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Book tour and review : SWEENY SISTERS BY LIAN DOLAN

Title- The Sweeney Sisters
Author- Lian Dolan
Publisher- Willam Morrow
Format- Ebook ( NetGalley)
Pages- 304
Genre- Fiction, Contemporary
Publication date- April 28, 2020
Ratings- 4.8/5

Book blurb:

An accomplished storyteller returns with her biggest, boldest, most entertaining novel yet—a hilarious, heartfelt story about books, love, sisterhood, and the surprises we discover in our DNA that combines the wit of Jonathan Tropper with the heart of Susan Wiggs.

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

By turns revealing, insightful, and uproarious, The Sweeney Sisters is equal parts cautionary tale and celebration—a festive and heartfelt look at what truly makes a family.

My review:

A story about three sisters who grew without their mom. Their mother died of cancer when they were young. When the second love of their lives, their father, second only to their mother suddenly dies, their life turns upside down.

A stranger woman ensues in their father’s funeral claiming to be their fourth Sweeney sister through a home DNA test. Was there a secret their father has been keeping all these years?

Sweeney Sisters is a story of an emotional roller coaster and ups and downs of the sisters. The characters are fun and make you keep reading and engaged. All the four sisters go through self-introspection and grow themselves as a family. The book is narrated in different POVs so it was evidently explained how every other sister was dealing with her father’s loss.

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About the Author:

Lian Dolan is a writer and talker. She’s the author of two Los Angeles Times best- selling novels, Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife published by Prospect Park Books. Her next novel, The Sweeney Sisters, will be published in
2020 by William Morrow. She’s a regular humor columnist for Pasadena Magazine and has previously written monthly columns for O, The Oprah Magazine and Working Mother Magazine. She’s also written for TV, radio and websites.


Lian is the producer and host of Satellite Sisters, the award-winning talk show she created with her four real sisters. On Satellite Sisters, she’s interviewed everyone from Nora Ephron to Madeleine Albright to Big Bird. Satellite Sisters began life as a syndicated radio show and is now a top-rated podcast for women. The recent book
by the Satellite Sisters, You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, is popular with
book clubs.

A popular speaker who combines humor and heart, Lian has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning and The Today Show and many local TV stations. She’s been a featured speaker at the LA Times Festival of Books, the Santa Barbara Celebrity Authors Lunch, the Literary Guild of Orange County Festival of Women Authors and dozens of other events at libraries, book stores, schools and women’s organizations across the country. In 2020, she’ll be on the faculty of the. Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop.

Lian graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Classics. She lives in
Pasadena, California with her husband, two sons and a big German shepherd.

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