Friday, May 13, 2016

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill *Review

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn't commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish---time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie's return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie's claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret---one that holds the key to Allie's freedom.

Had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! I really loved this book. I almost read it too fast, just to get to the end. I am seriously considering reading it again on vacation to slow it down a bit. I got through it too fast.
Those who you think are in your corner, aren't always the ones actually in your corner. And those who you think are against you, may be your biggest advocates.
My heart hurt for Allie as she tried to regain a relationship with her daughter Caroline, just to be snubbed by a teen not fully knowing her own mother. And Allie's parents though they are supportive, really aren't sure they believe Allie either. She has to restart her life in a town where everyone has assumed her guilty, just as the court did. She is able to get a job at the Vet's office her father previously owned. It was nice to have new people in town that Allie could try to befriend. Especially in a town where you don't know who is your friend, and who is a foe.

After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter.

She holds a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master's degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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