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5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry!
A Tale of Two Sisters actually has three stories in it by Anne Coates, plus a substantial extract from "White Christmas" by Emma Lee-Potter. All three of Anne's stories deal with the universal themes of human loves and jealousies- and in each case, things are not quite as they seem...

The longest and main story, A Tale of Two Sisters, covers a number of years...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry!, 20 Feb 2013
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A Tale of Two Sisters actually has three stories in it by Anne Coates, plus a substantial extract from "White Christmas" by Emma Lee-Potter. All three of Anne's stories deal with the universal themes of human loves and jealousies- and in each case, things are not quite as they seem...

The longest and main story, A Tale of Two Sisters, covers a number of years by means of some subtlely placed memories and flashbacks of the protagonist sister, Rosamund. Rosamund's love for her children and husband own family and her envy of her of her more talented sister Elizabeth are deftly revealed partly through her innermost thoughts but also through her actions. Look out for the "Wuthering Heights" moment of a conversation incompletely overheard - and its consequence.

In all three stories there's plenty of characterisation and the seeds of information are sown but intriguingly, each one has an unexpected twist.

An ideal read for medium hop train journeys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting tale of love and loss, 19 Feb 2013
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Anne Coates brings her characters to life so well that I found A Tale of Two Sisters a little hard to read in parts, purely because the breakdown in the sibling relationship was so realistic, and it was clear to see how easy it is for jealousy and pettiness to get in the way of family closeness. Two Sisters tells the story of Rose and Elizabeth, who have always been envious of one another and have never had a loving relationship. As their back stories unfold we begin to understand more about their relationship and why their tie has become so strained over the years. This short story is a haunting tale of love and loss that will stay with you for quite some time after you have put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving quick read, 19 Feb 2013
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A Tale of Two Sisters is a short read but for me, that didn't make it any less powerful. Anyone who has suffered a bereavement or has helped a family member struggle with depression or addiction can't help but feel moved by this story. It is beautiful written with an emotional, cathartic ending. The two extra stories were interesting as well, but Tale of Two Sisters is by far the superior piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, 5 Mar 2013
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This is the second of Anne Coates's books that I have read. I very much enjoyed the twists and turns of the tales in Cheque-Mate and Other Tales of the Unexpected and was looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed. Anne Coates knows how to keep you reading and the beauty of these ebooks is that you can quickly read them while on the train, in the dentist's waiting room and then on the train home again. That is exactly what I did and she kept me enthralled all the time.

I have to wonder, though, having read both collections, where is she drawing her material from? Is there an autobiographical element or is it purely a work of the imagination? Why do I ask that? Well, read A Tale of Two Sisters and you'll probably be asking yourself the same question.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Summer Read, 15 Aug 2013
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'Tale of Two Sisters' is about sibling rivalry at its height. The author successfully mixes romance, humour and jealousy in one engaging story line. This isn't a piece of divine art but it's greatly enjoyable and makes the perfect summer read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars captavating, 10 July 2013
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A enjoyble book kept me captivated till the end a must read for any woman enjoyed this book very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, 28 May 2013
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Having enjoyed 'Cheque-Mate and Other Stories', I looked forward to reading this and I wasn't disappointed. There are actually three stories contained in this volume all linked by the theme of family relationships. Once again the author has created a very readable collection that gives the reader plenty to think about. I liked the element of surprise too - but do not want to spoil the endings for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarily realistic!, 27 April 2013
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Every family has its problems and the issues Anne Coates in A Tale of Two Sisters definitely hit home for me! Would have liked it to be a bit longer but she writes in a very compelling and realistic manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 7 Mar 2013
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A Tale of Two Sisters beautifully depicts the complex relationship that can exist between sisters. As the eldest of three siblings, of whom I am often jealous, I could deeply relate to the feelings and torments experienced by the characters, Rosie and Elizabeth.

I started reading on my commute to work, and couldn't wait for my commute home to continue. The perfect book to start and finish my day. I thoroughly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chalk and cheese, 27 Feb 2013
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Rosie and Elizabeth are two sisters divided by envy and jealousy. Looking back on her life Rosie feels like she has lived her whole life in Elizabeths shadow. Elizabeth was the clever one and successful in contrast to Rosie who married young.

However Two sisters, the longest of 3 short stories is a tale with a twist....

Life is too short to live in envy of others. An enjoyable short story recommended to all.
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