When Martha and her six sisters are abandoned by their father following their mother's untimely death, the family bakery becomes the sisters' only means of survival. Martha, the eldest, is forced to lead the household and sacrifice her wants and desires in order to take on the responsibilities of her missing father, a baker by trade. Witnessed through the eyes of Emma, Martha's daughter from a failed marriage, the story follows the seven siblings as they mature and eventually leave the bakery in search of self-fulfillment and love. Each sister, however, will return to the fold, heartbroken and disillusioned after her chosen man -- the married mayor, the "cowboy" con man, the hunchbacked boy next door -- fails to stand the test of time. After years of drudgery the sisters transform the bakery into a bustling supermarket, but just when success seems within reach, turmoil erupts, threatening the happiness and contentment they'd long suffered to achieve.
Julie S. reviewed The House of the Seven Sisters : A Novel of Food and Family on
I enjoyed reading The House of the Seven Sisters. The book follows a family of - guess what? - seven sisters from prewar Europe into the present. Each sister's story is intriguing enough that while reading the book, I began to wonder about the secret lives of the women I've always seen in WW II-era photos of small towns in Europe.
While The House of the Seven Sisters' story is interesting, the voice of the narrator is a little inconsistent. The book is still worth reading, but this inconsistency became a little distracting toward the end of the book - this is my only caveat.
I was very disappointed with this book. From reading the back cover it had so much hope to be very, very good. I thought that the author did not fully develop each sister and in the end I was left wanting so much more. I had unanswered questions that frustrated me.