Friday, June 8, 2012
"When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds' heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can't, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who've brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.
But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn't change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn't exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly's eye. And, most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever." Goodreads Exerpt
This book goes back and forth from 1947 when Twiss and Milly are young girls to the present where they are old women. Reflecting back at a time when their father's golf career comes to an end, their parents marriage is estranged, and their homely cousin comes to visit. It feels like nothing works out in the story for the girls or their parents. It isn't a engaging read, but actually kind of depressing.
I muddled through it, and had hoped it would get better but it never did. It was a disappointing read. Perhaps someone wanting to reflect on the youth of spinster sisters who lost everything, but I think there are more joyful books to read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.