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The Canterbury Sisters

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 ratings  ·  375 reviews
Che Milan’s life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives, along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage.

Within days she joins a group of women who are walkin
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an opportunity to read an advance copy of The Canterbury Sisters. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was light, but clever and well written. Unfortunately, the cover does this book a disservice and makes it look fluffier than it is. The main character, Che, decides to follow her mother's last wishes and take a pilgrimage to Canterbury with her ashes. Che ends up on a walking tour with a group of American women of different ages and experience, and ...more
Carmen Blankenship
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Cheryl Strayed and Kristen Hannah
I loved, loved, LOVED this novel! Ever read a book that once in awhile you step back and think "I am having a blast reading this!" ? It may sound silly but that's how I felt while reading The Canterbury Sisters.

The novel is narrated by Che De Milan whose eccentric Mother just passed and has hit a snag with the man she's been with for years. With nothing holding her back she decides to honor her Mothers wishes and take her ashes to the Canterbury Cathedral. From here we meet the other eight women
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Glad I read this book! The cover and premise captured my interest since I liked Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in high school. I’m impressed with the author’s research, descriptions, and modern take on the Canterbury Tales. The characters are all so intriguing. Some of the women were smart, quirky, innocent, and eccentric. I loved hearing their stories. This would be a great book to see on the big screen. Plus, now I want to go on the Canterbury Trail!
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would rate this book between 3.5 to 4.0 stars. This is basically the story of a middle-aged woman initially on a journey to fulfill her mother's dying wishes and along the way finds self-discovery and a meaningful shift in her life. She takes a pilgrimage with several other woman toward the Canterbury Cathedral and along the way these women share stories of love, whether good, bad, or in-between. I am not usually very big on chick-lit but I found this to be an easy read and very engaging- I fi ...more
Heather Fineisen
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Recommend you put this on your list to read. Full of surprises and a few predictable moments but overall a novel about diverse and strong women making a pilgrimage to Canterbury that will make you think, laugh, and feel a bit inspired. Don't let the fragile teacups on the cover fool you. Wright has created a novel that is travelogue, essay, fable and history. She throws in a bit of the human every day like death, sex and money on a sixty mile walk and you have a delightful surprise. I found ...more
The Canterbury Sisters has left me somewhat conflicted, which delayed my review somewhat. The story begins as Che Milan confronts two major changes in her life---the recent death of her mother and the departure of her "assumed-to-be" partner who has found another to share his life with. To compound these shocks. her mothers ashes arrive with a message written by her mother requesting "she" be taken to Canterbury Cathedral. Yes--that Canterbury, in England, the destination of Chaucer's pilgrims. ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars...
Every now and then you just get lucky and pick up a book that absolutely resonates with you in a very personal way. And, that is what happened when I read this one. I had the pleasure of living in the UK for a few years and while I was there I had an addiction to rambling through the English countryside. I loved it... there was always a surprise around every corner. So, yes, this book appealed to me mostly because of the fond memories it stirred up as I walked along this journey with
It's one of those books that caught my eye because of the lovely tea set on the cover. It would normally have signified a delicate story, something coy and prim, which I may or may not have minded, depending on my mood. But this book isn't exactly a bunch of ladies enjoying tea together. In fact, there's only one small scene where the Canterbury Sisters even have tea. The Canterbury Sisters... now that too sounds so prim and ladylike - the term is never used in the book, and it makes me wonder w ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This was between 3 and 4 stars but I will round up because of the humor. It made me smile and laugh.

I didn't like the first 15 or 20 minutes of this. I thought I was going to hate it because it sounded a little on the pretentious side. But it got better once the set up was over. I enjoyed the journey of these women and the stories they shared with one another as they walked a 60 mile trek to the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. They each had a story. Some of them were told with honest intent and w
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
** ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

The Canterbury Sisters is a tale of 9 women, most of whom are complete strangers, traveling the 60 mile journey, by foot, on the trail to the famous Canterbury Cathedral. Each woman is looking for something different in the journey. Some want to find healing, some forgiveness, closure or themselves and along the way, as different as they may be they each find themselves in each other.

The Canterbury Sisters is my first Kim Wright no
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of The Canterbury Sisters from Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

This book counts towards the summer COYER scavenger hunt item 75 (step outside your comfort zone, read a book in a genre you have read less than five times this year) - 5 points

The Canterbury Sisters is a tale of eight women, walking the Canterbury trail from London to the Cathedral in Canterbury, following in Chaucer's steps, each sharing their stories, searching for re
Clare O'Beara
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british-fiction
This story of several stories is quite a swift read. We don't necessarily like the protagonist, Che, self-obsessed and recently dumped, but we can feel for her in her time of mourning both her relationship and her late mother. As some women do when the man they trusted has turned to dross, she makes a complete mental break and books a flight to London, from Philadelphia as we discover, in order to carry out her mother's wish of scattering her ashes as a Canterbury Pilgrim. But Che's tale is only ...more
Mary (Marbear)
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read. Kim Wrigt wrote a wonderful book about women and their relationships with their mothers and other women. I loved the bond these women formed walking the trail to Canterbury. Some seeking forgiveness and others seeking to understand themselves. Well done Kim! A must read this summer!!!
Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc., for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

With Mother's Day fast approaching and a towering pile of ARCs to conquer, I was looking to read something different from my usual fare and that might make a good candidate for a mother-daughter or otherwise intergenerational book club. This title's intriguing premise immediately hooked me in. Protagonist Che, so named after Che Guevara by her radic
The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright is a 2015 Gallery Books publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea how I would perceive this novel going in. The blurb made me think it was a book I should try out and now that I have read it, I am so glad I took a chance on it.

Che Milan, daughter of Diana, named after a political revolutionary, now has to face the reality that her mother is dying of cancer. When Diana asked
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
★★★ 1/2

I'm a little conflicted with this story.. there were parts of The Canterbury Sisters that I absolutely adored, and other parts that I really struggled with. This isn't a normal read or review that you will see me write, but there was something about this book that jumped out and I knew I needed to read it.

We meet Che after her mother dies, and her boyfriend dumps her via a letter. When her mother's ashes are returned to her, she has a note from her mother requesting that Che take her to
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book, chick-lit
Rating - 3.5

According to Novelicious, a website dedicated to women's fiction readers, “Chick Lit is a sub-genre of women’s fiction perceived to appeal to, or be marketed at, young women. Chick Lit is intelligent, funny, emotionally truthful, hearty, romantic fiction that accurately reflects the lives of women today.”

Many readers dismiss Chick Lit as light, fluffy reading of little value but that is not necessarily so. A book with all of the above descriptors of Chick Lit can be thought provoking
Oct 14, 2015 marked it as set-aside
Shelves: audiobook, scribd
This sounded fun, because I've loved a few historical pilgrimage books and was interested to read a modern one. The narrator's awful English accents didn't help at all, although it's always hard to do another nationality well. But. Even setting that aside, this really got up my nose. In the maybe hour-ish I listened to, there was tons of sweeping cultural stereotyping (did y'all know all service in *European* restaurants/pubs is bad?), nasty little digs about the athletic looking woman in the to ...more
The Rainbow Zebra
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Canterbury Tales, Historical Fiction, Fictional Travel Memoirs
Recommended to The Rainbow Zebra by:
The Canterbury Sisters begins with two losses: Che's mother has passed away, and her long distance boyfriend has left her. A note with her mother's urn urges her to go to Canterbury. So, like Chaucer's pilgrims, she leaves her world behind for the sixty mile trek. The nine women tell stories, much like in The Canterbury Tales, on their way. Will they find truth, lies, healing, and second chances?

Although it's been ages since I read Chaucer, I enjoyed this group of women, strangers becoming siste
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I absolutely adored this book. Che, who recently lost her mother, travels to London to start a pilgrimage to Canterbury, as her mother's dying wish is to have her ashes scattered at the Cathedral. Che travels with a group of women strangers who each tell a story along the way to pay tribute to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad but all are honest and make the reader fall in love with each of the characters. Che is funny, witty and very relatable. I loved ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really did. I'm a bit tired right now so review will have to wait until tomorrow. I DO recommend this delightful read.

UPDATED 5/19/2015

A thoroughly enjoyable read. The Canterbury Sisters was like a modern version of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Interesting characters and Wright does an excellent job guiding the reader along the Canterbury Trail. Some sights seemed so vivid. This book captured my imagination and placed me amongst the eight women. Felt like I was
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
Che is forcibly disconnected from her normal life, first by her mother's death - she identifies herself as being *not* like Diana in things - and then by her arrival in another country and finally by the loss of her phone. Isolated by circumstances, she is able to step back and view her life from a new angle, and it's not at all as she thought. Speed and efficiency have no place in this moment.

The new pilgrims take turns telling tales to pass the time, some from their own lives and others recoun
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would like to thank Galley books for an ARC of this book.

I thought this was a great book about women taking a pilgrimage for many different reasons. I love all of the characters of the book. Che is the main character who decides to take this trip after her mom dies of cancer and sends a message to Che with her ashes telling her to go to Canterbury. She had wanted to make the trip with Che before she died, but it didn't happen. Che's boyfriend Ned dumps her by snail mail for another women, so
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is so much better than what the title and cover promise, I devoured this delicious read with enough depth to feel I didn’t just fill up on empty literary calories. In fact, it was such an enjoyable read that at times I actually stopped to delight in how much I was enjoying reading, I can’t remember the last time I did that. If I can sum up this book in the simplest way, it’s the old adage, this is about the journey, not the destination and what an insightful and lovely journey it was.

Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this novel as a goodreads giveaway.

I loved this novel! Everything about it was perfectly crafted to create an engaging, interesting and compelling story. The main character, Che, was a great protagonist who I felt I could relate to. The stories the women tell are all unique to the individual character but also completely relatable. I found myself seeing a tiny piece of myself in each of the characters.

I found the setting, a pilgrimage to Canterbury something we've been reading since the
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a pretty good book. Parts of it were slow, but there weren't a lot of them. I liked how all the women were strangers and then really got to know each other on the trip or should I say walk to Canterbury. There is also a little history to be learned in here and some very eye opening stories. I wish it had went a little further and told how each woman's life ended up, but perhaps there will be a reunion of sorts!!!

Thanks Gallery Books and Net Galley for allowing me to read and
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love the cover and love Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but I did not love this book. Others seem to find her appealing, but I found the main character to be extremely unlikeable, and I did not feel any investment in her tale. Not worth the time spent for me, and I would not recommend this book.

Full review here: http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo...
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A group of women pilgrimaging to Canterbury, each with their own secrets, find friendship along the way. The main character recently lost her mother and was then dumped by her long-time boyfriend. She carries these emotions along with her own sense of inadequacy along the trail. It was a nice book about friendship with some nifty history thrown in.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I really enjoyed this story. The connection that the characters make while taking this journey together was one of my favorite parts. I also like how it seemed that the main character Che came full circle with dealing with the death of her mother and moving forward with her life. A definite must read.
Melissa Rose
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Siri, what is the meaning of life?
She answers: To think about questions like this."
- The Canterbury Sisters

To state that "The Canterbury Sisters" was a good book, would be a large understatement. It would be better to classify this novel as an amazing book

The premise of "The Canterbury Sisters" combines "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Wild" in a modern twist of Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". In this novel, Che Milan's deceased mother's final wish was to have her ashes spread at the Canterbury Cathedr
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When I was a kid I was so obsessed with books I used to check out four at a time from the library - that was the limit in the small NC town where I was raised - then walk down the street, sit under a tree, and read them as fast a I could so I could go back to get four more.

Now I am the author of Love in Mid Air, The Unexpected Waltz, The Canterbury Sisters, and the most recent, Last Ride to Grace