Friday, April 10, 2020

Book Beginning: The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan



"Does this come in teal?"
Liz looked up from her computer and tried not to make any noise that would indicate her disdain.
The Sweeney Sisters launches on April 28. It’s a family comedy about three sisters gathered for their father’s wake, only to discover that their dad had a secret daughter. Lian Dolan is one of the Satellite Sisters from the popular and long-running podcast of the same name.


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.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


Nothing about her tempted him. As he had said to Cap once, "There's no amount of alcohol that would get me to sleep with Lois."
Hmmmmmm . . . I sense foreshadowing.

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