Chick lit, Drama

The Fashion Orphans by Randy Susan Meyers M.J. Rose


I should preface this review with the fact that I am completely the wrong audience for this. I am one of those who look for ruggedness in clothing that can be cleaned several times without damage. I have never understood the concept of branding just for the sake of recognition, although even I must admit that a superior style of sewing does make a difference in how it looks on a person. I read different types of fiction, and usually, my personal preferences of this ilk do not make much of a difference, but here I felt like it was a lot of angst for something that did not feel worth it. The personal stories a group of women share during the tale would have been equally riveting if they were about homemade and simple items. It was the story behind the things that made them special.
That said, the authors got a sibling relationship to hit a very realistic note. The two half-sisters are very different and have the usual misunderstandings, but are united over their feelings for their mother, even if the mother did play favourites. The writing was excellent, and the characters sparkled on the page, even if I did not get the clothes to sparkle as much in my mind.
The two sisters a left with a legacy that they can only receive if they join forces and figure out a few key points. They have years of silence between them (even if the children continued the communication and were not asked to take sides, which was also refreshing to read about), but they start to bond again when they are thrown together for significant periods. It is not a smooth ride but something that made sense. I would definitely pick up another book by either or both authors.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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