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The Sisters Mortland

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

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    Unsatisfying ending

    It is an interesting book of wildly different characters, each with his/her special demons. It is suspenseful and mysterious. However, I like my endings tidied up better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Read It!

    Enjoyed this book tremendously. The characters were engaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    Unique, haunty read that stays with you for days

    This is a very well written and thought out novel that keeps you wanting more. I read it in a day because it was so suspenseful! Haunty plot line and multi-layered characters. I was a little offended by the language, but the great plot balanced it out.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable and exciting

    In 1967 in England, Widow Stella hires artist Lucas Feld to paint a portrait of her daughters the Mortland sisters. His work captures not only their beauty, but the unique personalities of each of the trio. Lucas shows twenty-something Julia the oldest as the haughty ruler of the others twentyish Finn who is the middle sibling depicted as deeply focused and a bookworm finally the eccentricity of the youngest thirteen years old Maisie, who hears voices as she can talk with the dead.--------------- Almost three decades later in 1991 Lucas is having a showing of his work with his first masterpiece THE SISTERS MORTLAND as the star attraction. This leads long time family friend Daniel Nunn to need to look into the tragedy associated with the portrait. He knows that THE SISTERS MORTLAND never were the same following that summer when he, his friend Nick Marlow, Lucas and the two older females had a brush with love. He needs to know why the tragedy occurred because he does not comprehend that he is the one that is not the same remaining after all these years obsessed with the siblings and the events of the summer of 67.------------------- This is an interesting English suspense thriller as the audience is hooked wondering just what the tragedy was that destroyed the summer of love. The story line is broken into three narrations. Maisie as the ¿watcher¿ of the other five relates what she sees especially when she talks with dead nuns or her late dad. Daniel takes charge in 1991 as he is fixated with a need to know what happened in 1967. Finally Julia provides a coda wrapping up the thriller. Throughout the audience will obsess just like Daniel to know what really occurred. Sally Beauman provides a well written character driven suspense mystery.-------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    HUH?

    characters were fairly interesting but not one was likeable. all the questions that developed throughout the story were never answered. just a story of highly disfunctional people

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    Loved it!

    I could not put this book down for a sec. The characters were soo different and interesting, i felt that i knew them by the end of the book! Very gripping and mysterious, had me guessing right till the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    unpredictable and unforgettable

    I first picked up the book simply out of interest in the general setting of the story, but fell in love with the characters and the whole atmosphere of the first few chapters...honestly I couldn't put the book down, it was almost hard to believe it isn't a true story with all of the detail and history that's portrayed...and it kept me guessing every second! The details that are shown through all of the problems in this plot are insanely put together...definitely my 1st or 2nd favorite book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful character driven tale

    In 1967 in Suffolk, England, the three Mortland sisters and their mom Stella move into a medieval abbey following the loss of the family patriarch. Though in their twenties Julia and Finn have somewhat moved on, but Stella and thirteen year-old Maisie still grieve. Stella hires local artist Lucas Feld to paint a portrait of her daughters. Meanwhile for Julia and Finn, it begins as a summer of love with the middle daughter seemingly sharing trysts with Lucas, childhood friend Daniel Nunn or perhaps pre-med student Nick Marlow while Julia considers running off to London. However, the summer turns bitter when tragedy occurs. --- By 1991, Lucas is a renowned famous artist whose highly regarded painting The Sisters Mortland will be the center of a retrospective showing of his works. Daniel never recovered from the tragedy of what started as his greatest summer, but ended as his hauntingly worst as he fixated on the three sisters and the tragedy that shaped all their lives. --- THE MORTLAND SISTERS is a fabulous character study that grips the audience who want to know what happened to destroy the idyllic summer of 67. The perspectives cleverly shift with the changing eras. Maisie providing her viewpoint of the goings on in 1967 Daniel takes over in 1991 with his point of view of the ¿present¿ and what he recalls from the most wonderful and most devastating summer of his life finally Julia brings closure to the drama. Each of the key players seems different and reacts accordingly to the events that Sally Beaumont lays out throughout the gripping story line. Readers will cherish this powerful character driven tale. --- Harriet Klausner

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