The Wilder Sisters

The Wilder Sisters

Large Print - 2000
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Rose Wilder lost her husband two years earlier when he was killed by a drunk driver. Employed as a bookkeeper to a local veterinarian, Rose and her boss, Dr. Austin Donavan, share a love of animals and an intimate yet platonic friendship, each staving off the urge to initiate a romantic relationship. Austin is a man with an ex-wife and a drinking problem, and Rose is trying to block out the bad memories of an unfaithful husband.

Lily, Rose's beautiful, more daring sister, has put her career before everything else and has had more than her share of selfish lovers without ever being in love. Lily flees to their parents' ranch in New Mexico for some emotional detox. At the same time, Rose, weary of caring for Austin and her nearly grown, ungrateful children, sets out for the ranch to take a much-needed vacation. A time-out from their problems would seem to be the perfect cure for what ails the Wilder sisters. But the two haven't spoken in five years, and spending time together is the last thingthey'd planned. Nor had either anticipated being so actively pursued by lovestruck men -- Rose by her boss, and Lily by an old boyfriend who has grown even sexier over the years.

Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., 2000.
ISBN: 9781568958668
1568958668
1568958658
Branch Call Number: LP F Maps
Characteristics: 581 p. ; 24 cm.

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LaughingOne Sep 09, 2014

Lily and Rose are the Wilder sisters. They grew up on a ranch in northern New Mexico. Lily went off to college and a good-paying job in California. Rose stayed, married young, had two children. This story takes place some twenty or so years later. Each is questioning choices she has made throughout her life. Their relationship is complicated, as most sibling relationships are, shaped by how their parents treated each of them, by how they reacted to the situations of their lives. As is also often the case, each is a bit jealous of the other, of what one thinks the other has that the one does not. I loved reading their story and I loved the descriptions of the settings as I spent much of my childhood in New Mexico and could easily see, breathe, smell what was being described. Mapson's dialogue is believable, her story full of heart. I recommend this novel.

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