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Dear Sister

Dear Sister [Kindle Edition]

Judith Summers
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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“A lovely, delicately spun tale… spell-binding and sensitively recounted. It’s a mesmerising story with extraordinary staying power.” West Coast Review of Books

“Unputdownable.” London Daily News

"This very readable tale about two sisters separated but cruelly linked by fate reveals the young author as a writer of talent." Cosmopolitan

“An engrossing novel.” Library Journal

“Dizzy with plot entanglements, halting coincidences, and lost characters found.” New York Review of Books

Rosa and her younger sister Esther are inseparable as children, but as adults they are divided by the Atlantic…and a terrible secret that cannot be told.

Brought up in a Jewish ghetto in Russia, where their traditional life is threatened by violence and oppression, the teenage sisters set off for America to join Rosa’s husband, who has recently emigrated there. When Rosa is tricked out of her steamship ticket in England, Esther travels on to New York without family, papers or money. While Rosa lands on her feet in London’s Soho, Esther is totally isolated in an unknown, unforgiving world.

Slowly and painfully, the sisters make their separate ways in America and England, their relationship maintained by an intimate yet uneasy correspondence. Suddenly this ceases. It is not until old age that they will meet again to draw together the threads of their exciting, passionate lives – lives have been inextricably entwined in their separation.

A deeply moving story of love and betrayal, poverty and success, rivalry and reconciliation

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 15 April 2013
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This is an absolutely fabulous read. Spanning a period of 80 years from the start of the 20th century, it is the story of two sisters, Rosa and Esther, who leave their home in a Russian Jewish ghetto to follow Rose's husband to America. When they are accidentally separated at the docks, one sister goes on to America whilst the other is forced to remain in England.

What follows is a saga of love, passion, betrayal, lies, secrets and guilt. The story is well told and rich in detail and I learned an awful lot about the way of life for a Hassidic Jewish girl at that time, both in the ghetto and then following each girl to see how they adapted to living lives that were not riddled with persecution in a new culture. The characters were well drawn and developed and, for the most part, likeable although I did find myself really hating one person with a passion for a while! The story moves at a good pace and flows nicely.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read which I would recommend to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Novel 23 April 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Judith Summers has crafted a compelling novel full of emotional turmoil involving the events befalling two sisters, Esther and Rosa, Russian jews caught up in the horrors and poverty that followed persecution by the Czar and his gentile followers. The land of freedom, America, proffered hope and a better life. The recently married and pregnant Rosa sets out with Esther to join her husband already in America. Travelling by ship via England, the cruelty of fate separates them. Esther arrives in America whilst Rosa is stranded in London, both afflicted by the hands of tragedy and forced to forge new lives in strange lands. From despair fate twists their paths. Separated with only letters as a form of communication, hopes of meeting again rapidly fade.

The narrative moves deftly, captivating the protagonists' characters in vivid detail. The author skillfully takes the story through a gamut of action involving trust, denial, guilt and deceit (allied to convenient betrayal), through the uncertainty of the outcome of where life will lead. The conflicting emotions are deeply conveyed with an overwhelming sadness and bitterness that the author draws together to a compulsive conclusion. This is an enthralling and enjoyable book that continues to have an affect on the reader (at least it did me) long after completing it. A potent portrayal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 3 July 2013
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Ordered this book for my kindle to take on holiday with me. One of those books that I couldn't put down. Shall certainly look out for this author in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good 22 Jun 2013
By charlie
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Lovely read I cried when I'd finished! And that's not me, couldn't but it down and passed to my man hope she enjoys as much
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 22 Jun 2013
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Fantastic story I have recommended it to many friends I'm just surprised I didn't come across this title before now
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear sister by Judith Summers 7 May 2013
By janny
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A very gripping story, well written. Good characters, lots of factual information, historical details and a strong story line - excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery 7 July 2013
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Don't know this book but on special offer and worth trying something new. Often very pleasantly surprised with the offers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and worthwhile read 29 April 2013
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Enjoyable book till the final chapters. It seemed to end too suddenly and was unsatisfactory in the lack of depth in dealing with the two main characters at the end. It seemed a bit superficial with the author desperate to provide a neat ,tidy and happy ending.I would have preferred more insight into the effects on the younger generation and on the efects of the resolution on the sisters. But all in all an enjoyable exploration into the relationship between sisters and an acknowledgement of how all our lives can be affected by significant and unsignifican events and choices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good book
Published 12 days ago by Susan Nicklin
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellant Read
Recommended by my sister I found this a well written, well paced story with good character development and an interesting storyline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
This book gave me an insight into the Jewish Faith. How religion could change the lives of many people. Two sisters separated be circumstances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by elais
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Sister - Thought Provoking
I really enjoyed this book. It's quite short, flows pretty well and it really makes you think...

The story follows two Jewish sisters, Rosa and Esther, throughout the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LouLou
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read
I was drawn into this book from the first page. The two main characters, the sisters Esther and Rosa were extremely well described and your sympathies with each girl switched... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Barbara A Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely easy book to read and enthralling at the same time.
book decided by our Book club, thoroughly enjoyed it once started couldn't put down. Thought it finished too abruptly. Wanted more.
Published 5 months ago by Glad
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear sister
Wasn't sure about this book but fell in love with it. Not necessarily what I would usually read and the start was on the slow side but turned out tok be a truly incredible book, I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rhiannon
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT WE DO TO SURVIVE
I liked the way the writer changed my sympathies - which just shows you that you need to hear the whole story before making an opinion
Published 6 months ago by anne rawlings
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A nicely paced and interesting story covering the lives of two sisters from a strong Russian Jewish community and the different paths they follow when emigrating to the West.
Published 7 months ago by EM
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and thought provoking
I enjoyed this book as it was a bit different to the usual girlie books. It makes you think and is sad in parts. Read more
Published 8 months ago by amanda
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