The Company of Good Women, Vol. 1: Almost Sisters (Paperback)(edit)
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Almost Sisters is the delightful first book in the trilogy The Company of Good Women. In it, three women from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles are drawn together at Education Week through a sharing of problems and a Guilty Secret. Juneau, named after the city in which she was born, hopes to learn something that will help to re-center her life. Erin, a recent convert to the Church, is looking for the key to being a good Mormon. And Willadene, a dedicated homemaker, attends for not much more reason than finding a new recipe for homemade yogurt. By the end of the week, they have developed a unique bond and the beginning of an enduring friendship that — despite the differences and distances between them — inspires and sustains them through the challenges of life.
Almost Sisters is full of engaging characters and situations that readers will identify with. It captures the joys and occasional perils of friendship as it explores one of the most important relationships in a woman's life.
The author's definitely have the right chemistry to make this novel resonate with women; readers will find their own issues and foibles within its pages and we will be waiting for the next installment. — Charlene Hirschi The Herald Journal.
About the Authors
Lael Littke is the author of more than forty books in both the national and LDS markets. Most of her books are written for children and young adults, including Haunted Sister, Lake of Secrets, and Searching for Selene. She also has three women’s novels to her credit, co-authored with Carroll Morris and Nancy Anderson: Almost Sisters, Three Tickets to Peoria, and Surprise Packages. A native of Mink Creek, Idaho, she graduated from Utah State University and did further studies in writing at City College of New York and UCLA. She lives in Pasadena, California.
Carroll Morris was one of the many people who say, ’I’d write if I had time.’ When her family spent a year in Germany (1982-83), she had time so she started work on what would be her first Deseret Book novel, The Broken Covenant.
Several other novels and the non-fiction book, If the Gospel Is True, Why Do I Hurt So Much?, followed. But when the first of her four children graduated from high school, she went to work as a catalog copywriter to help with tuition expenses.
Fifteen years later, Carroll was vacationing in Moab, Utah, with her sister, Nancy Anderson, and writer Lael Littke. Nancy said, ‘Why don’t we write a book together?’ After several years of poking away at their project, they
got serious. The book turned into The Company of Good Women trilogy.
Now that the trilogy is complete, they’re looking at doing individual
projects. Will they ever write together again? ‘Maybe,’Carroll says.
There’s a wonderful synergy between the three of them that makes the process
Carroll and her husband, Gary, are the parents of four children. They live
in the retirement community of Green Valley, Arizona. Once a month, a group
of women meet at her home. In a take-off from the trilogy, she calls it ‘The
Gathering of Good Women.’ Carroll’s hobbies include reading, hiking,
bird-watching, gardening, and traveling.
They did it!
by Chrystine - reviewed on February 19, 2007
Carroll Morris shared the idea behind this book with me about the time she, Lael and Nancy began to write it. , As a writer myself, I wondered just how she, Lael and Nancy would merge their story into one,cohesive whole given the three authors' varied writing styles and life experiences. , There was no need to wonder or worry! The characters in Almost Sisters are real women with real problems. They live and breathe on the page. I cared deeply at the end of the first novel about these women, and you will, too. , I can hardly wait for the next installment. , Do yourself a great favor and buy this book! (Actually -- do a friend or family member a favor and buy a second copy for her -- or him -- too!)
A Wonderful Story
by Keri - reviewed on June 21, 2006
I really enjoyed this novel. It's refreshingly realistic about the challenges we face with our careers, spouses, children and in-laws and the strength that comes from having good friends. In fact, it's inspired me to renew friendships with some 'Good Women' in my own life. This would be a great one to read and discuss with your mom, sisters and best friends. Enjoy!
Anxiously waiting for book 2
by Kristine - reviewed on November 03, 2006
Oh my, I loved it. Loved the characters, the realism, the style of writing. I am generally a fast reader but this one I chose to savor, to slowly take it all in and digest it. I am so relieved that I won't be left hanging-that it is a series.
by Jennifer - reviewed on June 06, 2006
What an inspiring story about the strength of women and the doubts we all struggle through! I could not put it down! I love this book and the way it represents the complicated world of female relationships and the value they provide that can not be replaced. This is the first in a trilogy and I can not wait to read the next two books!
Firecrackers of Fun
by Dianna - reviewed on July 03, 2007
Almost Sisters brings 4 women together at education week. each from different states with different aspects of what life holds for them. Gabby brings 3 women into her home and with love, laughter, tears these women create the COB's that women want to achieve. Deenie 'is my home homey', Juneau 'write a book, are you crazy', Erin 'single and new convert..help' and Gabby 'enjoy my home, food, friendship'. Amazing book ! also purchase Three Tickets to Peoria
by Lisa - reviewed on January 07, 2007
When I picked this book up I could not stop reading. After I was done I gave it to my young adult daughter to read. The story hits home and can be anywhere. But as sisters in zion we have to share our stories and comfort each other .I can't wait till the next book is released.
EXCELLENT women's series!
by Monica - reviewed on October 22, 2008
We read this as part of our Time out for Women bookclub and I have to admit that the back of the book didn't perk my interest but others in the group wanted to read it so we did and I LOVED this series! There are 3 books and they are all excellent!
Hungry for More
by Summer - reviewed on September 14, 2008
I borrow this book from a friend and I read it in one day! The characters are so real and there is something for everyone to connect with. I don't usually buy books unless I plan on reading them over and over again. I will be re-reading this book many times in the future.