Review: The Sister Swap by Fiona Collins

The Sister SwapMeg simply doesn’t have time for men in her life. Instead, she has a strictly one-date rule, survives on caffeine and runs one of the biggest model agencies from her smart office in London. That is, until she collapses one day at work and the doctor orders her to take some R&R in the country…  Sarah is used to being stuck behind tractors and the slow pace of her cosy village life. But now her children are all grown-up (and her ex-husband long forgotten) she’s ready to change things up a bit – starting with taking back her old job in the city!  After a devastating falling out, the sisters haven’t spoken in years. Swapping houses, cars, everything is the only option – surely they’ll be able to avoid bumping into each other?

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Source: Netgalley          My Rating: 4/5 stars

Meg has spent the past twenty odd years working herself right into a heart attack waiting to happen.  She came to London as an angry yet motivated 18-year-old and has since built a successful modelling agency.  She has worked long hours, been more than hands-on, and earned a reputation for top-notch models whose back she always has no matter the time, day, or situation.  All that hard work and dedication has led to high blood pressure and doctor’s orders to leave London and all the stress behind for a minimum of two months.

Meg’s only choice, if she doesn’t want to drop dead from a heart attack, is to prevail upon her estranged sister for a room in her old family home.  Since the death of their parents and two tumultuous years of Meg being raised by her older sister, the girls have rarely spoken to one another.  In fact, there is a great deal of hurt and resentment that has kept the once-close sisters apart, and calling her sister is comparable to dental work without anesthesia.

As it turns out, Meg’s sister, Sarah, also needs a place to stay.  After 20 years of living in the country and raising her twins, Sarah impulsively applied for her old job as an event planner.  Sarah never suspected she would actually get the job, so when she does, it’s a scramble to get packed, notify the twins, and find a place to live for the duration of the eight-week contract.  Contacting Meg isn’t high on her list of fun things, but needs must and Sarah is determined to reclaim even a small bit of the life she once had. 

SWAP . . . . .

With Sarah now in Meg’s London flat, and Meg back home in the country, things are going to get quite interesting.  Meg hasn’t even considered country life for 20 years so getting back into the swing of things and reducing her stress levels is going to take some work.  On the flip side, Sarah is once again lost in the hustle and bustle of city life and with just a few missteps, she’s back in the swing of things in no time flat.  As both women are getting reacquainted with their former selves, they also have to consider their respective futures.  The first step is reaching out to one another and correcting the mistakes they have made in their relationship.  The second step is going to be just as complicated.  Do the sisters want to make their swap temporary or permanent?  Of course, life can’t be simple so each sister has to navigate a number of questions and obstacles before making an informed decision.  What’s more, they have to face some hard truths about themselves, their respective pasts, and what they are learning about one another from the people who have known them the best and most intimately over the past twenty years.  Making up and going home is hard to do, but often, the effort is well worth it.

The Bottom Line:  I will admit having a very hard time liking Meg at the beginning of this read.  Her backstory and her attitude toward Sarah is quite off-putting and it isn’t until life knocks her down a few pegs that I grew to like her.  Sarah is rather likeable from the beginning which makes rooting for her and her success so very easy.  This read is, ultimately, a feel-good story about family, the trials and tribulations of life, and how two sisters, a set of twins, and two romantic interests come together to create a better life for themselves and one another.  While there isn’t anything emotionally overwhelming or ground-breaking here, there is a solid read with some funny moments, some tender moments, and some downright feel good moments.  For fans of light family drama and HEAs, this one may well be worth your time and energy.

Coming June 1, 2018: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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