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"We all make mistakes, but for Meghann Dontess the terrible choice she made some years ago cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Meghann is now a highly successful attorney, and has put all thoughts of love completely behind her – until she meets the one man who believes he can change her mind.

Claire 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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Judy Yes, that’s a common storyline in Kristin Hannah’s books.
Peggy Young I do think it would be appropriate for a high school student. This author is able to formulate a variety of segments moving forward. It became so…moreI do think it would be appropriate for a high school student. This author is able to formulate a variety of segments moving forward. It became so predictable, and less exciting. I just think her later books are superior to the early ones and suggest you move on the those. My favorite is, "The Nightingale." It is one amazing story.(less)

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Theresa Alan
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It will come as no surprise to fans of Kristen Hannah that this is a wonderful book. It’s different than the other novels of hers I read. The Great Alone was one of the best books I’ve read in the last several months, not to mention The Nightingale, which won about a million awards. Both were very different than this novel about two sisters who grew up with a mother who drank too much and cared about herself, not her daughters. This left Meg to care for her sister Claire, who was seven years ...more
Lucy
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Reading this book was like eating at McDonalds. It’s fast and easy but I feel so unpleasant afterwards.
CJC
Jun 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Katie B
This was one of those decent reads but not anything special. The story mainly revolves around two sisters and the biggest problem I had with the book was I just never really cared for the younger sister, Claire. Usually I don't have to like a character to enjoy a book but she just rubbed me the wrong way and I felt annoyed during most of her parts of the story. I'm also not a fan of "let's get married even though we have known each other for like a week" when you have a small child. I did ...more
Glenda Ricord
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am sad that I didn’t love this book. I read two of Kristen Hannah’s books and they were fantastic. I was disappointed with this one from the start. Aside from being totally predictable, it was equally unbelievable.

Meghann is a high-priced divorce attorney in Seattle Washington. Her estranged younger sister, Claire, manages a “resort” with her father, Sam, in the small town of Hayden, Washington.

Claire has never been married and has a five-year old daughter, Alison or Ali-Cat as her mother
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Margitte
A good Kristin Hannah experience.
Melissa
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dale Harcombe
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meghann Dontess is a successful lawyer. Her work on divorce cases, her upbringing and a broken heart years earlier have left her jaded about love. She’s also made some mistakes in her life that seem irreparable, leaving her with a very distant relationship with her younger sister Claire. Meghann and Claire’s lifestyles could not be more different. That creates tension between them as well. But then just about everything seems to evoke anger and mar the strained relationship even further. It’s a ...more
Franziska
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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Absolutely unrealistic. But I cried. That's good.
Sheyla ✎


“If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?”


Another great novel by Kristin Hannah!

Between Sisters had a blend of romance, despair, and hope impacting a very dysfunctional family.

Two sisters have been estranged for decades. Meghann Dontess and Claire Cavenaugh grew up together until events in their lives separated them.

Meghann the oldest, took care of Claire when their mother was more interested in dating and later on acting than taking care of the baby. Meghann did
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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
Laney
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
How is this the same person that wrote The Nightingale? I think this must be one of her first books and she has just gotten better and better the more she writes. This book was entertaining enough but it felt like a very light summer beach read, with a predictable storyline and not excellent writing. And a quick tidy ending wrapped up in a bow.
Celia
Nothing extraordinary about this book. It is a solid novel about two sisters who are separated by a choice made by the older one 30 years ago. Circumstances bring them back together and they find they can care for each other again.

3 stars
Lauren
Feb 10, 2012 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
Oct 20, 2013 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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Gloria
Oct 24, 2013 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.
Jennifer
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Just meh. It’s a bit sappy for my taste. Nothing at all like the other Kristin Hannah books I’ve read, which were excellent.
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
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Emily
Sep 27, 2011 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
Teagan Ashe
Apr 22, 2014 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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bookswithpaulette
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one, just not one of my top picks for KH
Sheila
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I used to say I didn’t cry when I read books.... but Kristin Hannah has made me ugly cry again with this one. Dang she’s good.
Liza Wiemer
Love Kristin Hannah. An earlier novel, emotional and gripping.
Jennefer
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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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Michelle
Jun 03, 2011 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
Caitlin
Jun 30, 2010 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
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Kathy Gange
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It was OK. Not one of my favorite books by her
Amy
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Rachel Safranski
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written, a quick read, but wayyyyy too cheesy and unrealistic.
Elisabeth Manley
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah sure knows how to make a girl cry, I should just expect it by now. This was a great summer read about two grown sisters who share a rocky childhood, going through their own separate adult issues, when they try rekindling the sister bond over wedding planning. Life delivers harder things to bond over and they learn to let go of the past. It’s a tv/movie kind of ending but I didn’t care, I just let the tears flow.
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