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The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader


The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets
By: Molly Fader

Published: July 2019
Published by: Graydon House
Format Read: eBook, Kindle, Net Galley
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 3.5/5

NOTE: I was sent a copy of The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader, by the publisher via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.


What drove their family apart just might bring them back together…

It’s been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Pennsylvania hometown on the shores of Lake Erie.

But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home. As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame–and best of all, each other.

But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever.

With warm affection and wry wit, Molly Fader’s The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is about the ties that bind family and the power of secrets to hold us back or set us free.

Source: Goodreads

My Thoughts

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets follow two estranged sisters, an ailing mother and a rebellious teenager daughter. It is a family drama where one sister stays behind and the other leaves. It is chalk full of memories of their lives that although had their happier times, was shadowed by tragedy.

I was instantly eager to uncover the secrets about what happened between Lindy and Delia. Naturally I speculated as I read along, thinking I had the answer pinned down. Toward the middle of this novel I became slightly bored by the direction it went, however the last quarter was far more interesting and redeemed itself for a 3.5 rating from this reviewer.

I would recommend The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets to those who enjoy reading women’s fiction, however I found that there were some parts of the plot that I wish were more developed. I do believe that most people will find a character in this story they could relate to in some way or another. However I would advise caution to those who are sensitive to trigger warnings, as it does touch on some very serious topics.


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