Review: The Campbell Sisters


Helen Campbell is the eldest and most practical of three sisters, daughters of hard-working Irish emigrants living in New York City in the 1950s. She does what she can to keep the wild-child middle sister, Carolyn, in line and support the youngest, Peggy, as she pursues her dreams of becoming a doctor. Then Helen meets Charlie.

While its love at first sight for those two, Carolyn’s antics threatens to derail all the sisters’ future happiness. However, through thick and thin, the three sisters strive to prevail, though not necessarily in the ways they thought they wanted.

About the Author

Eileen Joyce Donovan has been writing her entire life, in one way or another, whether it was imaginative stories for friends, or advertising copy for clients. At the persistent urging of her husband, she finally agreed to seriously edit and revise one of her stories and take the plunge. Years later, her persistence paid off and both her debut historical fiction, Promises, and her second novel, A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma, won prestigious awards. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and her essays have been included in various Chicken Soup for the Soul editions.
She lives in Manhattan, New York and is a member of Authors Guild, Women’s National Book Association, Women Fiction Writers Association, and The Historical Novel Society.

Rating: 5-stars


The Campbell Sisters by Eileen Joyce Donovan is an interesting 1950’sread. It details one Irish family’s life during the time period. I am introduced to three sisters and their lovers. Each woman finds love in ways she did not think. The sisters are a great group of women who have strong bonds with each other. They help each other when needed. I love how this book both historical and part women’s fiction. The writer, Eileen Joyce Donovan made the time period and her cast of characters pop to life. The pages were fun and easy to read. They went by faster than I thought. Some contemporary issues are also featured in this read. I also loved how it featured one of the main immigrant groups in New York. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all readers of Jill Shalvis, Susan Mallery, and Flora Harding.

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