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Blog Tour: Review: The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee

I will read any book about sisters. So when I heard about The Sullivan Sisters – a book about sisters with a bond that may, or may not, be able to repaired – I knew I had to read it. Keep reading my book review of The Sullivan Sisters to find out all the things I loved about these three sisters.


From the author of the Tash Hearts Tolstoy comes an introspective, atmospheric novel about sisterhood, coming-of-age, and learning that it’s never too late to reconnect with those you love.
Time changes things.

That painful fact of life couldn’t be truer for the Sullivan sisters. Once, they used to be close, sharing secrets inside homemade blanket castles. Now, life in the Sullivan house means closed doors and secrets left untold.

Fourteen-year-old Murphy, an aspiring magician, is shocked by the death of Siegfried, her pet turtle. Seventeen-year-old Claire is bound for better things than her Oregonian hometown—until she receives a crushing rejection from her dream college. And eighteen-year-old Eileen is nursing a growing addiction in the wake of life-altering news.

Then, days before Christmas, a letter arrives, informing the sisters of a dead uncle and an inheritance they knew nothing about. The news forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery…and, possibly, murder.

The Sullivan Sisters is an unforgettable novel about the ghosts of the past, the power of connection, and the bonds of sisterhood.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: addiction

The Sullivan Sisters is this wonderfully complex character driven mystery. There’s something I love about each one of them: Murphy’s optimism and energy, Claire’s planning and vulnerability, and Eileen’s fear and courage. At the same time, I couldn’t stop myself from reading because there’s not only this distance – this question of how did their relationship fracture – but also the mystery of their family secrets. You can feel the space between their memories and their present.

I loved watching the sister’s POVs unfold, their journeys develop, and the secrets only sisters share. They each are struggling, breaking under the weight, with these secrets. Fears of failure, of lack of connection, and confusion wondering where it all went wrong. How we can suffer silently and let is seep into our cracks and vulnerabilities and expose them, making them into wounds. Claire’s wonder about her own sexuality, but also her future. Murphy’s questions about what happened to her sisters, and Eileen’s chocking sense of fear.

The Sullivan Sisters is a sweet story about sisters and forgiveness, survival and healing. It is emotional and will keep you reading as you unravel the secrets. Find The Sullivan Sisters on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.

About the Author

Kathryn Ormsbee grew up with a secret garden in her backyard and a spaceship in her basement. She is the author of The Water and the Wild, The Doorway and the Deep, and The House in Poplar Wood and the YA novels Lucky Few, Tash Hearts TolstoyThe Great Unknowable End, and The Sullivan Sisters. She’s lived in lots of fascinating cities, from Birmingham to London to Seville, but she currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Blog Tour Schedule

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6/16/2020 YA Indulgences Author Q&A
6/17/2020 All Booked Up Book Review
6/18/2020 Life Within the Pages Book Review
6/19/2020 The Heart of a Book Blogger Author Guest Post
6/22/2020 Kayla Reads and Reviews Book Review
6/23/2020 Pandoras Books Book Spotlight
6/24/2020 Book Bratz Book Spotlight
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6/26/2020 Utopia State of Mind Book Review


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