Review: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen

The Bird Sisters: A NovelBook/Author: The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
Publisher/Year: Crown Publishing April 2011
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Spinster sisters, Milly and Twiss,  are known as “the bird sisters” and their home serves as a place where people bring injured birds to be nursed back to health. The “bird sisters” weren’t always destined towards a path of seclusion and spinsterhood…until one summer that alters the direction of their lives.

The story gracefully moves between the present and haunting memories from their childhood. The bulk of the memories take place in the span of the summer of 1947 when Milly and Twiss are teenagers and becomes the turning point to paving the path that leads to where they are now as spinsters. Immediately I was invested in the lives of Milly and Twiss and had such a desire to know how they ended up so alone when it seemed like they had a lot going for them. I think that was the most heart-wrenching part– knowing how they ended up and needing to find out why. The details of the events that summer were revealed ever so carefully and evenhandedly that it kept you reeling until you are given the answers to what had happened. And let me tell you– it was shocking, heartbreaking and beautiful — simultaneously. I had goosebumps as we finally learned what happened in the most pivotal moment that summer.

Milly and Twiss are two of the most quirky and unforgettable characters that I’ve encountered in a while. They were developed so finely and with great precision and I just fell completely in love with them. I found a lot of the other characters to be interesting as well. Cousin Bett was that character that you just wanted to slap silly yet I kept wondering what her story was. The characters personalities were so perfectly melded together with the plot that I just kept thinking of how perfect of a book this was. Milly and Tilly are definitely the shining stars but what I loved is that they aren’t always brave, or always right or strong…they were so real and were perfect in their own ways.

For the most part I can honestly say this book was flawless for me, but I must confess, there were a few parts where it took me a little bit to figure out if we were back in the past or in the present although I was able to deduce after a page or so. The parts in the present, in the heads of the older Milly and Twiss, were a little slower moving for me but it definitely balanced out the story well.

My Final Thought:
I would recommend this to anybody looking for the perfect combination of unforgettable characters, a carefully crafted and revealed plot with a layer of surprises and undeniably beautiful prose that you find yourself savoring with each page. Seriously, this book charmed the socks off of me, broke my heart and mentally shelving this book under “books that remind me why I love the written word.” It wasn’t overwrought in emotion or drama nor was it the type of book that was trying too hard to BE something profound. It felt real and was definitely a breath of fresh air for me.

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I've been hearing a lot about this one, but was unsure if I wanted to read it or not. I'm not at all unsure now! Now I'm definitely wanting to read this one!!

  2. I have this book on my wishlist! I can't wait for its release so that I can get my hands on the book 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful review, which has now made me even more excited to read the book!

  3. Chrisbookarama says:

    Sounds like something I'd enjoy. I like quirky characters.

  4. Rebecca Rasmussen says:

    Jamie, thank you so much for reading my book and for loving it. Though, as I said, I would have adored you even if you didn't. You bring so much to the blogging community and it is a true honor to know you honey. Thank you so much for investing in this book emotionally and for writing a lovely review of it. XOX

  5. I'm so glad you liked this book! I'm a bit iffy about buying non-YA books because they're generally more expensive and I don't always like them, but this cover is so gorgeous and it sounds good, so I really wanted to give it a shot, and your review makes me definitely want to!

  6. Tara– As you know I read both YA and adult..but recently I've been in an adult fiction slump. THIS gave me hope that I still love adult fiction!

  7. Great review. I'm really looking forward to reading it.

  8. Midnyte Reader says:

    Not a book I would normally pick up, but this was a lovely review. If I see it around I may just get it.

  9. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) says:

    Wonderful review! I added this one to my wishlist some time last week, but I want to read it even more now. I'm thinking I'll pre-order it on my Nook, so I can get it right away when it comes out.

  10. Rebecca Rasmussen says:

    Thank you again, Jamie, for reviewing the book! Happy Monday everyone!

  11. I enjoyed this one as well. Great review!

  12. I also really loved this book. It was the perfect summer read. And can I get a poster of the cover to hang on my wall? It is gorgeous.


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