REVIEW: A MILLION REASONS WHY, BY JESSICA STRAWSER

 
When two strangers are linked by a mail-in DNA test, it’s an answered prayer—that is, for one half sister. For the other, it will dismantle everything she knows to be true.

But as they step into the unfamiliar realm of sisterhood, the roles will reverse in ways no one could have foreseen.

Caroline lives a full, happy life—thriving career, three feisty children, enviable marriage, and a close-knit extended family. She couldn’t have scripted it better. Except for one thing:

She’s about to discover her fundamental beliefs about them all are wrong.

Sela lives a life in shades of gray, suffering from irreversible kidney failure. Her marriage crumbled in the wake of her illness. Her beloved mother, always her closest friend, unexpectedly passed away. She refuses to be defined by her grief, but still, she worries what will happen to her two-year-old son if she doesn’t find a donor match in time.

She’s the only one who knows Caroline is her half sister and may also be her best hope for a future. But Sela’s world isn’t as clear-cut as it appears—and one misstep could destroy it all.

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Alternating narrators tell us the story of two sisters who discover each other via a DNA test.

They carefully maneuver around each other via emails for a while, and then they meet. Finally. What will happen next?

As time passes, we learn more of their individual stories, including the love affair that created Sela. Additionally, we come to realize the secrets held by each of the parents and how they were able to hide everything for many years.

Soon there are unexpected twists that stir up all the emotions as we ride along with the characters. I thought I had it all figured out until the last-minute reveals stunned me. A Million Reasons Why was an unforgettable novel that earned 4.5 stars.

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