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In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panick
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by HQN Books
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Stephanie I personally liked the themes around women's expectations - you could talk about women holding a job and raising kids that is often presented as a…moreI personally liked the themes around women's expectations - you could talk about women holding a job and raising kids that is often presented as a choice, like one or the other, whereas some women don't have a choice financially. Or the expectation that women should want to exclusively work, vs exclusively raise children, how society pits those choices against each other (and women against each other). Or expectations of a "perfect" life or holiday. That struck me too how the mother/grandmother wanted a perfect holiday. Where do these ideas of perfection come from and how are they dangerous?(less)
Denise I caught that too...and have to admit that it threw me for a couple of minutes...I decided to just ignore it and move on...but, a good editor should…moreI caught that too...and have to admit that it threw me for a couple of minutes...I decided to just ignore it and move on...but, a good editor should have caught that.
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KAS
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Beautifully written, this work of women’s fiction will have you yearning for the Christmas season to begin.

The cover alone is so welcoming, as are the engaging, well developed characters in this storyline which warms the heart.

Survivor’s guilt is a crushing burden to bear, and nobody knows that more than Suzanne. She is the adoptive mother of three daughters, Hannah, Beth and Posy. They lost their biological parents twenty-five years ago due to a tragic accident which still haunts Suzanne and he
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Berit☀️✨
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
A heartwarming story of love, loss, forgiveness, and acceptance sprinkled with a generous dose of holiday cheer!🎄

Sarah Morgan is fast becoming a favorite author... she does an amazing job of developing wonderful realistic characters... breathing life into them with her words... along with a beautiful storyline her books are quite the treat... this festive story is the perfect bow on top of any Christmas present!🎁

The McBride sisters are coming home to Scotland for Christmas... Suzanne is deligh
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Paromjit
Sarah Morgan writes perfect festive fare that makes your heart melt. This is a great escapist fare, a rom-com with all the ingredients that have you turning the pages, family trauma, sisters that love each other, but have struggled to create close supportive bonds, and a winning location in the small community of Glensay in the wintry Scottish Highlands. Suzanne is looking forward to the festive season and her reunion with her daughters visiting from Manhattan, New York, Beth, married to Jason w ...more
Holly  B
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, heart-warming Christmas story about family, love, and the things that really matter.

This was the perfect book to escape to the mountain village in Scotland. Suzanne is looking forward to Christmas this year with three adopted daughters coming home to Scotland. Two of her daughters- Beth and Hannah are travelling from the United States and they both could use a holiday break! They each have very different lives and are trying to make sense of where they are at the moment. The younger sist
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Dash fan
5☆ A Heartwarming, Poignant and Enchanting Romance.

The Christmas Sisters is a Heartwarming, Poignant and Touching story of Family, Relationships, Secrets, New Beginnings and a sprinkle or Romance and Festive Magic.

Beth, Hannah and Posy are all sisters.
But their relationships are far from rosy. They barely speak, or get together, their relationship is strained and somewhat Taut.
Suzanne their Mother, is desperate to bring the family back together this Christmas.

But with a tragic accident in the p
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 heartwarming stars to The Christmas Sisters

I have bought a slew of holiday reads this year, but so far, this is one of the only ones I’ve read.

Everyone has high expectations for the holidays, right? You definitely hope your family members will get along?

Suzanne wishes for her three daughters to have a perfect Christmas with she and her husband in the snowy Scottish Highlands. What a destination!

What ends up testing the sisters’ bond is not what they would have expected...

This is a lovely es
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Rebecca Carter
4.5⭐rounded up to 5⭐

Although it's that weird in between time between Christmas and New Year, i love spending time in the run up to, and around Christmas, indulging in some christmassy themed books. They really help me get into the Christmas spirit, and start becoming all excited at the prospect of the Christmas season and all it encompasses. I'm always reluctant at taking down the Christmas decs.

"The Christmas Sisters" ticked every box in my perfect Christmas book. Gorgeous setting - tick - int
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Jennifer
“You did what you could to bury the past, and then something happened and you realized it was right there under the surface just waiting to be exposed.”
★★★
Set in Scotland, three sisters come home to their adoptive parents' for Christmas. All adults now, and with their own lives and personal sets of issues, the magic of the holidays has been replaced by stressed relationships, self-doubt, and shocking secrets. It doesn't help that their adoptive mother is sick with the flu and confined to he
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Zoe
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully mesmerizing, positively heartwarming, and absolutely brilliant!

The Christmas Sisters is an engaging, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the beautiful ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands in winter and immerses you into the lives of the McBride family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, forgive, accept, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.

The writing is expressive, effortless, and polished. The characterization is spo
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DJ Sakata
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If her sister had been a laptop, Posy would have run antivirus software because there were times when she was convinced Hannah had been taken over by malware.

If parenting was a meal then Jason came straight in at dessert, bypassing all other courses including vegetables.

She smiled. “I’m so glad I married you.” “Of course you are. I’m irresistible. You couldn’t resist my practiced seduction.” Stewart swaggered across the room, ruining the effect by tripping over one of her slipper
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Jonetta
Meet the McBride sisters who are preparing for Christmas at home in Scotland. Beth is married and a stay at home mother to two small children but contemplating a return to an outside career. Oldest sister, Hannah, has a highly successful career that seems to keep her from the family but they believe she’s deliberately choosing to stay away. Both she and Beth live in New York but rarely see each other these days. The youngest sister, Posy, hasn’t strayed from home, helping their mother Suzanne ru ...more
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I know Sarah Morgan comes highly recommended. I read one other book by her which was more women's fiction than romance which didn't completely work for me because of the four different point of views, alternating telling the story of them. I was bummed when I realized that this one is women's fiction as well, again with four point of views. It's such a shame because, dammit, I want to read a Sarah Morgan romance!

All four women are connected through one event that took t
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Cheri
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A family who comes together for the Christmas season, sisters who are joined together once more and begin a journey to forgive and forget old hurts, in this charming and sweet Christmas story.

Three sisters who are very different, one from another - Posy “…was like a little ball. She bounced.” Beth, on the other hand…”was a delicate little thing.” Hannah seemed to be from a different family, altogether.

Posy lives in the village of Glensay, a village in Scotland, along with their parents, Suzann
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Louise Wilson
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suzanne McBride is dreaming of a perfect Christmas as her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays. Beth, Hannah and Posy lost their biological parents to a tragic accident twenty five years ago. The accident still haunts Suzanne and the girls and has affected the women in different ways.

The book is set in Bonnie Scotland of which the author describes beautifully. The chapters alternate between the women. The message behind this story is to love, trust, accept yourself and the ot
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Amy
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs
Yes, I realize that it’s only September and I’m already reading Christmas books and I’m totally ok with that! I’m like a little kid when it comes to the holiday season and I’m always more than ready to get into the holiday spirit, even before fall has officially started haha. The Christmas Sisters was the perfect book to bring the magic of the season to life and it made me even more excited about the holidays than I already am.

This follows a mom and her three daughters and you hear from each of
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Brandie
3.5 stars. I would’ve loved this book more if it weren’t for Beth. She rubbed me the wrong way throughout the entire book. Otherwise it was a good holiday read.
Dianne
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The magic of Christmas and the enduring bond of family will bring three sisters home to heal, to remember, to bond and to look forward to the future. From the workaholic Hannah, to the stay-at home-mom, Beth to Posy, the one who stayed home to help out their adoptive parents, three sisters will come together in the snowy Highlands of Scotland, open their hearts and embrace the love and support they have always needed.

An emotionally taut tale of crisis, confusion, secrets and avoidance, THE CHRIS
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Anna
The McBride sisters are all planning to gather together at their family home in the beautiful mountains of Scotland for Christmas. They are all struggling with some difficult decisions. Suzanne is excited to see the girls and is preparing a perfect Christmas gathering, exhausting herself in the process. Suzanne and her husband took the sisters in as young girls following the death of their parents. They raised them as their own with love and understanding. Together the family bonds prove strong ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Christmas, family, secrets, forgiveness, acceptance.

First reviewed on Tea Party Princess.

In the past, Sarah Morgan has been one of my go-to seasonal romance authors and especially Sleigh Bells in the Snow has me coming back year after year. The Christmas sisters is quite different in that the focus is fully on family from the start, and any romance is incidental. And I actually loved it.



The narrative jumps between different characters so that you get to see multiple perspectives. I conn
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Books and Spoons
A touching story about family and parenting, sisters, drama and tragedy in love and life during one special Christmas time that shakes up the relationships in the family and leads them all to a new path in life.
I absolutely adore the way Sarah Morgan tells a story; there are deep emotions and angst but not so much that it overshadows the story hope and love. There are conflicts, passion, humor, warmth, sweetness, and everything else that are part of the relationships and life, yet when I get to
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Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer

Morgan writes a story about a three sisters coming together for the Holiday at their family home. Set in Scotland, sisters Posy, Beth and Hannah are finally home together for the holidays and dealing with their own issues as well as ones that have kept them apart for the past few years. Their mother is hoping for the perfect Christmas, but with all the issues that plague her daughters, she cannot pretend that everything is perfect. This story is very heartfelt and e
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RaeAnne Thayne
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. I loved every page.
Hallie Szott
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, audiobooks
4.5
Abby♡Books
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story.
Nicola Clough
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply brilliant from the first page and didn't want to put ot down the story was so like real life and the characters are brilliant and the story plot is so believable. Perfect Christmas read to curl up in front of a fire and enjoy Christmas. It's all about family life and how all a mother wants is for her children to be happy and in love and enjoy being with each other. Plenty of romance and sisterly love but also heartbreaking and how they have to deal with the past in order to ...more
Mackenzie
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Song for summary: All I Ever Wanted by Brian Melo

What a heart-warming read! The characters are diverse, endearing, and troubled; while the plot is a festive tale overflowing with Christmas magic, family, and the importance of moving on. Full of sisterly love and drama, this delightful novel will fill you from head to toe with holiday cheer. This was another brilliant story by Sarah Morgan, and I will definitely be reading more or this author!
Sunita
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It has plenty of moments of sweetness and Christmas cheer and very likeable characters. The sisters and their husbands/love interests and the parents were nicely differentiated and the moppets were cute and well integrated. But the plot turns felt a bit forced at times and the important moments weren't always clearly grounded and motivated. And the village and its people were barely there. Morgan is always worth reading, but for whatever reason, this didn't click as well for me as the ...more
Shalini
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing


A fabulous book which finds itself not only in my Christmas Reads but also has a firm place in my heart. My first book by Sarah Morgan, and with her words, she is not firmly entrenched in the pericardium of my heart. Why in the covering and not the heart, you ask? Because her words are so warm that they form a protective cover over my cold heart warming me through and through.

The Christmas Sisters Hannah, Beth, and Posy were coming home for Christmas, which had mom Susanne in a harried state t
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Shaz Goodwin
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Morgan (you may already know this 🙂 ) is one of my favourite authors and I love the new direction her writing is taking us. Still the romance, when it’s important to the characters, but a world that is rich in so many different emotions.

A catastrophe in the past has affected and shaped all of the characters in the McBride family meaning that the emotional hold is so strong it colours all of their interactions, not only with each other but with the wi
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“This is embarrassing.” Hannah sniffed. “I'm too old to be crying on your shoulder.” “You're never too old to cry on your dad's shoulder, although I have to admit I hate to see you cry.” 1 likes
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