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Unconvincing,
Confusing,
Adventurous

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The Sisterhood
by Helen Bryan

Published: 2013-04-30
Paperback : 420 pages
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Menina Walker was a child of fortune. Rescued after a hurricane in South America, doomed to a life of poverty with a swallow medal as her only legacy, the orphaned toddler was adopted by an American family and taken to a new life.

As a beautiful, intelligent woman of nineteen, she is in ...

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Introduction

Menina Walker was a child of fortune. Rescued after a hurricane in South America, doomed to a life of poverty with a swallow medal as her only legacy, the orphaned toddler was adopted by an American family and taken to a new life.

As a beautiful, intelligent woman of nineteen, she is in love, engaged, and excited about the future—until another traumatic event shatters her dreams. Menina flees to Spain to bury her misery in research for her college thesis about a sixteenth-century artist who signed his works with the image of a swallow—the same image as the one on Menina’s medal.

But a mugging strands Menina in a musty, isolated Spanish convent. Exploring her surroundings, she discovers the epic sagas of five orphan girls who were hidden from the Spanish Inquisition and received help escaping to the New World. Is Menina’s medal a link to them, or to her own past? Did coincidence lead her to the convent, or fate?

Both love story and historical thriller, The Sisterhood is an emotionally charged ride across continents and centuries.

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Discuss which story line you liked best. 1500s or present day? Why?
Which questions do you feel were left unanswered at the end of the book?
What could have made Menina's character more believable?
by ta2kitty (see profile) 06/17/13

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  "Enjoyable but not profound"by hollyschroeder (see profile) 09/18/15

Our club generally liked the book, and found it's portrayal of life in the 1500s (and the Inquisition) very interesting and not commonly written about. There were some areas where we thought... (read more)

 
  "The Sisterhood"by kevbriril3 (see profile) 03/24/14

Although I have read several previous books that vary the timeline and characters throughout the book I felt confused by this book. It did not read smoothly and often I was not sure what characters I was... (read more)

 
  "Good idea, poorly executed"by idavaa (see profile) 01/30/14

I thought the idea and concept behind the book seemed promising, but the book was poorly executed. There were too many strange coincidences that drove the story, and it didn't seem believabl... (read more)

 
  "Sisterhood"by marchez (see profile) 01/30/14

It was OK. Didnt like the ending. A little confusing at times and hard to keep track of all the characters

 
  "Mixed feelings"by ta2kitty (see profile) 06/17/13

I have mixed feelings about this book. This book tells two stories that are ultimately connected. One takes place in a convent in the 1500s and the other in present day. I would give the historical part... (read more)

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