This is the fifth book in the installment of Sweeney Sisters. But since I have not read the first four, I have to admit, I read this book as a casual novel without bonding with any of the sisters.
Ashley Farley is explanative in her prose, so I could keep up with the happenings of the past. But in this book, being the last, the characters are pretty set in their ways. They move with an air of don’t you already know me from the previous books? An already known feeling pervades the pages. Maybe that’s one of the reasons, I couldn’t feel their emotions. I didn’t know them; they were strangers to me.
The story goes thus, the seafood store goes up in a fire, the sisters are at a loss, both in their livelihood and the plans of a future for themselves and the children. There are crisis abound, health issues of their mother Lovie, with child problems in elder sister Jackie’s life, middle sister, Sam having lost her entire means of living in the shop fire, the younger sister, Faith being stalked by a criminal ex. All this makes the book a series of happenings.
I wouldn’t say I loved the sisters and that I want to be a part of Sweeney Sisters, I certainly don’t. I couldn’t feel the bond between them. The real emotions between sisters felt lacklustre in this. Maybe being the final book, I am already supposed to feel their love from the previous books. The sisters have lot of untold hidden secrets, which keep on getting solved as the pages turned. I couldn’t find that closeness, which sisters normally share even during the problems.
The core of this final book, the vein that threads through its pages is never stop living, never stop dreaming, never get scared in starting a new life, whatever be the age. And this point resonated deep within me, as it stands true in my life too, especially while standing in the cross roads of life.
Maybe one day I would go back and read the series in order, to fall in love with the Sweeney Sisters.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Kindle Press and author Ashley Farley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Ashley Farley is the author of the bestselling series, the Sweeney Sisters Series. Ashley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you’ve read the last word, then she’s done her job.
When the seafood business Lovie Sweeney established sixty years ago is destroyed by fire, she finds herself at the center of an arson investigation. Is Lovie responsible for starting the fire or is her family under attack from a sworn enemy?
The loss of their family business leaves the Sweeney clan in flux. Samantha faces the challenges of rebuilding the market while her son, Jamie, on track to graduate from college in six months, must decide where to make his permanent home. At age forty-five, Faith, who has never fully recovered from an abusive marriage, is on a quest to find her true passion? Jackie is distraught when her son, Sean, flunks out of college and struggles to find direction in his life without his twin brother to guide him. A medical diagnosis brings the sisters closer together and threatens to change family dynamics forever.
Publication date : 16th January, 2018
Publisher : Kindle Press
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A Family Saga
Hi ya, nice review I like your perspective. How’s the week been?
Heya, mine has been hectic. I had commented on your posts.. But they disappeared. Kindly check spam folder.
Thank you for the kind words
Oh really? I had better check this….
Sorry about that. 🙂
Hi… I found you comments on the Mars post but not my last one. I don’t know what happened there.
I feel bad about that.
I have no idea what happened to them.. I thought maybe you didn’t want to talk.. So I have been quiet
I would never ignore anyone who comments on my blog. Especially you 🙂 xo
Awww… How sweet… WordPress playing games… Or thinks I am spamming you hehe
It does play games sometimes, most of the time we don’t know it. Nah… you’re not spamming me 😉
Haha…true that… But most of my comments have been lost in some servers of WordPress.
How has work been??
Work has been ok, a little busy this week. But the week had been dreadful, trying to actually get to work lol
What about you?
My week has been hectic, with family work and general tiredness.. But it is OK now..
I’m pleased to hear it’s ok now – the week does get like that at times. I hope it’s been nothing bad though 😉
Nahhh… It’s just been tiring with few little skirmishes
A few skirmishes eh? Sounds dangerous? Are you dangerous? 😉
Haha… Simon skirmishes not fights 😉😉 am I dangerous?? Haha depends on circumstances 😉😉
Sounds like you could be dangerous, what circumstances would make you dangerous? 😉😉
Haha that’s for you to guess and for me to know 😉😉
Oh really? You are mysterious. I’m guessing that even if I asked the right question you wouldn’t tell! 😉😉
Haha ask the right questions, maybe I will 😉😉
Haha… You tease. You’re not violent are you because you’re a doctor? So how else can you be dangerous?
You’re not a stalker are you? 😉😉
Hahaha where do I have the time to be a stalker…😉😉
Only people who are bored do such stuff… I am never bored.
Also there comes an interesting question to mind, the crux of the matter — do you want to be stalked??? Haha😂😂
That’s what I thought, but as your mentioned it earlier… Lol 😉
I think stalking implies that the person who is stalked doesn’t have a say in it. Otherwise I think it’s being followed or something.
You are funny 😂🤣❤️
Haha.. I have followers, and I follow many…
You asked me if I was dangerous?? I don’t know
And I have no idea how you came up with stalking.
Do you have this secret wish to be stalked by your secret admirer??? Hahaha😉😉
I did ask that… You mentioned being my stalker earlier 😉
I don’t know, I don’t have any secret admirers haha 😉😉
Haha… Nopes. Not your stalker hahaha
Haha… See what I mean? I happy without a stalker I think!
True that… It’s only people who have nothing to do, do such stupid stuff… Hehe
Well quite… They cause trouble too! You’re nice and you don’t cause trouble hun ☺️❤️
Awwww that’s so sweet
Are you having a good Sunday??
Awww… It’s so true ☺️
Busy… As always.
No rest in planet Simon??
Nope… Never a break. What about you??
Lotsa rest… It was a peaceful relaxing Sunday
Oh nice, can you send some my way? Lol
Nahhh I am greedy and selfish about my relaxing times hehe
Are you saying chatting with me is not relaxing you???
Are you really? That’s mean! 😜
Of course, but I’m not sitting here chatting… I’m doing other things too!
Hahaha yes I am… Mean hehehe
Oye… Multi tasking, are you?? I can never do that. But I am trying to learn to multi task
Oye? You learn to do it when you’re not relaxing lol
Haha… Well then some other day when I am not relaxing 😉😉
Does that happen often? 😉😉
Relaxing days or busy days???
Since I am a free lancer, both happen….
Ah well you’ll have to roll with the punched then…
True that… So the bottom line is I am relaxing and you are not hahaha
That does seem to be the case… And you won’t share! Meany!!!!
Hehehe nopes.. Nada… Not sharing… Total meany in that… Besides does Simon from Planet Simon know how to relax?? (I have to warn you there absolutely no chance of me sharing)
I probably don’t actually… So I need lessons
There you go.. I thought so… That’s the reason I am not sharing my relaxing time….
Relaxing is not doing anything, just enjoying being with yourself… Remember all that?? Some faint memory??
It is a faint memory and a desire. But you know, it doesn’t happen 😥
I understand… The trials of a grown up life…
Yeah… So does that mean you’re not grown up? 😉
Hahaha man don’t I wish…. But I do know how to find my relaxing time… 😉😉
I need to take a page out of your book then eh? 😉😉❤️
Yp you bet… Sometimes you should forget everything and just relax…
It is much needed…
Yp… I know you’re right.
So how are you relaxing?
Hahaha doing nothing but chatting and playing a silly game on my phone
Which silly game is this? Taking to Simon? 😉😉🤣😂
Well.. I checked.. Ain’t such a game in the store… But chatting to Simon is happening on WordPress right here right now.. Simon in being silly, isn’t he??
Me? Being silly? Would I do that too you?!
Oh yeah!! You are so jealous of my relaxing time hehehe
Me? Nah… Not really… Well a little maybe.
I just like chatting with you ☺️❤️
That’s cool… Me too…
I like chatting with you too… It’s relaxing hehe😂😂
That’s true… It is relaxing. Ironic eh?
What sky game are you playing?
Not playing anything… It’s time for the la-la land now.. It’s 2 hours post the bewitching hour..
Oh well your had better sleep before you do something bad…
Good morning my dear… How are you?
I am good.. Are you at work??are you relaxing at work???😂😉
I’m not yet, I’m getting breakfast! ☺️
Oh yeah, you are quite a few hours behind me… A lot of catch up to do hahaha
Haha… I’ll never catch up! 😜
Hahaha true 😉 Planet Simon doesn’t spin faster???
lol… no it doesn’t spin faster ;-P
Then you cannot catch up
Nope… I’m stuck here behind you! 😉
Hahaha 😂😂😂😂 aren’t you being so cute
Nah, I don’t do cute lol
That’s cool.. I just teasing you
So am I… 😜
Hahaha got it
I see you’re busy today! 😜
Hahaha nopes.. I have an off today
More relaxing time to yourself?
You betcha.. 😉😉
How much relaxing are we talking about?
Kinda the whole day.. 😉😉
They sound too good…
They are the best… Bliss
Me envy you Shalini 🙂
Hahaha… I chose not to work today… I needed a break too stressed
Nice that your can choose! 😉
Yes… Being a freelancer gives that flexibility a bit… But then bills arrive 😵
Why do we have to have stupid bills?
Because we are grown-ups
Duurrrr… That’s boring lol
Hahaha being grown-up is boring… That’s why we are chatting on WordPress.. To make life interesting
This is very true… ☺️☺️☺️
Awww… Two halo’s!
One for each of us
Thank you… ☺️☺️