Review: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

12 Apr

Before my review, I want to congratulate Rebecca Rasmussen on the release of The Bird Sisters!

I met Rebecca here on my blog, where she is a regular commenter.  I got to know her on Twitter, where she is one of the nicest people in my Twitter feed.  I admit I was a little nervous about reviewing her book– what if I didn’t like it?  Luckily, that didn’t turn out to be an issue.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a nice book!

By nice, I don’t mean that nothing unpleasant happens– that’s not true at all. There’s lots of very human bad behavior and a chunk of good, old-fashioned bad luck. But the way the characters deal with it, for better or worse, just made me relax and enjoy the book– with a tissue for the tears, a couple of times.

After all, there are two sisters that grow up loving each other very much, through all of their differences.

I loved seeing the sisters as teens and as elderly women, and guessing how they got from one life to the other. Although the main paths are pointed out over the course of the book, mysteries remain, as they should.

Twiss, the rebel tomboy, was the center of the action, and my favorite character, even if I identified more with the sweet and virtuous Milly, always trying to make everyone else happy.

It’s easy to see how Twiss would end up as one of the bird sisters, never quite fitting into the expected path of marriage and a family, but Milly? How does she end up as the other bird sister? How does Cousin Bett fit into the long term picture?

If Twiss is my favorite character, and Milly is the one I identify with, Bett is the most fascinating. She’s older than her cousins, and it’s unclear what kind of person she is, and why she acts the way she does. Oh, I had my suspicions all along…

The Bird Sisters is a book full of interesting characters, and I enjoyed getting to know them.

I recieved my copy of The Bird Sisters for review thanks to the author and the publisher.


Posted by on April 12, 2011 in books, reviews


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8 responses to “Review: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

  1. Mary

    April 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Great review, Laura. I really liked The Bird Sisters. I loved how Rebecca got inside the sisters’ heads when they were older. Their thoughts seemed so true, realistic. A very special novel by a wonderful author!

  2. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    April 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I am looking forward to reading this book. It may just jump into my cart at Target if they have it there. Nice review!

  3. Mystica

    April 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I just read a review of this on S. Krishna’s blog and liked it very much. Your view reiterates the same positive stuff on this book. Thanks.

  4. Rebecca Rasmussen

    April 13, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Laura, thank you so much for taking the time to read my book! I am so thrilled that you happened to enjoy it and I am also so thankful to you 🙂 I am so happy to know you!


  5. RobynBradley

    April 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Sounds like a great book! (I love sister stories.) Another one to add to my list. 🙂

  6. RAnn

    May 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Looks like one I’ll have to try.


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