Tuesday intro: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon.

tuesdayI’m also joining in with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by The Purple Booker, where you share teasers from your current read. I read a lot of these posts over the course of an average Tuesday so thought it would be fun to join in here too.

This week, I’m reading one of my library books that has to go back this time round after numerous renewals, The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. 

Here’s what it’s about…

Weird Sisters There is no problem that a library card can’t solve.

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there.

See, we love each other. We just don’t happen to like each other very much.

But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from — one another, their small hometown, and themselves — might offer more than they ever expected.

Here’s how it starts…


We came home because we were failures. We wouldn’t admit that, of course, not at first, not to ourselves, and certainly not to anyone else.  We said we came home because our mother was ill, because we needed a break, a momentary pause before setting off for the Next Big Thing.  But the truth was, we had failed, and rather than let anyone else know, we crafted careful excuses and alibis, and wrapped them around ourselves like a cloak to keep out the cold truth.  The first stage: denial. 

And here are some teasers…

“Jonathan nodded, looking thoughtfully at Rose.  Oh, our Rose.  Her hair up like a Gibson girl, her skin stained pretty pink from the blushing, face bare of make-up, one of those flowing outfits that hid her curves, beauty and honour in her so mingled…be would he see it?” (page 61)


“At the hospital they wouldn’t allow us to go farther than the lobby, so we kissed her goodbye there.” (page 135)

What do you think – would you keep on reading?

Emma x



  1. I loved this book, which I read several years ago. (Six years, according to my Goodreads review). I was drawn in by the Shakespearean references (and title); the family issues made me smile, as most families have some rivalries and long to hide their failures from the others. Thanks for sharing…


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