood, they’ve grown up to be close and to support each other. They are three very different women but the love is always there.Liza is the responsible oldest sister. She married young, so her mom could see her get married. She has teenage twins. She owns an art gallery, in part so she can help her sister Maggie sell her art.Maggie is the middle sister. She’s the spontaneous one. She’s jumped from job to job, city to city, man to man, and not settled on anything. She’s always been able to count on her sisters to bail her out.Tricia is the youngest. She’s an attorney. She’s successful but maybe a workaholic. She runs to relax. She doesn’t date much because of a few bad choices of men in the past.When the Sweeney sisters’ dad Bill dies they are left with some bombshells. They have another sister. She’s older than Liza. She’s the product of an affair their father had with their neighbor. Their other sister never knew either. She only learned the truth when she won a home dna kit at work.Their father wrote final book and was so afraid of what it would uncover that he hid it. He said it would have to be published after his death.So the sisters have to band together to find the manuscript. They also have to come to terms with how having a new sister changes things.I really enjoyed this. It was very well written. The characters were likable. The story flows along nicely.I got to read an early copy of this book from Book Club Girl Early Reads. Thanks!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book from Harper Collins by way of the The Book Club Girls. All opinions are my own. A sudden, unexpected death always has the ability to upend a family but what happens when the deceased is a complicated but beloved public figure who leaves behind a few secrets? The Sweeney sisters are going to find out soon enough. Three sisters must return home & confront not only their father's demons but also their own as they wade through the life of their author I received an advance copy of this book from Harper Collins by way of the The Book Club Girls. All opinions are my own. A sudden, unexpected death always has the ability to upend a family but what happens when the deceased is a complicated but beloved public figure who leaves behind a few secrets? The Sweeney sisters are going to find out soon enough. Three sisters must return home & confront not only their father's demons but also their own as they wade through the life of their author father, William. As they make their way through the grief they are confronted not only with family secrets but also, more importantly, with the reality of who their father was to them & to the world. Sisterhood is a unique relationship and the relationship between these three women is what sold me on the book right from the start. Sisters share so much during their upbringing but quite often end up being very different & each of these women is delightfully unique. Strong in different ways they compliment each other in a realistic way. They are supportive yet critical, loving yet antagonistic ... they are truly sisters.This isn't a book full of twists & turns, the big "family secret" is obvious from the first page but the beauty of the story isn't in the secret it's in how the women come together to address, confront, & accept this change in their reality while their lives continue to swirl around them. Each woman is enough without benefit of romance & each handles the curve balls of life with strength & grace.Beautifully written this book puts the chaos, love & pain of the situation on the page in perfect prose. I truly enjoyed every page of this book & I am grateful for the opportunity to have enjoyed it as an ARC.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    What if one fact could turn your entire world upside down?The Sweeney sisters, still reeling from their esteemed author-father’s death, find themselves in this very situation upon their discovery that there is a fourth sister out there. Well, half sister. But this family doesn’t do anything by halves.With a big cast of characters, The Sweeney Sisters captures the struggles with grief among a myriad of personalities. Despite the larger cast, this novel’s characters are throughly developed. Each What if one fact could turn your entire world upside down?The Sweeney sisters, still reeling from their esteemed author-father’s death, find themselves in this very situation upon their discovery that there is a fourth sister out there. Well, half sister. But this family doesn’t do anything by halves.With a big cast of characters, The Sweeney Sisters captures the struggles with grief among a myriad of personalities. Despite the larger cast, this novel’s characters are throughly developed. Each sister is a striking portrait of an individual, with their shared history apparent but not overwrought.The Connecticut setting is gorgeously described, as are each of the more specific settings of homes, businesses, and offices. The author has a keen eye for describing each situation such that the reader feels like they are there with these quickly beloved characters. This book hits that sweet spot where everything is aptly described, enough so you can visualize it but not so much that it feels burdensome or heavy.The plot delves deeply into family relationships, new and old, as the sisters learn more about themselves and each other while settling the estate. The way the sisters interact is realistic, and made me miss my own sister (who lives across the country) with an extra sharpness.With a tender heart, plenty of laughs, and an engrossing story, The Sweeney Sisters is sure to capture your heart and mind and stay with you long after you turn the last page.The Sweeney Sisters will be available April 28, 2020.Find more book reviews at pawprintsinthesink.com
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  • Karen M
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. Now I’m going to tell you why. I know some readers like the end of a book to be tied up in a pink ribbon, in other words, happily ever after. I personally prefer what I like to call a ‘future potential’ ending that I can imagine how I would end the book. Well, the author has pleased the happily ever afters and me too.This mixed ending is perfect for this book since it’s about mixed family relations. Liza is strong in organization but perhaps too strong, too rigid, too take I loved this book. Now I’m going to tell you why. I know some readers like the end of a book to be tied up in a pink ribbon, in other words, happily ever after. I personally prefer what I like to call a ‘future potential’ ending that I can imagine how I would end the book. Well, the author has pleased the happily ever afters and me too.This mixed ending is perfect for this book since it’s about mixed family relations. Liza is strong in organization but perhaps too strong, too rigid, too take charge while Maggie is totally free and disorganized and seemingly happy or maybe just haphazard. Tricia, she’s a high powered New York lawyer on her way up and sadly that’s all she seems to be. An event occurs and, to be trite, their world is turned upside down and we’ll add inside out and suddenly everything these women believed has changed but the question is will it be for the better or far worse. Past history, as they remember it is about to be thrown back in their faces and it’s how they each handle it that makes this a good read.The author has created a thorough depiction of these diverse personalities and how past history, which cannot be changed, must change them forever.Thank you to Book Club Girls, Netgalley, William Morrow Harper Collins Publishers and Lian Dolan for this ebook ARC.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I must say, I had zero expectations out of this book when I started. I even hesitated to start it. But Lian Dolan knows what what she is doing! I was drawn in from page one and didn't let go until the last page. I devoured this book in a day in a half. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about the Sweeney Sisters! This is a great story about family and discovering who our family really is. Letting go of what you think you know and accepting the new reality. The Sweeney sisters grew up with I must say, I had zero expectations out of this book when I started. I even hesitated to start it. But Lian Dolan knows what what she is doing! I was drawn in from page one and didn't let go until the last page. I devoured this book in a day in a half. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about the Sweeney Sisters! This is a great story about family and discovering who our family really is. Letting go of what you think you know and accepting the new reality. The Sweeney sisters grew up with a famous writer as a father and before her untimely passing, their mother was a poet and artist. After dad passes, the sisters learn the reality of the past and the secrets their father was keeping, including a daughter know one knew about. Without going into too much detail, I loved learning about these sisters and the past. Growing up on Willow Lane must have been magical for a time. I would love to see this house in person, because in my mind it is an amazing home! The sisters all grew up and definitely have their own individuality. I definitely most identify with Liza, the oldest. Coming from a family where I was the oldest, her struggles hit me the hardest and right smack dab in the chest sometimes. The oldest daughters carry so much on their shoulders sometimes. Overall, A wonderful story of family! I will definitely be recommending this to others and I will be looking for more works by Lian Dolan! Special thanks to NetGalley, Harper Collins - William Morrow, and The Book Club Girl Early Reads program for the advance digital copy in exchange for my honest review. #TheSweeneySisters #NetGalley
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  • Tabatha Shipley
    January 1, 1970
    What I Did Like:-The sisters themselves. The individual sisters are well written and have concrete personalities. The beauty of this book is in the way the 3 (ahem-4) of them come together to make sort of a realistic picture of sisters. There were times when I could picture how my sister and I interact, which was cool. The relationship part of this book was well done. -This is, I think, the first time I’ve done this. I do it a lot with things I didn’t like, but it’s a first for like. I’m going What I Did Like:-The sisters themselves. The individual sisters are well written and have concrete personalities. The beauty of this book is in the way the 3 (ahem-4) of them come together to make sort of a realistic picture of sisters. There were times when I could picture how my sister and I interact, which was cool. The relationship part of this book was well done. -This is, I think, the first time I’ve done this. I do it a lot with things I didn’t like, but it’s a first for like. I’m going to mention something I actually didn’t enjoy that a lot of you might. I didn’t like the ending. I’m not one for the endings that tie everything up and make everything seem rosy. Basically, if you like happily-ever-after style endings, you’ll love this one. -Language. This author has beautiful language, actually. I found myself enjoying the sentences she crafted on more than one occasion. There were, full disclosure, a few grammatical errors. But remember I’m working from an Advanced Reader Copy so we can hope those will get worked out before it’s available in April. I really think you’ll appreciate this one if you like well-crafted sentences and descriptions. Who Should Read This One:-If you are the kind of reader who likes emotional stories about women connecting with their families, you’ll love this one. -If you like a romance style feel to a contemporary story, you’ll like this one. -I consider this to be similar in style to Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer. If you liked that one you’ll like this one. My Rating: 3 Stars. This is a good book that explores the relationship between these sisters. For Full Review (including what I didn’t like): https://youtu.be/bEc6QN40trU
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan is a wonderful novel that delves into the complicated relationships and feelings within families.It was interesting to read the complexities of the disagreements, yet loyalties and love that interplayed between the three main characters that are sisters: Liz, Maggie, and Trisha. Each have their own personalities, hang-ups, pasts, strengths, and weaknesses. They get on each other’s nerves, but love one another despite it all. Each sibling had their “niche” and The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan is a wonderful novel that delves into the complicated relationships and feelings within families.It was interesting to read the complexities of the disagreements, yet loyalties and love that interplayed between the three main characters that are sisters: Liz, Maggie, and Trisha. Each have their own personalities, hang-ups, pasts, strengths, and weaknesses. They get on each other’s nerves, but love one another despite it all. Each sibling had their “niche” and role to play in the family dynamics. Liz: the oldest is a planner and manager, Maggie the “mess-up”, and Trisha the lawyer and numbers gal. I enjoyed reading their interactions and the paths they were leading. I also enjoyed some of the curveballs and wrenches that were thrown in after their father’s death and learning about their half-sister Serena. I also truly enjoyed their transformations and the ending. It was definitely fitting. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow/Harper Collins for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.
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