Year 16, Book 49

49. The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Shortly after comic book illustrator Leia discovers that she’s pregnant from a one night stand at a comic convention, her life takes even more turns when her step-sisters marriage falls apart and she finds out that her elderly grandmother has been keeping her dementia hidden after an incident happens in the small Alabama town where she lives. In order to find out what’s happening with her grandma and to give her teenage niece a break from what’s happening with her parents, Leia heads down to Alabama to sort out everyone’s lives.

For the most part I very much enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and particularly liked the relationship between Leia and her teenage niece. I did feel like some of the characters weren’t filled out as well as they should have been, particularly Leia’s sister. I think people who like Southern women’s fiction with a little bit of a twist and some focus on racial issues would very much enjoy this book. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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