The Language of Sisters

The Language of Sisters

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From acclaimed author Cathy Lamb comes a warm and thoughtful novel about the secrets that can break or unite a family--and the voices that resonate throughout our lives...

Toni Kozlovsky can't explain how she knows exactly what her sisters are feeling--only that the connection seems to happen out of the blue, just when they need it most. Since Toni, Valerie, and Ellie were little girls growing up in Communist Russia, their parents have insisted it's simply further proof that the Kozlovskys are special and different.

Now a crime and justice reporter, Toni lives on a yellow tugboat on Oregon's Willamette River. As far as her parents are concerned, the pain of their old life and their dangerous escape should remain buried in the Moscow they left behind, as should the mysterious past of their adopted brother, Dmitry. But lately, Toni's talent for putting on a smile isn't enough to keep memories at bay.

Valerie, a prosecuting attorney, wages constant war against the wrongs she could do nothing about as a child. Youngest sister Ellie is engaged to marry an Italian, breaking her mother's heart in the process. Toni fears she's about to lose her home, while the hard edged DEA agent down the dock keeps trying to break through her reserve. Meanwhile, beneath the culture clashes and endearing quirks within her huge, noisy, loving family are deeper secrets that Toni has sworn to keep--even from the one person she longs to help most.

As poignant as it is humorous, The Language of Sisters explores the echoes of the past that can cling to the present--and how love, laughter, and family can rescue us time and again.

OUTSTANDING PRAISE FOR CATHY LAMB AND HER NOVELS

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE
"Lamb's story is earnest, heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking." --RT Book Reviews

THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE
"The blending of three or more generations and the secrets they harbor keeps this story moving briskly, culminating in a satisfying ending that makes us believe that despite heartache and angst, there can be such a thing as happily ever after." --New York Journal of Books

SUCH A PRETTY FACE
"Stevie's a winning heroine." --Publishers Weekly

HENRY'S SISTERS
An Indie Next List Notable Book

"A story of strength and reconciliation and change." --The Sunday Oregonian

"If you loved Terms of Endearment , the Ya Ya Sisterhood , and Steel Magnolias , you will love Henry's Sisters . Cathy Lamb just keeps getting better and better." --The Three Tomatoes Book Club

THE LAST TIME I WAS ME
"Charming."-- Publishers Weekly

JULIA'S CHOCOLATES
" Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship and the enchantment of really good chocolate."--Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
Publisher: New York : Kensington, 2016.
ISBN: 9780758295118
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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beaches4evr
Mar 22, 2017

Like 'mousietoy' I did not want this book to end!!! Laughed & cried and absolutely loved this story! Characters are so vivid! Loved the setting on the river!! Loved, loved, LOVED this book!!! This was my first Cathy Lamb book and already have another checked out...what a lovely writer!

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mousietoy
Feb 13, 2017

I just finished this book, and did not want it to end! I also just requested another of her books to read.

An interesting story line, a little different from others I've read, and yet very plausible. I related to many of the characters and their various issues, all were were believable, and some exquisitely developed- I loved the mother and her specials of the day.
I like Lamb's writing style and approach. She made me work just a little bit, backtracking and re-reading a section here and there to make sure I was following properly. It was enjoyable work. Just the right amount of normalcy and mystery, spiced up with humor.
It was refreshing to have a positive ending. I could use more happy endings!

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Reads_A_Lot
Dec 09, 2016

Such a cute story. This is my 2nd Cathy Lamb book and I'm learning that she likes to mix serious subjects with quirky characters and humor. There are 4 subplots (one for each sibling) plus flashbacks to their struggles in Moscow before coming to the U.S. All of the characters, both primary and supporting were entertaining. Liked the idea of living on a tugboat close to nature with a bunch of quirky neighbor's. Liked the family's fierce love for each other. Mama's specials of the day were funny. The chapters kind of follow a formula that got a little repetitive. I think the book could have been just as good if it was a little shorter. Overall I enjoyed it very much.

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