I have friends who only had brothers growing up or were onlies who always wanted sisters. I was lucky enough to have two, five and six years older than me. Sometimes felt sorry for my dad being the only guy in the house, and never getting a word in edgewise. My sisters and I fussed and fought and loved each other to bits as only sisters can. And then came the girls in my life who weren’t blood kin, but we were so close, they might as well have been my sisters.
That’s what A Peach of a Pair is about. To be more accurate, It’s about “an indestructible sisterhood” between our heroine, Nettie Gilbert and her sister, Sissy, and the elderly pair of spinster sisters, Emily and Lurleen. When the story opens, Nettie and Sissy’s sisterhood is torn apart when Nettie receives an invitation to her baby sister’s wedding back home, only Nettie’s own fiance is the groom. It’s a horrible betrayal that cuts so deep, Nettie can’t begin to fathom how to repair the breech.
She’s so distraught by Sissy’s impending wedding and bun in the oven, she quits school two month shy of graduation and goes to work for two elderly spinster sisters, Emily and Lurleen, who know a thing or two about a falling out over a man.
Emily had a hand in a horrible accident that took away Lurleen’s first and last love. Lurleen lived in the same house with Emily but didn’t speak to her for seven years after the accident. By the time she did start speaking to Emily, the two sisters had also lost their mother, and their brother had runaway from home. At the point in the book when Lurleen is trying to help Nettie find forgiveness for her sister, Lurleen says, “Nettie had given Emily and Lurleen so much and she didn’t even know it. Then Lurleen had meddled perhaps where she shouldn’t have. She’d put this idea of an indestructible sisterhood in Nettie’s head, and Nettie had bought it hook, line, sinker, and half the pole because she wanted to. Needed to. Right now, Lurleen wasn’t even sure there was such a thing.”
But it turns out sisterhood in my life, in my friends’ lives, in the lives of Nettie and her sister, and Emily and Lurleen, really is indestructible. It’s been dinged and damaged, and in one instance, darn near obliterated. Should have been obliterated, and yet it exists and thrives.
It’s my hope that you’ll take this very wild ride through a broken relationship to forgiveness that begins and ends with a cross country trip to see a faith healer on a Greyhound bus. And my wish is that you cherish the indestructible sisterhoods within you own life.
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