Henry's Sisters Author:Cathy Lamb Cathy Lamb, the acclaimed author of Julia's Chocolates and The Last Time I Was Me, delivers her most heartwarming novel to date as three sisters reunite during a family crisis. — Ever since the Bommarito sisters were little girls, their mother, River, has written them a letter on pink paper when she has something especially important to impart. A... more »nd this time, the message is urgent and impossible to ignore -- River requires open-heart surgery, and Isabelle and her sisters are needed at home to run the family bakery and take care of their brother and ailing grandmother.
Isabelle has worked hard to leave Trillium River, Oregon, behind as she travels the globe taking award-winning photographs. It's not that Isabelle hates her family. On the contrary, she and her sisters Cecilia, an outspoken kindergarten teacher, and Janie, a bestselling author, share a deep, loving bond. And all of them adore their brother, Henry, whose disabilities haven't stopped him from helping out at the bakery and bringing good cheer to everyone in town.
But going home again has a way of forcing open the secrets and hurts that the Bommaritos would rather keep tightly closed -- Isabelle's fleeting and too-frequent relationships, Janie's obsessive compulsive disorder, and Cecilia's self-destructive streak and grief over her husband's death. Working together to look after Henry and save their flagging bakery, Isabelle and her sisters begin to find answers to questions they never knew existed, unexpected ways to salve the wounds of their childhoods, and the courage to grasp surprising new chances at happiness.
Poignant, funny, and as irresistible as one of the Bommarito sisters' delicious giant cupcakes, Henry's Sisters is a novel about family and forgiveness, about mothers and daughters, and about gaining the wisdom to look ahead while still holding tight to everything that matters most.« less
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OMG, what happened? Cathy Lamb's two previous novels were warm, wonderful, funny and poignant. They were well written and felt so real. Henry's Sisters, however, is nothing like her previous efforts. The story of three sisters (cartoons), a learning disabled brother and the mother from hell. The opening scenes of Isabelle burning underwear on her balcony, sitting outside naked and drinking from a bottle of Kahlua while screaming at the occupants of an office building across from her apartment, and draping herself on her black granite countertops naked while still drinking, were ridiculous. I was rolling my eyes throughout the first 75 pages pages until I'd had enough. Unlike my reaction, the book has generated lots of praise from most reviewers, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
If it wasn't on cover, I'd never guess this book was by Cathy Lamb. I fell in love with The Last Time I Was Me and Julia's Chocolates - unfortunately, this book was NOTHING like the previous two. Another reviewer said the "over-the-top dysfunctionality gets redundant pretty quickly" and that is a perfect way to describe it. This was one of the worst books I've read. A HUGE disappointment. Fans of Cathy Lamb shouldn't waste their time with this stinker.
Three sisters are messed up psychologically because of bad things that happened, but they still love each other, but even more bad things happen, and it's hard to love each other but they do and then more bad things happen....ugh. Over-the-top dysfunctionality gets redundant pretty quickly.
Henry's Sisters by Cathy Lamb is funny, heatwarming, sad, and written with an ease that makes this book a fast read with very interesting characters involved in complicated family relationships and personal difficulties. The trials and tribulations of the Bommarita sisters would be overwhelming to most people. This book has all the emotions, humor, sadness, anger. It is heartbreaking in some places and makes you very angry in other places. Sometimes you laugh, but you will always feel something. What a great story of love, enduring perseverance, extreme patience, and a sense of family even when family was falling apart. This book is about forgivness, healing, love and learning to be yourself and loving who you are in the craziness this world has to offer. If you're looking for a book that reaches down into your soul then this is the book for you.
This was an enjoyable book, nothing terribly deep and it's not the best writing in the world. But it was entertaining. The story moved forward. It's about three sisters and their mother and they all have issues with eachother. They come home to take care of their mother while she is having Open Heart Surgery. They have a mentally retarded brother, a grandmother who thinks she's Amelia Earheart, and they run a dying bakery together. All in all, great for a summer type read.
Julia's Chocolates is one of the best books that I have read. It was the first chick lit that didn't feel like chick lit. After reading it I put every Cathy Lamb book on my reading list. The Last Time I Was Me wasn't as good a read but it was still pretty engrossing. Henry's Sisters is not as good as either of these books. I don't know if Cathy Lamb has had a horrible life but it sure reads that way. These books are here therapy and she uses them to work out years of anger. The formula is essentially the same with each book, with the characters and drama becoming more extreme with each book. A disappointing turn from such a promising author.
I thought this book was a good one when I had read the first few chapters. By the time I got to the last 5-6 chapters, this was a great book. I think this will be a book I will remember for a long, long time.