3 out of 4 stars
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The Reel Sisters is a novel by Michelle Cummings that features friendship, lives, and adventures of fly fishing by a group of five girls Sophie, Amanda, veronica, Rose, and Melody, who is the last to join them. Each one of them is unique and different.
Melody was taking outdoor nude pictures of herself next to a river when her foot slips from the stone she was stepping. She plunged into the river that swept her downstream. She was saved by the other four who were fly fishing downstream. Her life changed and became part of the reel sisters. Characters take turns telling the story in first-person narration. Through this technique, the characters take the reader into their confidence.
Reading this book was like watching my favorite television series. The organization rendered me speechless. Each section of the book appeared like an episode where the writer introduced conflict and resolved it slowly as the story progressed. I could not wait to know what happened next. I was stunned by the author’s topic on the sport of fly fishing. I found it educative. Through the narration by Rose, who is the master of fly fishing, she elaborated on the theory behind it that I felt I wanted to try it out. It became real and practical. The writer, through the characters, has given sources of information that she used to write the book. I was amazed to learn from the book that fish have a strong digestive acid that dissolves metals.
I liked how the author used vivid descriptions to stir emotions in readers. Honestly, I was fascinated by the story of Amanda. I sympathized with her during the loneliness of missing her husband after being deployed in Afghanistan for one year. I had to hold onto my pillow tight not to cry when I was reading through the call part between them. The imagery brought out was real.
In contrast, the author used some profane language I was unable to bear. Characters are at some point hurling curses at one another. Some readers may find the book distasteful. As a result, I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars. I did not encounter any error in writing showing the book was well-written. I recommend this book to mature readers who love fly fishing as a sport as well as those who may wish to learn it. The book will act as a guide.
The Reel Sisters
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