Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TLC Book Tour Stop and Giveaway: Her Sister's Shadow by Katharine Britton

Title: Her Sister's Shadow
Author: Katharine Britton
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publish Date: June 7, 2011
Source: TLC Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You like family stories.
  • You like stories about sisters.
What's the Story?:

From "Renowned painter Lilli Niles is at home in her North London flat when she receives an unexpected call from her elder sister, Bea, who's at the family homestead in Whitehead, Massachusetts. Bea's husband has just died, and she'd like Lilli to fly home to attend the funeral. There are reasons Lilli moved all the way to England to escape her older sister, reasons that have kept them estranged for decades. But something in Bea's voice makes Lilli think it's time to return to the stately house in New England she loved as a child, to the memory of the beloved younger sister they both lost. With Bea more fragile than Lilli remembered, maybe she can finally forgive Bea for a long-ago betrayal that has simmered between them for nearly forty years."

My Two Cents:

This is a story about four sisters. Lilli always has felt like she's lived in her eldest sister, Bea's, shadow. Lilli literally escapes to London to begin a new life after a few events that will change all of the sisters' lives for forever.

This book is really about the events that change our lives for forever. In many ways, Lilli can't cope with everything she witnessed and she feels like she's not getting what she wants or deserves out of any of her relationships, romantic or otherwise. She never returns home until Bea's husband,Randall, dies. Lilli isn't sure that she can face dealing with Randall's death as she had some entanglements of her own with him. In a way, Bea wants everything to go back to the way it used to be. Unfortunately things don't always work that way.

This is a story about coming to terms with the bad things that happen in your life. It's also about becoming an adult and being able to reconcile why things happened the way that they do. I think in the end, Lilli is finally able to do that a little bit but it takes her a really long time especially since when she comes home, she's at least in her 50s or 60s. It seemed strange that these things had been eating at her so long but she didn't seem to want to do anything to change them or even to really come to terms with them. I read this book really quickly as it was easy to get sucked into the stories.

How to connect with Katharine Britton:

The author's website:

Her blog, Write-sized:

Don't forget to follow the rest of the tour:

Tuesday, October 18th:  Life in Review
Thursday, October 20th:  Savvy Verse and Wit
Thursday, October 27th:  Oodles of Books
Friday, October 28th:  Amused by Books
Tuesday, November 1st:  Seaside Book Nook
Wednesday, November 2nd:  Chocolate and Croissants
Thursday, November 3rd:  “That’s Swell!”
Monday, November 7th:  Luxury Reading
Wednesday, November 9th:  girlichef
Thursday, November 10th:  Colloquium
Monday, November 14th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, November 16th:  A Bookish Affair
Thursday, November 17th:  A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Monday, November 21st:  Books, Movies, and Chinese Food


Thanks to the TLC tours, the author and the publisher, I have a copy of Her Sister's Shadow to give away!


- You must be 13 and over
-  Open to US/CA residents only
- You must be a follower of A Bookish Affair
- Giveaway ends November 23

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  1. I think this "becoming an adult and being able to reconcile" is something that is tremendously difficult but also the sign of true adulthood, if you know what I mean.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  2. i LOVE stories about sisters. having sisters can be so joyful and yet so painful at times, and i love reading stories about them, because i can always see a little of my own relationship with my sisters in it, even if it is in a tiny little way.

    plus, this is a pretty cover. i love pretty covers.

  3. also, thanks for the giveaway! i entered. :)


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