The Almost Sisters
By: Joshilyn Jackson
This is my first Joshilyn Jackson book, which was recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Anne Bogel. I “read” the audible version which was narrated by Ms. Jackson and I absolutely fell in love with her accent by the end of the book.
The novel has many moving parts, but they all fit together very nicely and can be followed easily enough. There are some good twists, turns and secrets revealed. Some parts were easy to figure out and a bit predictable, but the characters—especially Leia—are well drawn and they kept me entertained and engaged until the end. There are funny moments in the book that I genuinely chuckled out loud at.
I loved that Leia is a nerd and imperfect, I love that her perfect sister isn’t as perfect as she appears, and her grandmother and Wattie could easily have stolen the book if Leia and Rachel weren’t rendered so well. Jackson portrays race and social class relationships in the south, both past and present, though I found Leia’s naivety about racism still existing a bit (especially at the age of 38) unrealistic.
Endings are always the big issue with me, but I liked how it ended. While neatly tied up, it was not unrealistic and more importantly it wasn’t rushed. I only gave it 4 stars because while I really enjoyed it, it did not leave me totally wanting more and regretting that it was ending.
”The South I’d been born into was all sweet tea and decency and Jesus, and it was a real, true place. I had grown up inside it, because my family lived there.”
”The second South was always present, though, and in it decency was a thin, green cover over the rancid soil of our dark history. They were both always present, both truly present in every square inch.”
Goodreads: 3.99 Stars
Amazon: 4.5 Stars
Barnes & Noble: 4.8 Stars
Audible: 4.5 Stars
IndieBound: August 2017 Indie Next List
Leia is a comic book artist who has found herself up against a creative roadblock. Has this happened to you and how have you worked through it?
Leia talks about there being two Souths that exist simultaneously. Do you agree?
We see Jake as Leia's ex-best friend, as Rachel's husband, and as Lavender's father. How does your impression of him change throughout the story? Do you feel more sympathy for Rachel or Jake during their conflict?
There were a few secrets that came to light at the end. Had you figured these out before their exposition?