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Tangle of Strings

(Sweeney Sisters #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,380 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A nearly tragic accident leads to a discovery that rocks the Sweeney family’s world

Some families never resolve conflicts. Not so with the Sweeneys. Their sense of family, their love for one another, and their willingness to forgive have always triumphed and brought them back together. Until now. The latest crisis threatens to tear the family apart and crumble the foundatio
Published January 18th 2017
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Melissa Borsey
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely love this series! We are used to seeing problems crop up for these sisters in their lives but this is the first time an issue has arisen that literally pits family members against one another with seemingly no end to the conflict. But, when tragedy strikes everyone is able to put all the fighting and egos aside and come together as only loving families can. This book was a very emotional and suspenseful ...more
Tangle of Strings, the fourth book in the Sweeney Sisters series by Ashley Farley is a well written story about family and love and how a crisis can pull together or tear apart relationships and families. Ms. Farley's attention to background information and details ensures Tangle of Strings can be read as a standalone.
I like everyone in the extended Sweeney family, even Jackie, the dramatic high strung oldest sister, and mother of Cooper. I admired Flora Bell and her daughter, Thea, who was Anni
Sharon Metcalf
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A Tangle of Strings was recommended via a 5 star review from a GR friend.      I liked the sound of the book and am glad I decided to give it a try.    This is exactly the sort of book I've always enjoyed in the past and I'm glad to report this was no exception.     Although this was book 4 of the Sweeney Sisters series and I hadn't read any of the earlier books this one made a perfectly good stand alone story.      Whilst I might have been a little more enraptured with the characters had I been ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the series this was a little weak
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very serious one

Very serious stuff going on in this book! Love this series still! Can’t wait to start the next book. Yet I’m not excited to be on the last one!
☕ Kimberly
Jul 28, 2017 added it
Shelves: client
Read during vacation and enjoyed.
Vishaka Rajan
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea that this novel was a part of a series, but it became fairly obvious after the first few pages. Nevertheless, I decided to read this novel and base my opinions on only this one story.

The Sweeneys have had their fair share of conflicts, but they have always managed to come together because of their sense of family, their love for each other, and their willingness to forgive. But the latest cri
I was given the opportunity to read an electronic copy of Tangle of Strings via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Tangle of Strings is the fourth book in the series surrounding the Sweeney sisters: their life choices, trials, and tribulations that seem to make them stronger as a family in the end. After losing her father to illness, 16 year old Annie has finally found happiness living with Faith, Mike, and Bitsy. Her mom, Heidi, had abandoned Annie to search for stardom and left t
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Tangle of Strings is the story of Annie Bethune and her struggling through her recently reappeared birth mother, the desires and pressures of her legal guardians and de-facto adopted family, and her relationship with Cooper in the face of a family crisis. **some mild spoilers below**

The novel is a rushed, confusing conglomeration of many different plot lines all intersecting and intertwining. Eli, a member of the extended family of Annie's legal guardians, is a policeman involved in a sting tryi
DJ Sakata
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

Heidi and Hugh had talked about everything. He knew she wore a neon-pink shade of lipstick called Candy Yum-Yum, and she knew he ate ketchup on his grits and snored when he drank whiskey.

They’re mean as hornets, don’t get me wrong. But my mama loves them anyway.

A vision of his driving his redneck machine down the crowded streets of Manhattan, surrounded by yellow taxicabs and big city buses, caused his daydream to come to a screeching halt. Maybe New York wasn’t the best place f
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-fiction

This is another wonderful book about the Sweeney sisters but this time it's the story of 16 year old Annie. Her mother abandoned her as a baby and has just come back into her life and wants to develop a relationship with her. Since Annie is under the guardianship of the family, this creates turmoil for them. As the book begins, Annie (driving too fast on main street) is in a bad accident and ends up in the hospital. The ER doctor, also part of the Sweeney family, has to ask her if there is any
Anne Rightler
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tangle of Strings, by Ashley Farley, is a story about family loyalty, love, and pulling apart and together in stressful times. Although fourth in the Sweeney Sisters series, the book can easily be read as a stand alone novel. The author does a good job of filling in enough of the back stories that one does not get lost in missing details. The focus in this book is on the teenagers of the family, Annie and Cooper, and the decisions that need to be made, the dreams that need to be considered and w ...more
Susan Peterson
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Sweeney Sisters series, and the members of this family now feel like my own kin. This story focuses on the younger generation, specifically Annie and Cooper. Annie has been under the guardianship of The Sweeney family, and was recently reunited with Heidi, her biological mother who abandoned her as a baby. Annie is trying to sort through all of her feelings regarding her mother when an accident upends her life, revealing something that will test Annie, Cooper, and ...more
Necole Moreau
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Another amazing book by Ashley. This author had me fall in love with the Sweeney Sisters from her first book and now I am falling in love with the entire family. This book brings up real life issues for teenagers these days and really how decisions they make affect everyone around them. The author kept me in suspense through the entire story and I never saw the ending coming. I hope the author keeps writing about not
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell

Considering they come from a small town in South Carolina, the Sweeney sisters have no shortage of drama in their lives. Finally taking the focus off of Sam, this new book allows the readers to get some insight into the minds of Annie, Cooper, Sam's new husband, Eli, and Heidi, Annie's mother who abandoned her. This actually proved to work out well, because it allowed the story to expand in regards to the type of attachments the reader can mak
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is such a great series and this is no exception. It is heart wrenching in places, keeps you on the edge of your seat in others and gives you a ringside seat into family squabbles where everyone is right and wrong but too stubborn to see the other side.

The main focus of this book is Annie, who is a half sibling to Jamie (Samantha's son). She is 16 and has a streak of bad luck that sets up the story in this book. She is put into some situations that many teens face on a daily basis and I felt
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true gem

This is Annie's story. A bit from the past but mostly represent. She has to work her way through several trials and tribulations in this novel. While she may be 16, life handed her a difficult and challenging first 16 years, where she often was the more of a parent figure than child. She feels stuck, at times, between being treated as and acting as a teen versus the "adult" she often feel she is. This has led her to feel smothered within the Sweeney family while also feeling loved.

Kiersta Barnes
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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sharon mason
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whose love is most supportive?

There's lots of stark opinions in this book but they all come from the heart of love. Everyone cares about Annie but through personal interests, all those conflicting concerns serve only to confuse and antagonize her position in the family. Who is her mother when she desperately needs one? Many questions about relationships are investigated, answers are slow to come but they do eventually and even if the outcome may be sad, united family love wins out.
Linda Hall
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story

There's always a new situation in the Sweeney family and coming from a family of five sister, I can relate to the drama and dynamics. Thankfully, we haven't had to deal with dangers and criminals, but we have had lots of disagreements and different approaches to how issues are resolved, hurt feelings, jealousy and all the other things a large family encompasses. Love this whole series!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's trauma, raging hormone, and family conflict that is flowing through the Sweeney Sisters. Being a teenager is difficult but when things take a wild turn, the sisters find themselves on the opposite sides of the issue.

But as typically happens, the sisters find a way to heal the wounds and support each other even in the toughest situation.

I love the Sweeney Sisters and feel invested in their lives. I'm looking forward to the next story in this saga!
Janice Sisemore
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
Tangle of strings

This book follows several family members. Mostly about Annie and her long lost mother. This book is fast reading because of it being hard to put down. I really was involved with the characters, I wanted to tell them what to do, they were real to me. I was given this by the author for an honest opinion. This is part of a series, would be better to read the whole series but I have only read the one before this one and I still loved it.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the book. It was a different take on the Sweeney family and focused not on the sisters this time so much as Annie who was the primary character this time. It was unusual to see the family fighting so much and so little of Lovie this time around. It wasn't a bad story but it wasn't as good as the last three books. I've heard that there's another book so will be checking out that in the near future.
Pamela Haskins
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for Book 5

In a matter of a couple of days, I have zoomed through all 4 books. I love the Sweeney sisters, especially Sam., since I, too, was a single parent for many years. This series is well thought out, well written and quick to read. I seriously cannot wait to find out if Faith gets her baby, if Jackie finds happiness in Charleston or if Jaime makes it big in baseball.
Tammy Martin
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Ashley Farley first for the advance copy of this fabulous book. I feel in love with this author’s books from the first one I picked up. I love the Sweeney Sisters because they seem just like your own family when you are reading the stories about the. This family sticks together through everything that life seems to throw at them.
In Tangle of Strings Annie seems to be in so many close calls with death that it is crazy but she always makes it. On top of this she finds out that she is
lora joint
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweeney sister sweep

This series is the first time I have read of this author. All four books were very good. Just swept me into the Sweeney family. Very real and likable characters. Emotional. Laughed out loud and also very sad at times. I will definitely read more of Ashley Farley,s books.
Sharon Coleman
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Annie wants nothing to do with Heidi after she finds out she is her mom. Annie is involved in a bad car accident and finds out she is pregnant. All the family has a plan for Annie and the baby. Eli is chasing the Bell brothers and Annie ends up in the crossfire . Very good
Kathleen DeStefano Pennington

THe series, based on the relationship between three sisters, told of the different strengths each woman had, and how together they realized that each other and family was what they needed. Interesting characters were introduced to make the story deeper, giving it SALT. A great series.
MaryAnn Quellos
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweeney camily

I love these stories. In a way I relate to them. My foamy used to be very close like them, then my mom passed and things fell apart. We still talk and see each other during bad times,we just aren't as close to each other anymore. Or maybe it is just me n o t wanting to go thru so m etching like that again. Who knows.

Feb 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Downer book all around

The characters in this series are continually attacked by psychotic people for a storyline. In this book the characters, themselves are evil, picking on a teenage girl who gets, pregnant at age seventeen. It was really a waste and these are people I wouldn't want to meet, or an author I would read again.
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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you've read the last word, then she's done her job.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of re

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Sweeney Sisters (5 books)
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  • Saturdays at Sweeney's (Sweeney Sisters #5)