‘The Lost Sister’ by Kathleen McGurl is a historical dual timeline story that takes us back to 1911 from the present day. A compelling read that is expertly written. Kathleen McGurl just seems to understand the ways of families over the years. I have previously read books by her and have found myself whisked away to wherever she has based that particular book. The Lost Sister did just that to me yet again.
The story alternates between 1911 and the present day. In 1911, Emma is getting ready to join the ocean liner Olympic as a stewardess. Leaving her two sisters, Lily who is always poorly and Ruby who can’t find it in herself to behave. Emma just hopes all will be well until she can return. Life is never straight forward and all the sisters find their lives altered forever.
Now. When Harriet finds her late grandmother’s travelling trunk in the attic, she’s shocked to discover a photo of three sisters inside – her grandmother only ever mentioned one sister, who died tragically young. Who is the other sister, and what happened to her? Harriet’s questions lead her to the story of three sister ships, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic, and a shattering revelation about three sisters torn apart.
I loved the parallels between the characters from the past and Harriet in the present day as well as the family relationships being quite similar too. The mystery of the lost sister really swept me up and carried me along with both of them through the years as both the stories of Emma and Harriet are very skillfully woven together as we reach the end of the book.
A story of how complex family and the relationships we have with them can be. I was hooked immediately and enjoyed every chapter of this book, past or present it was such an interesting story with a few twists along the way.
Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, HQ Digital and NetGalley for my copy of the book.