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Review - The Sister Surprise by Abigail Mann


Journalist Ava takes a DNA test hoping to discover her roots. Instead, she finds out she has a half-sister … whilst on a live stream watched by 100,000 people. Her boss thinks it’s the perfect click-bait story. Ava just wants to go to Moira’s tiny Scottish village and meet her.

But when Ava arrives undercover as a volunteer farmhand, she realises Moira – who’s her pig-wrestling, chatterbox polar opposite – might not be delighted by the news. And the longer Ava stays in Kilroch, with its inappropriately attractive minister and ties to her hidden family past, the more complicated this surprise is going to get…



Ending up in Scotland on a rundown farm with a hunky fella would be my idea of heaven. Unfortunately it wasn't Ava's and her resulting disappointment and steep learning curve when it came to all things farmyard was hilarious.

The love interest was satisfyingly surprising, and Ava's search for her roots and her father threw up a few more unexpected twists.

Light-hearted and funny, this is a perfect read for a cold winter evening, or a hot day on the beach.

About the Author

Abigail is a comedy writer living in London and surviving on a diet of three-shot coffee, bourbons, and vegetarian sausage rolls. She was born and brought up in Norfolk, which she says is to blame for the sardonic humour that runs through her novels. Abigail was the runner up in 2019's Comedy Women in Print award for THE LONELY FAJITA: her first novel. Abigail takes inspiration from unconventional cross-sections of modern society and the impact this has on identity and the relationships we create. She wrote her first novel after teaching literature for a number of years and whilst working in the fast-paced co-working spaces of East London. You can find out lots more about her on Instagram (@abigailemann) and on her website (

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