Monday, May 21, 2018

{ Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden - TLC Book Tour }

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 1, 2018)

Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. On an astonishing journey across Central Europe, they must come together to face their fears, find their courage and fight for what they love.

Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie Talbot, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worked in Budapest, Hungary.

When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.

But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across Central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, an unforeseen dangerous turn in their journey across Europe forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.

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About Rachel Linden

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and studied creative writing at Oxford University during college. Currently, Rachel splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Budapest, Hungary where she lives with her husband and two children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

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My Thoughts:

This was a very sweet story of two sisters who have not been in contact for many years, and now being forced to come together due to their aunt's passing.

The sisters have been disconnected for many years, but they want to reconnect and bridge the gap that was created due to their different lifestyles, and even living continents apart.

Waverly is a successful business woman with seemingly everything she wants and needs in life, except the one thing she truly desires, which is to be a mother. 

Charlie on the other hand is a world traveler, currently working as an international aid worker overseas and not all thinking about settling or being a mother.

When life throws them together, Charlie decides to do one of the biggest unselfish acts ever, and become a surrogate for her sister and brother in law.  What ensues is a beautiful story of love, family, grief, and relationships that will leave you wanting more.

Really enjoyed how Rachel Linden told not only the story, but developed the characters, provide us with beautiful settings and descriptions, and really gives you a superb novel.


  1. Thank you for such a thoughtful review, Sandra! So glad you enjoyed my second novel! I'm donating 10% of my author proceeds to help stop the trafficking of women in Europe, so this novel supports a great cause too!

  2. This sounds right up my alley! You are seriously reading all the books I have wanted to read.


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