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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Sisters in Bloom is an apt title for Melissa Foster’s tale of two sisters adjusting to new relationships, new lives, new careers, and new emotions. This time around we’re more immersed in younger sister Kaylie’s life as she prepares for the birth of her first child, her stagnating singing career, and her impending marriage. Finally finding the love she craved but never thought she’d have with Chaz, her own deep seated insecurities and pregnancy hormones combined to cause trouble in Kaylie’s relationship with her sister and her fiancé. Adding to Kaylie’s turmoil is a trouble-making ex-lover of Chaz’s with stalker tendencies and her fear that she’ll become a doormat like her mother. All of this combines for a dramatic tale of growth and maturity that Kaylie desperately needs.
Melissa Foster has done a great job of describing the hormonal lunacy known as pregnancy. Although Kaylie is quite selfish and immature her pregnancy hormones have amplified that behavior; yet somehow you still root for her and like her. Sisters in Bloom paints a realistic picture of how miscommunication can quickly cause problems in relationships, platonic and romantic, as most of the problems Chaz and Kaylie have are due to their inability to talk directly to one another. I love it when an author is able to make a character with such awful traits like Kaylie into someone you cheer for and wish success and happiness. And best of all, Kaylie matures into the woman her sister Danica always knew she could be. You just know that without self-centeredness Kaylie will be an awesome mother, wife, friend, and sister.
Sisters in Bloom is well-written with characters you love and hate, and steers clear of outrageous scenarios meant just to up the drama factor. Foster seems to understand that life is full of drama without ploys and that made this story all the more enjoyable.