3 out of 4 stars
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The Reel Sisters is about a group of four (recently became five) unique girls who are initially brought together by fly fishing but now also have an incredible friendship. They are quite similar when it comes to kindness and making wisecracks. The lives they lead are quite different. No matter what happens, they make sure they have time for hanging out together and fly fishing.
Rose is the eldest and a veteran in fly fishing, though she says she still has a lot to learn about it. She’s the motherly figure of the group as she puts the others before herself but is also not shy when it comes to mocking the other girls. Veronica is the CEO of her own company, which coaches top women executives to become better leaders, and her husband owns a successful restaurant. Veronica never thought she would ever find herself on a trail or next to a river, with boots on, and fly fishing. Amanda works full-time and has two young children. Her husband is deployed in Afghanization, and she struggles not to be worried about him. Sophie is single and runs a successful farm. Melody is the newcomer, the youngest, and a photographer by passion, who joins the group through an unusual incident. Her way of talking and choice of words adds some freshness to reading.
The author has done a fantastic job is showing how different the five girls are and, at the same time, how they can gel well together, have a good time, and support each other when needed. In each chapter of the book, the story is subdivided into the girls' points of view. Each girl had a different perspective of what fly fishing meant for them. As a bonus to the story, you can also learn about fly fishing. I hadn’t heard about it before reading the book, and I’m glad I know about it now. Melody’s introduction to the book helped give insight into how one gets into fly fishing in comparison to how the other girls who regularly enjoy fly fishing. That doesn’t mean the patience comes easy with experience!
Overall, the book was enjoyable, though the ending was shocking and disappointing. Michelle Cummings impressed me with how she handled the sensitive event. Every person had their way of coping with what happened, which was interesting to read about.
I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The description of the ending scene was too drastic for my liking. Other than that, there were a lot of commas missing, which would have helped me understand the long sentences better. I would say the appropriate audience is young adults and older because of some innuendos, Melody's language, the circumstances through which she met the girls, and some other scenes.
The story itself is entertaining, will keep you engrossed for pages and well worth your time. This book is absolutely a must-read!
The Reel Sisters
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