4 out of 4 stars
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A woman purchased a piece of land beside a river and built a cabin on it as she was enthusiastic about fly-fishing since her childhood. She was inspired by the book on fly-fishing, which was written by a woman in 1496. Her passion for fly-fishing was fulfilled by having an adobe near a river. At different points of time, she eventually crossed the path of the four other women one by one, and sisterhood developed between them because of fly-fishing, which helped them to unwind the stress from their daily life. How the friendship develops between these women and how the other women learn fly-fishing can be clearly understood by reading the book having the title as The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings.
I read this book with Adobe Acrobat Reader and found 429 pages in it. The story is told from a first-person perspective. Each of these women narrates the story from her perspective separately in different chapters, which gives us almost a complete picture from the multiple viewpoints. The book is a nice mix of a fly-fishing guide and a thrilling adventure story of these women as they go for fly-fishing in the wilderness. Does this story continues uneventful, or are there any twists and turns in the story that affects their lives, all this can be known only by reading the book yourself.
I picked up this book because I wanted to know more about fly-fishing. Initially, I thought the women are fly-fishing to make a living, but after reading the book, I realized that they do it for something altogether different, which I never thought. I figured out that there are some good things as well as bad things in this kind of fishing, but it may be a different thing for the other readers depending upon their perspective of good and bad. The thing I liked the most in this book is the good in-depth details about fly fishing, which can help anyone who wants to learn this art. The story was also so captivating that I was glued to it until I finished the book. The characters were nicely crafted with contrasting personalities and were from different backgrounds.
The thing I disliked the most is the somewhat abrupt starting and ending of some of the important events, which slightly gave me a feeling of getting stranded. However, the logic behind the different incidents in the story appeared to be nicely covered and gave me a satisfactory conclusion later. I felt that there could have been little moderation in Melody’s character’s as it was highly unstable and somewhat dangerous in real life if someone tries to imitate her.
I recommend this book to young adults and the older audience only because some parts of the story may not be suitable for children and teenagers to read, though it is not that graphical or violent. There are lots of risks involved in fly-fishing if it is not done with due care, and it requires to use certain safety-gear, especially, in the waters with swift current and slippery rocks beneath. I suggest that teenagers should take their guardian’s approval for reading the book for this reason.
I do not recommend this book to the readers who hate fishing and also to those who dislike going outdoors like in the wild or countryside. Apart from fly-fishing lessons and a heart-touching emotional story of these women, there is nothing else in this book. When I found only a few grammatical errors, it seemed to me that the editing quality of the book to be satisfactory. Therefore, I stayed on my initial decision to give all the 4 out of 4 stars.
The Reel Sisters
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