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Jo’s Journal: That’s What Sisters Are For



That’s What Sisters Are For

by Joanne Troppello

For all the sisters out there, you know how special it is to be a sister. I have a sister and she is my best friend. I am seven years older than her. So, we weren’t always best buddies. I was the older sister and saw her as the younger, more irresponsible sister. Our relationship has grown much deeper through the years. That deeper growth started when she was out of high school and I was in my mid-twenties.

Of course, not everyone has a good relationship with each other, but when sisters get along, it’s great. We both have our own lives and get busy, but it’s so nice when we do get a chance to spend sister time together. We used to live within five minutes of each other, but now we're 25 minutes apart. That’s not really far. It’s not like we live in other states or other countries. We attended the same church, but then my husband and I started attending the new campus that the main campus planted in another area.

Recently, my husband and I started attending the main campus again after 5 years and it’s been nice to see my sister and her girls again every Sunday. I hung out with my sister recently and it was long overdue.

Since my columns are usually geared for writers and those who love to read, I thought I’d segue that into a discussion on famous sister characters in books. I am a huge Jane Austen fan and love the relationship between the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne in Sense and Sensibility. This is one of my most favorite of Austen’s works, especially because I so well relate to their relationship. My sister and I mirror those characters pretty well. I’m more like Elinor and she is more like Marianne.


In Pride and Prejudice I really relate well to Elizabeth Bennet and to her sister, Jane, more than to her other sisters, Mary, Kitty and Lydia. The sister dynamic of this book reminds me of the same dynamic in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and how all those sisters relate to each. I always loved the character of Jo and Meg, more than the other sisters, Beth and Amy. I probably really related well to Jo since she is a writer and so am I. Back to Austen’s Persuasion, out of the two sister characters, Anne and Elizabeth Elliot, I most related to Anne.

Do you have a sister(s) that you love and is a best friend? Can you relate to any of the above-mentioned famous sister characters? Are there any other sister characters not mentioned above that you relate to?

Feel free to comment on this subject and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of my eBook, Mr. Shipley’s Governess.


About the Author


Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel.

She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.

Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect with Joanne on Twitter.


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