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L. Alison Heller’s THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS, a thought provoking story of addiction, marriage relationships, and family secrets---a powerful and poignant story of healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, healing, and discovering your true self.

Paige has a successful career as a marriage counselor with a loving husband Dave. She wants to spend some quality time with her lawyer husband and rents a cottage in the Hamptons for the summer weekends. However, her well laid plans, do not go as she planned. Her husband has been suspended and is working from home. He is secretive and strange, and Paige begins to question and suspect Dave is not being truthful, and could he be doing something illegal?

In the middle of her problems, her sister Sloane is scheduled for a visit after a twenty year absence. Paige cannot recall much about Sloane, except she abuses alcohol and drugs and started as a teen, prior to being sent to a rehab facility. It has been so long since Paige has seen her sister, she sometimes forgets she even has a sister.

As Paige begins going through items, she discovers the therapy journals her mother wrote when Sloane was sent to rehab. The mother, Vanessa’s journals reveal a different side of her mother---discovering Dave isn’t the only one with secrets. A complex woman, her daughters have no clue about the real person behind their mother.

The ongoing theme throughout the book deals with addiction—from different perspectives. Vanessa has feelings of guilt, as she feels Sloane’s problem is because of her side of the family. Vanessa’s father was an alcoholic, and well as Vanessa’s addiction. She refrains from telling her girls about their history of addiction.

As the drama unfolds between the relationships Dave/Page, and Sloane/Paige, Paige questions her life choices. A compelling, and powerful story written with humor, wit, suspense, and emotion. Paige discovers she may not know really know, those dearest to her, and over the summer may discover something about herself, along the way.

A mix of contemporary, family, and mystery---This was my first book by Heller, and look forward to reading more!
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS by L. Alison Heller is an interesting Women's Fiction/Sisters. A poignant tale of sisters, friendship, family, and love. A powerful, compelling story of family secrets, reconciliation,forgiveness and finding one's self, with a bit of romance mixed into the story. The story interweaves through different decades and with different generations. I found The Never Never Sisters to be interesting and true to life's ups and downs, as well as to the bond and love of sisters. A wonderful summer read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Jun 25, 2014 |
Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is looking forward to spending time with her lawyer husband, Dave, at the cottage they’ve rented in the Hamptons. However, in the blink of an eye Paige’s well ordered life an summer plans are thrown into disarray. Dave is suspended for reasons he claims are unknown but continues to work from home. He’s become secretive, almost obsessive. To ice the cake her sister Sloane is scheduled to visit after a twenty year absence.

Paige is the narrator with occasional input from Vanessa, her and Sloane’s mother. Despite being the main voice I didn’t know who Paige was until over half way through the book. She seemed to reflect what others wanted from her or for her to be.
Paige and Sloane were fairly stereotypical in their familial roles. Sloane, the hellion who gives her parents no end of grief. Paige tries to make amends by being dutiful, amenable and never rocking the boat of family calm. She’s relegated Sloane to a hidden place in her heart and mind. Once Sloane arrives it’s obvious not much has changed in her relationship with her parents; however she makes a concerted effort to connect with Paige.

Paige and Dave are going through a tumultuous time in their marriage. He’s shut her out, is acting strangely, and avoiding her attempts to ferret information. Has he done something illegal? Is he somehow involved in the huge insider trading scandal making news? To distract herself Paige begins going through stored items removed from the spare room Dave is using as a home office. In addition to her own journals she discovers the therapy journals her mother wrote when Sloane was sent to rehab the last time. Vanessa’s journals reveal a side of her mother Paige could never have imagined. Dave isn’t the only one with secrets.

The first half is slow going, none of the exposed secrets are unexpected and on the whole, THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS is fairly predictable. Paige and Sloane are commonplace. Their mother, Vanessa, is the one that intrigued me. Vanessa’s past and thoughts, confessed in the journal snippets and her occasional input, reveal a complex person seriously underestimated, undervalued, and unknown by her daughters. In my humble opinion neither Paige nor Sloane held a candle to Vanessa in terms of depth and strength of character. Vanessa and her story, with Paige and Sloane in the lesser roles, would have made a more interesting read.

THE NEVER NEVER SISTERS would be an easy beach read.
Reviewed by IvyD for Miss Ivy's Book Nook ( )
  ivydtruitt | Jun 3, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451416244, Paperback)

An absorbing, highly entertaining novel about family secrets, The Never Never Sisters introduces you to the strong-willed and big-hearted Reinhardt women, as they reunite one summer in New York. Gifted storyteller L. Alison Heller has written another witty and moving page-turner that will captivate readers and keep them guessing right up until the satisfying end.

Sometimes you just need to get away….
 
Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is counting down the days to summer, eager to reconnect with her workaholic husband at their cozy rental cottage in the Hamptons. But soon a mysterious crisis at Dave’s work ruins their getaway plans. Paige is still figuring out how to handle the unexplained chill in her marriage when her troubled sister suddenly returns after a two-decade silence. Now, instead of enjoying the lazy summer days along the ocean, Paige is navigating the rocky waters of a forgotten bond with her sister in the sweltering city heat.
 
As she attempts to dig deeper into Dave’s work troubles and some long-held family secrets, Paige is shocked to discover how little she knows about the people closest to her. This summer, the self-proclaimed relationship expert will grapple with her biggest challenge yet: Is it worth risking your most precious relationships in order to find yourself?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:14 -0400)

" An absorbing, highly entertaining novel about family secrets, The Never Never Sisters introduces you to the strong-willed and big-hearted Reinhardt women, as they reunite one summer in New York. Gifted storyteller L. Alison Heller has written another witty and moving page-turner that will captivate readers and keep them guessing right up until the satisfying end. Sometimes you just need to get away. Marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is counting down the days to summer, eager to reconnect with her workaholic husband at their cozy rental cottage in the Hamptons. But soon a mysterious crisis at Dave's work ruins their getaway plans. Paige is still figuring out how to handle the unexplained chill in her marriage when her troubled sister suddenly returns after a two-decade silence. Now, instead of enjoying the lazy summer days along the ocean, Paige is navigating the rocky waters of a forgotten bond with her sister in the sweltering city heat. As she attempts to dig deeper into Dave's work troubles and some long-held family secrets, Paige is shocked to discover how little she knows about the people closest to her. This summer, the self-proclaimed relationship expert will grapple with her biggest challenge yet: Is it worth risking your most precious relationships in order to find yourself?"--… (more)

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