Abigail Mann, author of the highly praised debut novel The Lonely Fajita, is back with another witty and heart-warming comedy. Abigail’s first book was previously shortlisted for the 2019 Comedy Women in Print Prize, following the story of Elissa, a young woman who becomes flatmates with a prickly pensioner after her boyfriend kicks her out. Her latest book The Sister Surprise is sure to have you grinning from ear-to-ear again in a quirky story of sibling shenanigans.
It’s not every day you meet a long-lost sibling on a live-stream in front of a world-wide audience, but when Ava discovers she has a half-sister who she has never met, she’s determined to make sure this unconventional family reunion goes as smoothly as possible. Join Eva as she embarks on an adventure of sibling hijinks with a twist!
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…
This hilarious adventure of family and self-discovery has early reviewers buzzing with excitement, with glowing endorsements coming left and right from many of Abigail’s fellow writers:
‘This book was like going on my favourite kind of countryside holiday. A witty, lovely, brilliant escapism and my new favourite Abigail Mann book’ – Lex Croucher
“I loved this whirlwind adventure around rural Scotland, it was the perfect blend of warm and witty. Abigail’s writing is so original, so funny and so incredibly uplifting that you can’t help but smile (and laugh) throughout. Get this if you need an instant pick me up, and a read that will leave you feeling sunny inside.” – Helly Acton
‘The Sister Surprise made me feel exactly how I want to feel whenever I pick up a book. I immediately fell in love with all the characters (even the sheep), I was invested, I was amused, I was heart-warmed and I didn’t want it to end. You are a fantastic writer. It takes such skill to write in a way that makes it effortless for the reader to feel as though they are right there in the story with you, but you do this! And it is amazing. A fabulous read that will make everyone smile, laugh, and hope.’ – Holly McCulloch
Congratulations to Abigail on the publication of her second novel!