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Friday, June 24, 2011

Review - The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

The book was a gift from Mary and it was such a thoughtful one!

Milly and Twiss two elderly sisters live together in a barn of a house which is falling down around their ears. They have a reputation for treating injured birds . One day a young mother brings around an injured bird and an inadvertent remark sets off a chain of events which take the sisters and the story right back to 1947 when they were teenagers, and so the story starts.

It was for me a sad read - Milly always knew she wanted to get married and have a family. Twiss was not so. Then their father meets with an accident, loses his job and his common sense and the whole family disintegrates. How Milly puts family before self is heart breaking. With the arrival of Bett their cousin their world is turned upside down and all dreams of a future are gone.

The ramifications of a small town, everyone knowing everyone else's business, the sense of family loyalty and sibling love and how it eventually leads to the two old spinsters living out their days alone is tough. Right through I was rooting for Milly to do something for herself and eventually for Twiss who would have followed in her sister's footsteps but then it was not the story I had set it out to be.

Though not a happily ever after story in the strictest sense of the word, the sisters were content and happy in their little world. Milly obviously felt the sacrifice was well worth it though I was angry throughout that parents could be so blind and selfish!!!

A beautiful, nostalgic read.


Blodeuedd said...

I am happy that you enjoyed your gift :D

Grace at Feeding My Book Addiction said...

I enjoyed this book too. It's a poignant and heartbreaking read though.

Have a great weekend!
Grace at Feeding My Book Addiction

Leslie said...

That sounds like a good story, but I cannot read stories like that. They stay with me and will continue to bother me for a long time.

Always enjoy your reviews!

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

Sounds like a wonderful rainy Sunday afternoon read. It's gone on my wish-list :)

Vicki Boster said...

Hi Mystica - your book review is excellent! Thanks for visiting me - it is wonderful to meet a new blogger - I appreciate your visit and comment -

have a wonderful week!


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I loved this book even though it was rather sad at times. I really enjoyed the writing and the characters except for those parents. They frustrated me!

Jenny Q said...

I want to read this one! Great review, Mystica!

Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

I really want to read this one as well. I'm going to have to pick up a copy, it sounds great!

Aisle B said...

Mary raved about this one when she reviewed it. It sounds as thought it has the power to move people and I'll have to try this one too.

Sacrifices are part of life ... as long as we are happy with the convictions of what passed, we will be all the more stronger for the choices we make.

Anna said...

I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it! This book is on my shelf, and I can't wait to have time to read it.

DCMetroreader said...

Every review I have read about The Bird Sisters has been glowing. I'm adding this to my TBR list.

Great review!

Mel u said...

this sounds like an interesting book-thanks for sharing it with us