Mar 30, 2015

First We Take Manhattan by Colette Caddle

Blurb

Identical twins, Sinéad and Sheila Fields, have always done everything together and so, after graduating in millinery, they decide to open their own hat shop. It's a small business but thanks to hard work and talent, they build up a loyal clientele. Then one day a glamorous young actress buys one of their hats, wears it to the Baftas and suddenly success seems guaranteed.

But within weeks, tragedy strikes when Sheila disappears, and is presumed dead. After months of desolation, Sinéad is just beginning to come to terms with her loss when she is given new hope: there has been a sighting of her sister. While she is filled with excitement at the thought that Sheila might be alive, she is haunted by questions. Why would Sheila have deserted her twin without a word? After all, they had always told each other everything … hadn't they?
  
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Review

Sheila disappears at the moment the business she and her sister Sinéad have built is starting to become successful. Sinéad is heartbroken and she misses her sister every minute of the day. She's missing her so much that her relationship and business are starting to suffer. Her brother Max is trying to make her pull herself together. Life without Sheila is almost unimaginable, but slowly Sinéad starts to crawl out of her black hole. 

 Sinéad and Max hire Krystie to help with the business. She hasn't got much experience making hats, but she's an excellent designer and tailor who would love to learn the profession. Together they're building up both the business and their lives again. Only then Krystie has some shocking news, she might have seen Sheila in New York. Is that really true and what has happened to Sinéad and Max's beloved sister? Weren't they always honest with one another and wouldn't she have told her twin if something was bothering her?

I instantly fell in love with this story. It's about creativity, family secrets and love, which is a perfect combination. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Sheila. With her disappearance the whole family is falling apart, but they need each other more than ever. Krystie is such a great woman and I loved her sense of style and her character. She helped them to get things back on track and soon she becomes the glue that mends the broken family she's now a part of. That was such an amazing process to witness. I enjoyed reading this book very much and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great Irish read.

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