Summary:

Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago.  Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead.  Lynnie could be alive!

Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.

Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.

Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.


A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.

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Excerpt:




Where is Lynnie?  Where did she go?

In her mind, five-year-old Clare Thaddeus called to her little sister—Come back, Lynnie.  Please come back.

The huge policeman crouched down in front of Clare's mother at the sofa and said in a deep, slow voice, "Mrs. Thaddeus, I know you're terribly upset.  But I need details.  We've got an hour before daylight.  If your daughter wandered outside—"

Clare's father, who'd been talking to another man in blue, glanced at her, and Clare huddled down deeper into the big green armchair.  Her dad didn't come to her but rather went to her mom, sank down beside her and wrapped his arm around her.  Then he spoke to the officer.  "Our daughter, Lynnie, is three.  She would never go outside into the dark on her own."

"Tell us again where you were last night," the policeman demanded in a not-so-nice voice.

"I worked late, preparing a brief."

"Until five a.m.?"

"Yes, until five a.m.  As I told you, I always check the girls' rooms before turning in.  Lynnie wasn't in her bed.  I woke my wife.  We looked through the whole house and then we called you."


Clare had been sleeping in her brand new room.  They'd moved in here—she studied her hand and counted her fingers—five days ago.  Boxes were still stacked down here and upstairs.  The house was okay.  There were more rooms for her and Lynnie to play hide and seek.  But she didn't like being alone in her own room at night.  She'd liked it better when she and Lynnie had slept in the same room.  She was supposed to watch her sister.  She was always supposed to look out for Lynnie.  That's what big sisters did.



About the author




Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason. 

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.  She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991. 

Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.


Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come! 

Find her:

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** Karen will be awarding a Landau charm bracelet and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).

28 comments:

This sounds like an interesting story. I'd enjoy reading because even though the topic seems upsetting, it looks like there is a HEA. That excerpt is heart wrenching!

I think my heart sorta broke a little reading this. T-T it seems so bitter sweet in the long run. So much pain in such a little punch of a tidbit.

kitsune_no_sora @ yahoo

Sounds like this book would be an emotional rollercoaster. Hopefully, it ends happily.

Thank you for hosting

Thanks for the giveaway :) bobbyehopebooth@yahoo.com

Hi, everyone! I'm so glad to be here today. Thanks to Reading In Twilight for hosting me. Please include your email addy with your comment so I can include your name in the giveaway contest.

HER SISTER is a roller coaster but after the prologue, we skip 27 years ahead. This story is about the Thaddeus family in the present day and how they find each other again.

Tel me about your reading habits for summer. What genres do you pick up if you're headed for vacation?

Sounds like a compelling read.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Sounds very sad and moving. kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

This sounds like a really great and I love these types of books so I am definitely added it to my must read list. Thank you!

MBlevinsNC(at)gmail(dot)com

Sounds great!

I'm so glad the excerpt intrigued you. This was one of those books that practically wrote itself.

Great excerpt, I feel so sad for Claire

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

LOL! The email from Reading In Twilight had several animated images ahead of your blurb. At the end of your blurb was your photo... I kept waiting for it to DO something! I thought maybe you were going to stick out your tongue or something like that. It took me a couple seconds to realize it was just a photo of you, NOT one of the several mini-movies. Anyway, the book sounds like a good one, even if your picture didn't move!

LOL. If I figure out how to make it move... :)

I have a question for you. Do readers like book trailers? I have a few on my Amazon page and at my website www.karenrosesmith.com.

Yes, I enjoy watching the book trailers. I think they lend a little extra something to the book blurb/excerpt.

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Karen H--thanks for letting me know. I just had one completed for my mystery.

I'm always a contemporary romance reader...with a dash of suspense. Best wishes with your book.

Intriguing blurb

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

I want to thank everyone for stopping by and for Reading In Twilight for hosting. I hope the rest of your summer is terrific.

OOOOoooh, Her Sister sounds REALLY good! Gosh, I don't know what I would do if ANY of my family suddenly went missing. I can only imagine what Clare's parents went through...what Clare herself goes through when she is older and understands her sister isn't returning! No closure...not knowing whether their little girl is dead or alive, well taken care of, fearing that Lynnie would think THEY abandoned her. The excerpt was such a tease! I really want to know what happens next! I wonder if Amanda and her husband divorced because of the stress of losing their daughter..one blaming the other? I also want to know what Shara's deal is!

Her Sister sounds like a great read and I really enjoyed the author bio too! I am a Yankee too...but I live in the south now, LOL.

Thanks for the awesome tour!

Jovon Tucker
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I have to read this book, it just sounds wonderful. I am now the youngest in our family, I remember at age 7 being told my cousin of 4 had passed in an accident. It devastated the whole family, separating her parents. I couldn't understand it for years. I don't know how I would have handled it had it been my sister. I couldn't imagine losing my sister, even now as an adult it's hard to think that one day she will be gone. As a mother the thought of one of my 3 boys disappearing a a huge fear of my own.
I can't wait to read this book and share it with my sister.
Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway opportunities 8) Best wishes on your tour.
Michelle Hofacker (michelle68314@yahoo.com)

This isn't something I'd normally read...I think I'd try it though! I like to reach out of my comfort zone. It's good for me, lol.

And sometimes I just feel lie reading a good deeply emotional story, you know?! ^_^

Diamond Dee @ Dee's Reads

Another great excerpt! Thanks for sharing! I love the sounds of this story!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!

hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

This sounds like a great book! Thank you for the chance at the giveaway

ChaoticKarma23 at gmail dot com

82 novels is quite an accomplishment. She also writes my favorite two genres :)

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