The Sisters of Glass Ferry

The Sisters of Glass Ferry

*EDITORS CHOICE* Historical Novel SocietySIBA Okra Pick, Fall 2017Spanning several decades and written in an authentic voice both lyrical and wise, The Sisters of Glass Ferry is a haunting novel about small-town Southern secrets, loss and atonement, and the unbreakable bond between siblings.Glass Ferry, Kentucky, is bourbon country. Whiskey has been a way of life for gener...

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Title:The Sisters of Glass Ferry
Author:Kim Michele Richardson
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The Sisters of Glass Ferry Reviews

  • Tonya

    Let me just say, any time Kim has a book come out, I don't even need to know what it is about. Just yes please! The best writing ever! Pure pleasure!

    Twin sisters. Flannery and Pasty, one went missing the night of prom and so the story begins. We go back and forth between 1972 and 1952 in this magical southern tale woven for us by Richardson. Bits and pieces come together much like the pearl necklace.

    I can't say much more but I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Such a wonderful heartbreaking tale. T

    Let me just say, any time Kim has a book come out, I don't even need to know what it is about. Just yes please! The best writing ever! Pure pleasure!

    Twin sisters. Flannery and Pasty, one went missing the night of prom and so the story begins. We go back and forth between 1972 and 1952 in this magical southern tale woven for us by Richardson. Bits and pieces come together much like the pearl necklace.

    I can't say much more but I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Such a wonderful heartbreaking tale. Thank you Kim for another great read from a thankful fan!

  • Linda Zagon

    MY REVIEW OF “THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY” by Kim Michele Richardson

    “The Sisters of Glass Ferry” by Kim Michele Richardson is an emotional and captivating novel. “The Sisters of Glass Ferry” is published by Kensington Publishing Corporation and will be out November 28,2017. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Mystery. The timeline of the story is mostly 1952 through 1972, and though the present.There are some parts of the story that are before 1952 to explain the histo

    MY REVIEW OF “THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY” by Kim Michele Richardson

    “The Sisters of Glass Ferry” by Kim Michele Richardson is an emotional and captivating novel. “The Sisters of Glass Ferry” is published by Kensington Publishing Corporation and will be out November 28,2017. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Mystery. The timeline of the story is mostly 1952 through 1972, and though the present.There are some parts of the story that are before 1952 to explain the history and the characters. The author depicts the setting in rural Kentucky in the town of Glass Ferry, which is known as “Bourbon Town”.

    The characters are describes as complex and complicated. The author describes many secrets and lies that affect the small town and characters. In this small community everyone knows each other, and there is a lot of gossip.During the time of bourbon production there was corruption and some criminal activity. It was not unusual for children to learn to shoot guns to protect themselves.

    Flannery and Patsy are twins, separated by 8 minutes. Patsy is the elder of the twins, and the girls are close, but there is jealousy. Patsy being the older twin is given the family pearl necklace. Patsy is invited to the Junior Prom, and Flannery has to take her shift at work. The sheriff”s two sons come to drive Patsy to the prom. One is her boyfriend, and the other is his older brother who drives the car. Unfortunately, Patsy and her boyfriend never come home.

    Every year on the twins’ birthday, Flannery’s Mom makes a special birthday cake for Patsy hoping she will be coming home. After two decades of Patsy being gone, Flannery is still looking for answers.

    This is a story of heartbreak, grief, revenge, retribution and redemption. What are the secrets and lies in this town? What happened the night of the Prom? This is a story of coming of age, pressure and jealousy. I like that the author describes the problems of bullying, alcohol abuse, emotional and physical abuse, and superstitions. I also appreciate how the author discusses the importance of family, love, hope and faith.

    This is an intriguing and thought-provoking story, and I would recommend it highly.I look forward to reading more of Kim Michele Richardson’s novels. I received an Advanced Reading Edition for my honest review.

  • Judy Collins

    From Kentucky’s finest Southern storyteller,

    returns following (2016)

    and (2015)

    with her latest gripping mystery (her best yet), crime thriller:

    –Rich in character, strong family bonds, suspense, and dark deeply-buried family secrets

    in the heart of Kentucky bourbon—a gripping complex multi-generationa

    From Kentucky’s finest Southern storyteller,

    returns following (2016)

    and (2015)

    with her latest gripping mystery (her best yet), crime thriller:

    –Rich in character, strong family bonds, suspense, and dark deeply-buried family secrets

    in the heart of Kentucky bourbon—a gripping complex multi-generational tale of three families and four generations. Told from two points of view (Flannery and Patsy), and dual timelines.

    and beyond,

    Mother Jean, father Honey Bee, and twin daughters:

    Their rival,

    Even though wise

    (dad) has passed on, his legacy lives on through his daughters. A bourbon distiller, he made sure his family was taken care of and taught his daughters to be strong.

    bullets, driving, and other things a man would teach his sons, and in particular, Flannery – the bourbon business, the river, chores in the barn, and his secrets (including his recipes) as he unburdens his soul to his thirteen- year- old daughter.

    Honey Bee had said, “Kentucky without its whiskey men, its stills, would be like New York City without business suits and buildings.”

    about whiskey. Loved that Honey Bee had taught her the secrets of its doings. " She loved the dark earth and the mystery of its scent that tucked itself into a strange sweet growing time."

    besides her twin Flannery and Flannery felt betrayed and jealous. The mom referred to her husband's business as “the devil’s water.” However, Honey Bee thought his River Witch was respectable. After all, he was licensed and offered a true gentlemen’s whiskey.

    However,

    They had to keep the sheriff's pockets full of fees (taxes). Sinful bribery by the Henry brood,

    Carried down to the next generation.

    However, Honey Bee always reminded his family the business had saved them throughout history, through the Depression and Prohibition. Only four licenses were handed out over the years in Kentucky and he was one.

    we discover there were also twin sons (Paxton and Preston) which died as babies. A big mystery is unveiled near the conclusion regarding a third family and the connection to the

    — the night of the prom. Patsy had a special date with her boyfriend Danny Henry. Danny the younger son. There was also the oldest, Hollis (bad news-troublemaker), and the father Jack which is the Sherriff.

    Some thought being a twin was bad luck. A small town of half-truths, sadness, domestic abuse, rape, cover-ups, corruption, mental illness, and rumors. Spirits of the past.

    and curvy sister; whereas, Flannery was the smart one and not so beautiful. Patsy was closer to her mom and Flannery her dad. They were eight minutes apart. Patsy was protective of her younger sister. The girls did not always get along.

    – will haunt Flannery the rest of her life. The argument. The night Danny and Patsy went missing.

    pearls, prom night, a gun, bullet, two different brothers, twin sisters, Hospital Curve, Ebenezer Road and the Kentucky River.

    The same river that had given Flannery so much would take yet another from her. The night Danny and Patsy went missing. They never made it to the prom. There was also the haunting day Patsy accepted a ride with Hollis three months earlier when

    and Jean still makes a cake each year for Patsy and Flannery on their birthday. However, this year, a car was found in the muddy Kentucky River and the secrets of the past begin to unravel.

    cannot seem to escape their tragedy and loss. Regrets. Secrets. One after another, trapped with no seemingly way out.

    “Reckoning Day was why Flannery stayed precisely eight minutes ahead, looking over her shoulder for those lagging minutes when the devil might try to collect."

    Her mom wants desperately to find the family pearls. Flannery would have to tell everything – both her secrets and Patsy’s. Flannery could only think of getting miles away from Glass Ferry. From her mom’s sadness, the rumors, and her guilt which only pushed her into yet another nightmare relationship.

    A pact with the devil. The Henrys and their hold on this family, throughout generations. Precious moments lost. Brokenness and drowning misery. Is history repeating itself?

    Flannery has to do something to help clear her sister’s reputation and name. The strong urge to avenge her sister. Will she have the courage, to tell the truth, or seek revenge? Justice.

    there is also another intriguing mystery (icing on the cake). The long-dead midwife Joetta, alleged to have been a witch and a murderess.

    However, the parents kept

    which is yet to be unveiled. An old family matter. A secret box. A diary. Holding the key to the past. (A nice twist)!

    Will the spirits of the past, continue to hover over the lives of this family? How far will a sister go to protect her secrets and seek justice for those she loves.

    A mix of psychological, domestic suspense, crime thriller, mystery, historical, and Southern Gothic.

    A tale of heartbreak, and the strong bonds of family, balanced between destruction, regret, and redemption. The dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of three families, who will never be the same again.

    Once you start reading, you will not be able to put this one down. These families will draw you into their web of secrets and lies across generations, keeping you turning into the night.

    For fans of

    If you enjoy authentic Southern Gothic family mysteries, this one is for you. Ideal for book clubs (discussion guide included). My mom was a twin and come from a long line of family twins-

    Have read all her books and a huge fan. Anxiously awaiting the next book. I enjoyed reading what’s next for the author:

    I have also pre-ordered the audiobook narrated by Marguerite Gavin.

  • G.J.

    I received an advance copy of this wonderful story and am pleased to review it here. From the opening chapter, "Sisters" grabs and does not let go until long after the reader closes the back cover.

    Twin sisters, born eight minutes apart, live as might any other two girls competing for their parent's attention, for boys, for good grades, for a grand life out of a small Kentucky town (Glass Ferry) in the 1950s. On the night of their high school prom, their futures are forever changed. The older tw

    I received an advance copy of this wonderful story and am pleased to review it here. From the opening chapter, "Sisters" grabs and does not let go until long after the reader closes the back cover.

    Twin sisters, born eight minutes apart, live as might any other two girls competing for their parent's attention, for boys, for good grades, for a grand life out of a small Kentucky town (Glass Ferry) in the 1950s. On the night of their high school prom, their futures are forever changed. The older twin and her date do not come home and remain missing without a trace for the next two decades.

    In that opening chapter, their widowed mother bakes yet one more annual birthday cake, sure this will be the birthday the missing sister returns. And, as in years past, the younger twin, now an adult, comes home to help momma through the day and through one more lovely cake tossed into the garbage. But on this particular birthday the rest of the compelling mystery unfolds in themes of heartache, revenge, madness and redemption.

    Richardson knows the time and place, the ways of small town folk, their meanness and goodness, their closeness to the earth, to their river. Richardson's prose and dialogue always ring true, fit the story, and are a pleasure to read. The combination of characters, story lines, and writing make this more than a mere page turner.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Some books start off in a way that makes you just know that this book will work out very well. And, this beginning of this book with Flannery visiting her mother on her birthday and it's the twentieth one since Flannery's sister Patsy went missing. And, still, her mother expects that she will show up. This is the year, this time will Patsy return. And, yes this is the year patsy comes home, it's also the year Flannery finally will learn what happened twenty years prior, when her sisters Patsy di

    Some books start off in a way that makes you just know that this book will work out very well. And, this beginning of this book with Flannery visiting her mother on her birthday and it's the twentieth one since Flannery's sister Patsy went missing. And, still, her mother expects that she will show up. This is the year, this time will Patsy return. And, yes this is the year patsy comes home, it's also the year Flannery finally will learn what happened twenty years prior, when her sisters Patsy disappeared...

    I love reading books set in the American South and this one with two parallel storylines is a fabulous read. The book shifts effortlessly between the 70s and the 50s during the book and I found both storylines compelling. As Flannery learns about Patsy's fate in 1972 do we also get Patsy and Flannery's POV in 1952. It's a captivating and tragic story and I loved how part of me, despite pretty much knowing the outcome hoped that Patsy would come home. The ending of the book also revealed a big surprise that really took me by surprise. This is a book that is sad, but there are all lovely moments and I especially loved the last part of the book because I hoped that Flannery would find some peace and joy in her life.

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 What I thought I was getting: I felt like reading a good, old Southern novel, maybe gothic in tone, full of Southern charm and mannerisms. I have pretty much quit reading book summaries as they so often spoil the read, give too much away. So...I saw the blurb, sisters, secrets, family, Kentucky and Bourbon, seemed right up my alley. Loved the cover, the lighting, the playfulness of it, so I began reading.

    What I actually got: A cake baked by a grieving mother, hoping her missing child would c

    3.5 What I thought I was getting: I felt like reading a good, old Southern novel, maybe gothic in tone, full of Southern charm and mannerisms. I have pretty much quit reading book summaries as they so often spoil the read, give too much away. So...I saw the blurb, sisters, secrets, family, Kentucky and Bourbon, seemed right up my alley. Loved the cover, the lighting, the playfulness of it, so I began reading.

    What I actually got: A cake baked by a grieving mother, hoping her missing child would come home. One of twins Patsy has been missing for many years, her twin Flannery is at home trying to alleviate some of the grief her mother still feels. The next few chapters were very light, two sisters fighting, squabling, and I thought this read might be too light for this reader. Then, the story takes off and the story doesn't get light again. Secrets, terrible guilt ridden secrets held by both Flannery and her mother. A much loved bourbon making father dies, and things are not quite the same again. Under the charming southern veneer, and the bless my hearts, there is a dark grittiness to this book. Some terrible, unforgivable events happen, plenty to keep the pages turning.

    The novel goes from the present to the past in alternating chapters. While I can't say I overly cared for any of these characters, I did feel for Flannery. She was carrying such a heavy load. The books end let's a little lightness back in, and I was more than ready for this to occur. So I received not what I thought I was getting but an interesting story nontheless.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Pauline

    The sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson was a story of rape, domestic abuse and family secrets. The story it told in two different time lines by twin sisters. The story had a few twist and turns and had some surprises. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kate Olson

    Thanks to the publisher for this review copy!

    If you love dark Southern intrigue, this one may be for you. I enjoyed it for the most part, but it did feel like there were about 5 extraneous story lines and some overdramatic moments that could have been avoided.

  • Donna

    In 1952 in Glass Ferry, Kentucky, twin sisters Patsy and Flannery prepare for prom night in different ways. Patsy has a date with her boyfriend Danny and Flannery has to go to work. Patsy and Danny never arrive at the prom and don't come home. No one knows if they ran off together or if something more sinister happened. But both Flannery and Danny's brother harbor secrets from that night.

    The story alternates between 1952 and 1972 and is told from points of view of Patsy and Flannery. As the stor

    In 1952 in Glass Ferry, Kentucky, twin sisters Patsy and Flannery prepare for prom night in different ways. Patsy has a date with her boyfriend Danny and Flannery has to go to work. Patsy and Danny never arrive at the prom and don't come home. No one knows if they ran off together or if something more sinister happened. But both Flannery and Danny's brother harbor secrets from that night.

    The story alternates between 1952 and 1972 and is told from points of view of Patsy and Flannery. As the story begins on the twins birthday in 1972, their mother has once again baked a birthday cake for Patsy because she believes Patsy will return. This year she might because the drought has revealed a car submerged in the river.

    The story has a smooth Southern lilt as readers learn of the family's background as whiskey makers and family secrets begin to be revealed. I checked the book out of the library because the blurb sounded like more of a mystery but actually it's a family saga and I felt sad through much of the story. Some dark topics were touched on including rape, spousal abuse, involuntary sterilization, murder, and vengeance. Family skeletons did emerge and readers find out the story behind Patsy's disappearance.

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