Virginia, 1705. Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman–until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to learn that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World? Virginia, present day Madeline “Maddee” Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister Nicole following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole–and the shadowy figure watching them from afar. My Sister’s Prayer tells the epic tale of two women compelled to protect their sisters, confront their fears, and navigate the muddy waters of betrayal to find true love.
Sissy: Interesting that this book tells the story of two sets of sisters, separated by several centuries, but from the same family. Unlike Bubby and I, these sisters each have one of the pair who is deceitful and irresponsible. When we decide to be naughty, it’s usually a joint venture.
Bubby: Anything naughty is ALWAYS Sissy’s idea – I’m the good one.
Sissy: The good one who always goes along with my naughty ideas?
Bubby: Well, they’re GOOD naughty ideas, so…
Sissy: Too right! Anyway, My Sister’s Prayer is jam-packed full of characters, adventures, intrigue, relationship drama, inspiration and even some romance. The historical detail is completely fascinating and the parallels between the two sets of sisters are remarkable. It’s amazing to what lengths 16th century women had to go to try to free themselves from unwanted marriages and sometimes their decisions are really desperately stupid. Can you imagine having to trust and rely on men who could be wonderful and trustworthy or out to ruin or deceive you and there is no way to tell and you are totally powerless?
Bubby: As lucky as we are to have the men we have, (and they are great men, by the way), I would have real difficulties with not being able to go where I wanted to and do what I wanted and being controlled by a man. Maybe it’s because our childhood was somewhat like that, but I’m grateful for the freedom I have now.
Sissy: Now, our favorite phrase is, “You are not the boss of me!”
Bubby: Pretty sure we say that to each other more than we do to any of our men. Back to My Sister’s Prayer. We previously reviewed book one in this series, My Brother’s Crown, and in it we were introduced to the traumatic event that has partly shaped Maddee and Nicole’s lives, as well as affecting two of their cousins. As children, they found a body in their grandparent’s abandoned cabin, but it had disappeared by the time they got back with the adults. There was a bit of the puzzle revealed in book one and I was hoping the rest would be uncovered in book two, but no. We do get a lot more information, but I’m anxious for book three to arrive (probably in 2017 sometime) so that the murder will finally be solved!
Sissy: The things I found most interesting in My Sister’s Prayer were the evolving relationship between Maddee and Nicole in the present time, the historical information on human trafficking and indentured servants and the little sweet romances that come in the form of Spenser and Greg. There were also many side characters who added depth and hope to the story. All in all, a full-bodied, satisfying read that I highly recommend.
Bubby: I especially enjoyed the role that the family ruby ring had to play, both in the past and in the present. Why doesn’t MY family have any priceless jewelry to hand down? So unfair! Anyway, I love the writing of the Gould/Clark team and I can’t wait to read more. If you’re looking for a lovely inspirational historic romance, this is the series for you!