Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Almost Sisters

Book: The Almost Sisters
Author: Joshilyn Jackson

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows. -Goodreads

Review: This book was a nice surprise.  When I started it, I thought it was going to be a lighthearted and funny book a a single pregnant woman living with her elderly grandmother. Wow, I was so wrong. After a fun one night stand at a comic convention in Atlanta, author and illustrator Leia finds herself pregnant with 'Batman's' baby.' Before telling anyone in her family,she ends up back in her hometown trying to convince her elderly grandmother she needs to move into assisted living. With her niece in tow, Leia finds that there is more than meets the eye to her grandmother and history. 

This book had a lot of heart. I loved Lei and thought she was funny and insightful. I will definitely read more from this author.

I hoped she wouldn’t realize how spectacular she was until she was twenty-five and safely past letting it ruin her.

Grade: 4/5

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