Book review: How To Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell

Posted September 6, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 2 Comments


 A wonderfully warm and witty debut novel about family secrets and sibling rivalry.

The four MacLeod sisters are no strangers to sisterly rivalry and with one of them about to be married, there are bound to be fireworks. Perfectionist Natalie wants the ‘wedding of the year’. Harassed mother, Milly, just wishes her bridesmaid’s dress wasn’t the size of a tent. Career-obsessed Avril secretly moons over a married man and world traveler, Hazel, the youngest, yearns to be taken seriously. Forced together for the first time in years, and with an unexpected guest stirring up old resentments, squabbles are inevitable. But when tragedy strikes things really fly apart – as some shocking skeletons emerge rattling from the crowded MacLeod closet..

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Well, I’m not the most appropriate person to review this book probably, simply because I don’t have any siblings. I grew up as an only child with plenty of cousins and friends, but it is not the same. But that didn’t stop me from being a part of Macleod family and enjoying this everything-but-boring book.

The story is centered around the Macleod family and their four daughters: Natalie, Millie, Avril and Hazel. Natalie is getting married and her wedding is certainly an exciting event for the whole family. She is totally obsessed with her perfect wedding and would do anything just to please her future in-laws. Millie is a mother of two whose life stopped when she decided to be stay-at-home-mum (according to her sisters) and she hides behind her weight. All she wants is not to look like a fat cow in the bridemaid’s dress. Avril loves her career and is obsessed with it, while little Hazel travels all over the world to help poor people.

What happens when four women that cannot stand each other have to spend couple of days under the same roof? That’s too much estrogen! Let the wars begin!

Well, at first I thought that this would be just a family reunion, but the story evolved in much more than that. What a pleasant surprise! As the story continues, the Macleod sisters share good and bad moments, reveal family secrets and finally reveal their true characters. They share love and joy, share sadness and pain, enjoy fun and laugh together. They might be jelous of each other, but a sister is always there when you need her. They all made me fell like a part of their family. I totally enjoyed being under the same roof with them. So, if you want to spend your time with this everything-but-boring family, then this is a book for you.

My rating: 8/10


2 responses to “Book review: How To Survive Your Sisters by Ellie Campbell

    • thischickreads

      Thanks Suus. It does indeed and the cover is awesome too. Once my TBR list get smaller (i hope this will eventually happen) I’m gonna be reading it too.

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