‘A Sister’s Wish’ by Donna Douglas


Spring, 1941. The families of Jubilee Row are still reeling from the loss of one of their own, and as the Blitz on Hull intensifies, it seems as if there will be more tragedies to come.

As the street braces itself, Iris Fletcher returns home from the hospital, where she has been recovering after the death of her best friend and youngest child. But Iris has no time to mourn – devastated by the loss of their little sister, Archie and Kitty desperately need their mother.

Meanwhile, Edie Copeland is besotted with her infant son. Being a single mother is hard, but Edie finds support in the form of Jack Maguire who, like Edie, is raising his boys alone. As the pair grow closer, Edie begins to wonder whether they could ever be anything more than friends.

Capable mum, Ruby Maguire takes charge as usual, bolstering spirits and lending a hand, as well as trying to keep her flighty sister Pearl on the straight and narrow. But the unexpected appearance of a face from her past threatens Ruby’s future far more than Hitler’s bombs.

My Review

I have been a fan of Donna’s work for a while now.  I have read every book that she has released to date.  I read the first book in the ‘Yorkshire Blitz’ trilogy last year and since then I have patiently ben waiting for the second book to be released.  Well ladies and gents, the wait is over because the second book in the trilogy, called ‘A Sister’s Wish’, has just been released in paperback.  It is another corker of a read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘A Sister’s Wish’ but more about that in a bit.

As soon as I read the synopsis of ‘A Sister’s Wish’ that was it.  I just couldn’t wait to start reading.  So as soon as my copy of the book popped through my letterbox, I began reading it.  To say that reading ‘A Sister’s Wish’ proved to be addictive is like saying that I like chocolate- i. e: a huge understatement.  I just could not put this book down at all.  It wasn’t glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  ‘A Sister’s Wish’ was one of those books that I was able to read in one long reading binge.  I felt torn over the book in the sense that I was desperate to find out how the story ended but I didn’t want to finish the book because I was enjoying it so much.

‘A Sister’s Wish’ is superbly written but then that is certainly true of all of Donna’s books.  She certainly knows how to create characters that the readers take into their hearts.  That’s how I felt at any rate.  Donna has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  In fact reading one of Donna’s books is more like having a chat between friends than reading an actual book.  I hope that makes sense.  Donna really brings the characters to life and they seem just as real as you and I.  Donna tackles some difficult subjects but she writes about them with great compassion and sensitivity.  I think that ‘A Sister’s Wish’ is the true definition of an unputdownable page turner of a read.

In short, I absolutely adored reading ‘A Sister’s Wish’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Donna’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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