Monday, April 6, 2020

Mailbox Monday: The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan

One new book came my way last week: The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan.

The Sweeney Sisters sounds terrific. It’s a family comedy about three sisters gathered for their father’s wake, only to discover that their dad had a secret daughter. Author Lian Dolan is one of the Satellite Sisters from the popular and long-running podcast. The book comes out April 28 and is available for pre-order.


With the rise of at home DNA tests, we’ve all heard stories or had our own experiences uncovering family secrets – sometimes good, maybe a little sad, and occasionally secrets that should have remained just that. In her new novel THE SWEENEY SISTERS (On Sale April 28, 2020), Lian Dolan delivers a brilliant and entertaining story about books, love, sisterhood, and what makes up a family, tapping into the zeitgeist of 23 and Me, and the surprises we can discover in our DNA.

Maggie, Liza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.


  1. What a pretty cover! Was this made into a movie? It sounds familiar.
    Hope you enjoy some lighter reading in these stressful times.

    1. I love this cover! No movie of this book yet. But I'm sure the story of unexpected half siblings showing up after a father's death has been the subject of several movies.

  2. I'm definitely going to have to get The Sweeney Sisters.

    1. It sounds great. I haven't started reading it yet but I plan to right away!


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