The Neapolitan Sisters – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Neapolitan Sisters

Author:- Margo Candela

Date published:- Expected to be published on 9th August 2022

Genre:- Contemporary Fiction


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

Growing up with a kind but alcoholic father and a suspicious, passive aggressive mother, the Bernal sisters each developed their own way of coping: Dulcina had her art and drugs and alcohol, Claudia plunged into her studies and fled to Princeton, and Maritza watched one Disney movie after another in between devouring romance novels.

Now all grown up, the sisters are reunited at last for Maritza’s dream wedding. But they are no less different than they were growing up: Maritza is a princess bridezilla, Claudia is the family “fixer,” and Dulcina “Dooley” is finally sober. With all three Bernal sisters back in their East L.A. home, each begins to take steps to come to terms with each other, their parents, and the secrets from their shared past. While their lives may have taken different paths, they are still sisters at heart.

Told in alternating points of view, The Neapolitan Sisters is a humorous yet moving look at what it means to be a sister, daughter, and ultimately, your own self, despite the pressures that come with being part of a family.

This is a story of three sisters–Claudia, Dulcia and Maritza who they all have different personalities to each other. Claudia has a successful career with a hot and famous boyfriend named Ethan, Dulcia is being sover and Maritza is preparing for the wedding to Augustino.

Let’s just start with the cover–the cover in this book is really pretty which actually made me want to read this book! But the story is also good. The story is told from the three sister’s points of view so we know what each of these three sisters are going through in their lives. Behind each of these sisters’ story is their mother who seemed to be the matriarch. The author does a good job of describing the complex relationship between the children and the parents and this story as a whole is very realistic. I actually enjoyed reading this story as it was interesting to read about the relationship between the three sisters and how their characters vary with each other. Overall this story worth four stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Margo Candela was born and raised in Los Angeles and began her writing career when she joined Glendale Community College’s student newspaper. She transferred to San Francisco State University as a journalism major, and upon graduation began writing for websites and magazines before writing her first two novels, Underneath It All and Life Over Easy.

She returned to Los Angeles to raise her son and later wrote Good-bye to All That and More Than ThisThe Neapolitan Sisters is her fifth novel and her first after a decade-long hiatus from writing. She once again is living in San Francisco.

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