AUTHOR: Annie England Noblin
PUBLICATION DATE: February 12th, 2019
GENRE: Fiction, Women’s Lit, Romance, Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Alcoholism
The Hemingway Sisters of Cold River, Missouri are local legends. Raised by a mother obsessed with Ernest Hemingway, they were named after the author’s four wives—Hadley, Pfeiffer, Martha, and Mary. The sisters couldn’t be more different—or more alike. Now they’re back in town, reunited to repair their fractured relationships.
Hadley is the poised, polished wife of a senator.
Pfeiffer is a successful New York book editor.
Martha has skyrocketed to Nashville stardom.
They each have a secret—a marriage on the rocks, a job lost, a stint in rehab…and they haven’t been together in years.
Together, they must stay in their childhood home, faced with a puzzle that may affect all their futures. As they learn the truth of what happened to their mother—and their youngest sister, Mary—they rekindle the bonds they had as children, bonds that have long seemed broken. With the help of neighbors, friends, love interests old and new—and one endearing and determined Basset Hound—the Sisters Hemingway learn that the happiness that has appeared so elusive may be right here at home, waiting to be claimed.
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.
Special thanks to Taylor for sending me her copy of this!! Go check out her blog!