A Tale of Two Sisters by Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 #BookReview #AuthorTakeOver

Posted June 24, 2020 by Zoé in Author TakeOver, Book Reviews / 3 Comments

A different kind of book from Anne today, a step away from Hannah and her story to 3 short and light stories.

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A Tale of Two Sisters by Anne Coates @Anne_Coates1 #BookReview #AuthorTakeOverA Tale of Two Sisters by Anne Coates
Published by Endeavour Press Ltd on February 13, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 51
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Also by this author: Dancers in the Wind, Dancers in the Wind, Death's Silent Judgement, Songs of Innocence, Perdition's Child

Rosie and Elizabeth have never seen eye to eye.

Rosie has always felt second best to her glamorous and high-flying older sister. While Elizabeth was studying at university and getting ahead in her career, Rosie stayed at home, caring for her alcoholic mum before meeting the love of her life and starting a family of her own.

But Elizabeth has never invited Rosie to visit her at her apartment.

Why not?

One day, Rosie decides to turn up announced, wanting to find out why Elizabeth has kept that part of her life a secret.

But when she arrives at her home everything is not what it seemed …

And everything she ever knew about her sister is about to change.

This was a very quick read, in about 30 minutes I had finished this novella. My only gripe is that it was too short. I really enjoyed the first tale – The Tale of Two Sisters. Rosemund and Elizabeth are sisters, Elizabeth, not Liz is the eldest, she left home and made an extravagant life for herself in PR, leaving Rosie behind. Rosie was left, she had to look after their alcoholic mother but got married and had her own family. However, in her life she always felt that Elizabeth was looking down at her, she was the favourite and the clear favourite at that. Forever living her life in Elizabeth’s shadow.

When we meet the sisters, Rosie is just jealous of Elizabeth, her life and how her children adore her, she then makes the decision to go and visit her sister and clear the air. However, when she gets to her sisters flat, all is not what it seems.

I wish this story was longer, I could easily see this being a full-length novel watching the girls growing up, building on the resentment and pain. It is a tale to learn to forgive but not necessarily forget but to move on together and grow.

Like I say, loved the story, shame it wasn’t longer.

The second story, we meet a girl who has lost her father and finds out that he had a secret child before her. This was a very very short story and again it could be a good as a full-length novel as we watch everyone learn to live with each other.

The final story was another one that again I would love to see as a full-length novel. A mother who is desperate for a little girl but has 4 boys, her youngest has a stammer and she struggles to connect with him. She visits her mother and something changes for her. This was a short (obviously) sweet tale of love and acceptance.

All the stories made me smile, but they were far too short to get attached to anyone but I feel if I had more time with them I would have got far too attached. It was nice to see Anne write books with some lightness in them, tales of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and I know I would love to see more like this from Anne.

Until next time xxx

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About Anne Coates

I love reading and the type of fiction I write is what I like to read. So my very short stories are often tales with a twist and the longer ones explore relationships – often within a family. Most of these stories were published first in Bella, Candis and other magazines and now appear in two collections published by Endeavour Press.

My debut thriller, “Dancers in the Wind”, was published by Urbane Publications in October 2016. This book is a result of an interview I did for a national newspaper and afterwards I thought “What if…” and so Hannah Weybridge came into existence and she continues her life in “Death’s Silent Judgement” published in May 2017 and “Songs of Innocence” (May 2018) again by Urbane Publications. The fourth book in the series, “Perdition’s Child” will be published in March 2020. You can find out more about my writing at www.annecoatesauthor.com

Journalism has led me into diverse fields from human interest stories to health and beauty to travel and parenting and so just over seven years ago I founded the website: www.parentingwithouttears.com writing about what inspires (or upsets) me and hosting articles and reviews by other writers and parents. This led to two parenting guides again published by Endeavour Press.

Before that I had written three books (two for Wayland) including “Your Only Child” (Bloomsbury) plus two books about applying to and surviving university published by Need to Know.

I live in SE London with three demanding cats and enjoy going to the theatre and cinema and socialising with friends. You can find out more about the parenting website on twitter @ParentingWT or more about what I am up to @Anne_Coates1

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