The Sisters We Were
by Wendy Willis Baldwin
Publication Date January 17, 2023
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Medical, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
"Readers will be eager for more." —Booklist
"An insightful and empathetic view into the daily struggles of living with obesity. A solid entry for titles with plus-sized heroines." —Library Journal
Pearl and Ruby's choices drove them apart.
Finding their way back to each other might be the only way forward.
The weight of their family secrets could not have shaped Pearl and Ruby Crenshaw any differently. Ruby's a runner, living in Dallas and only reluctantly talking to their mother, Birdie, when she calls from prison. Pearl is still living in her mother's fixer-upper and finds herself facing a line in the sand: her weight is threatening to kill her. She's hundreds of pounds beyond the point where she can celebrate her curves or benefit from the body positivity movement, and unless she takes drastic action, the future looks dire.
But when Ruby's buried rage explodes in a hilariously viral way, the mistake has life-altering consequences. Now the sisters are back living under the same roof and forced to put the pieces of their separate lives together again. Funny, cinematic, and bursting with heart, this is a story of hope and redemption that celebrates the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.
"A moving story of sisters and their unbreakable bond that spans a lifetime. Both hilarious and heartfelt, Baldwin brings to life characters that not only amuse us but stay with us long after the story is told. With this delightful and meaningful debut, Wendy Willis Baldwin is definitely an author to watch." —Angela Pisel, author of With Love from the Inside
The Sisters We Were by Wendy Willis Baldwin is an emotional story about two sisters who grew up together, but couldn’t be more different as adults.
Pearl still lives in her mother’s home while her mother serves a long prison sentence for manslaughter. Her weight has crept up to a deadly number and Pearl knows it’s time for drastic measures.
Ruby has a rage-fueled incident that goes viral and has her suddenly jobless. She goes home to stay with Pearl until she can get back on her feet and help Pearl recover from weight loss surgery. Ruby hasn’t been home in years and refuses to communicate with their mother, Birdie, who is in prison.
This story is mainly about Pearl and her weight loss journey, and her transformation. Pearl, Ruby, and their mother, Birdie all have some family secrets, and it’s these secrets that are keeping them from living their best lives.
The book is very detailed about Pearl’s weight loss journey and her surgery. It gets just a bit too in-depth at times about the surgery and all the preparation for the surgery. But what I loved is that the book emphasizes the importance of all the care before and after the surgery, and all the work, both mental and physical that must go with the surgery.
It’s the characters that really made the book. Pearl is so brave and has such a giving and generous spirit. Ruby is very intense, but she loves Pearl and she learns she has to deal with her issues in order to live a better life too. And I just loved Pearl’s boss a the assisted living center, Perry. He’s a breath of fresh air and just the kind of guy you’d want as a best friend.
I highly recommend The Sisters We Were to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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