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Pfeiffer and Luke aren't remotely built up either, and since they just met this is especially egregious. Neither of these romances have any foundation, so why we're supposed to root for them is a mystery to me. They're just shoved in there for a happy ending. Only one semi-twist, and again, no emotional reaction to make it affect you in any way.

Nov 16, Rose rated it it was amazing. I received an uncorrected advanced copy of this book from the publisher. The book is well written. The characters were also well developed I felt like I knew them. The story line kept me interested and guessing. About page I saw where certain things were going but there was a surprising twist.

I would definitely read more books from this author. After losing their parents and their younger sisters, the sisters were raised by Aunt Bea, their great aunt. Time and old wounds have torn the sisters apart and now they barely see each other. Each of them is holding their own secrets when they are called back to their hometown for Aunt Bea's funeral.

I am super close to my sisters and so I have always been fascinated by the bonds and relati "The Sisters Hemingway" is the story of Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha: three sisters who had a tragic life. I am super close to my sisters and so I have always been fascinated by the bonds and relationships of sisters. The Hemingway sisters do not get along and spend a lot of time picking at each other. I was turned off by this at first, especially when they're called back to their hometown for such a sad occasion.

As the book goes on, you begin to see why they have such bad relationships with each other. The author does a good job of showing her cards slowly. This book also has a great family mystery at the center of it that I really liked. We get a glimpse of Aunt Bea's life through her old journal entries that the sisters find hidden in the house.

We quickly realize why the pages are well-hidden. I don't want to give anything away but I loved how this mystery unravels and how it pushes the sisters back together again. It really worked for this story! Overall, this is a perfect pick for those looking for a story about messy families and even messier family secrets and those that realize that love really does conquer all. Feb 07, Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it. It can be a burden to be named after a famous woman- and to be one of four sisters named after the wives of Ernest Hemimgway.

That's not the burden that's sitting on Hadley, Martha, and Pfieffer though. Back home in the Ozarks for the funeral of their Aunt Bea, they will discover each others secrets and, equally importantly, the secret of their mother and their youngest sister Mary. These women have been wounded by life and love. None of them is in a good place, despite the exteriors they show. How they come together is at the heart of this well written story.

You might have a favorite sister- one you find more sympathetic than the others- but you will definitely feel for all of them. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This plot line has been done in far darker fashion but this one is in many ways so true to life that you'll find yourself sailing through the pages.

May 12, Debbie added it Shelves: good-books , books. Usually I avoid books where a death of a relative brings family members, all with their own problems, back to their childhood hometown, and they all sort out their issues and find romance to boot. But this book was better written, with more relatable characters, than most, and I really enjoyed it. A story that was based around tragedy and is filled with a lot of heart.

It is a quick read and one that is very character driven. There is romance, family dynamics and drama and a story that keeps you turning pages. A happy ending ties up the book perfectly. A great book for book clubs! Jan 19, Ellen rated it it was amazing. This book was a pleasant surprise, filled with likable characters, a good plot and a mystery.

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The three sisters come back to the Ozarks farmhouse they grew up in after their aunt dies. After years of separation after a traumatic event, the sisters find their way back to each other, and In the process, find the This book was a pleasant surprise, filled with likable characters, a good plot and a mystery. After years of separation after a traumatic event, the sisters find their way back to each other, and In the process, find themselves.

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Highly recommend, and thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Dec 23, Julie Humphrey rated it it was amazing. I received this in a Goodreads give away. I very much enjoyed this book set in the Missouri Ozarks where I am from. It had a good plot and strong characters. I enjoyed it so much I bought the first in the series to read as well. Mar 21, Savannah Hendricks rated it it was amazing. Another charming read from Ms. This story is rich in sisterhood and I love the surprise visitor and mystery I didn't see coming I don't want to ruin it for you!!!

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If you are looking for a fun start to spring read this is the book for you. Jan 15, Denise Levendoski rated it it was amazing Shelves: won-on-goodreadsthank-you. Thank you to Annie England Noblin and Goodreads. This was a great story, perfectly set up background, perfect amount of characters, realistic problems and a touch of romance! I did end up giggling a little bit at it as well, very light hearted, light read. And I didn't see the end of the story coming. I was confused by the last entry of Aunt Bea when she was speaking of Matthew and Rachael in the same paragraph.

It didn't make any sense to me but didn't affect the story. View all 4 comments. Sep 25, Samantha Pantenburg rated it it was amazing. I was provided a Proof copy of this book by the Author. I have read all of Noblin's work and have yet to be disappointed. The Sisters Hemingway was another great read. I found the sister to all be unique and individual to themselves, while at the same having qualities that made them endearing not only to each other, but to the reader as well.

It took me about a week to read this book because life got in I was provided a Proof copy of this book by the Author. It took me about a week to read this book because life got in the way ;. I just could NOT put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, what the answers were to the secrets they were discovering, and how each character would develop as the story line went along.

As per usual, Noblin did an incredible job relating her characters to the area of the country in which they reside. She used appropriate colloquialisms and some of the classic sayings I have heard my family from the same region use were included. In my opinion, this skill makes her characters and plot so much understandable.

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The plot line moved along at a good pace and was realistic. It was never too obvious what might happen next and I never felt like I had been deceived into reading something that was laden with disappointment. I enjoyed being able to peak in on the characters from the 1st Cold River novel, Just Fine with Caroline, and hope we will hear more from them again in the future. I could picture myself in the story with the Sisters as well as in the old run down house they were staying in. I could see the hometown guy from their past and the newer kid they didn't quite know.

I wanted to be their friend! As is usual, I finished Noblin's novel wishing for more! I wanted to know more, see more, read more about the sisters. I wanted to continue on their life adventure and I was not ready for the story to be over. I cannot wait to read the next novel by Annie England Noblin. The Sisters Hemingway will be added to my list of recommended readings for others.

What a joy it was to read this book! Feb 25, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , family-drama , mystery. Aunt Bea raised them after the tragic death of their mother and sister. As soon as they were able, Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha left their small town never to return. They discover on their return that Aunt Bea had family secrets of her own. Why did she never speak again after she turned seventeen? Why is she so persistent that the farm stays within the family? The Sisters Hemingway was a real page turner for me. I read this book in a matter of a day.

Hadley is the wife of a senator and seems to lead the perfect life. But is it perfect and why is she still attracted to her old boyfriend Brody? Pfeiffer was a successful editor in New York City until she made mistake that cost her job. Her life was her job and she is not sure where to go from here.

Martha became a country music star, but after her messy divorce and a stint in rehab, she is also not sure where to start again. I liked the interaction between the sisters and how their relationship bloomed when they were together again. I was wrapped up in reading this novel as I wanted to know how the mystery would end, but I must admit that I did guess the ending.

Overall, The Sisters Hemingway is a real page turner with a great family mystery as well as a family drama as three sisters find their way back to each other and the importance of family. Feb 07, Sascha rated it really liked it. Three sisters, Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha, have reached a crossroads in their respective lives and now, on top of that, their Aunt Bea has died leaving them their childhood home in Cold River, Missouri, a place they wished they'd never returned to. Here they must confront their past and all of the things that have separated them over the years.

While the blurb suggests that there is some mystery associated with the wa Three sisters, Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha, have reached a crossroads in their respective lives and now, on top of that, their Aunt Bea has died leaving them their childhood home in Cold River, Missouri, a place they wished they'd never returned to. While the blurb suggests that there is some mystery associated with the way the sisters' mother and youngest sister died, that really isn't the mystery at the heart of the novel.

In fact, I'm not sure why it is suggested that their deaths are a mystery at all. The real mystery, which I won't supply since it's not mentioned in the blurb, will probably be one that readers will quickly guess the answer to, but will find fascinating nonetheless. While I enjoyed reading The Sisters Hemingway, I reached the end wanting more, which made me wonder why. The story was satisfying, but breaking up the narrative among the three sisters left me wanting to know more about each of them more Pfeiffer and Martha than Hadley; being in DC leaves me never wanting to know more about congressmen and their wives.

I liked Pfeiffer and Martha enough that I would have enjoyed an entire novel about them. And, this is not to mention the fact that I found the most intriguing sister of all was Mary, who may have been able to communicate with the natural world but died at the beginning of the novel. How cool a novel about her would have been! I would recommend this to readers who enjoy women's fiction by Susan Wiggs.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Feb 18, Pamela Stennett rated it really liked it. I thought I was in for a rather heady, solemn treck through the Ozarks, Lost Generation style.

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I really enjoyed reading about the three sisters. Their differences in personality and interactions with one another were well written and creatively intertwined. The mystery, however, was secondary for me. I would have liked to have heard more of each of their stories. I would have also enjoyed hearing more about their relationship with their mother and youngest sister, rather than focusing on their Aunt Bea.

All in all, this was a good read and a story that left me wanting more — which tells me the heart of the story was solid and the characters came to life in believable ways. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Mar 27, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: read. You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads! Women's lit books like this are some of my low key favorites. They can feel like a breath of fresh air after reading several YA fantasy books in a row. I have never read anything by Annie England Noblin, but this reminded me a lot of Diane Chamberlain, who is one of my favorite adult fiction authors.

The really great thing about this novel is how different all the sisters handled the grief of losing their mother and sister. I think Pfeiffer was my favorite sister. She was a bit snarky and I always like my characters with a bit of a bite. The writing was really good too!

It flowed well and I really enjoyed the pacing. There are a few things I didn't love about The Sisters Hemingway though. For one, the synopsis is a bit misleading. There is absolutely no mystery surrounding their mother and sister's deaths. They were said to have died in a tornado and that is exactly what happened. This book is more about their mysterious Aunt Bea who arrives to care for them after the death's of Rachael and Mary. I also felt like the romance bits were a bit stiff. I enjoyed the Hadley and Brody stuff, but all the other ones just felt weird.

I also didn't love the ending. It wasn't bad or super predictable, it just didn't satisfy me the way I had hoped. I think I will check out Noblin's future works as I believe they will get better the more she writes. May 29, Vickie Paye rated it really liked it. Three sisters, Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha- return to their childhood home in Cold River Missouri for the funeral of their aunt Bea that raised them. All three sisters have been living their own lives in different parts of the country over the years, not really knowing what's been going on with each other.

Years ago, their mother and youngest sister were taken by a storm, and none have been back home since they left. They must now stay together in the family home and sort out all their own secr Three sisters, Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha- return to their childhood home in Cold River Missouri for the funeral of their aunt Bea that raised them.

They must now stay together in the family home and sort out all their own secrets, while solving a mystery here that may affect all of their futures. The girls realize as they reminisce about their childhoods, visit with old friends and neighbors, and even some love interests And can't forget the little Bassett hound that plays her part in the story! I enjoyed this story not only because there was abit of a puzzle to solve, but it's also an endearing story about the three sisters. The tragedy they lived through as kids then all going separate ways as adults. The tough things they go through in their own lives but then bringing them all back together in the end where it all started.

How we can all find our happiness if maybe we don't try so hard. May 13, Pam rated it liked it Recommends it for: Possibly teen girls. Very low 3 stars not because there is too much wrong with it but because it was just too simple. Think Hallmark Movie in book form. I was afraid of this from what I read about it but had to read it anyway because I live in Missouri and know about the Ozarks, etc. I started out reading it and when I realized how simple it was Very low 3 stars not because there is too much wrong with it but because it was just too simple.

I started out reading it and when I realized how simple it was didn't want to just sit and read so listened to the audio thinking that it might make it better. It didn't. There really is not much drama in this novel and the readers didn't help. It was a straightforward reading, was not complicated and easy to understand but there was no emotion in their voices. Having said all that, still had to give a low 3 stars because I did finish it and it was about Missouri and for many people, it probably was a nice read.

Nov 25, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: giveaways. It's a little hard for me to quite put my finger on explaining why The Sisters Hemingway is just an okay book for me. The story is about Hadley, Pfeiffer and Martha, three sisters who drifted apart and moved away from their family farm after their mother and younger sister passed away. The death of their Aunt Bea brings them home again, and has them each reevaluating themselves, their aunt, and their hometown.

Everything in the story feels a little predictable, from the struggles each sister is It's a little hard for me to quite put my finger on explaining why The Sisters Hemingway is just an okay book for me. Everything in the story feels a little predictable, from the struggles each sister is going through, to their evolving relationship with each other, to their feelings for the community. I guess in a book that focuses most intently on relationships I expect to feel more drawn in to the struggles each sister is going through and instead I feel like a passive outsider that could tell them each what is coming next.

It's an okay book - I just need to feel an emotional connection with the characters more in a story like this. Feb 25, Delphi Library rated it it was amazing. Aunt Beatrice raised the girls after the death of their mother and sister.

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None of the sisters has been back in the town for many years. Once there, they get the shock of their lives when they learn that Aunt Beatrice left the farm estate to them. They decide to clean the old place up so they can sell it and get back to their own lives back in the big c Following the death of their Great Aunt Beatrice, sisters Hadley, Pfeiffer, and Martha return to Cold River, MO, their hometown, for her funeral.

They decide to clean the old place up so they can sell it and get back to their own lives back in the big city. While working in the flower garden, some human bones are found, scaring them all half to death! They then try to find out who these bones belong to and why they were buried in the flower garden. Pfeiffer finds an old journal that belonged to Aunt Beatrice, but the last three pages are missing. She has a feeling that those pages would reveal just whose bones they found.

This is a great book that tells the intertwining stories of each of the Hemingway sisters. Mar 23, Colleen rated it liked it Shelves: family-relationships , womens-fiction , relationships , contemporary , romance , southern-literature. Three sisters reunite back at the home they grew up in when their aunt, who had been living in the home, passes away.

The sisters have all had to deal with the premature deaths of their father when they were very young and their mother and youngest sister, when they were teens. What can I say? I pick them up occasionally too. Anyone who likes this genre will enjoy this one. The plot is predictable but the characters are fun and reasonably realistic. Jan 11, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: goodreads-first-reads. I received a proof copy of this book in a Goodreads First-reads.

This did not influence my review. This is my first book by this author. It took me a bit to really get into it. The three sisters are each keeping secrets from each other. This has played into the way their lives turned out. Hadley is in a love-less marriage. Pfeiffer is down and out at the moment. Martha has just gotten out of rehab. Real love appears to have eluded each of these women. While they were close as children, past event I received a proof copy of this book in a Goodreads First-reads. While they were close as children, past events have put a wedge between them.

When their aunt, who helped to raise all of them, passes away, they are all brought together at their childhood home for her funeral. Still they all kept their secrets. Slowly but surely each secret comes to light. Once I got into the book it really held my attention and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. There was also an interesting twist at the end. Apr 24, Cathy rated it liked it Shelves: digital-library-books , contemporary.

This is the story of three sisters who left their home in Cold River in the Ozarks as soon as they each finished high school after their mother and youngest sister, Mary, were killed in a tornado. Their Aunt Bea came to take care of them after that tragedy. Hadley, the oldest, married a politician she never really loved. Pfeiffer went to NYC to become an author but instead became an editor for a publishing company. Martha became a successful country singer and songwriter.

All three sisters suffe This is the story of three sisters who left their home in Cold River in the Ozarks as soon as they each finished high school after their mother and youngest sister, Mary, were killed in a tornado. All three sisters suffer personal disasters in their lives and are finally reunited when they come home upon the death of their Aunt Bea.

Many surprises are in store for these three sisters, the least of which is coming to terms with who they really are. Mar 12, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: let-my-mom-borrow. When their great aunt passes away, they come home for the funeral. When they realize they inherited her house, and that one of them must keep it, they have to stay longer than expected. Hadley left just months after the tragedy. She graduated highschool and left. Her sisters resented her leaving. Hadley married a politician that she probably never loved, just to get away and live an easier life.

Pfieffer had a great job in editing and was too embarrassed to tell her sisters she messed up and got fired. Martha is a famous country musician. When the sisters go home, they have to rely on each other for the first time in years. They also uncover a huge family secret. She really writes book after book that I enjoy. I hope for many more to come from this author. I also love how all of her books include adorable animals too. Jan 08, Ann rated it really liked it.

This is the story of three sisters who return to their hometown for their aunt's funeral. They were raised by Aunt Bee when their father died of cancer and their mother and a sister were killed in a tornado. Aunt Bee has never talked about their past. Hadley is the wife of a senator, Pfeiffer is a book editor, and Martha is a country music star.

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The story of three American travelers adrift in the cities and deserts of North Africa after World War II, it etches the limits of human reason and intelligence—perhaps even the limits of human life—when they touch the unfathomable emptiness and impassive cruelty of the desert. The book takes the reader through China and Mongolia the first of 80 countries visited.

The twenty-first century has relegated airplane flight—a once remarkable feat of human ingenuity—to the realm of the mundane. Mark Vanhoenacker, a pilot who left academia and a career in the business world to pursue his childhood dream of flight, asks us to reimagine what we—both as pilots and as passengers—are actually doing when we enter the world between departure and discovery.

Peter Rudiak-Gould moved to Ujae, a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, where he taught English at the island school. The atoll is home to just people and can be walked around in an afternoon. It is apparent straight away that Ujae is not an idyllic tropical paradise island, yet Peter lasted a year and writes about his own personal life on the island intertwined with insights to the Marshall Islands.

At the age of 48, on the verge of a divorce, Rita left an elegant life in L. In she sold her possessions and became a nomad, living in a Zapotec village in Mexico, sleeping with sea lions on the Galapagos Islands, and residing everywhere from thatched huts to regal palaces. Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, living with its scientists and dreamers. It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability.

For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Terra Incognita is a classic of polar literature. Alain de Botton considers the pleasures of anticipation; the allure of the exotic, and the value of noticing everything from a seascape in Barbados to the takeoffs at Heathrow.

He also cites fellow-travelers as Baudelaire, Wordsworth, Van Gogh, the biologist Alexander von Humboldt, and the 18th-century eccentric Xavier de Maistre, who catalogued the wonders of his bedroom. The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer. The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller.

Colossus of Maroussi, a paean to Greece drawn out of a nine-month visit, stands as a seminal classic in travel literature. Transcending the social constraints of Victorian England, Gertrude Bell left the comforts of her privileged life for the unconventional world of the Middle East. She travelled to Persia and became passionately drawn to the Arab people, the language, and their architecture.



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