Ravendale – a community outside New York City is quite the hotbed of dramatic activity.
A group of women are bound by dark secrets in Katie Sise’s adult debut, WE WERE MOTHERS(littleA). A green notebook with a big secret, a child’s birthday party, domestic violence, cheating, adoption – just a few of the topics that pop up in WE WERE MOTHERS. Secrets and lies create keep the plot speeding along as if it were a film. It’s a wonderful character study of many individuals that each stand out on their own.
Cora misses her dead sister, Maggie who died in a car crash. Maggie was driving and Cora’s husband Sam and Jeremy were passengers. Or was she? Laurel puts on a beautiful face with her handsome husband doctor, Dash and daughters, 21 year-old, Mira and 20 year-old, Anna. One of her daughters disappears and the other may be pregnant. But behind their beautiful mac-mansion doors, is a big ugly secret. Jade and Jeremy have tension in their marriage; Jeremy wants Jade to get pregnant and Jade wants to adopt. Jade is mourning the loss of Maggie, who she had a secret relationship with. Clark left Cora’s mother, Sarah for Abby, who made me cringe every time she showed up in the book. And Sarah resides in the big empty house she used to share with Clark, wanting to spend more time with her twin two year-old grand children, George and Lucy. Follow that? You may think you need a flow chart, but Sise creates characters who stand on their own.
Sise squeezes an entire season of a soap opera between the pages of her book. It’s a delicious treat, but Sise also tackles some serious subjects including the highs and lows that society puts on motherhood, domestic violence and readers find themselves following the inner monologues of modern women.
I felt as if I was watching a movie as I read WE WERE MOTHERS. There was so much activity and intimate details happening in the lives of the residents of Ravendale.
I hope we see this as a television series. There is so much yummy drama. Pour yourself some pinot grigio and cheers.
Sometimes Katie Sise is an author, TV host, and jewelry designer featured in major fashion magazines and television shows, but mostly she’s a leggings-clad coffee-drinking mother of four.
After graduating from The University of Notre Dame, Katie moved to New York City and performed in plays and independent films you’ve never seen. (One night, when she was playing Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, the show was canceled because no one was in the audience.) Katie supported herself by bartending, but after dropping an exorbitantly expensive bottle of champagne on the way to deliver it to Robert DeNiro’s table, she decided she had to make money with something other than making drinks. Later that year she applied for a job in a fashion boutique in New York City’s meatpacking district, and stumbled into a career making jewelry. Lucky Magazine called her a “designer to watch” and Katie continued to fake it till she made it, with work featured in every major fashion magazine and worn by celebrities like Kate Winslet, Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Kelly Ripa, Drew Barrymore, and many others. Katie designed jewelry for national campaigns like Vera Wang, Gap, and Keds, and designed a one-off piece for Target.
Katie has a large-sized head perfect for television. She co-hosted a TV show on the Home Shopping Network with millions of viewers, and appeared on programs like Good Morning America and the Oxygen Network’s Bejewelled. When Katie was chatting with the ladies from The View, one of her necklaces broke on air and fell from her neck to her lap. (Things like that happen to her a lot.)
Jewelry and television work led to Katie writing Creative Girl, published by Perseus/Running Press, which was when she realized the thing she most wanted to do in the world was write books. To learn the craft, she worked as a ghost writer writing NYT bestselling suspense books, and then was lucky enough to get a young adult fiction deal under her own name with HarperCollins Balzer + Bray. She has published three novels with HarperCollins: The Boyfriend App, The Pretty App, and The Academy.
Thanks to Amazon and littleA, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the best book you’ve read about mothers recently.
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