Sisters and Rivals by Margaret Lynette Sharp



The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

It’s the early nineteen fifties, and the nascent romance of two young Sydneysiders is about to be challenged. The heroine, Linda, is being courted by an ambitious young carpenter named Harry. Seemingly without effort, he passes the scrutiny of her parents and they encourage her alliance with him. Trouble brews, though, when her sister Tessa lays eyes on him and, despite her engagement to a young accountant, makes her feelings abundantly clear. Will Tessa’s overtures ruin the fledgling love between Harry and Linda?


Genre(s):  Romance

Series:  –

Length:  123 pages (print version)

Release date:  2015-06-19



“Don’t let him think you’re anxious, dear. You’ll scare him off… Mum counselled. I saw a little worry line appear, though, on her brow.

“I won’t…I mean, I’m not,” I faltered, hurrying to open the door.


My Opinion

Sisters and Rivals introduces you to Linda and her sister Tessa. Linda is in love with Harry, hoping that history is not going to repeat itself. The story is told in first person, Linda’s point of view.

With Sisters and Rivals, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a love story, taking us to Australia in the early 1950s. Sisters and Rivals is the story of two very different sisters: Linda has lost boyfriends to her sister Tessa; Tessa’s fiancé is Linda’s former boyfriend. Slowly but surely, the author reveals more of the siblings’ character traits. I was drawn into the story, holding my fingers crossed for Linda. Sisters and Rivals is a good read for romance fans, who like to read novella length stories and appreciate being taken on a journey to the 1950s.

Please note that this is not one of my typical genres. Despite that, I consider this book a very pleasant read.

In brief:

Writing Good
Plot Some twists
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV First person


About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp is an award-winning writer. Her work has been highly commended during the 2014 Hurstville Discovery Festival of Community Arts, and published by Hurstville Council in an anthology entitled “Write Out Loud”.
She spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.
A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing.
Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.
Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited much of her work.
To date, Margaret has thirteen titles available.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Sisters and Rivals? Or – if you did not yet read Sisters and Rivals – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Sisters and Rivals was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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