The bond between sisters is one that can be complex and challenging. There are annoying moments, but it can be comforting to have someone grow up alongside you, seeing who you are and become. Here, not only are these writers exploring the bonds between family members but also friendships that are just as intense and strong. Relationships are tested by rivalries, secrets, and time. Can estranged sisters find a way to reconnect? Will the search for romantic love cause rifts in friendships? These women will have to work hard if they hope to repair and strengthen the bonds that have helped them through all of life’s challenges.
Trang and Quỳnh leave their rural village to work at a bar in Sài Gòn to help their parents pay off debts. The sisters learn to speak English, dress seductively, and how to drink and flirt with American GIs in return for money. War moves closer to the city and Trang gets swept up in a romance with a handsome and kind American helicopter pilot. Decades later, Dan, an American veteran, returns to Việt Nam with his wife, Linda. In their journey, secrets surface that threaten his marriage. Phong, son of a Black American soldier and a Vietnamese woman, goes on a mission to find both his parents. These characters from past and present confront decisions made during a time of war.
Selasi and Akorfa’s bonds transcended their relationship as cousins. They grew up inseparable and willing to do anything for each other. Then, Selasi begins to grow quiet and hostile, shutting Akorfa out. Akorfa gets the opportunity to build a life in America when she gets accepted into a university that’ll help her toward her goals of becoming a doctor. Crisis brings the girls back together. Selasi’s secret is revealed and Akorfa is forced to reckon her part in their estrangement.
Two sisters, Isabelle and Emilie, reconnect through a renovation project on a crumbling chateau in Rouen. In 1940, their great-grandmother Stasia was one of the most hunted agents of the Resistance while Nazis were storming across Europe. The siblings find books written by Stasia and soon discover a story and secret so explosive it threatens to change everything they knew about their family.
Since they were children, Serena, Michelle, Kenya, and Lynette have been sister friends forever. This year is an important turning point for all of them. Serena questions why she hasn’t found love yet. Michelle, ready to walk down the aisle, hesitates when an old flame strolls back into her life. Kenya is happily married with the exception of her husband’s ex-wife not allowing their family to live in peace. Finally, Lynette is dating for the first time in over a decade after divorcing her cheating husband. While the ladies search for love and hold onto the love they already have in their lives, their friendships will be tested like never before.
When thirteen-year-old Ruthy disappeared after track practice without a trace, her family was left scarred and scrambling. Twelve years later, her older sister Jessica spots a woman on TV in Catfight. She calls herself Ruby but has a beauty mark under her left eye that’s instantly recognizable. Could it be Ruthy? The women in the Ramirez family, Dolores, Jessica, and Nina, go on a family trip to search for their long-lost sister. On this journey, they’ll be forced to reckon with their past and future and the bonds that hold these women together.
When Scarlett dies, her future seems to be over, or so she thinks. But she’s still present, watching the ripple effect of her death and eager to join the living again. She’s especially eager to go back to her best friend, Evie, who’s been with her since they were ten years old. Evie can’t imagine a life with Scarlett and blames Nate for her best friend’s death. But charming Nate keeps showing up and drawing Evie back out of her retreat from the world. Seeing Evie start to move on, Scarlett has to decide whether she’d go back and alter the events that changed their lives forever.
Estranged twin sisters Harper and Tabitha Frost haven’t spoken to each other for more than a decade. Circumstances force the sister to switch lives and they quickly discover secrets and lies they couldn’t outrun. Will they be able to end their sibling rivalry once and for all?
Cheta is sharp-tongued, stubborn, and never shies away from conflict. Zam, on the other hand, couldn’t be more different as the timider sister. Zam is invited to live with her aunt’s family in the lap of luxury. Cheta decides to also leave home but is faced with harder circumstances that force her to make terrible decisions. When the sisters reunite, Cheta’s fate will rest in Zam’s hands and Zam will see just how far Cheta has fallen.
In this modern take on Little Women, we follow Amy Marsden who hasn’t had any luck in the romance department. There was Banana Brad who had a thing for fruit costumes and other oddballs, jerks, and terrible lapses in judgement. She somehow ends up living with the guy she’s been half in love with since she was a kid. Theo Sinclair, a commitment phobe, has been her sister’s best friend for as long as she can remember. Now under the same roof, they share everything from Cheetos to past trauma and a growing attraction that doesn’t feel one-sided.
Emily Hoang is a writer and editor, who is obsessed with haunted houses, ghosts, and dreams. More info can be found on her website.