Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters-Natalie Standiford
Publication Date: September, 2010
The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother gathers the family and announces that she will soon die . . .and has cut the entire family out of her will. Since she is the source of almost all their income, this means they will soon be penniless.
Someone in the family has offended her deeply. If that person comes forward with a confession of her (or his) crime, submitted in writing to her lawyer by New Year's Day, she will reinstate the family in her will. Or at least consider it.
And so the confessions begin....
Oh my, how I loved this book. First of all, it's set in Baltimore, my beloved home town. It's a very different Baltimore then where I grew up, as the Sullivan sisters live in the very posh part of town north of the city. But still, I couldn't help but smile when the sisters went somewhere I'd been before.
I also enjoyed the three intertwining narratives, as each sister writes their confession to their grandmother. You get to see the same story told from multiple angles, and I loved that. I also adored the girls' grandmother, Almighty, and how each of the girls resemble her, even if they can't quite see how at the beginning of the novel.
The only slight issue I had with the book was the massive age gap between Robbie and Norrie. It seemed a bit icky, and while Robbie didn't come across as a gross cradle robber, I couldn't help but think he was, just a little bit. True love knows no age, and I might have been able to look past it, but their relationship didn't feel like it was that sort of love. Norrie seemed desperate to rebel against the life her grandmother had planned for her, and well, Robbie just happened to show up.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters. It was expertly written and filled with characters that I couldn't help but love.