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Meghann Dontess is a woman haunted by heartbreak. Twenty-five years ago she was forced to make a terrible choice, one that cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Now, Meghann is a hotshot divorce attorney who doesn’t believe in intimacy–-until she meets the one man who can change her mind.

Claire Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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CJC
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Lauren
First time I read a Kristin Hannah book and was thoroughly impressed by her writing. I couldn't seem to put the book down because I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next. I was a little disappointed in how she wrote about the characters though in the sense I felt like we got to know who Joe was at the end of the book instead of at the beginning of the book. Meghann was a strong character playing a lawyer and a loving sister. I didn't have faith in Claire and Bobby's relationsh...more
Connie
I had not read a Kristin Hannah in a while, and thank Marcia for choosing it as my Partner Read. I felt like I was visiting an old friend. She tells a story that is real and this one did not disappoint. Is it contemporary "chick lit"? Yes. But every once in a while this is exactly what I need. (like spending a rainy day curled up in your pi's)

Between Sisters hit all my buttons...family, friendship, love, redemption and forgiving. I believe that we can retrieve relationships we have lost....not...more
Teagan Ashe
Kristen Hannah is a master at evoking every emotion possible in a single book. She and Nicolas Sparks must trade notes on how to rip out their readers hearts all while weaving such an amazing story that you just can't put the book down!

I just finished Between Sisters and let me tell you: I laughed and cried, screamed and groaned through the entire book. I've read several of her other books and I have loved all of them. This book I especially enjoyed because it ended differently than some of her...more
Sandy
Kristin Hannah never fails to write books that grab me and pull me into the storyline, as if I am participating.



This is a story of family disconnect, of sisters who lose touch, due to circumstances that are beyond the control of children so young. It is about the ability of families to overcome obstacles, even those involving years of separation, and become what they once were, only better.



The characters portrayed are easy to like and associate with. The joy, the pain, the heartache, of life it...more
Michelle
Differences between siblings couldn't be more extreme than they are in this overwrought feel-good novel by Hannah (Distant Shores), a tale about two estranged sisters. Meghann Dontess is a hotshot, well-to-do Seattle divorce lawyer in her 30s, entirely focused on her career. Her younger sister, Claire Cavenaugh, a single mom living in a backwater town in the Pacific Northwest, takes care of her five-year-old daughter and helps her father run his low-key lakeside resort. The half-sisters were rai...more
Caitlin
Four stars seems like such a standard rating for me. I think my standard may have to become three stars...maybe it's that a I took a big break from reading so anything I pick up right now that holds my attention is "super-fun" to me!

Anyway - between sisters was another great Kristin Hannah book. I'm in - I will now be reading all of her books! I've yet to dislike one. Though I find them all a little heavy in that I'm waiting for the tears to flow once I reach the 3/4 mark of the book, I love he...more
Amy
Fast read. Really enjoyed the 1st half of the book. After a while though the story line reminded me of the movie 'Beaches'. I liked that movie. The plot just got too unbelievable in the book though. When Claire had a brain tumor and her estranged, top lawyer sister ended up falling in love with a homeless looking man named Joe who turned out to be a top Seattle surgeon, who then realized that her brain tumor could be operated on, it was a bit corny. The surgery is successful and Claire lives and...more
Emily
darn you, Kristin Hannah! I can't take books like this where I'm sobbing through the second half but still unable to put it down! I already went through that with your other book, Firefly Lane, lol. I did enjoy the book, but felt like it was very over the top fairytale. Who of us doesn't wish for everything to work out perfectly, incurable illnesses to be miraculously healed, true love winning out despite all odds. Sometimes its nice to read a book like that where everything works out just as we...more
Inaniel
Absolutely unrealistic. But I cried. That's good.
Jennefer
Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah, is another heartwarming story told by this truly phenomenal author! I have read most of Hannah's books, and I really enjoy her storytelling ability. Hannah truly draws readers in and never lets them go until the novel is over – IT’S GREAT! I loved this book and highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed! 5 stars for sure!

Author Hannah starts us on the journey of an intriguing dilemma in which two sisters venture out in completely different directions in...more
Gloria Schwarting
It's 2 am and I couldn't go to sleep until I finished. I see a long list of Kristin Hannah books in my future reading. These are not my usual mysteries but are excellent people stories. The characters make you feel for them and care what will happen...which is why I ended up reading until 2 am.
Lucy
Reading this book was like eating at McDonalds. It’s fast and easy but I feel so unpleasant afterwards.
Stephany G
The story started off a little slow. It follows two sisters who were close early in their life while they dealt with a uninvolved mother who abandoned them for a week while she struggled to maintain a moviestar career. Meghann the oldest by several years raised her baby sister, Claire, and ultimately found Claire's father and contacted him after it was clear their mother wasn't returning. Claire's father was unaware he had a child and took them in. Meghann split after realizing Claire was better...more
Caitlin
This is an enjoyable beach read. Very fast read. I couldn't decide between 2 and 3 stars but settled on 2 because there are too many things that I feel critical about. The writing is formulaic and dry at places. There are moments where I really didn't care what I was reading. For example, Hannah would write how a character went up stairs, put on pajamas, brushed their teeth and got into bed. These are normal life trivialities and they annoyed me. The other major criticism I had was, especially i...more
Jackie
As one of Kristin Hannah’s first time readers this book blew me away. Between Sisters is a great book for a person who enjoys reading about romance, and likes a little suspense from time to time. While reading this book I could never put it down, I would always want to know what happened next. It was like watching a soap opera where at the end of the episode you would be dying to know what happens next. The way Kristin Hannah wrote the book with drama, love, and sorrow makes it different than ev...more
Mandy
I don’t like reading books with lawyer characters. I just don’t like lawyers. ;-) I also greatly dislike psychobabble. I’m also not a huge fan of contemporary romance. Wow. That’s a lot of "don’t likes" for this book to overcome. But, this one had a bit more meat to it than the standard contemporary romance.

The story revolves around two sisters who were abandoned by their self-absorbed actress mother. The younger sister goes to live with her father in a secure and happy environment. The older s...more
Shirley Jump
I love Kristan Hannah and her books always make me cry. This one was really good, very well done, and I enjoyed it, but I didn't end up as a sobbing mess, which is the only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars :-)
Kathy
I read this because Kelly ACCIDENTALLY rated this 5 stars and she tends to like similar reads to me so I downloaded it to my iPod. She and I both agree it's a beach read type of book. If you want a somewhat predictable book for an airplane ride, this book works. I'll even give it 3 stars because I did want to finish it. I loathed the few 'sexy' scenes and skipped over them. I'm not a prude, I just don't want to read about it--especially if it's poorly done.
Mary
I enjoyed the book, would have enjoyed it more if pages 91 - 106 hadn't been missing!!! (Couldn't return it for a replacement copy) The author has chronicled the bond of 2 sisters, which time and events had pulled in different directions. The progress of their relationship was poignant, entertaining and thoroughly believable. Great job Kristen Hannah regardless that I missed so many pages of dialogue. (My copy is Ballantine books paperback pub 2009)
Stina
Screw you, Between Sisters, using a 36 point font...

Aside from that, this book was a fast read (not a surprise, as I could see all of the words on a page from across the room). Again, very Lifetime movie-ish from Kristin Hannah, but like I've said before, I'm not above Lifetime movies. Point me to a mini-marathon starring Meredith Baxter and I'm there.
Andrea Stoeckel
I have now read three of Kritian Hannah's books. The first two were hard slogs. This one is pretty darn good even if the ending's a bit Pollyanna-ish.

Meg and Claire are half sisters, who are abandoned by their mother and find Claire's Dad so Social Services won't split them up. Meg takes care of Claire until she begins to realize she also needs to leave. In what Claire still sees as being abandoned, she gets a full ride scholarship and excells at being a lawyer.

Claire still lives with Dad and he...more
Meghan Ostrander
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel about two sisters who come together over the years. Between Sisters is about two sisters that have a lot of history and poor communication over the last two decades. This novel shows how relationships between sisters can be mended despite their history because they have never stopped loving each other. Although this novel focuses on their sister relationship, it also deals with each sister finding their own love. I would highly recommend this novel; howeve...more
CJ
Feb 10, 2014 CJ rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I just want to point out that I don't base my ratings on how well the book was written or how driven the plot was. For me it all comes down to how much I enjoyed reading it and whether or not it made me feel anything.

This started off so achingly slow. I kept checking to see how many pages I had left, kept wanting to abandon it, kept forcing myself to continue.

Both sisters got on my nerves. (view spoiler) and (view spo...more
Heather
I truly enjoyed this book. It grabbed me almost immediately and I had a hard time putting it down. I liked the characters and loved the journey they went on. There were laughs and tears, hope and love, as well as mystery and suspense! Very good!
Sonja Schmader
Loved this one too...really good story about sisters, and how complex family relationships can be. This is a tear jerker at times, but really, really good story. Love Kristin Hannah's books so easy to read and usually very relatable.
Marnie
What a heartfelt story of two sisters so close, pulled apart by a past, and brought back together. Too bad sometimes it take a tragedy for this to happen. Of course, in the novel there is the happy ending
Tiffany
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Sneha Tripathi
The writings style was abrupt in the beginning, the first 60 pages are mix-mash of so many stories that it was so hard to relate or understand. The story would be about Meg but suddenly it will be clarie's story that i am reading..frustrating!!!
it's about two sisters, Meg and Claire, It's about their uncaring mom which in retrospect brought them very close. But, they get separated and the story revolves around the mistakes, the sacrifices that they both have to do. Fate decides to bring them tog...more
Cara


Couldn't put it down until I got til the end... Enjoyed it thoroughly and cried many times...
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and Night Road. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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