Shadow Sister

Shadow Sister

by Katherine Scott Jones

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Shadow Sister by Katherine Scott Jones

When a vintner's daughter travels to Bolivia to scatter her estranged sister's ashes, she unravels secrets that test her devotion to home and make her question whether truth is worth the cost of forgiveness. Bittersweet and bold, Shadow Sister explores the mysteries of the human heart and the bond of unquenchable love.

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BN ID: 2940162074922
Publisher: Redemption Press
Publication date: 05/24/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 821 KB

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Shadow Sister 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ARS8 3 months ago
Shadow Sister was a story of layers and uncovering them of a relationship between two sisters who have grown apart. This was a bittersweet tale of discovering a person and the secrets they kept after they passed away. I think it also really shows how important it is to keep communication lines open between family and friends no matter the hurt or cost. However, people are a stubborn lot and sometimes we must journey to find these answers on our own. Taking place in the beautiful wine country of Washington State and traveling to Bolivia, we step into Sarah’s shoes as she must do the last wishes of her estranged sister Jenna. I really liked how the author wrote Jenna’s voice, that even though she is gone, we still get her viewpoint- especially in the snippets of her past. This was a beautifully told story, with a subtle love story, family secrets, and the message that the truth can only set you free. I look forward to more work from author Jones, a new to me author. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Ourpugs 3 months ago
Shadow sister This is my first book by Katherine Scott Jones. I enjoyed her writing, the flow of the story was really good. Some surprises along the way. Sarah goes to Bolivia to get her sister remains after Jenna passes away in a bus accident. She meets some very interesting people, good friends of her sister. The book goes from present time and back to when Jenna and Sarah was younger. Basically Jenna telling her side of things during different stages of her life, explaining things that happened. That made the story more interesting. I definitely recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from Katherine. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review.
Deana0326 3 months ago
The story sweeps across oceans from the States to a small town in Bolivia. It centers on two sisters who are very different. Have you ever felt like you were in the shadows of one of your siblings? Sarah has always thought that her sister Jenna was the center of attention in the family. It seemed that she always heard praises about Jenna especially from her dad. There was definitely jealousy on Sarah's part. I loved reading about the relationship the sisters had and the author really explores what happens when a secret is hidden that ruins their bond. It is hard to repair a fractured relationship when one of them takes off to Bolivia. Sarah is heartbroken and also bitter. Why would Jenna stop talking to her and go thousands of miles away? I did enjoy the way the author had us travel back in years as we saw a glimpse into the life Jenna as she matured into a young woman. I did feel sorry for Sarah as she felt unloved at times by her father. When a tragedy occurs in the family, I think the story really took off on an emotional journey that made the story so touching and real. As Sarah travels to Bolivia she questions why she alone was requested to come. Why would Jenna want her to be the family member who fulfills her wishes? The author does a good job of describing the way people in some areas of Bolivia live. I was very surprised to read what is done to young women there. It is something I can't fathom any human ever doing. The way that women are treated there is appalling at times. I loved how the author reminds us of how much God loves women and want them to be treated with respect. Another part of the story that fascinated me was learning about vineyards. I could see the beautiful grapes as they were ready for harvest glistening in the sun. The family has worked hard to keep it going and it has become a prosperous business for them. I'm not sure how I felt about the dad at times. I could see how he gave most of his attention to Jenna, but as I read the story I began to see the secrets that had been hidden for so long cast a shadow . The shadow crept into Sarah in a way that made her feel invisible at times. The best part of the book for me is when Sarah is in Bolivia and discovers the real Jenna that she never knew. Does Sarah regret the bitterness she had for her sister? Why did Jenna keep her life in Bolivia a secret from her family? I liked how the author shows how much each sister loved God and was able to see through His eyes the beauty a woman possesses inside and out. The story is filled with deep emotion, secrets, redemption, forgiveness and an understanding of being His hands and feet. I will remember this story for its openness about how women are treated in other countries. I appreciate the way the author examines family relationships and how each moment is precious that you spend with them. Above all, I love the story for its message of hope and unconditional love. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
NKBookReviewer 3 months ago
Shadow Sister is the first novel by author Katherine Scott Jones that I have had the pleasure of reading. It was a haunting story that has stayed with me long after finishing it. Filled with family, suspense, secrets, love, hope, grace, and redemption. It is beautifully written and unlike anything I have read. Shadow Sister is a 365 page Christian Fiction packed with intrigue, sadness, and grief, but there is the element of forgiveness and reassurance of God's love and the importance of family. Author Jones alternates between past and present, tenses, and people in the telling of this inspiring story. It took me a few chapters to become invested, but then I was all in. The characters were described so well that they came to life on the pages. I have never been to Bolivia but feel like I have now. The author has a descriptive writing style that is engaging. This is the tale of two close sisters, Jenna and Sarah Lanning. Misunderstandings drove them apart. The emotions transferred from the characters to me, and I was saddened. The mystery that kept me reading was what could do this to sisters. Unfortunately family disagreements and grudges go back to Bible times. Jenna was part of a Christian organization that helps people in third-world countries get clean, water, something Americans take for granted. In Bolivia she encounters superstitions, harsh conditions, injustice, and creepy crawlers. After some tragic news Sarah goes to Bolivia. I really liked the Christian element and inspiration in this book. If a book is classified as Christian I don’t want it lightly sprinkling it. Give me a heavy handed dose. This book did. Encouraging me to draw closer to God and help others was a result of reading this. Valuing family even more and realizing the preciousness of time spent together stuck with me. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book. The subject matter and descriptions seem to me better suited for older teens and adults. Parts of the book were hard for me to read, realistic as they might be. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars and will definitely be reading more from this author. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The review and opinions are my own honest ones.
JLYoung 3 months ago
Do you ever read a book and wish you could meet the characters in real life? Like your mind tricks you and you think the characters are real people hiding out in plain sight in the setting of the book... This is how I felt at the end of this book! After a bit of difficulty getting into the book initially, once the plot took off and I knew the characters better, the twists and turns kept me interested til the end. I loved the plot. The setting dually set in Bolivia and Washington was intriguing. As a person who loves foreign culture, this was especially of interest to me. I loved learning about Bolivian culture. My favorite part of the story was the way the author released information slowly. At the beginning I found myself in a hurry wanting to know what in the world was going on right away. I came to like the slow way the author gave the information as the characters were realizing it or finding it out within the natural flow of the story. This kept me reading and wanting more! I also loved the little bit of romance, sisterly struggles, family secrets, and themes of forgiveness, loyalty, love and grace. One thing that I struggled with in the story was the point of view in which the story was told. Jenna's story was written in first person and Sarah's was written mostly in third person but would sometimes jump into first person. I felt like I would have preferred it the other way around. Sarah seemed to be the main character of the story so I would have connected with her more had she been written in first person. Overall, this wasn't really a huge deal but I do feel I would have liked the story even better than I do had the point of views been reversed. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a digital copy of this book. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.
PianoLady831 3 months ago
Shadow Sister is an engrossing read, a poignant story that plumbs the depth of the reader’s emotions, an absolute gem. This well-crafted story is exquisitely written, making new-to-me author Katherine Scott Jones a must read. It’s rare to find a relationship drama of this quality in the Christian fiction genre, and this is a difficult review to write because there’s no way any words of mine can do it justice. This multi-faceted story spans from rural Bolivia to the vineyards of Washington State, from the present to past years leading up to a tragedy that challenged the close bond between two sisters. There’s a richness and complexity in the narrative that extends to father/daughter relationships, the Lanning family vineyard business, and a faith-based outreach in rural Bolivia. That the best wines are produced under stress makes a great analogy for our Christian walk … “The right amount of drought, when the vine had to cast its roots down … down … summoning all its strength and will to survive – those vines were capable of creating a wine able to hold its own among the finest in the world.” - Sarah and Jenna’s mom Sisters Sarah and Jenna literally touched my soul. I loved Sarah’s strength and determination in deciding to travel to Bolivia alone, and adored the pilot, Chase Maddox, as their friendship and sweet romance grew. For Sarah, the physical journey became one of self-discovery, with twists and turns revealing all was not as it seemed. Secondary characters, such as little Sofia, stole my heart. Social issues, such as the gender inequality that reigned supreme in Bolivia, is a major theme. I enjoyed learning about Jenna’s work at the mission and was inspired by her vision for helping the women, with a goal of “bringing them out of the shadows and into the light” by educating them so they could offer their families a better life. These words of wisdom from Sarah’s mom, shared by Sarah, especially spoke to me and are so relevant: “Don’t let not being able to solve the problem keep you from being part of the solution.” Shadow Sister is a memorable story of the highest quality, one that captured my emotions from the very first page and never let go. 5 stars, “best of the best” for me. Very highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Becky5 4 months ago
“Blood is blood.” This favorite saying of Sarah and Jenna’s father is both a promise and a curse in Katherine Scott Jones’s novel, Shadow Sister. Family means everything to the Lanning family, until two tragic accidents begin to tear the remains of the family apart. When a third tragedy occurs, Sarah is left reeling and wondering what had ever come between her and Jenna. Divided between the two sisters, the narrative starts at different points in the family’s history, one in the present tense and one in the past. At first, I wasn’t sure there was enough action to hold my attention. Shadow Sisters is an exploration of relationships and emotions, and what a deep and lovely book it turned out to be. The characters are very fluid and realistic. It is this dichotomy of the human nature that allows for the puzzle in the relationships. Even those who know Jesus personally in the story struggle with handing over their foibles. Isn’t that so true of real life! Quotables: “Remember, Sarah, shadow is as important as light. We need them both or we’re left with something flat and two-dimensional. Dull. But when we bring them together, shadow and light add depth. Interest. Life!” “When the things that hurt God’s heart hurt ours too, that keeps us close to Him. And that’s always a good thing.” I received a complimentary copy of this book through the author and Celebrate Lit. This is no way affects my opinions, for which I am solely responsible. I was not required to leave a positive review.
TheBeccaFiles 4 months ago
WOW! I will be honest when I say there were a few moments in the beginning where I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one, but the deeper I got into it the more I felt emotionally entangled in Sarah’s journey for answers to her sister’s life and death far from home in Bolivia. Their relationship had been strained to say the least when Jenna hopped on a plane to Bolivia, but the more I discovered about their story, the more I felt like an actual part of it. One of the things I loved about this story, was actually Sarah being able to catch glimpses of what Jenna had seen in Bolivia that made her fall in love with it. It wasn’t only about running away from home, but also coming alongside a people that could benefit from caring and supportive hands. Things that we take for granted like clean drinking water, was life-altering for the people-especially the women and young girls. By having easier access to fresh water, they didn’t have to spend their days travelling to bring fresh water home anymore. This opened opportunities for them to spend their time getting educated and trying to better themselves. Life wasn’t easy for them, and Jenna and those she worked with her working alongside them to help make their lives easier and more fulfilling. She also taught them about the love of Jesus. In Bolivia, women are often thought of as merely the property of their husbands. They aren’t taught to expect much out of life. Jenna and her peers were seeking to help them and change their futures for the better. I felt as if I was getting to know them right alongside Sarah. It made my heart want to help them as well. One quote (not found in the story), that I had going through my mind is the one that says to “always be kind, because people are facing battles you know nothing about.” Jenna and Sarah both had their own battles that they were dealing with, but instead of going to each other and sharing in them, they grew farther and farther apart. I think it’s something that happens so often in life that we don’t even realize it when it happens. Have you ever had an argument with a best friend, and 10 years later you wonder what you were even fighting about? Or have you ever needed someone, but you pushed them away instead because you couldn’t handle the emotions it would bring up to talk about it? Have you ever walked into a room and felt you didn’t belong, so you don’t even bother sticking around? Have you ever felt like the “odd man out” and it makes you question your own identity? Have you ever told a lie that you’re afraid to reveal the truth? I ask all these questions not saying they are all in the book, but rather stating the fact that we all have battles we deal with, and we can allow those battles to divide us, or help us to grow closer. If we wait too long, we may not have the chance anymore. This was definitely one of those stories that made me feel something. It was an emotional journey, but one I’m glad I went on. This is certainly a story that I know is going to stay with me for a very long time. I highly, highly recommend it! *I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit Tours. I was not required to share a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Phyllis_H 4 months ago
Shadow Sister by Katherine Scott Jones Guilt and secrets had held her captive My rating is 4.5 stars Jenna was part of a Christian organization that was involved in helping the people in third-world countries access clean, pure water. As strange as this may sound, they had to overcome centuries of superstition and tradition to help the people change their way of life and be willing to have wells installed. In my naivety, I have always assumed that when offered better access to clean water, people jumped at the opportunity! Secret Sister showed many aspects of life in Bolivia. It is a harsh, yet beautiful place to be. Just reading about the bugs and creatures that came through the walls into the houses creeped me out! Eww! I loved the way that Jenna and her sister Sarah saw Jesus and His love for women. I had never noticed what the author pointed out, that in His interactions, Jesus never rebuked or reprimanded women the way he did the men. As I read through the Gospels, I will be watching for this, though my memory is already confirming this fact. Jenna realized that the secrets she had been keeping were holding her captive and after all these years was finally ready to return home and confess. Sadly, she was too late! Dear friends, don’t hold on to secrets. Jesus told us that the truth would set us free. The description of the book fascinated me and had me wanting to read it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. . . The ending of the prologue had me a little concerned that the “shadow sister” was going to end up being a spirit speaking to her sister but I was quickly reassured that was not the case. Whew! That wasn’t what I had signed up for! There were a few things that I did not like in the story. It was told in a third-person, present tense style, except for the flashbacks. I am not a fan of present-tense writing and have not read many stories where it “worked”. The only ones I can think of that didn’t feel awkward was one told in the first person. There is a place near the beginning where the author speaks of abominable treatment of young girls and goes into far more detail than I think was necessary. I was completely unprepared to encounter this in the book and felt blindsided and my stomach was turned. I do think I understand why this was there – to set the stage and soften my heart for the plight of women and girls in other countries. I believe it could have been presented in a way that wasn’t as detailed and yet still impactful. Because of this inclusion, I would hesitate recommending this for anyone other than adults. Read the full review of Shadow Sister by Katherine Scott Jones with a Preview at I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Librarycataloger 4 months ago
There are so many reasons why I love this book. It is a beautifully written story that left me in suspense until the very end. Yes, it is filled with clues but there are also secrets and we readers are reminded that the secrets that we think will prevent hurt can actually cause the most pain. I assumed that the title was a reference to the relationship between Sarah and her older sister Jenna but now, as I write this, I believe that it was a feeling shared by both. Perhaps Jenna felt as much in Sarah's shadow as Sarah felt in hers. Shadow Sister is the story of two sisters, Jenna and Sarah Lanning, and she includes both the present and the past to explain their deep but perhaps tenuous bond. Jenna was an artist of words who wanted to be a writer and she was very attached to her father; Sarah felt closer to her artist mother and she herself possessed the ability to create with paints and easel. And then, a tragic accident altered all of their lives and Jenna and Sarah both set their talents and their dreams aside. Jenna left their family vineyard to work in Bolivia and Sarah was left with a sense of both estrangement and abandonment. Suddenly, Sarah and her father receive word that Jenna has died in a bus crash and that Jenna's husband is seriously hurt. As she travels to Bolivia to tend to funeral details Sarah becomes involved with the people that Jenna was trying to help. She also meets a man who may alter her future as she discovers two secrets that completely undermine all that she has ever believed. Katherine Scott Jones has an amazing way with words! Both Jenna and Sarah have lost their first loves but both are given a second chance at great love. In one scene Jenna's husband Jonas tells Sarah "And I'm scared that I might forget her altogether. We weren't together very long. A little over a year. What if I forget what she was like? Who she was! My wife!" (p. 140-141) How many of us have felt those very same thoughts when we've lost someone? There is also a strong element of faith throughout the story. As Sarah returns to the crash sight where her sister died, she feels as if someone is right behind her. "There is no one. And yet... The hairs on her arms stand up, a breeze licks her forehead. Jesus. His nearness brings a settling to her spirit, an easing of tension, as if a coiled spring has sprung. And then, out of nowhere, a tiny lift of joy." (p. 145) Oh, the peace and joy that comes from knowing Jesus! Shadow Sister has 365 pages filled with intrigue, sadness, and grief but there is also hope and the promise of forgiveness. Most of, there is also the reminder that family is important and that God's Grace means everything! I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a favorable review. These are my honest opinions.
hkirkpat3 5 months ago
Katherine Scott Jones’ passion for story-telling brought this book to life for me. Between teaching me about wine making and showing me the beauty of Bolivia, she made me care (positively and negatively) about the characters, their struggles and triumphs. Then she wrapped it all up with an absolutely satisfying conclusion. Job well done!