My Sister's Prayer (Cousins of the Dove Series #2)Leslie Gould, Leslie Gould, Leslie Gould, Mindy Starns Clark
My Sister's Prayer is the 2nd book in the Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Clark and Leslie GouldVirginia, 1705 Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman—until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behin... Read More
Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman—until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to realize that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World?
Virginia, present day
Madeline "Maddee" Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister Nicole following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole—and the shadowy figure watching them from afar.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 1, 2016
- UPC: 9780736962902
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- Audience Gender: Female
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0736962905
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- Second book in series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 9/23/2016
My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is the second book in Cousins of the Dove series. Madeline “Maddee” Talbot is twenty-seven years old and has a busy life (and it’s about to get busier). Her sister, Nicole gets into a car accident (because of drugs) and needs around the clock care (broke both her legs). She is staying with their Nana (who has a big house and money for caregivers), but Nicole feels smothered. Nicole wants to stay with Maddee (she is whining). Maddee finally agrees to let her stay with her with a few conditions (daily AA meetings are a part of it). Maddee is a little nervous because Nicole was a drug addict, and Maddee is not sure how she will be able to care for Nicole (she has a full-time job). Nicole has doctor appointments, AA meetings, and physical therapy. The two sisters were close when they were little but grew apart after Nicole started her downward spiral with drugs. It all goes back to the dead body that they found in a cabin when they were little (along with their cousins Rene and Danielle). By the time the girls returned with their parents, the body had vanished. No one believed their story. The case is still unsolved. But there is new evidence (thanks to the cousins) and Detective Ortiz is looking into the case. Can solving this case help heal Nicole and the breach between the two sisters? While the two are staying together, Nana gives them some family letters and journals to read. She wants them to go through the papers together.
Celeste Talbot has always done what she has been told to do. But she fell in love with Lt. Jonathan Gray who has been recently assigned to the New World (he had to leave without her). Celeste is running away to be with him. What Celeste does not expect is her sister, Berta to follow her. Celeste does not have enough money for the passage, and signs on as an indentured servant (for four years) to pay for her voyage. Celeste knows Jonathan will buy her contract when they arrive in Williamsburg. Celeste discovers Berta on the ship. Berta ends up very ill and needs constant care. When The Royal Mary arrives in the New World, they land in Norfolk (instead of Williamsburg). The captain sells their contracts and the two girls end up in different cities. Celeste has to find a way to get in touch with Jonathan. Celeste promised Berta she would rescue her as soon as possible. Celeste is in for a big dose of reality. Will she be able to reunite with Berta? Can she find Jonathan and get out of her contract? Join these two sets of sisters on their journey of discovery in My Sister’s Prayer.
My Sister’s Prayer goes back and forth from present day to the past to tell the story. It is told in the first person (which I really dislike, but after a while I do not notice it). While this is the second book in the series, it can be read alone. The book has very good writing (as usual for these two great authors) and the story draws in the reader. It deals with forgiveness, adversity, the impetuousness of youth, and trusting that God has a plan for your life. You can see the parallels between the two sets of sisters as you read the novel. I give My Sister’s Prayer 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould did a very good job at capturing the historical time period. Their writing is very descriptive. I can envision what they are describing. Past events are not wrapped up in My Sister’s Prayer. We will have to await the next novel to find out more about the man that died in the cabin. I will definitely be reading more books by these two authors.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
- I felt like this book had too much going on. by Amanda on 8/24/2016
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould continue their Cousins of the Dove series with My Sister’s Prayer. In this book, the historical storyline skips ahead to 1705. On the other hand, only a few months have elapsed for our present day characters. If you are just discovering this series, I advise you to return to the beginning where the authors established the Talbot family history.
For me, the present day drama involving Maddee and Nicole stole the show. Few Christian fiction novels deal with the harsh reality of drug addiction like this one. Maddee was my favorite character overall because of her desire to help her sister recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually from her addiction. At the same time she maintained loving and safe boundaries with Nicole.
My Sister’s Prayer uses a series of old letters to tie the past to the present. Through them we learn of a later generation of Talbots who journey to the New World. Whereas being Huguenot had been an essential element of the first book, it had little bearing on Berta and Celeste’s story. Instead, the focus is on the sisters’ rebellion and eventual repentance.
In the end, I felt like this book had too much going on. I would have preferred a simplified plot with perhaps a little more development on Berta’s character. Furthermore, I didn’t find the human trafficking storyline as compelling as the Huguenot history which pervaded book one.
I received My Sister’s Prayer as a member of the Harvest House Book Club. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Gould and Clark Always Equal Gold!! by Babbling Becky L on 8/21/2016
Mindy Starns Clark. Leslie Gould. With these two names as co-authors, the only question one needs to ask before buying is, which book in a series is it?
My Sister's Prayer is #2 in the Cousins of the Dove series. Written in first person POV, the reader meets two pairs of sisters, their thrilling stories alternating by scenes of present-day and the early 1700's Virginia.
Celeste Talbot is the obedient sister, Berta the wild one. However, one choice lands the young Talbot maidens in a strange land with more trouble around every corner than imaginable.
How could such a good girl go so wrong, and will she choose bitterness or forgiveness when the opportunity comes? The colonies are full of unsavory characters. Will the sisters trust those worthy of their friendship and love?
Meanwhile, in present day, perfectionist Maddee brings her sister Nicole to her house to recover from a drug-induced accident. The girls share a horrible secret from the past, but can Maddee trust Nicole, whose life has spiraled out of control since then? How does the reading of the eighteenth century Talbot sisters' letters influence the relationships of the twenty-first century Talbot sisters?
First, I would buy a Clark/Gould collaboration without giving any thought to the subject matter. They make such a dynamic fiction duo!!
The writing just envelops the reader and carries one along, just as if one is caught in a river's raging current, and just as fickle. One moment I'm excited, the next holding my breath, the next trying to tell characters how to act(they don't listen!), the next crying.
Finally, I finish the book and am spit up on the shore, gasping for breath, reeling from all that has happened. Incredibly, I wish I could start at the beginning and relive this wonderful,faith-filled historical with its present day counterpart all over again.
I gratefully received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley, plus I bought my own paperback version to keep on the shelf.