On the surface, Melanie Kingstad-Keyes’s life is the picture of success. She’s a tenure track professor at a prestigious university and has a perfect husband. But a recent miscarriage has left her reeling and her marriage tenuous. Selling her family’s Lake Indigo summer home, which she hasn’t visited in fifteen years, feels like the perfect distraction from her problems. Now, she only needs to persuade her younger sister, Kelsey, to go along with her plan. Stuck in a dead-end job, Kelsey Kingstad bounces from one doomed relationship to the next as she struggles to jumpstart her adult life. Carrying the guilt of her mother’s untimely death, Kelsey is reluctant to let go of the Victorian house filled with memories of her mom and their childhood.When the sisters find a mysterious hidden door, Melanie and Kelsey discover that they can directly view their mother’s younger years and learn all the secrets she never shared with them. Delving into her memories is fun at first, but Melanie and Kelsey quickly uncover difficult truths, throwing their own life choices into question and making them wonder if they ever truly knew their mother. Visiting the past may help them find closure, but the cost could be steeper than they realize.
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This is a great heartwarming story of sisters who find a secret room that allows them to see their deceased mothers life. They have conflicts like all sisters do but have the chance to learn learn and grow from what they see. Or let their different opinions tear them apart.
Versions of Her is the first novel I have read by Andrea Lochen and it will not be my last. I was immediately drawn into the intriguing story and I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. I thought Versions of Her was well-written and it had a good flow. I thought the characters were realistic and relatable. The sister’s relationship was an accurate representation as it reminded me of my relationship with my sister. Siblings may have the same parents, but they have differing personalities, likes, and looks. I enjoyed the portal to the past that Melanie discovered. Each sister had a different approach (of course). Melanie was scientific and cautious while Kelsey was the adventurous one. I could understand their struggle over whether to keep using it and if their actions could change the course of events. They wanted to learn all they could about their mother. But what if they discovered something about her that would change their view of their deceased mom? Versions of Her is an emotional novel with Melanie agonizing over her miscarriage and Kelsey grieving for her mother along with the guilt she feels over her death. I enjoyed the various book references throughout the story with my favorite being Amelia Bedelia. Versions of Her shares an important message about being yourself (do not try to be something you are not). Versions of Her has reflection, struggle, memories, challenge of forgiveness, a charming Victorian lake home, a cute canine named Sprocket, and two diverse sisters.