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Title: Four Sisters

Author: Mary Martinez

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

The early sixties was a time of making love, not war. Kathleen finds love and starts a war with her family.

Four Sisters is a story rich in the relationships of Kathleen Williams' life. Kathleen discovers her sexuality in the sixties. She's different from other girls her age and afraid her sisters, especially her closest sister, Deborah, will never understand.

When Kathleen reveals her love for a woman, her worst fears are realized—she’s banished from her home and family.

Forty odd years later, Kathleen is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Susan, her lifelong partner, encourages her to make peace with her family. Kathleen's journey, now, includes rebuilding her relationship with her sisters and parents, as well as the battle of her life. Her only chance for peace is to find acceptance.

My Review:

For Kathleen Williams, the sixties were a time of exploration, trying new experiences and falling in love. She should be elated but fear stops her cold. What if her family and her sisters don’t understand? Yes, she’s in love with a woman but she’s still Kathleen, still a Williams. When she confesses her feelings to her family, they kick her out and disavow her and her lover. Flash forward forty years and Kathleen is dying. Her beloved, Susan, pleads with Kathleen to make amends with her family. Will they accept her offer of reconciliation as she battles for her life or is it a futile waste of time?

Four Sisters is a heart-wrenching story of discovering who you are, family drama, falling in love, life choices, battling cancer, forgiveness and the bond of sisters. The connection between Kathleen and the reader is immediate and this is solely due to the emotional narration. Mary Martinez is a gifted writer and her ability to relate the reader to a very tumultuous time period is masterful. I wasn’t around in the sixties but I lived it while reading Four Sisters. I also was the black sheep of my family, like Kathleen, and the emotional scars written about in Four Sisters mirror my own experiences. The plot moves at a good pace with a family saga vibe throughout the story. Mary Martinez pens a fictional story that reads like a memoir. Poignant, emotional, life-affirming, Four Sisters is a women’s fiction must-read. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends! Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home. With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnum's. They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible. Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference. Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.

GO UTES! Press kit available upon request. What reviewers are saying: Beckett Series: Amazon reviewer gave it 5 Stars: Excellent series with just the right balance of romance and suspense. Chick Magnet: Brenda from The Romance Studio, gives it 5 hearts and says: I highly recommend this book to all. Classic Murder: Mr. Romance: What a great book! This book is full of romance! The mystery is top-notch, also. This is a book to read and recommend. Reviewed by Stephanie Rollins for Three Brides and a Dress: Mav' at Coffee Time Romance - 4 cups ~~ What an utterly delightful story! Completely different from any of the books I have read until now.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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