Barbara Delinsky – While my Sister Sleeps

46. While my Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky (2009)
Length: 326 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 12 April 2014
Finished: 15 April 2014
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 9 April 2014
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and have read and enjoyed several books by this author in the past.

The Snow sisters – Molly and Robin – are as close as two sisters can possibly be. Like most sisters, the women share a bond that has sustained them through the good times and the bad. Throughout their childhood, and now as adults, the women’s love for each other and their friendship has endured, and is just as strong as ever. 

Their careers are flourishing – Molly is a horticulturist and Robin is a world-class runner – and they are both in the prime of their lives. So when Molly receives the news that Robin has suffered a massive heart attack, she couldn’t be more shocked. At the hospital, the Snow family is given the grim prognosis: Robin may never regain consciousness.

As Robin’s parents and siblings struggle to cope, the complex nature of their relationship is put to the ultimate test. Molly has always lived in Robin’s shadow and her feelings for her sister have run the gamut, from love to resentment and back again. In fact, the last time the sisters spoke, they argued. Now, however, there is so much more at stake. 

Under such devastating circumstances, Molly’s parents begin to fold, and her brother retreats into a cool reserve that threatens his own family. So, it’s up to Molly to make the tough decisions, and she soon makes discoveries that shatter some of her most cherished beliefs about the sister she thought she knew.

Once again, New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky has created a masterful family portrait, filled with thought-provoking ideas about the nature of life itself, how emotions influence the decisions we make, and how letting go can sometimes be the hardest thing to do and also the greatest expression of love all at the same time.

While I will admit that a few of Barbara Delinsky’s books that I’ve read in the past may not have been her best work – at least in my opinion – I would give While my Sister Sleeps a definite A+! I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion, Barbara Delinsky has once again created characters that are absolutely realistic and easy to relate to, people who the reader can’t help but care for as they suffer through their various trials and tribulations. I’m certainly looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.  

A+! – (96-100%)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

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