Cousins of the Dove, My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould; 2016; 364 pages; $14.99; Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon; 978-0-7369-6290-2; provided by the Publisher for the purpose of review; 9/6/16-9/9/16
Why did I read this? Because one of the authors is a good friend of ours and she writes good stories. This combines two of my favorite genres, historical fiction and mystery. It is also the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series, the first book My Brother’s Crown is reviewed here.
This is a timesplit novel, story of two sets of sisters one in the beginning days of the United States and one contemporary. The two sets of sisters mirror each other in their behavior and attitudes. Both stories really drew me as I got upset at a couple of the choices they made when they couldn’t seemingly see what was right in front of them. It took a couple of chapters to really grab me but when it did it became a real page turner. The early American sisters are tricked into indentured servitude in the colonies by a dapper soldier who then colludes with several other men to keep the sisters in indenture. They are rescued by a couple of men of simple means but great character. The current sisters are involved in a murder mystery from their childhood, one of the sister is a professional perfectionist and the other is a recovering drug addict who is incapacitated in a severe auto accident. The addict moves in with the perfectionist to recover from her injuries. The connecting thread between the two stories is a series of letters written by the early American sisters, whom are the ancestors of the contemporary sisters.