Title: The Almost Sisters
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Genre/Audience: Women’s fiction, Southern, adult
Publication: William Morrow, 2017
Source: For review, TLC Book Tours
Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy–an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.
First of all, I love all things southern: the way they talk, the food they eat, their sweet tea – the list goes on and on. Not to mention I live in the cold, cold North and would love to trade it in for warmer climes. This novel has all the things you come to expect in a southern story, including a cast of eccentric, but lovable characters. That fact alone had me hooked!
Poor Leia, everything is happening to her at once and the story is based on how she juggles all of these life changing events. I thoroughly enjoyed her adventure and couldn’t wait to see how she worked everything out. This is not the first book I’ve read from this author and it won’t be the last. Loved it!!!
Guest review by my mom, Kim.