Delighted to welcome Lisette Brodey to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books. Today I am featuring her most recent release, a family, coming of age novel, The Sum of our Sorrows
About the book
In an idyllic suburb in Northern California, tragedy strikes the Sheppard family when Abby, the mother of three daughters and wife to Dalton, is killed in a car accident. Charlotte, the middle daughter, is in the car with her mother and survives without physical injury but remains deeply scarred on the inside.
Dalton tells Lily, his eldest daughter, that she must sacrifice long-awaited college plans and put her life on hold to take care of her sisters. Lily is torn between her devotion to family and an increasing need to find her place in the world — but how can she leave, knowing her family may crumble? Will her presence eventually cause more problems than it resolves?
The Sum of our Sorrows reveals how the aftermath of a family tragedy can precipitate sorrows never imagined. It is a tale of grief, hope, healing, coming-of-age, friendship, and survival. It is also a love story of two broken souls living through pain in search of better days and the renewal of one’s spirit.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I write characters as I hear them speak to me. Some of these stories contain non-gratuitous expletives and sexual references. This book also contains some situations that may be triggering to some readers. If this is not to your liking, please don’t read this book. Thank you.
One of the recent reviews for the book
The Sum of Our Sorrows is a touching and realistic story about coming to terms with grief. I have to admit I practically never read books like this. However, I have enjoyed Lisette Brodey’s short stories immensely and I know she is an accomplished writer with a talent for writing dialogue, so I thought I’d give it a try. To my surprise, I became completely hooked on the story and found every opportunity to keep reading it whenever I had a break. Apart from the tragic start that sets the story up on a chain reaction series of emotional crises, there’s a good dose of suspense, adventure and nail biting drama to keep the pace fast.
That said, despite the tragic series of events, there’s nothing miserable about the book and I found it uplifting in many ways. The characters are finely drawn and very well developed; the three sisters, Lily, Char and Willow reminded me of my nieces; and the tensions were completely real and scarily credible. I must say the three girls were my favourites as their interaction was a totally true reflection of how sisters behave, especially the middle sister being the odd one out. As a British born reader, the uniquely American flavour of the book was an added attraction. It was like stepping into a different culture, but I enjoyed the experience. Altogether a compelling and moving story that will definitely appeal to young adults and lovers of romance as well.
A selection of books by Lisette Brodey
About Lisette Brodey
Lisette was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She spent ten years in New York City, and now resides in Los Angeles.
She’s a multi-genre author of nine novels and one short story collection: Crooked Moon (General/Literary Fiction); Squalor, New Mexico (Coming-of-Age/Literary Fiction); Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy), The Desert Series: Mystical High; Desert Star; and Drawn Apart (YA paranormal/magical realism), Barrie Hill Reunion (Literary Fiction); Hotel Obscure: A Collection of Short Stories (Literary Fiction), Love, Look Away (Women’s Fiction/romantic comedy), and The Sum of our Sorrows (Contemporary Fiction.)
In addition to her nine novels and one short story collection, two more of Lisette’s short stories are published in an anthology: Triptychs (Book 3, The Mind’s Eye Series.)
Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if your could share Lisette’s books. Thanks Sally.