Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

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Goodreads Synopsis: Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy – an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows. 

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I wasn’t too impressed by the synopsis for this book, but I am determined to read more adult fiction so I decided to go ahead and read it anyway.  And I’m glad I did!

Almost Sisters surprised me. When I first started it I was a little put off by the writing style, I just didn’t like it that much. But the characters were fairly interesting so I decided to keep going.  The more I read the more I liked the story, the characters and the whole book.

Leia is an interesting character, I like that she’s so close to her grandmother. It was easy to sympathize with Leia as she tries to do what’s best for the old woman but still let her make decisions. I can imagine it’s not easy to have to move your grandmother out of her family home, all the while being pregnant and also taking care of your teenage niece.  The grandmother and her friend Wattie, and the niece were both great characters as well. I love reading about quirky old people, and even though I found myself annoyed at the niece I found her character understandable.

I really liked how the story all came together, and I was kept guessing up until the end. I liked how this book dealt with the issue of slavery in the south, and how it talked about this issue not being just something of the past. I like it when fiction takes on serious issues and doesn’t shy away from them.

In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

2 comments

  1. Great review, and it seems like a book I’d really like, especially because I adore adult fiction. Thanks for the recommendation!

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