Monday, September 16, 2019

Audible review The Sometimes Sisters by Carolyn Brown

I accidentally found Carolyn Brown through an Amazon sale and she is quickly becoming a favorite author. Although she deals with heavy duty issues her writing style is calming and easy paced that allows the reader/listener to really get to know the characters. I really enjoyed this family drama I hope you get a chance to too!

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Release Date: 2-27-2018

 8 hours-42 minutes
Buy It: Audible

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A bittersweet inheritance reunites three estranged sisters in a novel of family, trust, and forgiveness from New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown.
When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart.

Now she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Place to her granddaughters—twelve cabins, a small house, a café, a convenience store, and a lot of family memories. It’s where Dana, Harper, and Tawny once shared so many good times. They’ve returned, sharing only hidden regrets, a guarded mistrust, and haunting guilt. But now, in this healing summer place, the secrets that once drove them apart could bring them back together—especially when they discover that their grandmother may have been hiding something, too…

To overcome the past and find future happiness, these “sometimes sisters” have one more chance to realize they are always family.

An Amazon Charts bestseller.

Listen to a sample:

My Audible Review:

Brown’s The Sometimes Sisters is a poignant realistic look at a dysfunctional melded family bound by the love of their grandmother.
Be ready to laugh and cry when you read Carolyn Brown’s The Sometimes Sisters staring three sisters who are brought back into the arms of family by their grandmother’s death and their mutual love and respect for her and their Uncle Zed. But each one has baggage of her own, guilt and mistrust of the others unfortunately nurtured by their fractured family. She not only deals with familial relationships, but also societal expectations and limitations including prejudice in a small Texas town. Her characters are genuine, well developed and compassionate except toward their siblings. Her secondary characters are super especially Zed who will win hearts and pull on heartstrings. The plot is solid, the pace is steady and the narrative is perfect for south of the Mason Dixon line. Fans of women’s fiction and contemporary novels with a fair amount of romance will eat this up. Carolyn Brown is fast becoming a go-to for me in this genre.
The audible version narrated by Brittany Pressley is exceptional, her vocal range is amazing as is her down home Texas twang. Her voices are clearly demarked, she perfected both male and female as well as young and old. The audio format of The Sometimes Sisters is perfect for commuters, road trippers and those who just want that little extra in their novel enjoyment.
When Granny Annie dies and leaves her small Texas resort to her three estranged granddaughters she’s hoping having them work together will mend their broken relationship. But it’s a tall order and the man, their pseudo uncle Zed left with the task isn’t sure he can accomplish it.
The oldest sister Dana, the bastard, illegitimate daughter had a loving mother and a good relationship with her Granny Annie but grew up in the shadow of her two younger half-sisters and doesn’t think she can work with them without wanting to murder them. At least they rank high in her book for loving her precious teenaged daughter Brooke.
Brooke isn’t happy about leaving her old life but maybe being close to her two aunts and her uncle Zed will work out okay, that is if her mother and aunts don’t kill each other.
Harper the middle sister was forced to go away at sixteen when she got in trouble and knowing she wasn’t really wanted by her mother made her decision to never go home easy even if her life afterward was anything but. She would have loved to go to Granny Annie but was afraid she wouldn’t be welcome once her grandmother learned about her dirty little secret.
Tawny the youngest had a hard time at home once Harper left, their mother who never really wanted them in the first place made it clear she wasn’t a priority so when Tawny screwed up and got in trouble in college her mother simply turned her back on her. So learning she was part owner in Granny’s resort was a blessing being down to her last penny.

About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma, a small town of less than three thousand people where everyone knows everyone, knows what they are doing and with whom, and read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught.
A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas. That is her motto and muse as she goes through the days with quirky characters in her head, telling their stories, one by one, and loving her job.
She has been married almost half a century to a retired English teacher that she calls Mr. B and he does not read her books before they are published because she cannot afford a divorce. They have three grown children.—and enough grandchildren to keep them busy and young.
When Carolyn is not writing she likes to sit in the back yard and watch the two tom cats protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, other cats, spiders and blue jays.

About the Narrator:
Brittany Pressley is an Audiofile Earphones award winning narrator in NYC. She has recorded over 100 titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association's annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and voice actress


  1. I always see her books around but have yet to try one. It looks like she would be a great author to add to my list.

    1. I found her by accident and I love her now. I think if you buy some of her kindle books for .99 you can get the audible for 1.99 that's what I did. well worth it

  2. Awwww Carolyn Brown! I really enjoy her books

  3. This is one of my favorite stories by her. I enjoy her cowboy romances, but I think she excels at her women's fiction books like this one. Pressley is a fab narrator for her books, too.

    1. Oh I know I just finished The Lilac Bouquet what a fab book that was to listen to

  4. I've read a couple of her books and enjoyed them. Its been a while though.

  5. I haven't read anything from this author but I think this sounds so emotional and really good!

  6. I've listened to one of her books and you've sold me on this one so I am going to make sure its in my wish list. Love the sound of the uncle.

  7. Anything I've read by her I have enjoyed. I really need to try more. I've been trying to begin with a first in series.

  8. I love stories about sisters and familial relationships, and it's wonderful when an author can make you have genuine love for her characters and laugh and cry as you read their story! Lovely Review Debbie!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape