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The Sometimes Sisters

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  18,602 ratings  ·  1,098 reviews

A bittersweet inheritance reunites three estranged sisters in a novel of family, trust, and forgiveness from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.

When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north T

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 309 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Voracious Reader The main part of the story takes place in what appears to be current day. There is a story within the story where events that occurred happened to peo…moreThe main part of the story takes place in what appears to be current day. There is a story within the story where events that occurred happened to people who grew up in times when things were very different which shaped them and their views to be different from our own today. Some people leaving reviews of the book seemed to have missed that point. 60 to 80 years ago interracial friendships were not accepted everywhere.(less)

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DJ Sakata
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Granny used to say that the person who stirs the shit pile has to lick the spoon.

He made it in eight minutes and would have arrived there sooner if he hadn’t gotten behind a pokey old woman who didn’t have any place to go and a year to get there.

Did you think it was all rainbows and unicorn farts after you left? The only thing that changed was that I got all the bitchin’ instead of sharin’ it with you.

You can do better… He’s not for you, Aunt Tawny. He’s got a cat and he lives wi
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Stars

I just loved this story so much! I shed tears, both sad and happy, The Sometimes Sisters brought out all the feels!

Dana, Harper, and Tawny are the “Sometimes Sisters” who had gathered for a month during each summer at their Granny Annie’s lakeside resort. Dana is the oldest, a bastard child of their father he refused to acknowledge, but Granny Annie wouldn’t stand for her son’s behavior and accepted her as the true granddaughter she is. Harper and Tawny were the legitimate daughters, b
Sarah Yee
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF - Couldn't bear to finish. The writing was just that cheesy and awful. ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew this is going to be a doozy of a book after I had only read 2 pages and I was already in tears…

Dana, Harper and Tawny are three sisters who are not close. Dana is their half-sister who was rejected by their father. Growing up the girls only spent time together when they were at their grandmother’s lake resort. Granny Annie loved her granddaughters so much but when she knew her time on earth was coming to a close, she hatched a plan with Uncle Zed to bring her girls back home.

And they do c
Lindsay Nixon
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is dripping in sickly sweet southern syrup. If you like overly “southern” small town backdrops with the tired family drama of someone having a secret baby when they were 17 or being white but loving a black person (basically everyone is Trump “conservative” and all the women need to be liberated from white-male shame) this is a great choice for you. I probably should have known what I was in for when I learned one sister's name was Tawny.

By the halfway point I felt like I’d drank too
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was dull and slow-paced. I really disliked the repetitive dialogue and found myself skimming pages to get to the very predictable ending.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Grandma died and you dont get your inheritance until you work for it.

These sometimes sisters well are only sisters during holidays and now they are forced to work together and learn to love again.

It was beautiful and sweet and just touching.
May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and am surprised that there are not more reviews. A story that brings estranged family full circle, from childhood into adulthood, and how feelings and actions can be so misconceived if not vetted correctly. The writing was good, the characters were real and the narrative was great. Her writing style reminded me a bit of Sarah Addison Allen.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A touching story that reminds us of the importance of family. 

Dana, Harper and Tawny are sometimes sisters. They have never gotten along, and they have never seen eye to eye. Dana has trouble relating to her two half sisters, not only because they are younger, but also because she thinks they are spoiled. Harper has not seen her sisters in a long time, ever since she left home at sixteen, she has been lost. Bouncing from job to job, trying to find her way. Tawny, the youngest, is ree
A laid-back resort by the lake welcomes back three half-sisters when their grandmother dies. Grandma Annie's last wish is to see these three Sometimes Sisters work past whatever made them all go their separate ways as teens and become a family again. With the help of the resort, old Uncle Zed, memories of Annie, chances at new and old love, the Clancy sisters return to the lake.

I enjoyed this touching story that focuses on the lives of three estranged sisters who have all hit rock bottom and ne
Cali Jewel
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming, homespun, quirky, emotional and entertaining adventure for three sisters with a lot of real life regrets and secrets keeping them apart.

Dana, Harper, and Tawny are the “Sometimes Sisters” each with a different yet sad history and only one summer together at their Granny Annie’s lakeside resort (their dad's mom). When Granny Annie passes it is her dying wish they come together to run the resort and make a go of it as a family. Uncle Zed is on hand to help them become the sisters th
Kelly Hedges
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just don’t get it. None of the sisters had much of a personality. Uncle Zed was the only redeeming character. And apparently handsome men looking for serious relationships are lurking in small Texas towns.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book equivalent of a Hallmark movie. Which is to say I enjoyed it for what it was...
"The Sometimes Sisters" is the story of three sisters who have grown part over the years. When their father's mother dies, they all come to gather. They find she's left them her property, divided up amongst the three of them but they will have to work together. Her hope is they will rediscover and rebuild their familial bonds.

All three women, Dana, Harper, and Tawny, are having hard times and their grief over their grandmother's death at first pushes them further apart. They sniped at each other
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hope, love and tears...wonderful story!
Ilia Johnson
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Another enjoyable audio book. I liked the stories and the characters but there was something that keep it from being a a four star read for me. I’m not sure I can put my finger on why just yet but I would recommend the book.
Wit & Wonder Books
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided for an honest review**

The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown is a touching and heartfelt novel about trust, forgiveness and family.

Brought together by the death of their beloved grandmother Dana, Tawny and Harper must learn what family is all about by running a lake resort. Never ones to be super close all three girls bind together to help their Uncle Zed to run the lake resort which was in their grandmothers will as a stipulation of their inheritance.

Along with Dana’s daughter
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can run from the past but you can't hide indefinitely from it. That's one life's lesson that the "sometimes sisters" will learn when they'll be reunited after ten years for their grandmother's will. Harper, Tawny and their half-sister Dana will have to work together to run around Annie's place and each woman will have to face the mistakes they made before and deal with different guilt and feelings they drag with them over the years. But what happened ten years ago to make them dislike each o ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received this as a Goodreads First Read - Kindle

Unfortunately, I didn’t like it. And couldn’t finish it.

The three sisters (and daughter and other random people both male and female) were so similar it was confusing. There were no distinguishing characteristics. They talked the same. The acted the same.

Sure, the author told us that they were different - prissy, responsible, alchoholic - but then they acted and spoke the same.

To the point where 1/3 of the book in, I still had no clue which s
Carrie Williams
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I love books about sisters and I loved the Southern setting. I never really connected with any of the main sister characters. I did however, love the character of Zed.
Thanks to NetGalley for this book to review.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, sisters
Brown’s The Sometimes Sisters is a poignant realistic look at a dysfunctional melded family bound by the love of their grandmother.

Be ready to laugh and cry when you read Carolyn Brown’s The Sometimes Sisters staring three sisters who are brought back into the arms of family by their grandmother’s death and their mutual love and respect for her and their Uncle Zed. But each one has baggage of her own, guilt and mistrust of the others unfortunately nurtured by their fractured family. She not only
Donna Peake
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-completed
The characters are people you would like to meet.
Suze Lavender
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dana, Harper and Tawny are sisters, but mostly connected during the summer, when they all spent a month at their grandmother's lakeside resort. Annie loved her granddaughters dearly and was always glad they were coming. However, suddenly it stopped. The sometimes sisters, who were already not seeing much of each other, weren't feeling very sisterly at all anymore. Annie's last wish is to bring them back together and when she dies she leaves her resort to her granddaughters. She asks the person w ...more
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is a beautiful book, which has many layers, and is deeply emotional - i.e. expect to need tissues. Even though the reason is clearly signposted, it makes it no easier to bear and big ugly tears were inevitable - for me at least!

It was a really clever way of giving us many stories in one and especially that of Annie and Zed. There were lovely little hints, such as the lack of a perfume smell in the room Dana takes o
❤Marie Gentilcore
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, audiobook
I really enjoy Carolyn Brown’s books, they are heartwarming and sprinkled with humor and they leave me with a good feeling long after I’ve finished reading. I also like that she writes about families as there are so many dynamics to explore. This story about three sisters, two from one mother and one from another was very good. I loved the setting of the lakeside resort known as Annie’s Place, named after the sisters’ grandmother who recently died and left the resort to them all.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, texas, sisters, audible
This was an Audible special that came up when I needed easy listening for a drive. The Sometimes Sisters is a sweet family drama of three estranged sisters who are reunited after their Granny Annie dies. Granny’s death brings the sisters back to run the family’s lake resort, set in North East TX, Lake Palestine area. A fun read since this is territory I am well familiar with and the sisters run to the big city of Tyler for their banking, groceries and entertainment. A big switch from what I usua ...more
Fluff Smut & Murder
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

Thank you to for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Carolyn Brown writes sweet stories. I like to think she’s the Debbie Macomber of the South. When you pick up The Sometimes Sisters, you know you’re going to get a sweet tale with a little sadness along the way that will end with everyone meeting their true love match and knowing that they’re all going to be okay. Pure, simple fluff – and I’m glad I started out 2018 with s
Anna Hope
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Omg Carolyn. For some reason I knew this book would become my favorite! Lord what a story. My heart hurts but is happy for the girls. It's a shame that our world can be so cruel but in the end love prevails. Trying not to say to much but it's hard not to. Happy reading and can't wait for the next book!
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