Official Review: The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings

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Official Review: The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings

Post by DancingLady » 31 Jul 2018, 08:16

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Reel Sisters" by Michelle Cummings.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Most people don't think of fly fishing as a women's sport, but Michelle Cummings' novel opens a window to the dynamic world of the outdoors and the opportunities and challenges it presents. The Reel Sisters tells the story of five very different women who bond over the sport of fly fishing. These ladies range in age from early twenties to post-retirement and come from very diverse backgrounds.

As the story opens, we are introduced to the original four women, Rose, Sophia, Veronica, and Amanda. These four set off to the mountains to Rose's cabin by the river for a fly fishing weekend. As they are enjoying themselves on the river, their fishing is interrupted when a young woman is swept downstream right toward them. Melody is rescued from the water and brought back to the cabin to warm up. By the end of the weekend, she has bonded with the others and become the fifth member of their group.

The Reel Sisters appears to be a fly fishing book at first. The process and experience of fishing are described in vivid detail, giving the reader a beautiful picture of what is happening and how the fisherwoman is feeling. The story is written in first person present tense with each section moving from character to character. As each woman tells her story as she is experiencing it, the reader feels like he or she is on the journey with them. It quickly becomes apparent that this story is about so much more than the sport of fly fishing. Each woman faces her own set of life's challenges, from Sophie's struggle to find love, to Amanda's difficulties in coping with her husband's deployment while raising two small children. I loved seeing how these women developed strong, supportive friendships. They truly became a group of sisters, always ready to lend a hand, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on.

One of the only things I didn't care for so much was the practice of catch and release. I have always struggled with this aspect of fly fishing because it seems cruel to me and no one in my family has ever fished purely for sport. Although I had a hard time with that, by the end of the book the practice of catch and release becomes a beautiful metaphor.

I cannot find a proper category for this book. On the surface, it seems like a sports and outdoors book, but after diving in, it is so much more about the beauty of relationships and the incredible gift of deep bonds of friendship. The story encouraged me to invest more deeply in the friendships I already have and to always be prepared to open my heart to a new potential friend. This book is wonderfully written and the editing is nearly flawless. It unquestionably deserves the rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I highly recommend it to women of all ages who love a good story with many nuggets of wisdom and encouragement along the way.

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Post by AmySmiles » 01 Aug 2018, 06:58

It's a great book, I enjoyed your review!
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Post by crediblereading2 » 01 Aug 2018, 10:21

This book shows that real friendship, love, and respect hath no boundaries. Thank you for a superb review.

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Post by DancingLady » 01 Aug 2018, 11:40

AmySmiles wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 06:58
It's a great book, I enjoyed your review!
Thanks, glad you liked it.

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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Aug 2018, 12:34

I've seen a few reviews for this as it was book of the month not long ago. It does seem like a great story about the relationships of the women. It's a bit slow for my tastes, but it would be good for a lazy day or long weekend read. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Aug 2018, 20:06

The friendships portrayed in the story appeal to me--the fishing, not so much. :wink: Thanks for the interesting review.

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Post by DancingLady » 01 Aug 2018, 20:43

Cecilia_L wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 20:06
The friendships portrayed in the story appeal to me--the fishing, not so much. :wink: Thanks for the interesting review.
The fishing really wasn't the reason I read the book either. My dad and sister fish, always for keeps, but I didn't care for it myself when I tried it. I did find it interesting to learn what makes fly fishing different, but the big draw for this book was the relationships. Not all books of this genre are so beneficial in my opinion. The way this one was presented was so pleasant and I felt like I could just sit back, watch these lives and glean bits of life wisdom from the interactions without anyone giving unsought advice anything like that.

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Post by Dahmy 10 » 03 Aug 2018, 07:24

Beautiful piece here. Very well explanatory. You've shown us that the book is one which has it tentacles spread from outdoor games to a well written story of the challenges of some ladies, I also sense a little bit of motivation here.

Thank you. It would indeed make a great book!!

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Post by sanjus » 11 Aug 2018, 05:03

Very nice mix of friendship that is bound by common interests and fly fishing. Both of them go very well together in this story
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Post by bookowlie » 18 Aug 2018, 09:34

Great review! I also read and reviewed this book a few months ago. I agree that it was nice seeing the strong friendships that developed among the women.
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