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Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Keating , Stephanie Keating
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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"A tremendously accomplished, full-throated saga delivering romance, betrayal, murder and mayhem... the kind of book you have to read by torchlight under the bedclothes after lights out." (Carla Mackay Daily Mail 20051014)

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An epic tale of life, love and loyalty from the authors of To My Daughter in France (20050121)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1020 KB
  • Print Length: 610 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099485141
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (31 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BON6PQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an amazing story! 19 Jan 2007
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book follows the life of three girls and their familes from the age of 13 to 21 during the 1960s, and that in itself is intriguing. The twist is that it is set mainly in Kenya - after the Mao-mao, and just as Kenya gained its independence, which takes it from intriguing to fascinating! The descriptions of Kenya, the wildlife and the countryside are amazing. It focusses mainly on the developing characters of the three girls, showing their joys and miseries. It highlights the differences and similarities in their characters - and at various times you find yourself empathising with each one of them.

Although it ends incredibly sadly, you are partially prepared for that in the prologue - which helps to numb the blow a little - but it is dealt with extrememly well.

Historically, it is fascinating; setting the scene fully and showing just what life might have been like. It's set around about the time when I was born. Although I have already read something about the era and about what went on, I still learnt from this book - and enjoyed nearly every minute of it. However, it is not essential to know anything about the History in advance, as everything is pretty well explained.

The characters are fully developed; and the story line is intriguing. Although you may find your self disliking a certain character for a while - you later find out what made them behave in that way, and your opinions change to a certain extent.

The authors work together incredibly well. At no time are you aware that one sister wrote one bit and the other wrote the rest - that various parts run together without any sudden jumps or changes in style.

Mum and I both read this book over the Christmas holidays, and we both loved it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 11 Jan 2006
Having grown up in Africa, I bought this book because of my love for Africa, and it was so beautifully written. Enjoyed every moment of it and could not put it down. I could smell the bush, feel the sun on my back and hear the sounds of Africa. Well done to the Keatings for writing such a beautiful book that made me cry, laugh and appreciate all I have grown up with in Africa and also what I have experienced living in England.
Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad..... but not wonderful 31 Dec 2008
An enjoyable enough read for the majority of the book, not great literature or particularly earth-shattering, just ok really. The storylines chug along quite well, but flop a bit at the end. An ok book for the beach or a long plane trip.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Magnificent!! 13 April 2008
By Amanda
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What a fantastic story based in Kenya, I was mesmerized from the beginning! The relationship between the three girls and the background hardship that are going on and their individual ways of getting through everything and yet sticking together were highly commendable. I could not put the book down and was very upset when I completed it; I wanted to read on! Luckily, the story is continued and all the ends tied up in their following book "Durable Fire" another epic read.

Please hurry up and write another one soon!!

Highly recommend their first book "To my Daughter in France" too. Fantastic writers!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Feb 2009
Having grown up in Kenya and gone to school with the authors of Blood Sisters and A Durable Fire, it was like a walk down memory lane. It brought back my own past and childhood so vividly and accurately, I felt I was almost reliving that time in Kenya. I can't wait for the third part of the Langani Trilogy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sisters Barbara Keating 24 Mar 2012
By milton
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Having read all the reviews of this book I was both surprised and disappointed when I read it. I buy a lot of books from Amazon and normally I am in agreement with the majority of the reviews and find them very helpful. However this book I found very disappointing. I thought the prose was poor and the whole book was pretty banal. I could not really relate to any of the characters and I was hoping for a bit more serious background information on Kenya at the time but sadly that was not to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane 18 Mar 2010
By Paula Woods VINE VOICE
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Having grown up in Kenya, this took me back to my child hood. A really beautifully written book, which sets a brilliant scene. At times, I did find it a little repetitive but a very good story line. I read "To my Daughter in France" first by the same authors and thought that was brilliant and was not disappointed with reading a second novel my the same author. A good read. Only one problem, the small type face, which I don't like especially because I read mainly at night. Author's need to print their books in bigger type face because it is a real turn off for me if it is too small. Worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable novel 18 Mar 2008
I am quite choosy about the books that keep my attention but this is a great read. I highly recommend it. Very difficult to put it down once you get into the story properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good!
Published 8 days ago by J. Annfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
She is an excellent writer.
Published 1 month ago by marion richards
5.0 out of 5 stars blood sisters
I had previously read this book and loaned it out - it was not returned so repurchased to complete the trilogy
Published 4 months ago by marie greenall
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sisters
Very enjoyable but not as good as My daughter in France .Text rather too flowery and over descriptive but a good feeling of Africa
Published 6 months ago by hilary.bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book
Very interesting background of Africa just after the Moa Moa. It follows the lives of three girls that met at school out there.
Not that well written but a good story.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Annabell Woolcott
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!
A wonderful story of friendship, love & suffering. Couldn't put it down and was engulfed into an Africa of old. Straight onto the sequel.
Published 7 months ago by La
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book
My partner read this and thoroughly enjoyed it. He knew the places mentioned as he had lived in Nairobi for 22 years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jennyliz
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
I have now read the first two books in this series, while some of the content is upsetting and things go a little too wrong for the characters, the books are wonderful, really well... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sisters
It is a very indepth account of how relationships develop and change from childhood, through teenage years into adulthood - good read
Published 9 months ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!!!!
I just loved this book, bringing back wonderful memories of my childhood in Kenya have bought all three books and will be reading and reading again.
Published 10 months ago by DC
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