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Blood Sisters (2006)

by Barbara Keating

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Blood Sisters was written by sister authors, Barbara and Stephanie Keating. It is a thick, juicy family saga of almost 600 pages, and this is just the first book in a trilogy. The story is essentially of three girls who meet at school in Kenya and become blood sisters. These girls and their assorted brothers and friends are followed from the ages of 14 through to 21 in this first book. Sarah goes to college in Ireland and becomes a wildlife conversationalist and photographer, she has been in love with Hannah’s brother, Piet since she was a child, but Piet seems to be taken with someone else. Troubled Camilla is in London trying to become an actress but when she fails to get into drama school she becomes a model instead. When Kenya gained it’s independence in 1963 Hannah and her parents move to Rhodesia but before long she returns to the family farm in Kenya to help her brother who is struggling to keep the place going.

This book delivers a heady mix of romance, betrayals, murder and revenge and I was totally pulled into the story. From the swinging London of the sixties to the emerging African country of Kenya with it’s difficulties and danger there was plenty of action. As the story evolves we follow the girls lives through their various reunions, separations, heartaches and happiness.

Blood Sisters ends when the girls are still very young women with plenty of life ahead of them. Luckily I have the next two books in the trilogy on my shelf and I will be picking up the second volume soon as I was thoroughly entertained by this first volume. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 30, 2016 |
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Kenya 1957. During their childhood years in the Kenya Highlands three girls from vastly different backgrounds becomes blood sisters, promising that nothing will ever destroy the bond between them. But the legacy of the Mau Mau rebellion and the tensions and upheavals of newly independent Kenya tear their childhood dreams apart. Separated by distance and by family obligation, the three young women are thrown into a larger world of conflicting interests. Camilla Broughton-Smith becomes a famous model in 1960s London. Sarah Mackay is sent to university in her native Ireland, an alien experience which only strengthens her resolve to return to Africa. Hannah van der Beer's family struggles to retain the farm established by her Afrikaans forebears at the turn of the century. Time and again their bond is almost destroyed. Their friendship becomes a backdrop for competing love and broken promises. Political unrest brings violence, and savage murder darkens their loves.
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Kenya 1957. During their childhood years in the Kenya Highlands three girls from vastly different backgrounds becomes blood sisters, promising that nothing will ever destroy the bond between them. But the legacy of the Mau Mau rebellion and the tensions and upheavals of newly independent Kenya tear their childhood dreams apart. Separated by distance and by family obligation, the three young women are thrown into a larger world of conflicting interests. Camilla Broughton-Smith becomes a famous model in 1960s London. Sarah Mackay is sent to university in her native Ireland, an alien experience which only strengthens her resolve to return to Africa. Hannah van der Beer's family struggles to retain the farm established by her Afrikaans forebears at the turn of the century. Time and again their bond is almost destroyed. Their friendship becomes a backdrop for competing love and broken promises. Political unrest brings violence, and savage murder darkens their loves. Blood Sisters is the story of painful transition, from the innocent ideals of childhood to the demands of reality, amid the cataclysmic events of the African continent.

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In the first years of Kenyan independence, three young women return to the East African highlands where they shared their childhood. Hannah is struggling to preserve her heritage at Langani Farm, where a series of unexplained and violent attacks threaten her security and recent marriage. Sarah is studying elephant behaviour in an area made dangerous by armed poachers, using her work as a salve for the death of her childhood sweetheart. Camilla, the international fashion icon, abandons her career in London and is drawn back to Kenya by her love for a charismatic hunter and safari guide. But, there is a secret that hangs over Langani, overshadowing their efforts to establish themselves in the volatile circumstances of a new African nation. With the help of an ambitious Indian journalist, the three girls gradually uncover the truth about the murder of Sarah's fiance, and the continuing attacks on the farm and on their lives...… (more)

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