Aug 21, 2014

The Oleander Sisters by Elaine Hussey

An emotionally riveting tale of the bonds of family and the power of hope in the sultry Deep South.
In 1969, the first footsteps on the moon brighten America with possibilities. But along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a category five storm is brewing, and the Blake sisters of Biloxi are restless for change. Beth ‘Sis' Blake has always been the caretaker, the dutiful one, with the weight of her family’s happiness—and their secrets—on her shoulders. She dreams of taking off to pursue her own destiny, but not before doing whatever it takes to rescue her sister.
Emily Blake, an unwed mother trying to live down her past, wants the security of marriage for the sake of her five-year-old son, Andy. But secure is the last thing she feels with her new husband. Now she must put aside pride and trust family to help her find the courage to escape.
With Hurricane Camille stirring up havoc, two sisters—each desperate to break free—begin a remarkable journey, where they’ll discover that in the wake of destruction lies new life, unshakable strength and the chance to begin again. Dreams are reborn
and the unforgettable force of friendship is revealed in The Oleander Sisters, an extraordinary story of courage, love and sacrifice.
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For Sis family is the most important thing there is. She's even working at the family café where they need her very much, while she is really smart and could have gone to university. When her sister Emily wants to marry a man she doesn't trust she keeps telling her not to take that step, but Emily is blind for his weaknesses and decides to go through with it. Her son Andy doesn't like his future new daddy, he's very afraid of him. The sweet and innocent, happy child doesn't want Larry as his father at all. Sis and Emely's grandmother, Sweet Mama, is slowly losing her memory, but fortunately she has Sis to help her. And of course there's Beulah, who's been with the family forever. When Jim comes back from the war, he's missing a leg and mentally he's damaged as well. They're all there again, but nothing is really right. Sis is trying to keep her family together, but it's taking its toll. She has to face situations from both the past and the present she doesn't want to deal with at all. For her sister she does anything though. Meanwhile a storm is threatening to destroy their village and everything they hold so dear. Will they be able to keep the family together or is the sacrifice they have to make to do that too big?
It's 1969 in this book and I liked reading about that time and the things that were happening. Sis is strong and generous, but she needs to learn to do what her intuition tells her to do instead of what other people are asking of her. She deserves a little happiness and a life of her own. Emily wants a father for her son and because of that she marries the first man that comes along, which is a dreadful decision. White Oleander is intense. The story is gripping and I couldn't put this novel down. I liked the language and the writing style a lot. The bond between Sis and her family is the strongest feature of this book. What I also loved was how beautiful the descriptions were of Sweet Mama who is struggling with dementia. The Oleander Sisters is a great novel, I'm very happy that I had the chance to read it.

1 comment:

  1. Never read this book but now I'm really curious!


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