Sisters

Sisters
By Prue Leith

Synopsis

Ever since they were children, Poppy has always looked out for beautiful unreliable Carrie. Poppy knows her sister has a destructive side, but she never dreams Carrie would try to harm her.

But Carrie can’t help herself. Subconsciously jealous of Poppy’s fame as an actress, glamorous Italian husband, house in the country and beautiful children, she sets out to hurt the sister who she loves, and who is also her best friend.

She has an affair with her sister’s husband, providing danger, excitement, great sex – all the things that have faded in Eduardo and Poppy’s marriage. And in destroying her sister’s peace of mind, she risks losing everything that matters to her.

 

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Lucille lay in a deck-chair in the shade of the pergola and you could see she didn’t want to be interrupted. Poppy stood beside her, fondling Sheba’s ears and waiting for her mother to look up from her magazine. In the end she did, her eyes vague.

“What is it, darling?”

“I can’t find Carrie. She said we could practice our concert. In the tree house.”

“She’s with Hennie. His mom brought him over.” Lucille turned her head to look round the garden. “They’re somewhere about, I think.”

Poppy swivelled her toes in the dry sand where the grass had died. It was hot and gritty. She said, “Hennie’s a baby. He’s even younger than Carrie. I wish he wouldn’t come.”

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Reviews

A highly enjoyable, well-plotted tale about love and infidelity.
— Good Housekeeping
The author is not just a celeb first novel phenomenon but a real author. A thoroughly satisfying read for that slightly older women’s market. Nice one.
— Paperback Review
Leith writes conscientiously with intelligence and wit. Her South African childhood and experience as a media chef provide convincing detail for a very likeable romantic read.
— Daily Mail
A racy tale of sibling rivalry, betrayal and, ultimately, the redeeming power of love. An able novelist with a gift for spinning a tale.
— Saturday Telegraph
Celebrity chef Leith.struck gold in her native Britain with “Leaving Patrick”, a light tale of love lost and regained, plumped up with plenty of elaborate culinary arrangements. In her sophomore effort, an equally conventional conceit is augmented by its larger-than-life protagonists. When we first meet sisters Carrie and Poppie, Carrie is playing with a gun, and the wiser Poppy not only assesses the danger of the situation, she also knows the most effective tactic to get the gun away. This scene is a sort of template for their entire relationship: Carrie is a beautiful, screwed-up alcoholic who sleeps around and enivies Poppy her successful career and family; Poppy, a successful actress, is overweight, has a husband and three children, and envies Carrie her beauty and devil-may-care airs. At the height of her self-destructiveness, Carrie begins an affair with Eduardo, Poppy’s husband. In almost no time, everyone seems to know, from Eduardo’s outspoken mother to his and Poppy’s longtime staff; finally Poppy figures it out, too. The rest of the book is devoted to celaning up the mess. The subject matter is weighty, the authorial touch is featherlight, and things work out just as expected. Despite the sentimental ending, there is enough strife to make the story believable, and Leith doesn’t shy away from complicated, heavily populated plot lines. This is a good-hearted romp that manages everything from the lascivious particulars of Carrie’s dissolution to lavish culinary and wildlife details, without skimping on the inevitable happy ending.
— US Publishers Weekly

Location

Sisters is set in South Africa, to which both sisters are drawn back, Poppy to adopt little Lorato, Carrie in pursuit of Karl and to get away from Poppy, and also in London, where both sisters live and work, love and hate.