Item description for My Sister Dilly by Maureen Lang...
Overview Restless Hannah can't wait to escape her Illinois hometown. Coastal California holds all she ever wanted, including the man of her dreams. It's only when her younger sister, Dilly, commits the unthinkable that she has second thoughts. Returning home, she finds Dilly a changed woman, but the bonds of sisterhood may be stretched beyond the breaking point.
Publishers Description Hannah Williams couldn't get out of her small hometown fast enough, preferring the faster pace, trendy lifestyle and beauty of California's Pacific Ocean coast. Only when her younger sister, Dilly, makes a desperate choice and commits the unthinkable does Hannah realize she never should have left her behind in rural Illinois. Hannah returns home to make up for letting Dilly down, leaving the one man she's ever loved in California. But Dilly is a changed woman, and when Hannah's plans don't go as expected, the bonds of sisterhood are tested like never before.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.91" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414322240 ISBN13 9781414322247
Availability 0 units.
More About Maureen Lang
Maureen Lang is the author of ten Christian Inspirational novels and three novellas that celebrate a mix of God's love, history and romance. Early writing distinctions include RWA's Golden Heart Award then ACFW's Genesis, followed by published works winning RWA's Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion and the Selah Award. She's also been a finalist for the Rita, Christy and Carol Awards. A wife and mother of three, she is the primary caregiver to her adult son with Fragile X Syndrome and lives in the Chicago area. Maureen can be found online at her Website, on Goodreads or Facebook and participates in a group blog at Christians Read.
Reviews - What do customers think about My Sister Dilly?
gripping, emotion-filled story Nov 21, 2009
What a beautiful story. I sat up from 2:30 a.m. till 7:30 reading it. Once I got into the story (by the second chapter or so), I just wanted to keep reading. Lang knows how to wrench our emotions. Wonderfully crafted characters from the two heroines to the various secondary characters. I could just imagine this small farm town. Although it's primarily a story about sisters and the severely handicapped child of one, it also has a nice romance to it. Great hero!
My Sister Dilly: Guilt has many faces. Forgiveness has one. May 12, 2009
Snatch up the tissues, readers! Coz between the overflow of sibling estrogen and, whichever way the winds blows across the Illinois hog farms you're going to need them. And did I mention there's a handsome, bewildered Californian named Mac with great frequent flier miles, who sticks by his woman, Hannah, no matter how bad she's PMSing? What a guy!
Ms Lang has written a poignant account of two sisters finding their ways back home; each for a different reason. My Sister Dilly is centered on the powerful, relevant topic of what constitutes productive human life in this postmodern world, and the absolute necessity of family. Her believable characters demonstrate how our premeditated plans are often blindsided to God's sovereign design, and His unconditional love and forgiveness.
I embraced this book! My Sister Dilly is a heart opener. And a little girl named, Sierra, is the can-opener.
Must REad for Sisters Apr 7, 2009
Maureen Lang places you in the heart of a small midwest town. With just a few words you are surrounded with the smells, heat and wind. The reader understands Hannah's feelings as she gropes through the uncharted territory to help her kid sister and rejects her own dreams to "be there" for Dilly. Every kid sister will identify with Dilly's love and frustration at big sister, Hannah's well-meaning interference.
The subject was a difficult one I generally wouldn't have selected, but I trusted Maureen Lang to put forward a good story and was glad I did.This is a great read.
Thought Provoking Apr 6, 2009
Even if I am reading a romance I look for the sibling and parent relationships. I was impressed that while there is romance in this book, it really is about how our sibling and parent relationships define who we are and how we will cope with the rest of our lives.
We so often do not see ourselves as other see us. I hope reading this book will make a permanent change in me.
This book will change the way you view life Jan 30, 2009
While Hannah was living out her dream on the California coast and away from her small town home life, her sister Dilly was serving time in prison. While Hannah ran away from her past, Dilly had to stay and remember day after day of the crime she had committed. When Dilly is set free from prison, Hannah returns to take care of her sister and intends make up for not being there all those years. However Dilly has changed and is intent on righting her wrongs, while Hannah doesn't agree with what she's doing. Will Dilly stand up to her sister or will Hannah be forced to give in?
While I was reading this story, all I could keep thinking in my head was "Wow." This is a story you would normally not think of when you think about Christian fiction. This is not your happily ever after,everyone's all lovey-dovey , everything always works out Christian fiction. This book is ripped from the headlines, make yourself really think, in your face fiction. Usually when you hear in the news about mothers who intentionally hurt their kids, your first thought it to condemn the mother. You cannot believe that anyone would want to purposely murder their children and that they must insane to do it. This novel shows the other side to that story and what could possibly make a mother even consider doing that to her child. As a reader, it took me by surprise that I actually felt sympathy towards a mother who did this and anger over the grandmother who wants to protect her grandchild. The story really blew me away by how much I invested into the characters. Dilly's sister, Hannah also touched my heart as well. She wants to protect her sister and is willing to sacrifice her own life to do so. However her reasons behind that are not as "Good Samaritan" as they sound. It's a wonderful character study between the two of them. My only qualm with the book was that it takes a while before the reader is finally told what exactly happened to put Dilly in jail. It's merely hinted at for about 3/4 of the book. It wasn't a problem but it made me feel like I had missed it somewhere because it kept being subtly mentioned at through most of the book. Otherwise, you will be enthralled by this book. The book is perfect is you're in the mood for something that is not fluffy and really makes you think afterwards. It's a story that stays with you and has you looking twice at everything you've always believed in. One of the most thought-provoking reads of the year. HIGHLY recommended.