Official Review: The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings

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Official Review: The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings

Post by ashley_claire » 11 Jan 2018, 12:18

Special Note: This is a review of an old edition of the book. The book has since been updated and improved since the review based on some of the points in the review.]

[Following is the original OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Reel Sisters" by Michelle Cummings.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine not only having a hobby that you love, but sharing that hobby with several of your closest friends. Weekend getaways and shenanigans among friends are bound to ensue. These lighthearted moments are expertly weaved among lessons of companionship and bonds that can never be broken in The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings.

Four women have been brought together over the years through a unique love of fly fishing. While fishing during one of one of their cabin weekends, a woman comes flailing down the river and screaming for help. They manage to pull her out of the water only to realize that she is naked and nearly hypothermic. What starts out as a very awkward situation quickly turns to understanding as the friends learn more about how the woman came to be naked and alone in the river. The group shows her the ropes of fly fishing in the hopes that she'll develop her own love of the sport. But can she open up to these total strangers enough to be welcomed into their sisterhood?

My favorite thing about this book is easily the characters. The book is told through alternating points of view, which allowed me to really dig in to each perspective. Cummings was able to create believable friendships among this group of women who seemingly have nothing in common. Their bond never felt forced and their interaction with each other was amusing to read.

Though it would have been easy to get bogged down in all the fly fishing talk in this book, the author does a wonderful job of balancing the information so it never felt like too much was being thrown at me. As a result, I became genuinely interested in several facets of the the sport and was eager to learn more about their experiences.

One problem I did have with the book was the writing felt stiff at times, particularly the dialogue. There were many instances in the dialogue where contractions weren't used and it interrupted my reading flow because the words didn't feel natural. A couple of examples are when the characters said "it is my favorite" and "you are welcome". I honestly sat there for several minutes trying to remember the last time I heard someone say "you are welcome" instead of "you're welcome" and I couldn't come up with anything. It seems like such a small gripe but it really is the difference between imagining these things being said by real people versus their voices sounding robotic.

Obviously the main theme throughout this book is friendship. Some other themes touched on in the novel include love, motherhood, and empowerment. I love that the book takes on a sport not typically done by many women. I can easily see how this book can help give women the confidence to go outside of their comfort zones and try things they normally wouldn't have the courage to do.

Due to the problems with the writing that I mentioned and the many typos that are present throughout the book, I have to bump it down to 3 out of 4 stars. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys women's literature and books about friendship. It would also make a good read for a book club as it has many aspects to dive into and also comes with a set of discussion questions at the end of the book.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 13 Jan 2018, 01:21

I know little about fly fishing so this book would provide some insight. I agree with you that that the lack of contractions in the dialogue makes it sound "robotic."
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Post by Bonface komu mbugua » 13 Jan 2018, 06:21

The book should explain more about fly fishing

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Post by gingermoon78 » 13 Jan 2018, 11:04

I've never thought that fly fishing is also for women. So, this is refreshing.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 13 Jan 2018, 11:06

Fly fishing? I had to google it to find more about this sport. I agree the plot encourages women to do something different since fly fishing is not a typical women sport and the theme of friendship is always a good one. Too bad about the typos. I hope the author get the book revised again. Thanks for this useful review!

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Post by LivreAmour217 » 14 Jan 2018, 11:56

This book sounds like a great novel about friendship. I love that the author used a stereotypically "in-feminine" hobby like fly fishing to bring the characters together. As a woman who's made friendships through unconventional ways, I look forward to reading this book. Thank you for the great review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 14 Jan 2018, 11:59

Despite the problems, you still have me wondering why the woman was naked and alonein the river. Characters can make all the difference, and these sound great. Thanks!
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Post by Katerina Katapodi » 15 Jan 2018, 07:47

This is a book of fly fishing and its caracteristics, as well as consequences, where we also learn a bit about friendship of women. It deals actually with difficulties of life, mainly in life of women, and also the ''unpredictable''. We learn how women can finally take advantage of fly fishing and develop friendship between them, as well as what they learn from all this procedure. It's doubtless an interesting book, and unusual of course, with discription of ''extreme'', and its role in life, and how we can finally cope with problems, and get stronnger out of adventure, that such stories create when they happen. The book also helps us, mainly women, to discover more themselves, and through real frienship, learn more things about life, that can be later good lessons for others to do the same, focusing on personality of women..

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 15 Jan 2018, 08:00

I think I'd enjoy this book. It might help me see things from a different ANGLE :)
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Post by ashley_claire » 15 Jan 2018, 08:59

Lincolnshirelass wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 08:00
I think I'd enjoy this book. It might help me see things from a different ANGLE :)
I see what you did there :D

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Post by Whippet » 15 Jan 2018, 22:59

Glad for your point about dialogue. It's important that what the characters are saying seems natural and believable, often more important than the plot's believability, for example. That in itself can be enough to put me off a novel. Interesting review!

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Post by Mjgarrison » 16 Jan 2018, 11:05

Thanks for the great review. I personally love fishing, but I'm not good at fly fishing. Maybe I'll get some pointers from this book. If not it sounds like a fun read so I'm definitely going to check it out.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 17 Jan 2018, 21:53

Naked and alone in a river? Interesting! I really wonder what had happened. The review is good, the story seem interesting. Looking forward for the book!
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Post by Emmanuel Kores » 19 Jan 2018, 17:14

Fly Fishing is way basic in this book but it is so clear that we all have potential abilities. Being man or woman doesn't define that. The book fully helps us in bending and viewing our lives in different angles!

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Post by Hildah Mose » 21 Jan 2018, 04:03

I know nothing about fly fishing and actually I am very poor at making friends. I rarely trust people. But still the book sounds intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading it

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