03 June 2014

Today's Read and Giveaway: The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller

The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison HellerLet's say you were anticipating a summer in the Hamptons with your hardworking husband. Then your sister, whom you haven't seen in twenty years, suddenly comes for a visit right around the time your husband is mysteriously asked to take a temporary leave from his job. How would you handle the upheaval? That's just the situation Manhattan marriage counselor Paige Reinhardt is facing this July.

The first thing I do is offer them candy. I keep a jar of it, well stocked, right there on the coffee table.

In my experience, people are one hundred percent less likely to tell a lie with a Hershey's Kiss tucked into the side of the their mouth. So while they're unwrapping their chocolate or caramel or whatever, I lob the easy questions at them: How long have they been together? Do they have any kids?

And then, once they've relaxed a little, settled into the beige couch across from my blue chair, I probe: What do they want out of our meeting?
The Never Never Sisters by L. Alison Heller (Penguin Random House / New American Library, 2014, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: New York City area; modern times
  • Circumstances: Paige's relaxing summer in the Hamptons is abandoned when her estranged sister returns and her husband has work troubles. As Paige confronts both these situations she is surprised by what she discovers.
  • Characters: Paige and her husband, Dave (a lawyer); Paige's sister, Sloane (a travel blogger); Paige's parents, Frank and Venessa; Sloane's fiance; various friends and colleagues
  • Genre: contemporary woman's fiction; beach read
  • Themes: family, sisters, marriage, secrets, trust, forgiveness, communication, work
  • What reviewers have praised: fun dialogue, believable characters, good family drama
  • About the author: Heller is a divorce lawyer and wife, who has seen the good and the bad of marriage; visit her website for more information, including a reading guide (available soon)
The Giveaway

Thanks to the good people at Penguin Group USA, I have one copy of The Never Never Sisters to giveaway to one of my readers. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is to have a U.S. mailing address and to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on June 13. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


rhapsodyinbooks 6/3/14, 7:10 AM  

Ha, I have to try the Hershey's kiss theory! LOL

Kym 6/3/14, 7:43 AM  

Fun teaser! I'll have to test the Hershey Kiss theory - I bet she's right. ;-)

Kim@Time2Read 6/3/14, 7:55 AM  

I featured this one on my WoW recently! It looks pretty good. I like the Hershey's Kiss theory, too!

Kim@Time2Read 6/3/14, 7:55 AM  

I featured this one on my WoW recently! It looks pretty good. I like the Hershey's Kiss theory, too!

(Diane) bookchickdi 6/3/14, 7:56 AM  

This one sounds like a beach bag book for sure.

JoAnn 6/3/14, 8:02 AM  

Sounds like a great summer read!

bermudaonion 6/3/14, 8:07 AM  

I've got this one and will have to try to get to it soon.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 6/3/14, 8:30 AM  

This sounds like a fun beach read - I'd keep reading!

Tea 6/3/14, 9:30 AM  

I didn't realize the power in a Hershey Kiss. :) I am so weak for Hershey Kisses. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway. Find it interesting that she's a Marriage therapist. Wonder how she will handle whatever will go on in her personal life.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea 6/3/14, 9:50 AM  

Great TT! and fun sounding book..
my tt is a bit of classic nostalgia

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations 6/3/14, 10:08 AM  

Following on BlogLovin' from Teaser Tuesdays at Should Be Reading.

Paige and Sloan's relationship seems like that between my brother and me. Of course, we live 2000 miles away from each other. We get that from my father's side of the family.

I'd probably open up about it for a bit o' chocolate, but it's not a very interesting story. ;p This book sounds much better. :O)

Daryl 6/3/14, 10:47 AM  

sounds like a good beach or plane read … thanks

Sandra Nachlinger 6/3/14, 11:04 AM  

This sounds like the kind of story I adore -- beautiful setting, interesting characters, and real life problems.
My Teaser is from SINFUL FOLK.

Literary Feline 6/3/14, 11:22 AM  

I wonder how true that is. LOL Great opener. I would keep reading.

Margot 6/3/14, 11:33 AM  

I like the introductory paragraph. I have a friend who is a good marriage counselor. I'll have to ask her about the candy routine. Seems like a good idea to me,

gautami tripathy 6/3/14, 12:10 PM  

This is good! I gotta read this!

Here is my intro post from Song for Sophia by Moriah Densley.


Here is my teaser post from Extra Care by Alina Cosma .

Nise' 6/3/14, 1:23 PM  

Love that intro...I'd tell all for chocolate and caramel too!

Yvonne 6/3/14, 2:10 PM  

Great teaser! I want to read this one.

Cleopatra Loves Books 6/3/14, 2:13 PM  

What a great idea the candy jar sounds although I'd have to substitute it with something British ;-) Great teaser Beth :-)

Anonymous,  6/3/14, 3:27 PM  

Sounds good by the beach.

Heather 6/3/14, 3:51 PM  

Sounds good, Beth! Mine: East of Eden

Juli Rahel 6/3/14, 4:17 PM  

I do think people are nicer once they feel you've given them something. And I'd do nything for a Hershey's kiss! I'd join the giveaway if I lived in the US but sadly I don't so good luck to everyone else! I hope you enjoy it :)
My Intro
Juli @ Universe in Words

Sheila (Bookjourney) 6/3/14, 7:15 PM  

This sounds really good! Love the candy idea.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 6/3/14, 7:56 PM  

Pretty good intro - enough to keep me reading. Enjoy

Unknown 6/4/14, 5:58 AM  

Thanks for stopping by. Nice Teaser!

Unknown 6/4/14, 5:22 PM  

Ha Ha, me too, I love the Hershey Kiss theory. I also liked your Quick Facts review.

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