Blog Tour: The Gin Sisters’ Promise by Faith Hogan

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I’m delighted to be taking my turn on the blog tour today for The Gin Sisters’ Promise by Faith Hogan. My thanks to Ayo Okojie of Head of Zeus for inviting me to take part and providing me with a paperback copy of the book for the purposes of review. As always, I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially.

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Three estranged sisters. Six months to come back together.

When Georgie, Iris and Nola’s mother died and their father disappeared into his grief, the sisters made a pact: they would always be there for one another, no matter what.

Now, decades later, they haven’t spoken for years and can barely stand to be in the same room. As his health declines, their father comes up with a plan to bring them back to one another. In his will, he states that before they can claim their inheritance, they must spend six months living together in their childhood home in the village of Ballycove, Ireland, and try to repair their broken relationships.

As the months progress, old resentments boil over, new secrets threaten to come out and each sister must decide what matters more: their pride, or their family. Can they overcome their past and find a way to love each other once more?

This is another warm hug of a novel from Faith Hogan, set in what has quickly become one of my favourite fictional places to visit, the small coastal town of Ballycove. Readers of The Place We Call Home and The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club will be delighted to have a chance to return to Ballycove and, for those of you who have yet to discover it, welcome! You’ll love it here.

I have to say that this book starts out anything but warm and soothing though. Each of the three Delahaye sisters are at a point in their lives where things are falling apart. None of them are happy in their current situations and, having been estranged from each other for years, they don’t even have family to lean on. Then, as a final blow, their father dies suddenly and they are forced back to Ballycove to deal with his funeral and estate. The last thing any of them want is to have to spend time together, but their father had other ideas and has come up with a plan to throw them together one last time and force them to deal with their differences. As plot devices go, it works very well and we are presented with the story of three women trying to untangle years of resentments and misunderstandings against the backdrop of a beautiful Irish town. The perfect recipe for an enjoyable, emotional read.

Faith’s characters are always sympathetic and her exploration of family relationships observant and sensitive and this book is no different. The tense relationships between the sisters certainly hit a nerve for me, as the eldest of four, and the squabbles that have riven the Delahayes apart are entirely plausible. I was immediately engaged with their situation and its outcome and this carried me through the book swiftly and easily. Faith’s writing is always flowing and easy to read, and the hours spent reading this book passed by in the blink of an eye, whilst being entirely immersive whilst I was reading it. Everything I could possibly ask for in a piece of family-focused fiction.

I am always left with a feeling of happiness and satisfaction after reading a Ballycove novel, always moved and emotional and this was another excellent example. Faith has that friendly, Irish charm that makes you feel like a friend is telling you a story about people you actually know. All you need is a comfy chair, a cup of tea and maybe a slice of cake and you can settle down for a good old chinwag with a pal. There is no nicer way to spend a few hours, I highly recommend it.

The Gin Sisters’ Promise is released in ebook and audiobook formats on 9 June and you can buy a copy here.

Make sure you follow the rest of the tour for other great reviews and content:

About the Author

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Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.

Connect with Faith:

Website: https://faithhogan.com

Facebook: Faith Hogan Author

Twitter: @GerHogan

Instagram: @faithhoganauthor

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