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Review: The Bird Sisters

June 9, 2011

Sisters Milly and Twiss have always been a lot alike and also very different.  They’re both passionate and loyal, but each has different dreams.   Their father was a golf pro, who can’t keep up with the lifestyles of his clients and their mother was frustrated because of it.  Their cousin Bett came to visit one summer and, at first, they were fascinated by her.  Something happened that summer, though, and it made them question what they believe in and it changed their lives forever.

Ever since I met Rebecca Rasmussen on Twitter, I’ve been anxious to read her book, The Bird Sisters.  I have to admit that a part of me was nervous that I wouldn’t like the book as much as I like her, but it turned out that I worried for nothing.  The Bird Sisters is wonderfully captivating and Rasmussen’s skill shines through.

The books opens with the elderly Milly and Twiss living together, tending to injured birds that members of their community bring their way.  It seems that happens less and less often these days, and the sisters reflect on how their lives turned out the way they did.  It really made me think about the way small moments and chance encounters can change a life forever.

I loved the fact that Milly and Twiss were so different and yet so similar, because really, isn’t that how most siblings are?  I also appreciated and respected the decision they made that long ago summer when Bett came to visit, even though I’m not sure I’d have been strong enough to do the same.  They spend their lives healing birds and also each other.

The Bird Sisters is a fabulous story of strength, sacrifice, love and loyalty.  It is filled with great characters that readers will miss once they turn the last page.  It’s a book you won’t want to end.

I thought Rasmussen’s writing was wonderful and I look for this to be the beginning of a great career for her.  Her prose is gorgeous and I found it easy to get lost in her words.  She is definitely an author to watch for.

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
53 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 5:13 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed this! I’ve been hearing great things and can’t wait to read it myself. Thanks for the review. :O)

  2. June 9, 2011 5:19 am

    Never heard of this, but it sure does sound good. And a gorgeous cover, too!

  3. June 9, 2011 5:35 am

    I really should check the library for this one. it seems like the kind of book they would buy

  4. June 9, 2011 6:15 am

    I am so looking forward to getting my copy of this book! Rebecca is awesome.

  5. June 9, 2011 6:17 am

    Thanks for the review. I just put it on hold at the library.

  6. June 9, 2011 6:20 am

    Glad to see that you enjoyed this one as much as I did.

  7. June 9, 2011 6:44 am

    I skimmed your review because I still have to write mine. I’m so happy for Rebecca’s success.

  8. June 9, 2011 7:02 am

    Glad you enjoyed it – I did too 🙂

  9. June 9, 2011 7:33 am

    I need to read this one yet! Excited for it – thanks for the review … I adore that cover!

  10. June 9, 2011 7:46 am

    My dad calls my sisters and I birds! 🙂 sounds like a fabulous read.

  11. June 9, 2011 8:02 am

    I loved this one as well! It is a great kickoff book for the summer reading season! I think Rebecca will have a wonderful career as a writer. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!

  12. June 9, 2011 8:15 am

    Great review, I have been wanting to meet these two sisters who care for injured birds. I’m happy you find yourself really liking the author and the book. That must be quite the thing.

  13. June 9, 2011 8:16 am

    “Same Kind of Different As Me is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. Can’t wait to read your review.

  14. kaye permalink
    June 9, 2011 8:42 am

    Bookfan Mary was kind enough to send me her copy of The Bird Sisters and it is next on my agenda. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Now, I really look forward to it. Thanks for a wonderful review.

  15. June 9, 2011 9:12 am

    I’ve been hearing fabulous things about The Bird Sisters. I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it too. I need to get my hands on the book!

  16. June 9, 2011 9:30 am

    I know what you mean – I’m always scared to read books by authors I’ve met and really like!

  17. June 9, 2011 10:28 am

    I have heard a lot of good things about this book, and I am glad that it was such a great read for you. It’s always hard when you love an author, but feel tepid about his or her book, so I am glad that wasn’t the case here. Wonderful review, Kathy!

  18. June 9, 2011 10:39 am

    I really enjoyed your review, I am about a 1/3 of the way into the book. While uncommon for me I had to put it aside to read a book a friend loaned me,but I finished it and will be getting back to Milly and Twiss. I am happy to learn I’m not the only one who is nervous about reading a book after I’ve gotten to know an author, I’ve gotten very friendly with Rebecca and many other authors on Twitter and the blogs and I worry that I won’t love their work….scary for me.
    I look forward to finishing the book now, and to hearing about your meeting with our dear friend.

  19. drbethnolan permalink
    June 9, 2011 10:59 am

    I really, really, REALLY want to read this book! And I could have kicked myself since she was just at the Concord Bookshop speaking and I missed it!! Thanks for a great review. -Beth

  20. June 9, 2011 11:28 am

    I enjoyed this book . It’s the kind of story that stays with you for a while. Glad to see you liked it too.

  21. June 9, 2011 11:36 am

    Loved your review of this book! I hadn’t heard of it until now and I’m so glad I did, because it really sounds like my cup of tea. I liked how you mentioned how different the sisters are and yet how similar they are at the same time – because you are so right, that is exactly how siblings are. As much as you want to be different from each other, there are just some things that you can’t help but share – I was thinking of my sister when I read that part in your post. I’m definitely excited for this book!

  22. June 9, 2011 11:40 am

    Looking forward to it, it is on my list. Great review!

  23. June 9, 2011 12:12 pm

    I’ve been curious about this book. So glad you liked it, I’ll look for it now!

  24. June 9, 2011 12:24 pm

    I have heard nothing but good things about this one.

  25. June 9, 2011 1:34 pm

    I have this at home and am eager, too — so glad you liked it — it’s getting good buzz!

  26. June 9, 2011 2:43 pm

    Ooh, I have seen lots of buzz for this one around! So glad you liked it. I’ll have to check it out.

  27. June 9, 2011 2:49 pm

    So glad to hear you enjoyed The Bird Sisters! Rebecca is just about the sweetest — I hope to read this one soon.

  28. June 9, 2011 3:41 pm

    Loved this book and Rebecca!!!

  29. June 9, 2011 5:56 pm

    This is one of those books that I really need to add to my must read list for this summer!

  30. June 9, 2011 6:28 pm

    I’m glad the book was so good. It’s always difficult when you know the author and then don’t like their book. I always worry too.

  31. June 9, 2011 8:36 pm

    This is high on my wishlist and I can’t wait to read it. I’m so glad that you liked it.

  32. June 9, 2011 8:40 pm

    Oh Honey thank you for the gorgeous review! I LOVED meeting you the other day 🙂

  33. June 9, 2011 9:12 pm

    i’ve read nothing but good things about rasmussen’s book and am still working on getting my hands on a copy. rebecca is nothing but sweetness on twitter and i completely understand your concern liking the book as much as you do the author!

  34. stacybuckeye permalink
    June 9, 2011 9:41 pm

    I’ve read nothing but great things about this one.

  35. June 9, 2011 9:44 pm

    I’ve heard really good things about this book. So neat when a debut novel is so good, isn’t it? And I do think that life is affected by a million little choices.

  36. June 9, 2011 10:34 pm

    Glad you liked this — I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

  37. June 10, 2011 4:49 am

    I love the sound of this book! And the cover is amazing. I would pick this one up if I saw it at the bookstore. Great review.

  38. June 10, 2011 6:52 am

    I have eyed this one in my local bookstore for quite a while. I will definitely pick it up next time I see it. It sounds like something I would really enjoy.

  39. June 10, 2011 9:12 am

    I keep reading such wonderful things about this novel that I really want to read it. Also it is nice to know that this author is on twitter too!

  40. June 10, 2011 9:30 am

    What a great review of The Bird Sisters. Milly and Twiss sound like engagin, fascinating characters and so realistic. I have read other reviews of this book and they all rave about the story and Rebecca’s writing. I am looking forward to the opportunity to read this book!

  41. Melissa permalink
    June 10, 2011 9:57 am

    I can’t wait to read this and it’ll be great to review on my blog I plan to start about Wisconsin books, and Wisconsin authors! I’ll let you know Kathy!

  42. June 10, 2011 3:18 pm

    I’ve only read good things about this book. Your review is encouraging.

  43. June 10, 2011 6:58 pm

    I’m cheap…I’m waiting for the paperback. 😀

  44. June 11, 2011 12:20 am

    I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds like something I would really enjoy. Great review!

  45. June 11, 2011 6:56 am

    I am getting this and just waiting to read it.

  46. Swapna permalink
    June 11, 2011 9:49 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book as well – it’s always hard when you know an author before you read their book, but luckily Rebecca is a talented writer!

  47. June 11, 2011 6:54 pm

    I have to get this one and all the reviews have been positively glowing. Need to get myself and my sister this next. Great review and bravo to Rebecca’s debut!

  48. stilettostorytime permalink
    June 12, 2011 1:42 pm

    I am dying to read this one…I have heard so many good things.

  49. June 13, 2011 5:13 pm

    You’re so lucky to have met Rebecca! I’m glad you loved the book – so did I!

  50. June 13, 2011 9:33 pm

    I really want this book, more and more every time I read a new review.

  51. June 14, 2011 4:12 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful read and an author to definitely watch out for.

  52. June 15, 2011 3:40 pm

    You’ve made me really excited about this one. Just have to find time to read it!

  53. June 20, 2011 12:39 am

    I don’t think I’ve seen this where I live because it’s so new. I will keep a lookout for it.

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