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Review: The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters

October 12, 2008

When The Gifted Gabaldón Sisters by Lorraine López opens the four motherless Gabaldón sisters live with their brother, their father and their aged housekeeper, Fermina.  Fermina is ill and can’t get out of bed, so the family takes care of her.  Fermina promises that she will leave each of the girls a “gift” when she dies.  After she passes away, they all assume she’s left them gifts of magic and they determine that one has been left the ability to tell lies, one the ability to heal animals, one the ability to curse people and the last one the ability to make people laugh.  The book is told from the point of view of all four sisters with WPA reports on Fermina’s history in between the chapters.  The girls struggle and search for answers and at the end of the book, while they’re cleaning out their father’s condo, they find what they’re looking for.

This book was just okay.  For me, there were elements of it that just didn’t quite work.  One of the sisters’ story is told in the second person and that really bothered me.  I got really frustrated by all but one of the sisters because of the poor choices they continued to make in their lives.  Because of the WPA reports, the reader learns the secret the sisters are searching for before they discover it, so the ending was anti-climatic for me.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2008 8:56 am

    Sorry you didn’t like this one, Kathy!

    So, Sophia’s POV was third person? I always get confused w/ second vs. third.

    Which sister did you like best? I think I liked Loretta best.

    I really like more modern Latin American fiction. I’ve read a lot of Julia Alvarez, Sandra Benitez, Esmeralda Santiago, Cristina Garcia, etc. and this fits right into that genre.

  2. October 12, 2008 9:07 am

    Shana, you made me realize that I made a mistake and I’ve corrected it now. Sophia’s point of view was 2nd person. I liked Loretta the best, too.

  3. October 12, 2008 9:08 am

    Sophia’s POV was 2nd person. I think that most of the other girls were 3rd person and only one sister was first person, if I remember correctly….

    Second person is the “and then you realized…,” third is “and then she realized.” First is, of course, “and then I realized.”

  4. October 12, 2008 10:06 am

    Interesting…I have this one on my TBR list. However, I find it really frustrating as well when characters continue to make poor choices.

  5. October 12, 2008 11:08 am

    I love honest reviews! I am always confused when authors use the different POV for different characters, even though the narration has obviously moved to them. I wonder how I’ll do with this one. I think I’ll keep this on my tbr but just let it fall out where it lands.

  6. October 12, 2008 1:50 pm

    Hmmm. I’m waiting for a copy of this from Hachette. I’ll be interested to see how or if my opinion differs. Thanks for the honest review!

  7. October 12, 2008 6:33 pm

    This one sounds really interesting and I’ve read some good reviews. I also get annoyed when characters keep doing stupid things. I might bump this one down the list a little.

  8. October 12, 2008 8:37 pm

    Great review Kathy. This book has peaked my interest for awhile now. Perhaps I won’t be in a rush to go and buy it right now LOL

  9. October 12, 2008 10:55 pm

    I didn’t get this one in the mail – but based on your review, I’m sorta glad I didn’t. I don’t mind different points of view, if it’s done well : ) Thanks for the review

  10. October 13, 2008 8:44 pm

    My hats off to you for finishing the book. If I’d run across those issues, I’d have move on to another. I admire you for sticking with it! Kudos!

  11. October 14, 2008 2:56 pm

    So all of the sisters except for one is told in first person? That’s weird. Wonder if there was some mysterious literary reason for the discontinuity? Something like that would bother me, too.

  12. October 15, 2008 10:52 am

    I haven’t found too many books with the 2nd person point of view. The assortment of POVs in this story sounds interesting. Too bad the ending was anti-climatic. Otherwise, I think the book sounds good.

  13. October 16, 2008 10:19 am

    I agree completely. This book seemed to be trying too hard to be more than it was. Bummer. 🙂

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