Review by KasieMiehlke -- The Reel Sisters

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Review by KasieMiehlke -- The Reel Sisters

Post by KasieMiehlke » 17 Jan 2018, 01:52

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Reel Sisters" by Michelle Cummings.]
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Being an avid fisher, I was instantly drawn to the title of this book. I was hoping it would capture the magic of fishing and that it did. The characters are so well developed in the beginning of the story, yet they grow as they face life’s ups and downs. The imagery was phenomenal and transported me into the story. I have not been this emotional when reading a book in a very long time. I could not put The Reel Sisters down.

Rose, Sophie, Amanda, and Veronica all gather at Rose’s cabin for a weekend full of friendship, stories, wine and fishing. While out fishing they are startled by a naked girl washing downstream towards them. As the weekend draws to an end they go back to their everyday lives, but would this strange weekend change their lives forever?

I wanted to become friends with these ladies from the very beginning . The author, Michelle Cummings, does a fantastic job at creating these characters. Rose is the down to earth grandma that always knows more than you think and is ready to give you a good dose of reality when needed. Sophie is the tomboy caretaker that puts everyone before herself. Veronica is the powerful alpha female. Amanda is the classic girl next door. These women, while already developed, must change throughout the book as they face the hardships of life. This book shows how sometimes you need a helping hand in life even if you don’t see it and sometimes it appears unexpectedly.

Cummings manages to capture the magic of fishing with The Reel Sisters. The depth of detail and imagery pulls you into the scenes unlike most stories I have read recently. The peacefulness and solitude washes over the reader. She manages to incorporate all the feelings you get while you are out fishing no matter where you are reading this book. I wanted to pick up and disappear to Rose’s cabin myself.

I give The Reel Sisters, by Michelle Cummings, 4 out of 4 stars. This book has excellent character growth and uses expert imagery. It shows how something so simple can be an unbreakable bond amongst friends. It is like Golden Girls meets Field and Stream. I laughed, I cried, and I grieved with the characters throughout the book. I have not been this emotionally involved in a book in quite some time. If you love the outdoors and relatable stories, I highly recommend this book. It will have you hooked from the very beginning.

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Post by yakubtaofeeq » 29 Jan 2018, 05:04

Nice review.... He is such a good writer. Nice summary and wonderful comments...

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Post by uyky » 29 Jan 2018, 16:15

I like how it seems that all characters are thought through and they sound realistic, even though finding girl in the stream not so much. Of course, anything can happen and I haven't read it yet. Thank you for the review.

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Post by bookowlie » 01 Feb 2018, 10:27

Nice review! I also read this book and, like you, wished I could be friends with the characters. I loved your description of Golden Girls meets Field and Stream!
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Post by Lili-pad » 11 Feb 2018, 13:43

Your review is rather refreshing compared to the others, that I have read. It may have to do with your knowledge of fishing and as such, you captivated the true essence of Cummings'prose. Likewise you have motivated me to give the 'The Reel Sisters ' a try.

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Post by Stapes » 16 Feb 2018, 12:05

Thank you for a beautiful and refreshing review. Your words truly makes one want to start reading this tale immediately.

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Post by Ezekielafog12 » 19 Feb 2018, 16:11

Your words truly makes one want to start reading this tale immediately,Wonderful review

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Post by BookishCreature » 19 Feb 2018, 16:56

Great review! I happen to disagree with you about this book, but I really enjoyed reading your thoughts. :)

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Post by mtsnel006 » 22 Sep 2018, 15:30

I did not find the cover for the book to be attractive and inviting, so, I probably would not have chosen to read the book. Having read the review and the sample, I found the book to be nice, but I still will not read it entirely because it focuses on the flying fish sport, and since I am not much of a sporty person, I might not understand some of the things they talk about. But I do think one can learn a lot about these women's personal challenges. Thanks for an interesting review.
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