Title: Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster
Love in Bloom Series Book One
Snow Sisters Book One
Publisher: World Literary Press
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 195 pages
Book Rating: C+
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Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister. As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life.
Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn’t know how to stop doing what he does best.
When Blake walks into Danica’s office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn’t the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica’s desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she’s ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she’s been so willingly ignoring, but with her
Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister’s promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn’t sure it’s the right time to set her desires free.
SISTERS IN LOVE is a light, uplifting work of women’s fiction and will resonate with readers who enjoy emotional journeys of the heart with strong heroines and sexy, lovable heroes. Readers of books by Jane Porter and Beth Kendrick will enjoy Danica and Blake’s story.
Melissa Foster’s Sisters in Love is a journey of self discovery for the three main characters, Danica Snow, her sister Kaylie and Blake Carter. While there is a romantic element to the novel, it is more of a secondary story arc.
In the beginning of Sisters in Love, I was not sure if I was going to like any of the primary characters. Danica comes across as judgmental and her assessments of her sister and Blake are honest but a little harsh. Kaylie comes across as immature and rather flaky. My first impressions of Blake were mixed and I liked him the most.
Luckily, about a quarter of the way into the novel, I began to reassess my opinions. As more of the characters’ back stories were revealed, I had a better understanding of their thought processes, actions and reactions to certain situations.
Blake’s story gave me a different viewpoint of his attitude towards women and his inability to commit to a relationship. Of the three, Blake is the most introspective and self-aware. His efforts to change are very sincere and while he sometimes briefly falls back into old habits, his transformation begins immediately. Blake is a stand up guy who wants to do the right thing and despite his discomfort and inexperience, he provides a tremendous amount of emotional support for his deceased friend’s family.
I was really on the fence about Danica for most of the novel. I sympathized with her feelings of being cast as the “smart, responsible” one by her family. However I had a difficult time understanding how a therapist (and twenty-nine year old woman) could not figure out how to take charge of her own life. Her reflections about sister Kaylie are hypercritical and her disapproval of Kaylie’s lifestyle is quite apparent. Fortunately, as Danica begins to re-evaluate her life, she better understands Kaylie and offers her valuable and life-altering advice.
The one area that really highlights Danica’s positive traits is her relationship with her “little sister” Michelle. Their interactions showed Danica’s vulnerabilities and made her a much more sympathetic character. The warm and caring side of her personality is brilliantly showcased and helps to smooth over Danica’s sharper edges.
The relationship between Danica and Blake was a little uncomfortable for me since Danica is Blake’s therapist for much of the novel. There is a strong sexual attraction between them right from their first meeting and I questioned their decision to continue their professional relationship. Their romance feels rushed since they do not act on their feelings until very late in the story. While I definitely felt their passion for each other, I never really had a sense of an emotional connection between them.
Despite a few qualms about certain aspects of the novel, I enjoyed Sisters in Love. The personal growth of the main characters is believable and I liked the progress each of them makes in their lives. Despite the fact they deal with some serious issues, the story is fairly light and easy to read. I am very curious to see what Melissa Foster has planned next for the sisters and I am looking forward to Sisters in Bloom, the next novel in the Snow Sisters/Love in Bloom series.