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When We Were Sisters

When We Were Sisters

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by Emilie Richards

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Love and loyalty made them sisters. Secrets could still destroy them.

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Now superstar singer-songwriter Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, Cecilia drops everything to be with her.

Robin set aside her career as a


Love and loyalty made them sisters. Secrets could still destroy them.

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters each had never had. Now superstar singer-songwriter Cecilia lives life on the edge, but when Robin is nearly killed in an accident, Cecilia drops everything to be with her.

Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris's love and attention, but does Kris need them?

When Cecilia asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she's away. She gambles that he'll prove to them both that their children—and their marriage—are a priority in his life.

Cecilia herself needs more than time with her sister. A lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her. She wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still haunt her.

As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Richards creates a heart-wrenching atmosphere that slowly builds to the final pages, and continues to echo after the book is finished."
-Publishers Weekly on One Mountain Away

"This is emotional, suspenseful drama filled with hope and love."
-Library Journal on No River Too Wide

"Portraying the uncomfortable subject of domestic abuse with unflinching thoroughness and tender understanding, Richards' third installment in the Goddesses Anonymous series offers important insights into a far too prevalent social problem."
-Booklist on No River Too Wide

"A juicy, sprawling beach read with a suspenseful twist."
-Publishers Weekly on Fortunate Harbor

"A multi-layered plot, vivid descriptions and a keen sense of place and time."
-Library Journal on Rising Tides

"Richards's ability to portray compelling characters who grapple with challenging family issues is laudable, and this well-crafted tale should score well with fans of Luanne Rice and Kristin Hannah."
-Publishers Weekly on Fox River, starred review

"Emilie Richards is at the top of her game in this richly rewarding tale of love and family and the ties that bind us all. One Mountain Away is everything I want in a novel and more. A must-buy!" -New York Times bestselling author Barbara Bretton

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Meet the Author

Emilie Richards’s many novels feature complex characterizations and in-depth explorations of social issues. Both are a result of her training and experience as a family counselor, which contribute to her fascination with relationships of all kinds. Emilie and her husband enjoy dividing their time between the Florida Gulf Coast and Chautauqua County, New York. She is currently working on her next novel for MIRA Books.

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When We Were Sisters 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading these books. Emilie Richards is an amazing storyteller. I get so wrapped up in her characters.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Our res moved) She scrubs Duke. "Its just soap duke"
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
4 out of 5 stars I recently finished reading "When We Were Sisters" by Emilie Richards, a very powerful novel about sisters, family, childhood secrets, forgiveness and love. Powerful enough that I had to take this novel a little slower than most novels. When I first started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Looking back at that, I think it was my own battles with depression and anxiety that made me feel like that. I get extra anxious when there's a lot of conflict in my life. There's a decent amount of conflict at the beginning of the book, especially passive-aggressive conflict which is my least favorite and combining with the anxiety I was already experiencing at that time, it was a little too much for me. I took a breather for a few weeks, read more, took another breather for a week, and carried that pattern for the rest of the book. It really helped me keep things in perspective and enjoy the book a LOT more. The characters in this book were fairly well-rounded. At first, they seemed a little chaotic to me. By that I mean that it wasn't until we got further into the back story that I finally understood some of why Robin and Cecilia (and Kris to a lighter degree) reacted the ways they did, but it wasn't a necessarily a bad chaotic. I enjoyed seeing the changes that each character underwent as things from the past were revealed and new connections & understandings were made. The plot moved along at a steady pace. There were a couple of times I felt it was a little slow-moving, but the majority of the book moved at a good rate. The setting descriptions were the perfect type for me, not too wordy but enough detail so I can see them in my head, from Kris & Robin's house in Virginia to Cecilia's early childhood home to the dusty old barn in Florida. There were several parts of the book that made me tear up and some that made me laugh out loud. There were things that made me angry, really angry and things that made me so happy for the characters. The only thing that I really didn't like is that Cecilia goes by CeCe. I absolutely loved "Beaches", both the book and the movie. I've read the book numerous times and I've seen the movie even more. To have this CeCe be a singer and actress made it hard for me to keep the two characters separate in my mind. If you're not a "Beaches" fan (or have never even heard of it!), this little factor won't color your opinion like it did mine and probably won't even phase you. All in all, for the most part, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly. I'm happy to see my library has bought a few copies and they're checked out. But, word to the wise, read it with a box of tissues!
Baymom007 More than 1 year ago
Emilie Richards' books draw the reader in so easily! This is certainly true of her newest stand alone novel "When We Were Sisters." The story explores how two foster sisters confront their pasts in order to understand their present lives and look with hope to their futures. Every reader will be able to empathize with the idea that one's family is not always created by blood.... Great read, will leave you thinking about the story long after you finish it.
ReadsAllNightLong More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute must read! It is a heartwarming story about two “sisters” who met in foster care as children. It takes place when the sisters are both adults and reflects back on their experiences in foster care and how it shaped them into the women they became and how that history played a role in the lives and relationships they created. Sharing a bond arguably stronger than many biological siblings, these women have relied on each other and their inner strength to pull them from their broken childhood to success and loving families. Don’t let the serious nature of the topic dissuade you from such a great story. Emilie Richards does a fantastic job of bringing such an important issue to light, but in a warm and touching way that draws you in right from the beginning. She uses a multi-perspective approach with each chapter being from a key character’s perspective which works perfectly for this type of story. Once I started reading it was difficult to put it down and I completed the book in only two sittings. [Note: I received an advance copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.]
taguerra More than 1 year ago
This story about foster sisters Cecilia and Robin touched my heart. After Robin experiences an eye-opening accident, their relationship is explored and tested during the course of several months while working together on a documentary about their childhood in the system. Cecilia, now a famous singer, and Robin, a housewife hoping to revive her photography career, expose the foster care system they experienced as not so happily-ever-after. At the same time, Cecilia’s Hollywood lifestyle, Robin’s marriage and family turmoil all have intriguing twists and turns. I loved this book!
Cathyquilter More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Robin and Cecelia grew up in the foster care system. They were not biologically related but they formed a bond that could not be broken by time or miles. Each moved on in her own direction but continued to keep in touch. Robin’s high-powered attorney husband and Cecilia do not get along but could this be more from not wanting to share Robin than not seeing eye to eye? A life changing accident gives Robin food for thought. When her “sister” asks for her help in a project she agrees for many reasons. It is time for her husband to step up and take some responsibility for his children and she is ready to get back into her former career. I have knowledge of the foster care system and Emilie’s portrayal is spot on. There are many good, safe placements but others that are not. I found the journey that CeCe and Robin travelled to be entertaining but most importantly enlightening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When We Were Sisters is a thoughtfully written book that will tug on you; make you think then stay with you when you've finished the book. I find myself reading Emilie Richard's books slowly because I don't want them to end and also because I want to absorb what she has written. Even if you've not had experience with foster care this book gives the reader some clues about what it is like to row up in the system. Of course not each experience is alike. Miz Richards helps the reader feel what it must be like to be a child...uncertain of so many things: why didn't my family keep me? Will I be going to a good home? Am I bad? Am I unloved? These feelings follow them through life. Cecilia has become rich and famous and plans a documentary to open the public's eyes about what it's like to be in the fostering world. Her "sister" Robin is asked to help with it...the process is painful but in the end helps them bury the bad experiences and celebrate the good ones, especially the bond they have with each other. This is a very special book....my favorite read of the year so far. Marsha Markham
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
Lovingly written, this book gives you a glimpse of the foster care system, where two sisters of the heart keep in touch and remain friends as adults. Cecelia met Robin in a foster care home when they were 13 and 9, respectively. Cecelia took Robin under her wing and together they pulled each other through many challenges and struggles. This story takes place nearly 30 years later. They explore their past through the making of a documentary about the system. I love how the chapters switch between Cecelia, Robin, and Robin's husband, Kris. Each of them are able to take you through what they think and feel, and the reader gradually gets to know each of them, which I believe is a very important aspect of this story. The author wrote this with a lot of heart, and I felt that care and understanding of the characters with every page. [I received an advance copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.]
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Once again, Ms Richards goes beyond the story and into our hearts and makes us take a look within ourselves. The main characters are Cecilia and Robin. They became “sisters” in the foster care system and vowed to always be “sisters”. Life after foster care takes them in different directions. One as a superstar singer-songwriter, and the other , a well known photojournalist, who puts her career aside to create her own family. Life doesn’t always work out the way they expect, and obstacles are thrown their way . But are they really obstacle or opportunities? I love that Ms Richards always makes me take an introspective look within myself and makes me want to be a better me . + I got this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.