Title: Her Sister
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Narrator: Diane Piron-Gelman
Format: Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Length: 4 Hours: 51 minutes
Genre: Contemporary Woman’s Fiction / Mystery
Series: Search for Love # 7
Best Read in Order: Not Necessary
Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
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About the Book:
Clare’s little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago. Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead. Lynnie could be alive!
Clare’s neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and…wants more than friendship.
Clare’s mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.
Clare’s sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.
A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.
In a story that illustrates the long-term effects of family trauma, Karen Rose Smith manages to bring a family’s pain into the open as they work to heal those long-standing wounds.
For nearly 30 years of silence after the abduction of her little sister, Claire has held a wound: nourished it with the complacency and inattention of her parents, and now word has come that her long-lost little sister may have been found. Particularly poignant is the 5 year old Claire being ignored in the midst of the commotion, and her oft repeated “take care of your sister” that replays in her head. Although that passage is only the prologue, the emotional impact is visceral and sets the tone for a roller-coaster ride where everyone is victimized and only communication and peeling the scab off that wound will heal them forever.
Now Claire is herself a parent of a teenaged girl, Shara: distanced from her own mother and estranged from her father since her parent’s divorce shortly after her sister’s disappearance. This ‘break’ in the case shocks everyone: for who is really prepared for the emotional turmoil that must be present when this much time has passed. Not to mention that Shara is just 16 and full of angst and bad judgment, and runs away from home. During the nightmare days when Claire is searching for her daughter, her neighbor provides sense and solace, along with his steady friendship a romance starts to blossom.
Narration provided by Diane Piron-Gelman and her voice works in her perfectly enunciated and modulated way to present the story, emphasize the emotional content, and not over-dramatize individual voice characteristics that detract from the story. This is the third book that I have reviewed narrated by her, and the quality and presence she brings to the story as she presents the author’s words is outstanding.
This isn’t a romance story, although there is romance. It’s not just a mystery story, or a story of redemption and revelations: it is a story about the human condition and the power of communication and acceptance and the power of family – however you define it.
I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania.
Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an
extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her
mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and
cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books
and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.
In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to
be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was
born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating
business. She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her
life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and
mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991.
Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin
Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.
Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power
of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship
novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!