As Close As Sisters

By Colleen Faulkner

4 out of 5 stars

McKenzie, Lilly, Aurora and Janine have been friends since the age of 12. Every summer, they stay at Janine’s family on on the beach in Delaware. Though there are painful memories for the ladies there, Janine’s father was shot and killed in a bedroom, Janine has kept the home and they still go every summer.

McKenzie is battling lung cancer and expects this to be her last summer with her friends and family. Her twin daughters are staying with their father and come up to see her. Mia and Maura are handling it the best way they know how, mostly by avoiding the subject and in Maura’s case, acting out.

Aurora is a successful sculptor who lives her life any way she well pleases. She seems to lack a lot of self-esteem that should go hand in hand with her amazing looks and talent. She’s run off from a strange situation and tends to hide her feelings by jumping into the ocean and swimming.

Lilly is finally pregnant after a long, difficult struggle and she is starting to wonder if her husband is cheating on her. She’s also trying hard to handle losing McKenzie.

Janine has broken up with yet another girlfriend and is being investigated for allegedly using too much force as a police officer. She has started seeing Chris, who sounds perfect for her and has not met the friends as of yet.

This summer will bring a lot of discovery, joy and sadness to the lifelong friends. Secrets will be revealed that will either make their friendship stronger or tear them apart.

This was one of those stories that I just dove right into, a lot like Aurora diving into the ocean. I kept going and going and couldn’t put it down. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming. And there were a few times that I wanted to shake a couple of the characters. (Mainly the twins) I did get a bit teary-eyed from some happy moments and some very sad ones. It really was a wonderful tale of the friendships that keep you sane.

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