There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters

A Hallmark holiday I was unaware of is almost upon us. It's National Sisters Day which occurs on the first Sunday in August (who knew)? And for those of you who don't have a sister, never fear, Siblings Day is April 10th. And I am sure someone, somewhere is cooking up a day for people with no siblings. It's exhausting making all those trips to the card shop! Having three sisters and being the mother of three daughters I am extremely well versed in the love/hate relationship that exists between sisters. Many, many arguments/brawls have involved the "borrowing" of clothing, shoes, make-up and the occasional boyfriend. The eventual "Aha" moment came when the "borrowed" sweater had a stain, the shoes had a broken heel, the lipstick was hacked off in the middle and the boyfriend skulked off into the night. The accusations would fly, tears would flow and the referee (mom), would mysteriously disappear to check on the pot roast. As angry as your sister could make you, she was your sister and in the words of the Haynes sisters from White Christmas, "Lord Help the mister who comes between me and sister." Then the blood is thicker than water factor would kick in and sisterhood would prevail. So remember to text, email, tweet, snap-chat, Instagram or, like we did in the olden days, "CALL" your sister on Sister's Day and reminisce about the hell you put your parents through. In the meantime, you could read a book detailing the unique bond that sisters have - the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott follows the lives of four New England sisters as they grow from childhood to adulthood during the Civil War. Their love of family, honor and each other is the bond that ties them together.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen details how class distinction impacts on the relationships of the Bennet sisters in their pursuit of suitable husbands. Deals with the issues of morals, manners, and education in 19th century England.


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd tells the story of three African-American sisters and the impact they have on an adolescent white girl who has run away from home. The setting is South Carolina in 1964 and addresses issues of racial unrest, loss and betrayal.


True Colors by Kristin Hannah depicts the life of three sisters whose lives change dramatically upon the death of their beloved mother. They are very different people facing various struggles in life but sisterhood trumps sibling rivalries in the end.

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