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  • was not impressed

    This book intertwines the stories of Emer (and her late sister Orla) and Susannah (and her late sister Kate). Emer is hired to care for Susannah through her final days. At first, Susannah is resistant but soon finds she has a lot in common with her young nurse and they become friendly. This wasn't a book that made a deep impact on me. There were some things that I did not like. There is an entire page remembering Kate but she is called Orla. The frequent back and forth between the two sets of characters and time periods was a bit confusing. There are several references to the fact that Susannah favors one of her nieces over the other. However, it was never clearly revealed why; you are just left to wonder. I need closure! I can't seem to determine a central "theme" or "message" from this book. It wasn't until about the middle of the book that I really found myself interested in the story. The mystery of Kate is finally revealed but there were so many other questions left unanswered. Maybe there will be a follow up centering around Lynsey.

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  • Sisters

    Sister's The Island Girls is a story of sisters and their love for each other. It is about a beautiful island off the coast of Maine. It is about cancer and the hurt it can cause. It is about relationships and the complications that come with them. Emer and her sister Ora both from Ireland are close with each other, especially after the death of their mother from Cancer. When Ora gets cancer Emer, a nurse, is there for her sister, however, on the night Ora dies Emer was with her boyfriend Lars and she is haunted by that knowledge. She should have been with her sister. This causes Emer to take a job on an island off the coast of Maine to take care of Suzanne who is dying with pancreatic cancer. Emer finds letters hidden in a quilt from Suzanne's sister Kate and reads them. She also helps Suzanne type up letters for her nieces that she raised when her sister died when the girls were very young. The letters tell a story of two sisters that were close. Kate marries Mathew who is an abusive husband. Suzanne has never liked Mathew and leaves the island for college. Suzanne meets Eva and has a relationship with Eva while at college. The marriage to Mathew and Suzanne and Eva's relationship strains the ties between the two sisters. When Suzanne gets a letter from Kate saying she is leaving Mathew and needs her help Suzanne travels to the island. When Suzanne gets there the two girls are hiding under the bed, Kate is dead in the front yard and her mother is in her room. What happened that night Suzanne keeps a secret and never tells anyone. When Emer comes to work for Suzanne she meets Henry who takes her on tours of the beautiful scenic spots on the island. One night when they go for a walk to an isolated spot Henry isn't so nice. Suzanne rescues her and secrets are revealed. Emer and Suzanne both bare their hearts and as Suzanne's girls gather around her Emer travels to New York to be with Lars. It was a good story, I loved the descriptions of the beautiful places on the Island. The love between both sets of sisters. It was sad at times, but a good story all the same. I thought it was well written, the content was sometimes hard to read, but it was life and life is what it is not always what we want. People are all different and that is what makes each of us so unique. If you are looking for a good story you might want to consider this book. I did enjoy reading it. Thanks to Noelle Harrison, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of the book for an honest review.

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  • Poignant story of love, loss and sisters

    The Island Girls by Noëlle Harrison Three sets of sisters who all experience tragedy have their lives overlap and sometimes mirror one another in this poignant story of love and loss. Emer is still dealing with the loss of her beloved sister to cancer when she heads to a small island to do end of life care for Susannah. The two women have a rocky start but become closer with time and as they share what came before they met the two learn of sisters and lovers lost as well as perhaps finding a bit of comfort along the way. The story is told by flipping between the past and present and aa s a result the story unfolds slowly but drew me in and kept me reading till the very end. What I liked: * Emer: a good woman, sister and nurse – she has lost her way due to grief and a need to self flagellate but does eventually come around * Susannah: a woman before her time who escaped her island only to once again return and then never leave again * Katie: Emer’s sister was one who got lost in love and battered in the process * Orla: Emer’s sister who died too young * Rebecca & Lynsey: Katie’s children who are very close to their aunt Emer...and yet distant from her, too. * Lars: a good man that stuck by Emer in spite of her pushing him away * The way the book made me see the characters, feel with them and care about the outcome of their lives. * The island – beautiful but not necessarily a healthy place for sometime * That at least one couple seems to manage a HEA What I did not like: * Being reminded how horrible cancer is and how it respects no man or woman * The loss of life to cancer and other ways * The burden Susannah carried for so many years * Being reminded that those being abused can still love their abuser and not leave Did I like this book? Yes Would I read more by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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  • Emotionally stirring

    Emotionally stirring and evocative sums up this beautiful Historical Fiction read by Noelle Harrison. Sisters; how to live with them, and without them, and the choices we make that can never be undone. Dying too soon and loving while you can features strongly in this emotional story. While many aspects of healthy love is portrayed, there is also domestic abuse and the unhealthy love it Carries. Although sometimes dark and heavy, this poignant read may be uncomfortable for many readers, cancer and its aftermath features strongly. 3⭐ Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Ms. Noelle Harrison for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "Island Girls". The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.

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  • An easy to read book which kept me hooked.

    I did enjoy the book which not always the case with books written in this style. The story is told from the perspective of Susannah and Emer in alternate chapters. Both central characters share very special bonds with sister who have died at a young age. When Irish nurse,Emer is employed by Susannah's niece to care for her aunt who is in the final stages of Pancreatic Cancer, she finds that they that have a lot in common. Susannah does not accept the presence of Emer in her home but eventually she realises that she can't manage without Emer's help and the storyline develops to a satisfactory ending. There was one irritating error,where Kate and Orla's names were interchanged,which should have been picked up in the editing process.

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