Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Becoming The Talbot Sisters

Author: Rachel Linden
Title: Becoming The Talbot Sisters
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. On an astonishing journey across Central Europe, they must come together to face their fears, find their courage and fight for what they love.

Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie Talbot, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worked in Budapest, Hungary.

When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.

But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across Central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, an unforeseen dangerous turn in their journey across Europe forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.

Review: I love books about sisters, but if you were thinking you were going to get a pretty family drama full of hearts and flowers, you might be in for a surprise. Don't get me wrong, there's some lovely family bonding in this book, but there's a lot more to it than that going on.

Charlie and Waverly are two very different women and its hard to believe they are twin sisters. Waverly is a Food Network chef who doesn't like the Pioneer Woman. (I have to say I adored that part of her, because I hate the Pioneer Woman too).  A little aside that bugged me, every time Rachael Ray was mentioned, her name wasn't spelled correctly.  Charlie works in Budapest helping women, she seems to be carrying on her late father's work.

When their aunt who raised them passes away, the two have a chance to reconnect after many years. Its when Charlie learns that her sister can't conceive and offers to be her surrogate.

I have to admit, I can't imagine being that selfless for my sister, or for anyone else for that matter. Charlie and Waverly both go through changes during the course of the pregnancy. Charlie learning about the changes in her body and Waverly becoming obsessed with being a mom at last, which puts a strain on her marriage. To make matters worse, both have issues going on in their careers, not to mention the fact that Charlie helped to save some women who were involved in human trafficking.

Things get really.."REAL" when they find themselves kidnapped. So yeah, I wasn't expecting that. All of this happens when Charlie is getting ready to give birth. Oh and in the course of the rescue another child enters Waverly's life. Oh and the thing the kidnappers make Waverly do, is hilarious in the grand scheme of kidnapping.

The ending for me was a little bit hurried. It all happened so fast with the rescue and then Charlie and the baby and Jonah, the doctor that worked with her.

So, yeah, this is not your typical sisterly novel, but its a fabulous book that is, and I hate to use this word, unputdownable.

Rating: 4 flowers


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