Apr 12, 2010

Book Review: Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston

I read and review a lot of books, but Tristi Pinkston's latest release, Secret Sisters, is unlike anything I've ever read.  It's a story about a Relief Society Presidency who turns to espionage in order to properly take care of the women in their ward.

About the Book:
Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods, well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do?

With the help of her counselors Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It's all in a day's work for the Relief Society.
About the Author:

Tristi Pinkston is the author of four published novels.  She is a popular presenter at the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference, and has presented at numerous other conferences and workshops. 

Tristi enjoys good movies, taking long naps, scrapbooking, and teaching other writers how to dig within themselves for the very best they have to offer. 

Tristi and her husband, Matt, have been married fourteen years and together they have four adorable, smart, talented, creative, home schooled, wonderful children who keep them busy.

My Review:

If you've followed my reviews, you know that fantasy is not my favorite genre.  I like to read contemporary novels about things that could really happen.  Secret Sisters is the perfect mix of reality and an entertaining story.  Is it likely that a Relief Society presidency will spy on the sisters they visit teach?  Probably not.  But it could happen.  The unlikeliness of the situation is what makes Secret Sisters so hilarious. 

Tristi has created characters that you can't help but love.  Ida Mae, Tansy, and Arlette each have their own distinct personality, and Tristi has done a remarkable job giving each of them a voice that you can recognize. 

While Secret Sisters does include a mystery, it is not the focus of the story.  The zany antics of Ida Mae and her cohorts will keep you laughing throughout the entire book.  Tristi also includes some real life lessons throughout the book.  I finished the story feeling uplifted and happier, and I think you will too.  It's a quick, entertaining read, and I highly recommend it.  It's definitely going on my shelf of books to keep and read again and again. 

Secret Sisters is the first in a series of books.  I'm part of Tristi's critique group, so I've had the privilege to read the other books in the series, and I can tell you, the fun continues--you won't want to miss it!

The characters from Secret Sisters have their very own blog!  If you need a smile, be sure to check it out.  You can also learn more about Tristi by visiting her blog and website.

Secret Sisters can be purchased here.

5 comments:

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thank you, Kim! Writing this book was a lot of fun, and it was way fun to bring it to critique group! You and the others helped make it so much better.

Keith Fisher said...

Great review.

L.T. Elliot said...

What impressed me about this book is the level of caring these women felt. I was so impressed with their dedication--regardless of the silliness.

林昀睿 said...

責人之心責己,恕己之心恕人。 ....................................................

Candice said...

This is the second review I've seen for this book and I know several people who know Tristi. I definitely need to pick this up.

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