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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances--and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .

Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older s
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Kensington (first published March 3rd 2015)
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Melodie
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Lucy and Alice, sisters with secrets. One with a high powered job always on the move, the other living quietly in their home town. Sisters so diametrically opposed in values and priorities, one wonders how they could be related.Things are never really as they seem in families, we all know that. And no matter how you run or try to bury or forget your past, you never really succeed. No one is ever all wrong or right.
Growth, redemption and the strength of family are the themes in this story. The
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Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE SECOND SISTER by Marie Bostwick is an emotional and powerful story of second chances, and with the author’s background she is quite at home with her storylines, as she brings all her characters together for an inspiring and uplifting story of family, hope and healing.

As the book opens, it is Nov, 2016 and Alice is calling Lucy, her sister asking her to come home for Christmas and Lucy explains they w
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Jeanne Adamek
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book. I would just love to curl up and read it once more.
Anna
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Toomey had poured all her energy and every waking moment into the presidential campaign. She has avoided her hometown in Door County, Wisconsin, using work as an excuse to not spend time with her sister, Alice. Alice was never the same after a drowning accident, yet she remained a talented artist, quilter and animal lover. While Lucy loved her sister, she viewed her more as an obligation than a relationship. When Alice is hospitalized, Lucy rushes home to be by her side, but she is too late ...more
Dionne Thomas
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVE this book!! This is one of those books you read that you automatically fall in love with the characters and setting of the story. "The Second Sister" is a very inspiring, powerful story of two sisters, one who is loving, caring, and a bit odd, the other a workaholic who lives life in the fast lane and just wants to forget the past and focus on the future. An unexpected tragedy occurs with Alice (the eldest) that forces her younger sister (Lucy) to come back to her roots and reme ...more
Janet Friesner
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent read. Read it in one day.Will be buying more of her books. Sister books fascinate me. I guess because I grew up with two older sisters and all the different stages of our relationships with each other.
Good reading.

Kristina
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick is the story about living life, change, taking chances, and love. Lucy Toomy has been working with Tom Ryland for over thirteen years. Working to get him elected to various positions including governor. She is now working to get him elected President of the United States. Her parents of been deceased for several years, but she has her sister, Alice. Alice Toomey was hurt in an accident when she was eighteen and has been left mentally challenged. Alice still li ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 as I love this author.

I'm an ardent Bostwick fan. She can't write a bad book. I thought I had read all her novels, but recently discovered that I somehow missed this one. What brought my attention to it is that Hallmark is making a movie of it.

I enjoyed meeting Lucy, the younger sister of Alice, although it took awhile to like her. She was a campaign manager to the new President-elect when this opens. Her job has been her main priority. She is good at what she does, bu
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Terri
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher Kensington via Edelweiss in exchange fore an honest review. The expected publication date is March 31st 2015.



This is one of those stories that I have a hard time sharing my thoughts on because it did not excite nor bore me. It was simply a book that past the time for me but didn't really offer any stand out element to me.



If I had to describe this story in its most simplistic
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Romancing the Book
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

While this book is women’s contemporary fiction, The Second Sister, had a lot of depth to not only the storyline but also the characters who were multifaceted and kept me on my toes. There were many emotions running throughout – sadness, despair, anger, frustration, fighting for causes and second chances, finding oneself, happiness, friendship, peace and acceptance. Alice and Lucy, as sisters, had a rocky
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Melissa Storm
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable slice-of-life novel that tells the tale of two very different sisters from small-town Wisconsin, one who refused to leave and one who worked hard to get away. In the wake of a tragic death, they'll reconnect in ways that the surviving sister never thought possible. A great, relaxing read! ...more
Jackie
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Having read and enjoyed other books by Ms. Bostwick I was really looking forward to this one. Frankly, I feel a bit let down. While there isn't anything objectionable about this book (and thank you Ms. Bostwick for keeping it clean, I really try to support authors who do!) there isn't really anything remarkable, either.

The writing wasn't as lovely as I expected. The characters weren't quite a fully fleshed-out as I had expected. The whole thing was just "less" than I expected. There were even a
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Becky
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
The Second Sister was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be heavy on the romance and light on everything else, and I could not have been more wrong. While there is romance, it's just a small portion of the plot.

Mainly, this book is about Lucy figuring out who she really is and what she really wants, and that's largely done as she reacquaints herself with Nilson's Bay, gets to know Alice's friends, and comes to terms with the accident that caused Alice's mental impairment.

The Second S
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Sabrina
Sep 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was like reading a hallmark Christmas movie. The plot was obvious from the start, the main character had absolutely no redeeming qualities and none of it was realistic.
Jackie Hinnen
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of Lucy through out The Second Sister. The setting of Nielsen’s Bay is every bit of a what Hallmark movies are made of. If you’re looking for an easy read that will leave you feeling good this is for you.
Tara Lynn Darr
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Fabulous - enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait to see the movie this fall on the Hallmark channel!
Lynn
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won't complete a detailed blog review until our book club has discussed this one! Should be interesting! I really loved the theme of this book. The characters' actions were so "right on" for me! My one small teensy tiny 'comment' (not an actual complaint...) would be that it seemed to wrap up a bit too quickly into a nice and neat "happily ever after" within the last 20-30 pages. However, it still really really worked for me! Bostwick is an excellent writer in that I truly feel as if I know th ...more
Tonya
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick comes an emotionally rich, inspiring new novel about family, second chances--and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing. . .

Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.

An accident i
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Julie Barrett
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick
Lucy is following her senator's campaign and path to the White House when she gets a call from her sister Alice.
Lucy hopes he will become president...Alice wants Lucy to spend Christmas in Nelson's Bay-their family hometown.
Election day and she gets a call, her sister has overdosed on sleeping pills and she must leave for WI. She dies and the president to be wants her to take time off work, for a few months.
Because she now has the time she steps into Alice's li
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Debra
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Lucy's sister Alice dies on election day, Lucy abandons the presidential candidate she's working for and travels back home to Nilson's Bay. Her intention is to settle Alice's affairs and get back to work, for the newly elected president. She hates Nilson's Bay and everything about it, including the terrible memories it dredges up. What she doesn't count on is finding a stack of quilts in Alice's sewing room -- quilts nobody knows she has made and all labeled "for Maeve". As Lucy's holiday l ...more
Mae
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Lucy Toomey is a highly placed political operative whose beloved disabled sister dies accidentally. Her death brings Lucy back to her hated home-town on the Upper Peninsula. While it strains credulity that someone with an office waiting for her in the West Wing, after years of working herself to the bone would bag it all, it's not unheard of. Some ends are left hanging (pushy reporter?) that I thought would play out, but don't. This basic plotline is, however, only what happens on the surface. W ...more
Di
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an easy and enjoyable read. It's a sweet story with a bit of intelligent depth (Lucy is a political campaigner), so it's not totally sappy.

Being a Wisconsinite and having spent many vacations in Door County, I found it fun that the story is set in a fictional Door County town. Sometimes authors overdo the mention of local tidbits, just to prove they know something about the area. Here, Marie Bostwick wrote a lot of the area but she didn't overkill it.

One thing that did irritate me was
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Jane
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story with richly developed characters, a surprise twist in the story and a strong feeling of community and place. I lived in this novel once I started it and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I highly recommend this book to my friends and family who care about their personal relationships.
Leslie
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a little different from other Bostwick books,all of which I have also enjoyed. The quilting theme was very minor...but the character development was excellent. I enjoy books about real people, with all their foibles. and this sister certainly came with a lot of baggage. Don't we all? Well done...hope there is a sequel. ...more
Michelle's Book
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
We all need to take time follow-up we are or a boss who tells us to do this in order to help ourselves.


I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This book cover is on my Pinterest board and my blog, Michelle Dragalin’s Journey.
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i love Marie Bostwick's books. She writes about small country living where people know each other and help each other. I live in a small town where helping each other is a way of life. I like how she incorporates quilting in each book. That is one of my bucket list items is to learn how to quilt. ...more
Betty
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review to follow soon
Helene Molter
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great characters. Love Marie Bostwick's writing style. ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Years of long workdays and little sleep as a political campaigner are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey's boss is entering the White House. But when her estranged older sister, Alice, unexpectedly dies, Lucy is drawn back to Nilson's Bay, her small, close-knit, Wisconsin hometown.
An accident in her teens left Alice mentally impaired, and she was content to stay in Nilson's Bay. Lucy, meanwhile, got out an
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J
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucy was the 2nd sister and she left home and never looked back. Her older sister was left mentally impaired after
an accident when she was in her teens. Lucy was there for Alice for the middle of the night phone calls when she couldn't sleep but as much as Alice wanted her to come home for Christmas every year she never did.
Alice passed away and Lucy finally went back home. It was supposed to be a quick trip to tend to the funeral but Alice had a will, and the cottage would only become Lucy's i
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