When you get picked to do a group blog like this with four other authors, there’s a factor no one likes to talk about.
You basically agree in advance to gush with praise over books you’ve never read from authors you’ve never met. There’s no written rule or arm-twisting, but let’s face it – one one’s going to post, “I really didn’t like Deb Eleanor’s book.”
So it is with a huge sigh of relief I can assure you there’s no way in the world I’d ever write that because I loved, loved, LOOOOVED Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters.
Every word of this book was beautifully, delightfully written. Earlier in the week, Deb Elise blogged, “Deb Eleanor is an artist with words. She paints such gorgeously vivid pictures, I feel like I’ve been to the town of Barnwell, and to all its haunts.”
I read that and thought, “Yes! Yes!” (er, that sounded a lot less porny in my mind).
The day I got the advanced copy of Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters, I got so sucked in by the first 10 pages that I literally called and canceled dinner plans with a friend so I could keep reading.
It is that good.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you’ve probably already heard the buzz about The Weird Sisters. Both Barnes & Noble and Amazon named it one of the “Best Books of the Month for January.” It was chosen as an independent bookstore IndieNext pick for February and for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program in February. It was reviewed in the New York Times, complimented in a starred review from Publishers Weekly, got glowing reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and was featured in USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and Woman’s Day.
Earlier in the week, I called a friend who’s part of the same book club I’ve been with for over 10 years. “I have a great idea for a book we can read next month,” I began.
“Oh, me too!” she said. “I just saw author Jennifer Weiner on Twitter talking about reading The Weird Sisters. Have you heard of it? I looked it up and everyone’s going crazy about this book. It sounds amazing!”
Um, yeah. I might’ve heard of it.
The other Debs have already covered the plot and its highlights, so I won’t take up more space with a synopsis. If you’ve missed it, go here for a blurb and info on ordering it.
And thank you to Deb Eleanor for writing a book I’m so thrilled to gush about. There’s a book club in Central Oregon that would love to have you over for dinner.