The Maxwell Sisters is set in the South-West region of Western Australia in a town called Yallingup, with the romantic backdrop of the fictitious Tawny Brooks Estate a highly successful winery owned by John and Anita Maxwell. Their three daughters were returning home to prepare for the wedding of their youngest, Phoebe. Natasha and Eve hadn’t spoken since harsh words were exchanged twelve months ago. Can they put their differences aside to make Phoebe’s wedding a day to be remembered?
The Maxwells could be any family, your friends, your relatives, even your own family. That’s how easy it was to relate to them and their problems. As in any family there are people you love and connect with and people you don’t particularly understand. I loved Eve, the middle daughter, she was so unsure of herself but always ready to support everyone else. Maybe it’s because I’m a middle sister myself and saw a bit of myself in Eve’s character. However, I couldn’t really connect with Natasha. She seemed to overreact to everything and not know, or not care, that she was always hurting other people. I loved that all the men were caring, loving, understanding and supportive. They all had a sense of humour. What good role models they were. This story is a reminder to all of us that secrets and non communication can only cause heartache and misunderstanding. Keeping problems to yourself does not necessarily stop someone else from feeling pain. I enjoyed the authors teasing with the different secrets. I kept guessing and thinking I knew what they were, only to find out I was wrong each time. Clever!
I would recommend this enjoyable read filled with romance, humour, love and mystery.