Ballantine, May 2003, 23.95
Though she is wealthy, divorce lawyer Meghan Dontess is lonely. She has been forlorn ever since she made a decision twenty-five years ago that benefited her beloved younger stepsister but left her alone. Their mother left the two siblings behind in Sacramento while she went off to Hollywood. Sixteen at the time, Meghan worried about her younger sibling Claire so she called the father of her stepsister. He came immediately as Claire was family, but Meghan felt he left her out as her father was someone else. The relationship between the sisters was never the same.
When an estranged husband of a client almost kills Meghan, her colleagues and her psychiatrist tell her to go on vacation. Meghan has no place to go until Claire calls to tell her that she is marrying singer Bobby Austin. Meghan leaves Seattle for the campgrounds owned by Claire and her father in Hayden, Washington to protect her stepsister. As she realizes that Bobby loves Claire, Meghan falls in love with former doctor Joe Wyatt, who has more ghosts to contend with than Meghan.
Though the angst at times feels overwhelming, fans of relationship dramas will take immense pleasure with Kristin Hannah's strong cast. BETWEEN SISTERS is more than just the relationship between the siblings, as the audience will appreciate this deep character study.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner