The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings
Review by Lauren1
What a surprise; I did not expect to be romanced by the sport of fly fishing. In her book, The Reel Sisters, Michelle Cummings introduces us to five special women. They are all very different from one another as their ages span four decades and their personal struggles are unique. The “glue” character is Rose. She is a widow with her own secrets. It’s her cabin in Colorado the ladies retreat to and it’s Rose who teaches them the artful sport of fly fishing and its lessons about life. The way the ladies meet is quite coincidental and even humorous; this is a stark contradiction to some of the horrendous moments they endure.
Enchanting rivers and streams with their rushing waters and surrounding beauty are well-described, as are the fashion and technical aspects of fly fishing. I want to “gear up” and go and you will too when you live the sport through Sophie, Amanda, Veronica, Melody and of course, Rose. As each of the women works to perfect her own ‘cast’ to catch fish, we discover their challenges from their point of view and often can relate. How wonderful to allow yourself to drop your issues and problems and focus on the task at hand: fishing.
Written in first person, the reader is privy to five different points of view – each voice has it’s own sub-chapter. First person point of view is not my favorite as I did get lost several times and had to back-track to recall whose head I was in, and despite the 100+ profanities (2 dozen being the F-bomb), I marched forward. How could I not? This fictitious metaphoric tale of fly fishing’s similarities to friendship and life hooked me. I snickered with and at the women, grew concerned with them and cried with them.
Are you on a path of personal change or growth? You will appreciate what this book has to offer – including the group discussion questions at the end of the story. In The Reel Sisters, Michelle Cummings neatly presents a short course on living a contented life through self-examination. A simple but powerful message that rang true for me was that of ‘if things aren’t going well, examine your fly to your goal then cast your line again’.
I thought this book was okay. Any adult seeking an adventurous, well-rounded, soap opera style story would likely enjoy it. Due to the POV, profanity and a handful of grammar errors, I give this story 3 out of 5 stars.