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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Sister Saint, Sister Sinner is a work of fiction in the women’s literature genre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by Peg Herring. The book follows sisters Nettie, Ruth, and Kim as they follow the chaotic, dangerous, and exciting paths that life has laid out for each of them. Nettie’s past – kept secret from her sisters – returns with a vengeance when she commits a murder, Ruth’s husband is on the campaign trail with a dream of becoming the President of the United States, whilst Kim’s safe routine is shaken apart as her husband leaves and she is fired.
This work manages to balance both being an epic saga spanning years in the sisters' lives whilst also maintaining the intimate focus on each of their lives and journeys throughout. An impressive feat indeed that Peg Herring accomplishes without breaking a sweat, letting us enjoy the slice of life moments in her heroines' lives one moment then swooping out to the bigger picture surrounding them at those moments. Each of the sisters is marvelously fleshed out and beautifully developed, never dipping into tired cliches or easy tropes but instead showing the diverse mix of kindness, selfishness, joy, and sorrow that forms the human experience. Sister Saint, Sister Sinner is a fantastic example of telling a huge story with twists, turns, and tribulations aplenty without losing the focus on the all-important character work that lets readers invest in the journeys as they unfold. An excellent read, I recommend this book to all.