When We Were Sisters
by Emilie Richards
Synopsis: As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Thirty years later their bond remains strong. International pop star Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, she drops everything to be with her.
Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But now, as she realizes how close she's come to losing everything, she questions what she really has. Gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home, leaving Robin to be both mother and father. She and the children need Kris's love and attention, but does Kris need them?
When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she's away. She gambles that he'll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life.
Cecilia herself needs more than time with her sister. A lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her. She wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still color her nights.
As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be.
Review: I enjoyed the story in this book: two foster sisters go back to their past and look back on their lives in the foster care system. They alluded to having a terrible experience at one of the homes and by the end we finally find out what was so horrendous about it. At the end I was crying without even realizing that I had tears in my eyes. I just felt them rolling down my cheeks. My heart broke for the two sisters as they encountered their past demons. I wanted to hear more about their past rather than their future or present. The side romance plots and the story of Robin's family at home were a little weak for me. I was not a fan of Robin's husband Kris at all. he was a jerk who didn't seem to think about anyone other than himself and was completely unsupportive. He and his attitudes were very difficult to read about. The chapters about Robin's and Kris's struggles and Kris's challenges with his job made me want to put the book down. Parts of this book moved very slowly for me. This was a lengthy book that could have been pared down to a more engaging story about their lives in foster care and them moving past that. There were other things that bothered me in the book like how quickly relationships moved. It seemed unrealistic how quickly characters seemed to change. There were quite a few parts I really loved and others that I didn't like so it is hard to rate this book.
Rating: 4 stars