I am absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; The Gin Sisters Promise by Faith Hogan. I am incredibly excited to be sharing my review of this emotional book with you all. Thank you to Ayo at Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus for the complimentary copy!
The Gin Sisters’ Promise
Three estranged sisters. Six months to come back together.
When Georgie, Iris and Nola’s mother died and their father disappeared into his grief, the sisters made a pact: they would always be there for one another, no matter what.
Now, decades later, they haven’t spoken for years and can barely stand to be in the same room. As his health declines, their father comes up with a plan to bring them back to one another. In his will, he states that before they can claim their inheritance, they must spend six months living together in their childhood home in the village of Ballycove, Ireland, and try to repair their broken relationships.
As the months progress, old resentments boil over, new secrets threaten to come out and each sister must decide what matters more: their pride, or their family. Can they overcome their past and find a way to love each other once more?
Well, what can I say? Other than; beautifully poignant, heart-warming and endearing – an absolute delight!
Every time I pick up a Faith Hogan book I know that I will be in for a real treat, as with all of Hohan’s books this is so heart-warming. Whenever I pick up one of Faith Hogan’s books it instantly feels as though I have been wrapped in a favourite oversized snuggly woollen jumper, you feel incredibly warm and it’s comforting.
The Gin Sisters Promise is all about family and moving forward, it follows Georgie, Iris and Nola, three sisters who at one time were as close as peas in a pod. They didn’t have to best childhood but they stuck together, they made a promise and vowed to always be together. Fast forward twenty years and these three sisters which had at one point been so close have now been torn apart by lies and secrets. Now they are full-grown women with lives of their own, each hates the other, and neither talks to the other they are each deeply unhappy in their lives, and there is a lot of trauma and anger which has picked their close bond apart. Then their father suddenly dies forcing the sisters to finally confront the past and rebuild bridges.
This book really struck me, each other sisters are so unhappy, to the outer world they have everything, they are each successful in their own way and have everything each of them anted, everything’s perfect! Which is as far from the truth as humanly possible, they aren’t happy, they are sunk into the darkness of lies and unable to find the way out. I think we can all admit to being guilty of putting on a bright smile to the outer world, when actually behind the doors life’s a bit tough can’t we?
George, Iris and Nola must face each other far more than just for one day, they must stay together in their childhood, something which causes a whole host of issues, raw emotions, hard-hitting truths and lots of tears and a fair bit of reminiscing, but will it all be enough to fix what was broken so, so long ago?
Faith Hogan has written a beautiful and incredibly relatable story of facing your past and finding your happiness, the three women in the centre are marvellous! They have such vibrant personalities which bounce of each other they are so alike and yet so different. They are opinionated, headstrong and deeply wounded, they have a lot that they need to resolve; personally and together before any healing can be done. It takes time but it’s worth the wait.
This is such a gorgeous story, it’s a whirlwind of emotions from page one. It’s beautifully paced which keeps you engaged and turning the pages, with family drama and a stunning backdrop of beautiful Ireland, a definite must-read, the perfect escape from the ‘real’ world!
About the Author
Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.