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A tender, heartfelt story of three sisters, their late father’s painful past, and the power of forgiveness.

When the news of their father’s death reaches them, sisters Cal, Violet, and Suzy Bloom have to set aside their own personal crises, and their differences, to gather in Maine. Responsible Cal, the oldest and closest to their dad, is torn between taking care of her fam
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Pouting Always
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The three bloom sisters father dies and all three of them are at cross roads in thier life so the book is just them dealing with thier father's death and making life changing decisions. I liked the characters and the writing but I wish there was more substance to the book. Things could have developed more subtly and I wouldn't mind having to read more the book would have been fine longer. I enjoyed it though and if you like stories about people figuring thier lives and feelings out this is a goo ...more
Linda
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I'd like to thank Amazon Publishing and Goodreads Giveaways for a Kindle copy of Emily Cavanagh's "The Bloom Girls."

Who designed that gorgeous cover for this book? Obviously, someone who didn't read it. Who wrote the description for this book? Obviously, someone who didn't read it. Needless to say, the storyline was not what I was prepared to be reading. I felt like I was promised one thing and given another.

Yes, this is a story about three sisters named Cal, Violet, and Suzy, named after flowe
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Jennifer Blankfein
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with The Bloom Girls, this lovely debut novel by Emily Cavanagh.

When the Bloom sisters, Suzy, Violet and Cal, were young and in school, their father was a caring teacher and swim coach. Due to horrific accusations by some of his students, he was forced to resign. The stress and embarrassment of being in the spotlight combined with an unspoken personal secret lead to the break up of his marriage. The relationships with his daughters changed dramatically and
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Debbie
The Bloom Girls
Emily Cavanaugh
Narrated by Emily Sutton Smith

Emily Cavanaugh’s The Bloom Girls is a poignant and realistic family drama about love loss and forgiving featuring three sisters with very different personalities. Take it from the oldest of three sisters, this intuitive author does a bang up job with these girls from the drifting apart the petty disagreements to the protective loyalty and all the minutiae that goes on between siblings growing up and as adults. The plot is powerful the
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Linda Zagon
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley, and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC of "The Bloom Girls" by Emily Maine Cavanagh for my honest review. The genre of this novel is Women's Fiction. I find that the author describes her characters as complex and conflicted.. The novel revolves around the death of the father of the three Bloom daughters. Each of the sisters, Cal, Suzy, and Violet, have their own individual emotional baggage, and are not really close. Cal was the only sister who regularly kept cont ...more
Christine Moore
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Cat, Violet, and Suzy's dad dies, they must go to Maine and settle his affairs and plan a funeral. All three sisters lead different lives and rarely see each other. Also adding to the mix is lots of family secrets. I really enjoyed this book and read it in an afternoon and evening since I couldn't put it down! It is a great story of sisters, family, life, and love. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an ARC for an honest opinion.
Christine Nolfi
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant and heartfelt, The Bloom Girls offers a complex accounting of secrets hidden inside a family. Cavanagh weaves an unforgettable tale of three memorable sisters, and the truths they must uncover to find healing and forgiveness. Highly recommended.
Susan Peterson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this tender-hearted book very much. When their father dies suddenly and unexpectedly, three sisters, Cal, Violet and Suzy, are each at a crossroads in their life. Cal, the mother of two young daughters and a successful lawyer is struggling with balancing the demands on her life. Violet is living on a friend's couch, having recently broken up with her boyfriend. Suzy has just found out she's pregnant, undecided about her own future as well as that of the child she carries. As the sister ...more
Orly Konig
A touching story about completed, real characters and the truths we avoid about ourselves and the people we love. A beautifully written debut!
Karen Kay
I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

The Bloom Sisters, it was their father's idea to name them for a different flower. As adults, their dad suddenly dies and they are left to sort through the bits and pieces of family secrets and lies.

The story line sort of reminded me of a Seinfeld show (without the humor), a show about nothing.

2.5☆ rounded up to 3☆
Anne
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I generally read YA and am used to more in-your-face prose. The Bloom Girls takes a big well-seasoned pot, adds the flavors of three unique characters, and simmers the whole thing slowly. Moody and evocative, it was the perfect post-inauguration read.
Rose Elliott
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love life stories and reflections on the past, especially when those reflections lead to personal growth. This book satisfied some of my continual hunger for complex life stories. The girls dealt with many moral and life issues and the author did a good job of addressing them humanly instead of pushing one way or another. Being a Christian I found myself rooting for the girls to land on my perspective of certain issues (and did find victory in one particularly glaring issue), but where the aut ...more
Nicole Walton
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story of the complicated relationship of sisters and how they deal with the loss of their father.

I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The story and lives of these three very different sisters pulled you in right from the start. A realistic journey of how different each ones relationship was with there father how those relationships shaped their lives with him and each other. Facing their own regrets and learning who their father really was. I look forward to more books from E
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Samra Muslim
Families and secrets - extremely common and usually complicate things!

A simple story of three sisters (narrated by each of them in parallel) who unite for the untimely death of their father and his funeral. Over the next few days, tensions unfurl, secrets unfold, insecurities come forward, relationship dynamics are explored and bonds rebuilt for them to move on with life stronger, braver and wiser.

Sounds cliched but the author has kept enough twists & turns in the story to keep it extremel
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Patty Ramirez
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided with an ARC through NetGalley. The Bloom Girls are 3 sisters who travel to Maine for their father's funeral. The story shows how Cal, Violet and Suzy are affected by their father being accused of sexual misconduct as a teacher and coach. I loved this book. Each chapter is devoted to one of the sisters and I loved how the author developed each character throughout the story.
Rebecca
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading The Bloom Girls. This book follows three sisters as they learn about and cope with their father's death. While this book only tells the story of the girls during the week of the funeral, it retains great depth both in plot and in character. Also, the book isn't nearly as depressing as the plot summary might lead you to think. While the characters' flaws are painful to read about at times, their humanity makes up for their imperfections.

I received this book free from Net
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Debra Oliva
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that the book was not what I expected but I really enjoyed it. Three sisters, for different reasons, are going through difficult periods (pregnancy, working mother stress, romantic break-up) in their lives when they are notified of the unexpected death of their father.
As they process the news and learn more of their father’s life, from whom they were emotionally estranged since their parents’ divorce, they begin to devise ways to overcome their difficulties and become closer to eac
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Betsy
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this ebook thanks to a Goodreads giveaway.

This is not normally the type of story or premise I'm drawn toward, but I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters to be authentic, similar to people I know, and honest. I appreciated the storytelling that wove different time frames and perspectives smoothly- a premise I usually find clunky. I cared about these characters and their experiences, which is a testament to Cavanagh's talent, prose, and intention. The pacing was sl
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Ann
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Cal, Suzy and Violet hear the news of their father's death they react a little differently but all head to Maine for the funeral. Cal is a lawyer and juggling her career, her husband and daughters and her unhappiness. Violet is in love with the man she has just broken up with and regretting her life choices. Suzy has just discovered she's pregnant and unsure if she can raise the baby alone. As they get together for the funeral they also have to face the past and the reasons for their parent ...more
Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
The Bloom Girls is a perfect example of how you should never judge a book by its cover. When I saw the bright floral pattern, I assumed this would be a light chick lit read about sisters, however, it covers so much more. This is a story about the complexity of family relationships, how our perceptions can blind us to the truth and how kept secrets can ruin even the strongest bonds. Suzy, Cal and Violet Bloom drop everything when they receive the call that their father has passed away. Suzy and V ...more
Jane Healey
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When reading Emily Cavanagh's poignant debut novel, THE BLOOM GIRLS, I kept thinking of these words from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Cavanagh's story-telling perfectly captures the complexities of one unhappy family that must face their past and each other in order to move towards the future.

Cavanagh tells the story of the Bloom sisters - Cal, Violet and Suzy - as they come together to deal with the death of their father
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Laurie
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 very different sisters find out one day that their Dad has died.
Suzy and Violet did not see their father much over the years as he divorced their Mom and then moved away.
There was no reason- once he embarrassed the family with a scandal in their school where he taught and the girls attended. Could it have been true? It must have been since Dad resigned .
Oldest daughter, Cal, always kept in touch with her Dad and is "falling apart" over this tragic news.
When they go to plan the funeral service
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Emily
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: Goodreads (giveaway)
Shelves: ebook, fiction
Covering only a short span, from the day the three sisters learn of their father's death to the day they return to their "regularly scheduled" lives after his funeral, this short novel manages to address the complexities of family relationships, the ways we see ourselves vs. how others see us, and the ways we think about our pasts. Each chapter alternates viewpoints, so the story is told through the eyes of each sister, giving the reader the opportunity to understand how each sister sees herself ...more
Ellen
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book about sisters with all the drama, love, jealousies and shared experiences as seen differently by each, Cal, Violet and Suzy are characters with depth. When they hear the news that their father has suddenly died, all three make their way to Maine where their father remade his life after a divorce from their mother. Written at times with tenderness, but always with realism. I really liked this one and would recommend it, particularly if you have sisters.
Susan
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
I won this book in a giveaway, need to be more care about giveaways. This is not my kind of book. Homosexuality, illegal immigrants, sex in the first 20 pages. I liked the cover, don't judge a book by it's cover.
Judi Easley
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Women's Lit reader who likes the messy ones.
Recommended to Judi by: Author's rep
My Disclaimer:

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰✰⭒

I’m always thrilled to find out an author whose book I like is a near neighbor of mine. I’m here in Southern New Hampshire and she’s just down there on Martha’s Vineyard. This is Ms. Cavanaugh’s debut novel, which came out in March of this year. I struggle over
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Robin Watson
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t know if I was going to like this book...especially with the Boston accents! (Reminds me of my friend, Janet, who LOVES to read!). But I stuck with it, listening while I was in my car...and pretty soon it grabbed me! Three sisters, all different and unique! One father, died, and the memories these daughters shared. Except the BIG secret. Even the youngest daughter didn’t know the secret about her father. The divorced and remarried mother comes from England for the funeral. She has nothin ...more
Gena - My Book Reviews for You
I really enjoyed this book! I liked the way the relationships between the three sisters were portrayed. Cal, Violet, and Suzy are sisters. They have learned that their father passed away suddenly. They travel to Maine to attend to his funeral services. During the days they are together, the girls fall into the old patterns of their relationships as sisters. The past is brought back up and new information is learned. The girls address what happened when they were younger to them, as well as what ...more
Rosalie Nelson
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author did a nice job of showing how a critical life event ( death of father) can cause three adult daughters to re-examine their lives and consider new choices....I di object to her portrayal of the Violet and her promiscous behavior. It caused me to have less sympathy for what this woman was struggling with and mde her seem very immature. In the end I was satisfied that the women came through the fires of grief and learned more about themselves in the process. The detailing of setting was ...more
Patti
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Bloom Girls more than I expected. Cal, Violet, and Suzy are all very upset to learn of their father's death. Trying to understand their feelings is what kept me reading because they were estranged from their father. Their father's death forced them to have conversations about events from their teenage years that they never discussed as a family. Their father was forced from his teaching job and their parents got divorced. I'm glad that near the end of the book we learned the whole ...more
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Thanks for checking out my Goodreads Author page! A little about me: Originally from the Boston area, I now live on the island of Martha's Vineyard with my husband and two daughters. During the day I work as a middle and high school English teacher. When not teaching, parenting, reading or cooking, I write contemporary fiction. My writing tends to focus on family, motherhood, relationships, work a ...more