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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
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Paperback, 428 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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CJC
Jun 21, 2011 CJC rated it did not like it
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Lucy
May 01, 2014 Lucy rated it it was ok
Reading this book was like eating at McDonalds. It’s fast and easy but I feel so unpleasant afterwards.
Inaniel
Feb 20, 2014 Inaniel rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-readings
Absolutely unrealistic. But I cried. That's good.
Hope Ortego
While this wasn't my favorite Kristin Hannah book, it won't be my last . I picked this book up because I was horribly missing my sister who are really my best friends. What I didn't realize until it was too late was these sisters in the book had a horrible relationship. It was tough to read about at times. I did enjoy their relationship development but I wish there were more happy moments in the book than what we got. I also had little interest of Joe's back story. I felt like his POV could have ...more
Lauren
Feb 19, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Connie
Jan 07, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa
I woke up with a major book hangover the morning after finishing this one. It was a top-notch read like so many of Kristin Hannah’s others. It’s an emotional story of two sisters finding their way back to one another after being sort of estranged. I laughed, I cried, I felt. Be warned - tears are inevitable.
Gloria
Jan 18, 2014 Gloria rated it it was amazing
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.
Teagan Ashe
Apr 22, 2014 Teagan Ashe rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Xana
Jun 25, 2016 Xana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
É o 2 livro que leio dela. Embora me tenha custado mais entrar na história deste, no final a sensação de ter lido algo maravilhoso é igual ao anterior.
Com uma escrita extremamente simples, Kristin Hannah conta uma história super simples, que pode acontecer na vida de qualquer um de nós, mas que me agarra com uma intensidade que já poucos livros conseguem.
Adorei as manas, a complexidade da relação delas.
Faz-nos pensar nas nossas relações familiares.
Adorei e recomendo.
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Jennefer
Jan 19, 2014 Jennefer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Caitlin
Jun 30, 2010 Caitlin rated it really liked it
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
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Jackie
Feb 06, 2013 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michelle
Jun 11, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
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 ...more
Amy
Sep 04, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
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Emily
Sep 27, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
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
Shirley Jump
Apr 29, 2014 Shirley Jump rated it really liked it
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 :-)
rivka
Aug 22, 2015 rivka rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Definitely read this before, but a long time ago. Sweet, somewhat predictable, but touching nonetheless.
Nadine
Sep 22, 2015 Nadine rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed reading Kristin Hannah's books. She evokes so much emotional feelings that you are transported into this story and "feel" for the characters.
Tracey Miles
Dec 14, 2015 Tracey Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally had s box of Kleenex and tears at the end of the book.
Joyce
Apr 29, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Really liked this one!
Meital Ben-Daniel
Sep 17, 2016 Meital Ben-Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga
Another excellent tearful novel of the wonderful Kristin Hannah. This time a tale of two estranged sisters, products of a heartbreaking childhood and circumstances that are hard to fathom. Meghann - a relentless and vicious divorce attorney and her sister Claire running a campground and several cabins with her father Sam and young daughter Ali. They are so different from each other but I found myself falling in love with both characters. The sisterly-relationship reminded me of the relationship ...more
Stephany G
Oct 10, 2012 Stephany G rated it liked it
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
Lorrie
Jul 29, 2015 Lorrie rated it liked it
I liked it but it was a bit cheezy. Megan, the single, career woman, divorce lawyer/Claire, the mother, who was raising her daughter while single and living with her father. Why weren't Megan and Claire, sisters, speaking? Megan had almost raised her younger sister, Claire, ever since their mother had taken off with some man. They had different fathers, and when it came time for Megan to let DCFS come into the picture or seek help, she sought the help of Claire's father, Sam. Sam was apparently ...more
Caitlin
Jan 10, 2012 Caitlin rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Georgia
Mar 15, 2015 Georgia rated it really liked it
I'm conflicted; I ultimately liked the whole story when I got to the end of it. But the getting there was a lot of work, since the main character (Meghann) is such an unlikeable person--bitchy, smug, and controlling--and remains so through almost half of the book. She is balanced out by a sister (Claire) who is the antithesis of everything Meghann is and does. The plot is melodramatic, and the characters, other than Meghann and Claire, seem to be thrown into the soup of the story without really ...more
Mandy
Feb 22, 2012 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: pick-it-for-me
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
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Tânia
Feb 19, 2016 Tânia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, pt, meh, read-2016
Cá entre nós, este livro foi um verdadeiro lifetime special. Até começou bem por introduzir duas irmãs separadas durante a infância e que seguiram diferentes caminhos de vida: a pobre da Claire e a podre de rica Meg. A primeira era-me indiferente, já Meg conseguia ser interessante com a sua obsessão com o trabalho, a sua leviandade e as idas à psiquiatra.

Mas eis que passadas duas décadas elas tentam uma aproximação e isso, a pouco a pouco, acabou por me distanciar da história. A cada virar da p
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Marie Gentilcore
A pleasant read about two sisters who were very close during their rough childhood but are no longer close now that they are adults. This is the story of their journey back to each other. It was written very well and the two sisters, Meghann and Claire, are likeable and believable. I especially liked the character Meghann, she was strong yet vulnerable. There was an unexpected story twist toward the end that was very emotional. I enjoyed the book and would give it 3.5 stars if only there was a ...more
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. 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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