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The Sweeney Sisters

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  6,113 ratings  ·  1,072 reviews
An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connec
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by William Morrow
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    Jennifer Tallman Loved it! If you have sisters, you will appreciate the subtlety of the relationships portrayed in Sweeney Sisters. I could picture perfectly what the …moreLoved it! If you have sisters, you will appreciate the subtlety of the relationships portrayed in Sweeney Sisters. I could picture perfectly what the seaside town of Southport looks like. Perfect summer read.(less)
    Lauren No, its about family there's nothing similar to Sweeney Todd…moreNo, its about family there's nothing similar to Sweeney Todd(less)

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    Larry H
    Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    4.5 stars.

    A novel full of family dysfunction and drama? Sign me up, please!

    Bill Sweeney was one of the most formative writers of his time; decades after his books were written they continue to be taught in schools, discussed, and revered. Fifteen years ago his poet wife, Maeve, died, leaving him to raise their three daughters in their small seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. Bill did the best he could, although the sisters took care of themselves and became even more inseparable.

    One morning
    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Sweeney Sisters is just the kind of read I needed right now! It’s about three sisters who grow up in a quaint seaside town in Connecticut. When their mother died from cancer, the sisters sadly grew apart. Their father is the second love of their life, second only to their mom, and he passes away unexpectedly causing his daughters to return home and to each other.

    When the family gathers for the funeral, a woman appears claiming to be another Sweeney sister thanks to a DNA test. How did THAT h
    Jennifer Blankfein
    Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Enjoyable story - quick moving, fun escape. DNA test reveals family secrets that shake up a close knit family.

    DNA testing and the often surprising results it reveals has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion. There used to be a more negative connotation with the ever popular Maury Povich asking women who slept with multiple men while their boyfriends were in jail, “Who’s the Father?” Today though, it seems like everyone has an interest in their family tree, where they come from and
    Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A warmhearted novel about a literary genius, family secrets and a trail of broken hearts, set in a ‘small town with long tentacles.’ This is women’s fiction with realistic female characters that tackles some weighty questions about family and legacy.

    The Sweeney sisters may have seemed perfect growing up, but their lives have not turned out that way. Liza married the next best thing who turns out to be the next worst; Maggie, the middle wild child, the impulsive artist is penniless; and Tricia, t
    Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020
    3.75 DNA Test stars

    With a plotline almost ripped from the headlines – a new sibling is in the mix for the Sweeney Sisters. They are mourning their famous author father when they find out that he fathered another daughter. The new sister got the results when she did a DNA screening test. The original three sisters – Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia – are redheads who have a close bond and they aren’t quite sure how this new half-sister will fit in.

    The book spends quite a bit of time on the legacy of the
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaways
    First off, I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you William Morrow and Harper Collins.

    I was very impressed by this book. It is about family ties. This ties are often out in the open and ones that are hidden.

    This story is so full of secrets it will make your head spin.

    If you can try and finish this magnificent family story in one sitting.
    Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    This book was a fine distraction for a few hours and had some fun moments but mainly it just sort of dragged along without any real climax and oozed too many first world problems for my liking.

    Between the 3 (then 4) sisters, the only one that I had any appreciation for was Tricia. She was the one with the most relatable backstory. The other 3 sisters all grated at my nerves, which probably made me less invested in their outcomes overall. The author had a tendency to be very materialistic in her
    Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received a complimentary copy of this E-book ARC from the author, publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    When Famous author William Sweeney passes away, the three Sweeney sisters gather back home to Willow Lane to settle his affairs. What will happen when they gain a new sister in the process? Read on and find out more for yourself.

    This was a pretty good read. I enjoyed this women's fiction book about sisters, family, and forgiveness. I also thought it was cool that these cha
    Connie G
    The three redheaded Sweeney sisters-Liza, Maggie, and Tricia-were devastated when their father died. William Sweeney was a complicated man, a well-known author, and a Yale professor. They held a big Irish wake to honor his memory. The next day they met with his lawyer, and the three women were shocked to learn that there was a fourth Sweeney sister who grew up in their neighborhood. On top of that, they cannot find their father's manuscript for his last book and he already spent the advance.

    The Sweeney Sisters: A Novel

    Sisters! Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters. . . .(are you humming it?)

    This book begins with three devoted, yet mourning, sisters. Their parents loom large throughout the tale but happen to be dead (mostly), famous, rich, and the pages are possessed of so many clues you couldn’t be blamed if you thought this was a mystery – well, ok. I think it is. And a little ways through, tag it a romance, and part way through I began to sense someone somewhere in the w
    May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

    The Sweeney Sisters
    By: Lian Dolan

    REVIEW ☆☆☆☆
    Maggie, Eliza and Tricia are the Sweeney sisters. The death of their mother fifteen years ago caused a drifting apart, but the death of their father pulls them back together. Their father was a well known writer, so the sisters know a proper Irish wake is the thing to do in honor of him. You know how these things go-drama, old grudges, d
    I listened to this one and it was good but I could have taken it or left it. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. The Sweeney Sisters have just lost their father and discovered they have another half sister. The father seems like a crazy, out for himself, not that decent of a guy. They learn a lot about him from a memoir they knew nothing about and in turn find some new direction for their own lives. ...more
    Erin Henderschedt
    Imaginative storyteller, Lian Dolan, thrills with her latest and most intriguing novel yet. The Sweeney Sisters is a heartfelt, fun story of sisters going through ups and downs of life in every way one can imagine. Each sister has an interesting, well developed background and personality. The tale is woven expertly to keep the reader wanting more and loving each of the characters for her individual traits. The Sweeney Sisters and the cast of characters draw the reader in to the story, keeps the ...more
    Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: giveaways
    First, I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, so a thank you to William Morrow for the opportunity. My review is voluntary and my own opinion.

    I am giving the book a 3 because the author is a good story-teller. The story is well thought out and has a few surprises to keep the reader engaged. There is descriptions to set the story and well-defined backbackgrounds to help you understand from where the story emerges. Sadly, this is part of the problem.

    The author spent so much time telling us whe
    Rhiannon Johnson
    Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Three Sweeney sisters (preppy art dealer and mother Liza; hippy, carefree artist Maggie; and lawyer and serious runner Tricia) gather to settle their recently deceased father’s estate and are faced with some surprises: financial discrepancies, a missing memoir…and a surprise half-sister! I’ll admit at first I thought this would be a sugar coated and silly “comedy of errors” story with a whole “the mor
    Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Sisters Maggie, Liz, and Tricia Sweeney have always been there for one another when things get tough. They lost their mother to cancer when they were young girls and were left to be raised by their internationally famous father William Sweeney, an acclaimed author. Their father had a gigantic ego and a penchant for gambling , but the sisters maintained a fondness for their father and loved their charming family home by the ocean in Southport, Connecticut. Despite their very different personaliti ...more
    Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I’ll be honest: this was only on my radar because of a Goodreads giveaway. One that I didn’t even win, might I add. It probably would have sat on my “want to read” shelf forever if it weren’t for the fact that my local library added the audiobook recently. The premise is interesting enough: basically, after their genius author father dies unexpectedly, three sisters soon learn that daddy dearest fathered a child out of wedlock.

    I love a good family saga. I love books about sisters. But this one
    Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    It seems like long buried family secrets being brought to light by at home DNA testing is quite the hot topic lately and while I’ve read several heartbreaking tales about people’s real lives being shattered by unexpected results, I was super curious to read about a fictional family dealing with the after effects. I love a good family drama and this one didn’t disappoint!

    I love author characters and although William Sweeney wasn’t alive during the events of the book as the sisters deal with his e
    Diana | Book of Secrets
    This book may have my favorite cover art this year. :-) I enjoyed the premise and beginning of this book, where the three Sweeney sisters discover they have a 4th sister via a DNA testing database just after their father's death. Overall though, the plot wasn't very strong and lacked the emotional punch you'd expect. It was an ok read, just didn't grab me completely. ...more
    Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5-4 stars for this sisterly family saga!
    Three sisters gather to bury their famous literary father only to find out there’s a fourth sister.
    A lot of time in the book is spent on the fathers legacy and the house while they search for the memoir he wrote before death and hid it for the girls to find.
    I enjoyed the look into the life of a famous writer and publishing industry. However, it did feel like the book dragged with detail at times. Some of the sisters I enjoyed more than others. Overall
    Holly R W
    This is a book about family secrets and the ties that bind. The Sweeney sisters discover that they have a fourth half-sister not long after their father dies. This shocking news is not the only surprise they must deal with.

    For me, it is always the characters that make a book sing. The people in this book are appealing and interesting. The sisters see each others' foibles, but are close to each other. Their half-sister grew up as their neighbor and always envied their togetherness. The Sweeney s
    Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    *listened via Overdrive app on audiobook and read the last couple chapters with the ebook*

    Narrator: 4 🌟
    Story: 4 🌟

    I was a little worried that this would be like a soap opera and too much drama. There was some of the latter but it wasn't unnecessary or over the top, it fit very well into the flow of the story.

    This was a wonderful tale of four people getting to know each other more and dealing with the unexpected revelations that follow.

    I wanted/want to go to Southport and hang out with the s
    Mary Eve
    Getting to know the Sweeney sisters was fun, and a perfect escape from reality. Liza, Maggie, and baby sister, Trisha, was a joy to hang out with. Supportive and thoughtful, the sisters make sisterhood seem simple, especially when their lives are in an upheaval. Their father has died unexpectedly and left a few surprises in his wake.

    William Sweeney is a literary legend and a Southport, Connecticut hero. Unfortunately, what he's gained in fame, he's failed in fatherhood. The Sweeney sisters neve
    Heena Rathore P.
    The Sweeny Sisters by Lian Dolan is a spectacular contemporary read which has a lot to offer to its readers. It is funny, heart-warming, emotional at times and conveys the strength of a bond of sisters in such a beautiful way that it is hard not to like this book.

    Although this book was fiction, it did a pretty good job of convincing me otherwise. The characters felt so real and full of life and the story was so fresh and good that I wanted to believe it all to be true. And that is the best way a
    Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Sweeney Sisters. This is what my friends and I call “a real book.” It is a wonderful story about human emotions and actions...good, bad, embarrassing, uplifting. When renowned writer William Sweeney unexpectedly dies he leaves a mess for his daughters...the three that grew up in his house and the other child he didn’t acknowledge while he lived. Told from the perspective of the four girls, with insight from their father’s published writings, the three Sweeney sisters come to see a different ...more
    Susan Crowe
    May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent book!!!
    Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    As someone who has always wanted a sister, I absolutely LOVED this book! I have never done a DNA test, but I actually have a friend who discovered she had another sister because of a DNA test. Her story about this discovery is just as special & amazing as this book! You can literally buy DNA test kits at Target!
    Wonderful characters, relevant story theme, secrets, forgiveness, & just so much more! I loved it! And the cover is GORGEOUS! This book just made me want a sister even more! (Sorry, not
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020

    This is a good read. It didn't blow me away and at times I felt like the characters were a bit one dimensional, but I really liked the concept and I enjoyed the literary backdrop. I could have done with a bit more flushing out and setting the stage at the beginning up until they found out about the fourth sister (their reaction to this revelation seemed a bit bland and anticlimactic given the level of surprise this would be).

    I loved the Little Women vibes I got from the sisters. All so very dif
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Digital galley from William Morrow and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
    The Sweeney Sisters is the story of three siblings mourning the death of their father, a famous author whose estate is in disarray and it would appear he had some monumental secrets. As they sort through the fallout they are faced with welcoming another sister into their fold. This is just one of the challenges they must deal with as each sister grapples with personal upheaval at the same time. Set in a tony Connec
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    Lian Dolan is a writer, producer and broadcaster. She is the author of three bestselling novels, Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife. Her latest book, The Sweeney Sisters, arrives in paperback in April 2021 from William Morrow. Two decades ago, Lian created Satellite Sisters, an award-winning radio talk show, blog and website with her four real sisters. Satellite Sisters is now a top-ra ...more

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