The Christmas Sisters

The Christmas Sisters

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panick...

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The Christmas Sisters Reviews

  • Zoe

    Delightfully mesmerizing, positively heartwarming, and absolutely brilliant!

    The Christmas Sisters is an engaging, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the beautiful ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands in winter and immerses you into the lives of the McBride family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, forgive, accept, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.

    The writing is expressive, effortless, and polished. The characterization is spo

    Delightfully mesmerizing, positively heartwarming, and absolutely brilliant!

    The Christmas Sisters is an engaging, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the beautiful ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands in winter and immerses you into the lives of the McBride family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, forgive, accept, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.

    The writing is expressive, effortless, and polished. The characterization is spot on with a whole slew of characters that are genuine, multi-layered, unique, and intriguing. And the plot, and it’s series of compelling subplots, skillfully unravels and intertwines to create an unforgettable, touching story about life, love, loss, family, secrets, friendship, romance, and happiness.

    The Christmas Sisters is without a doubt the perfect festive read that highlights the magic of the holidays and reminds us to always live life to the fullest and surround ourselves with those we love. It is a fabulously irresistible read that proves once again that when it comes to writing heartfelt, moving stories with characters you can’t help but fall in love with Morgan’s one of the best!

    Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy

    Yes, I realize that it’s only September and I’m already reading Christmas books and I’m totally ok with that! I’m like a little kid when it comes to the holiday season and I’m always more than ready to get into the holiday spirit, even before fall has officially started haha. The Christmas Sisters was the perfect book to bring the magic of the season to life and it made me even more excited about the holidays than I already am.

    This follows a mom and her three daughters and you hear from each of

    Yes, I realize that it’s only September and I’m already reading Christmas books and I’m totally ok with that! I’m like a little kid when it comes to the holiday season and I’m always more than ready to get into the holiday spirit, even before fall has officially started haha. The Christmas Sisters was the perfect book to bring the magic of the season to life and it made me even more excited about the holidays than I already am.

    This follows a mom and her three daughters and you hear from each of them throughout the book. Suzanne adopted the girls when they were young after a tragic accident took both of their parents and it was so fascinating to see how their deaths affected each woman in a profoundly different manner. Beth, Hannah and Posy all have their own unique issues but they all stem from the past and I became entirely wrapped up in their lives and very invested in what would happen to each one.

    This is set in Scotland and it was such a picturesque and gorgeous setting and Morgan described it beautifully. Her brand of writing works so well for me, it’s fun and flirty, but also heartfelt and poignant and left me with a sense of comfort in the end. I always end up caring deeply about her characters and this was no exception, I was rooting for all of the McBride women and their men weren’t too shabby either. Highly recommended for holiday reading lists!

    The Christmas Sisters in three words: Enchanting, Cozy and Sweet.

  • KAS

    Beautifully written, this work of women’s fiction will have you yearning for the Christmas season to begin.

    The cover alone is so welcoming, as are the engaging, well developed characters in this storyline which warms the heart.

    Survivor’s guilt is a crushing burden to bear, and nobody knows that more than Suzanne. She is the adoptive mother of three daughters, Hannah, Beth and Posy. They lost their biological parents twenty-five years ago due to a tragic accident which still haunts Suzanne and he

    Beautifully written, this work of women’s fiction will have you yearning for the Christmas season to begin.

    The cover alone is so welcoming, as are the engaging, well developed characters in this storyline which warms the heart.

    Survivor’s guilt is a crushing burden to bear, and nobody knows that more than Suzanne. She is the adoptive mother of three daughters, Hannah, Beth and Posy. They lost their biological parents twenty-five years ago due to a tragic accident which still haunts Suzanne and her daughters to this day.

    As the sisters are preparing to spend Christmas with their adoptive parents in their childhood home of Scotland, we get to know each one very intimately. Each sister so uniquely their own. Each dealing with their personal issues. Each none the wiser as to the hurdles in their siblings lives. Well, that is until they all meet up for Christmas. Truths, hurts and confessions are unfolded.

    I so enjoyed the chapters alternating between the three girls, delving deep into their thoughts, their hopes and dreams, their individual realities.

    Sarah Morgan, a go to author of mine, is known best for her fun, witty romances, but she has transitioned fantastically into this genre. And no worries, there is still romantic courtship to savor, along with delightful, amusing banter which kept me smiling ;)

    *I received this book in return for an honest review.*

  • Paromjit

    Sarah Morgan writes perfect festive fare that makes your heart melt. This is a great escapist fare, a rom-com with all the ingredients that have you turning the pages, family trauma, sisters that love each other, but have struggled to create close supportive bonds, and a winning location in the small community of Glensay in the wintry Scottish Highlands. Suzanne is looking forward to the festive season and her reunion with her daughters visiting from Manhattan, New York, Beth, married to Jason w

    Sarah Morgan writes perfect festive fare that makes your heart melt. This is a great escapist fare, a rom-com with all the ingredients that have you turning the pages, family trauma, sisters that love each other, but have struggled to create close supportive bonds, and a winning location in the small community of Glensay in the wintry Scottish Highlands. Suzanne is looking forward to the festive season and her reunion with her daughters visiting from Manhattan, New York, Beth, married to Jason with her two young children, Ruby and Melly, and the more contained and distant Hannah. Posy, her youngest daughter, has stayed in Glensay, a village where rumours are rife and it is hard to have a private life free from prying eyes. Posy has stayed to support her parents, helping to run Cafe Craft, is part of the local mountain rescue team with her dad, Stewart, and is passionate about ice climbing.

    The family have avoided talking about the 25 year old trauma when the girls actual parents, Cheryl and Rob, tragically dies in an avalanche on Mount Rainier. Cheryl was Suzanne's best friend and adopted her three young children and has done her best to provide the love and security for the girls. However, all have been left scarred by the process, Hannah with her inability to trust, viewing love as an emotional form of roulette, Beth being an over the top protective mother, and Posy wanting to see the world by ice climbing, but worrying that her leaving will be too much for her parents. Hannah is being pushed to her limits as she tries to come to terms with her secrets, Beth's marriage is in crisis and Posy has found herself in a sexual relationship that threatens to derail the status quo.

    As Suzanne's plans for the perfect Christmas threaten to come apart at the seams, the McBride girls are to find that the past will not go away, personal issues have to be addressed and fears must be confronted if happiness is to be within their grasp and for their sisterly bond to be recalibrated if they are to provide the support for each other that they all want and need. There is plenty of wit and comic humour in this festive tale from Morgan, and her characters are pitch perfect to entrance the reader. This is a read that will loved by many I am sure. Many thanks to HQ for an ARC.

  • Books and Spoons

    A touching story about family and parenting, sisters, drama and tragedy in love and life during one special Christmas time that shakes up the relationships in the family and leads them all to a new path in life.

    I absolutely adore the way Sarah Morgan tells a story; there are deep emotions and angst but not so much that it overshadows the story hope and love. There are conflicts, passion, humor, warmth, sweetness, and everything else that are part of the relationships and life, yet when I get to

    A touching story about family and parenting, sisters, drama and tragedy in love and life during one special Christmas time that shakes up the relationships in the family and leads them all to a new path in life.

    I absolutely adore the way Sarah Morgan tells a story; there are deep emotions and angst but not so much that it overshadows the story hope and love. There are conflicts, passion, humor, warmth, sweetness, and everything else that are part of the relationships and life, yet when I get to the end, there is this balanced, wholesome, complete feeling of happiness and satisfaction towards the tale and its events, that it fills the heart with bliss, every single time.

    The Christmas Sisters is a story of a family that was formed by a tragedy but stayed together because of love, loyalty, and commitment. All the three sisters and their adoptive mother get their chance to tell their point of view into the events of this particular Christmas and the one 25 years ago, that changed their lives so drastically. Each of the four leading ladies have their points of weaknesses and issues they have to face, relationships their have to repair, and moments of learning and growing they have to embrace while spending the Christmas together with their loved ones.

    Each of those four leading ladies also has their romantic relationships to deal with, to grow in, and fall for, or to take the leap of faith to the next level of the bond in between them and their mates.

    I loved the sisters, how truly different they were, and yet so similar in their pursuit of life and love. They are strong women, each talented in their own way, the tragic accident shaping them up in different ways to be the women they are today. I loved the bond between them, how they might not agree upon much at first, yet still willing to stand for each other when the need arises.

    The Christmas Sisters is a profound story about love; maternal love, love between sisters, love in a family, and the romantic kind of love that swipe you off your feet. It is a heartfelt tale of the bond only sisters can feel between them, an ardent tale of romantic love between four different kinds of couples. And it is a story about a Christmas miracle that saves a little girls faith in the all that magic that only the season can bring into our lives.

    Another home run from Sarah Morgan, a story that I savored, felt part of while I was reading it, and will want to revisit again. An absolutely marvelous story that will stay in my mind and heart for a long time to come

    ~ Five Spoons

  • Dianne

    The magic of Christmas and the enduring bond of family will bring three sisters home to heal, to remember, to bond and to look forward to the future. From the workaholic Hannah, to the stay-at home-mom, Beth to Posy, the one who stayed home to help out their adoptive parents, three sisters will come together in the snowy Highlands of Scotland, open their hearts and embrace the love and support they have always needed.

    An emotionally taut tale of crisis, confusion, secrets and avoidance,

    The magic of Christmas and the enduring bond of family will bring three sisters home to heal, to remember, to bond and to look forward to the future. From the workaholic Hannah, to the stay-at home-mom, Beth to Posy, the one who stayed home to help out their adoptive parents, three sisters will come together in the snowy Highlands of Scotland, open their hearts and embrace the love and support they have always needed.

    An emotionally taut tale of crisis, confusion, secrets and avoidance,

    by Sarah Morgan is a heart-warming tale of coming to understand family, as a group and as individuals, to trust in their support and to accept oneself and the love of others.

    A wonderful Holiday read to be savored as these characters become so very real, so fragile and not unlike people we may know. We can’t pick our family, but we can treasure each person for who they are and the unconditional love they give.

    I received a complimentary ARC edition from HQN Books!

    Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (October 1, 2018)

    Publication Date: September 25, 2018

    Genre: Holiday Theme | Women's Fiction

    Print Length: 416 pages

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  • Louise Wilson

    Suzanne McBride is dreaming of a perfect Christmas as her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays. Beth, Hannah and Posy lost their biological parents to a tragic accident twenty five years ago. The accident still haunts Suzanne and the girls and has affected the women in different ways.

    The book is set in Bonnie Scotland of which the author describes beautifully. The chapters alternate between the women. The message behind this story is to love, trust, accept yourself and the ot

    Suzanne McBride is dreaming of a perfect Christmas as her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays. Beth, Hannah and Posy lost their biological parents to a tragic accident twenty five years ago. The accident still haunts Suzanne and the girls and has affected the women in different ways.

    The book is set in Bonnie Scotland of which the author describes beautifully. The chapters alternate between the women. The message behind this story is to love, trust, accept yourself and the other people in your life. I would be happy if I received this book in my stocking this Christmas and I know a few friends would like it too.

    I would like to thank NetGalley, HarperCollins UK and the author Sarah Morgan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    I know Sarah Morgan comes highly recommended. I read

    by her which was more women's fiction than romance which didn't completely work for me because of the four different point of views, alternating telling the story of them. I was bummed when I realized that this one is women's fiction as well, again with four point of views. It's such a shame because, dammit, I want to read a Sarah Morgan romance!

    All four women are connected through one event that took t

    I know Sarah Morgan comes highly recommended. I read

    by her which was more women's fiction than romance which didn't completely work for me because of the four different point of views, alternating telling the story of them. I was bummed when I realized that this one is women's fiction as well, again with four point of views. It's such a shame because, dammit, I want to read a Sarah Morgan romance!

    All four women are connected through one event that took their loved ones away. The woman who lost her best friend, Suzanne, adopted Cheryl's daughters, Posy, Beth and Hannah and moved from the Pacific North West all the way to Scotland so that the children could grow up without having to experience the very public handling of their parents' death which made a huge impact of all of them. Christmas is approaching fast and Hannah and Beth, now back in the US, prepare to go back home to visit their parents.

    Beth, a stay-at-home mom, loves her children, is a little over-protective of her children but yearns for a grown-up conversation. She is restless, exhausted raising her kids pretty much alone since her husband is the successful business man. Beth wants more and when she gets a chance to interview for her dream job she wants to jump at the chance. Except he wants another child.

    I loved that Beth stood up for herself and showed Jason what it means to be a parent who is solely responsible for the children for the majority of the time. He learns a new appreciation for mothers, so mission accomplished. But Beth was also the person who got on my nerves the most. She was overly neurotic and a hypocrite when it came to her sisters. Fortunately they didn't have an issue to show her that.

    Although Posy is supposed to take over the small family business her secret wish is to follow in her parents' footsteps and be a mountain guide. When she meets Luke the longing is only amplified.

    Posy was the easygoing, laid-back baby sister. I connected with her the most because she was accepting and tolerant and let people have their space. But she also knew how to make a point. I love her no-nonsense characters.

    Hannah is focused on her career, driven, and seems like nothing can chafe her. She comes across at standoff-ish until you get inside her head.

    She has a whole bunch of insecurities, every psychologist would have a field day with her. Her dad played favorites when the sisters were children and she wasn't #1 - but she never wanted to be. She just wanted to be loved like her little sister was. Hannah had all my sympathy, she was so hurt and so withdrawn I wanted to hug her. And then she started to climb over the walls she built I felt truly proud of her.

    Suzanne loves her family. She would do anything for them. At first I didn't understand what the fuss was about that Hannah came home for Christmas. Everything was Hannah wants, Hannah needs, Hannah loves...in the end I realized that Suzanne, being a very smart and intuitive woman, knew how much Hannah was hurt by her father's favoritism of Posy. She wanted to show her how loved and special Hannah was. Suzanne is the glue that holds families together. She was wonderful.

    For some reason I didn't feel the disconnect I felt in

    , brought on by the rotating POVs, as much this time around. While I would have loved to get deeper into the stories of the three women The Christmas Sisters was definitely satisfying. I learned enough about these characters to understand them. While the sisters had issues to solve with one another, no matter how much they argued they stood by each other with all the love they had. I also adored the men at their sides. Especially Stewart, Suzanne's husband captured my heart with his endless wisdom and his eye-twinkling humor.

    One thing that I need to mention because it didn't make sense: The accident was 25 years ago - in a flashback Cheryl talks about photos of her kids on her phone. Granted, the story hints nowhere in what time period the story is set in but in that case I assume it's in the present. 25 years ago there were no photos on phones. We were lucky to own mobile phones which were big and chunky.

    The Christmas Sisters is a heartwarming, delightful story that will get you in the mood for Christmas. It has a dose of humor and a very low angst factor. The characters are genuine, real and lovable. This story is poignant, holding truths we can identify with about loss, family and how love can heal wounds. It's the perfect winter read when you want to snuggle up in your book nook with a blanket and hot chocolate!

  • Jennifer

    ★★★

    Set in Scotland, three sisters come home to their adoptive parents' for Christmas. All adults now, and with their own lives and personal sets of issues, the magic of the holidays has been replaced by stressed relationships, self-doubt, and shocking secrets. It doesn't help that their adoptive mother is sick with the flu and confined to he

    ★★★½

    Set in Scotland, three sisters come home to their adoptive parents' for Christmas. All adults now, and with their own lives and personal sets of issues, the magic of the holidays has been replaced by stressed relationships, self-doubt, and shocking secrets. It doesn't help that their adoptive mother is sick with the flu and confined to her room the whole time. Maybe that's for the best though. When it comes to sisters, sometimes the drama needs to work itself out.

    Sole survivor of the climbing accident that took the lives of the girls' parents. Suffers from immense survivor's guilt, has nightmares, and feels solely responsible for the girls' happiness. After the accident, she adopted them without hesitation. Is sensitive to the impact of trauma and the delicate family dynamics.

    Lives in America, single, workaholic, using this time away to avoid her wonderful boyfriend (you'll find out why).

    Lives in America, married, stay-at-home mom but contemplating going back to work, she comes to Scotland alone leaving her kids with her husband so he can see what exactly she does all day.

    Lives in Scotland, single, works at her adoptive parents' cafe but secretly wants to follow in her adventurous parents' footsteps. Can be spotted making googly eyes at the rugged next door neighbor.

    In

    , you'll hear each of these women's voices through their own separate POV.

    fans should be aware that this is not one of her traditional romances. This is women's fiction, and it's pretty good. Personally, when it comes to a story of sisters, I enjoyed Morgan's

    far more, but I loved the Christmas setting in this one and a story that embraces family and tells you to bravely follow your heart is always welcomed during the holidays. Check it out.

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