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The Orphan Sister

The Orphan Sister - Gwendolen Gross Triplets Odette, Olivia and Clementine are at major crossroads in their lives when their father abandons them and their mother. Odette and Olivia are identical twins and Clementine seems to be just another sister except that she was born at the same time. Odette and Olivia, both doctors like their pediatric neurosurgeon father are also pregnant at the same time while Clementine is struggling to get in to veterinarian school when she moves back home while waiting for her acceptance letter. One day, her father doesn't show up for his hospital rounds and completely vanishes. Clementine imagines all sorts of nasty things happening to him but even Clementine can't imagine the truth or the reason for his disappearance until it comes to light when Olivia receives an telephone call from their father explaining everything.The story weaves back and forth between Clementine's youth, her father's rise to power and wealth and her current romantic life with a man who truly loves her, Eli. Clem is such an interesting character. She is not bombastic, tells things with a bit of snark, a little drama and dead pan delivery that is a bit world weary. The writing is just how I like it: quick, not overly descriptive and with smart dialogue. To read through Clem's history, her relationship with her mother and sisters is just a wonderful slice of life and very believable. I loved her mother's non-response to her husband's vanishing act. She simply moved on and encouraged her daughters to do the same. The real twist is when the full story comes out and Clem finds her own match in life beyond her twin sisters to whom she never really felt a part of. Sorry, I am being good, and you will just have to read the book to find out what happens with Clem and her family. The story reminded me a bit of Lisa Lutz and Jonathan Tropper in how the story unfolds and the little familial quirks that are displayed.

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