Two Lovely Berries by A. M. Blair

two lovely berriesI first heard about Two Lovely Berries from Katie at Words for Worms. I’m a big fan of AMB’s blog, but had somehow missed that she’d published a novel! I read Katie’s review, then immediately bought the book. And as often happens with book purchases, it then sat on my Nook, waiting and waiting to be read. I finally picked it up during a recent slump where nothing was grabbing me, when I kept starting and setting books aside. This pulled me out of that slump; I ended up reading it in one sitting.

The story centers around two identical twin sisters, Nora and Aubrey, and their suddenly separate lives after college, their struggle to have independent identities yet stay connected. There’s a lot of dysfunction in their family, and they each end up in unhealthy (to put it mildly) relationships. On top of that, it seems to be perpetuated by their parents’ twisted values and priorities. I felt both angry and sympathetic toward these characters, yet in each one I recognized the very real situations of real people.

Once in a while I felt I’d missed something along the way. It was like I had to take little leaps to believe something that was mentioned or said. That was very minor though, and didn’t really bother me too much. These characters were so compelling, I kept telling myself I’d go to sleep after “just a few more pages” (we all know how that usually turns out). Two Lovely Berries is a wonderful character-driven novel, and I just loved A. M. Blair’s writing. She pulled me right into the twins’ story and kept me in their world until the last sentence.