The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan is about three adopted daughters going home for Christmas. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the book yet, check out my preview and review first.
The story takes place in the snowy Highlands of Scotland. Suzanne McBride’s three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high.
Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her—it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work—seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for new neighbor Luke. As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything—including a family Christmas.
Let’s get into the book club questions.
- A major theme of the novel is around expectations for women. Let’s discuss it in more depth:
- For instance, Beth is under pressure to continue to stay-at-home with the kids but she wants to get back in the workforce. Can you relate to this? Why do you think her husband was so against the idea of her working again at first?
- Hannah is considered a cold, workaholic but we learn that she’s not only extremely efficient at her job, she seems to be a fair boss, too. Why do you think she was so obsessed with her job? Why do you think she was so closed off from everyone?
- And then with Posy, she’s boxed into being the younger sister that will always be there in their hometown. But she aspires to travel the world. Do you think her family viewed her as a true adult or still as a young adult?
- Suzanne is obsessed with the idea of a perfect Christmas, which we all know is never achievable. Why do you think some people expect perfection at Christmas?
- What were your Christmases like growing up? What about now as an adult?
- Why do you think Luke withhold the information of who he actually was. Do you trust him? Do you think him and Posy will last?
- What kind of mom do you think Hannah will be?
- Let’s talk about the relationship of the three sisters from the beginning and how it changed at the end.
- Which sister can you relate the most to? Which one the least?
- What happens next for the McBride family?
- What are some of your favorite holiday-themed stories?
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!