Some believe that the love between a man and a woman is the strongest love there is, but the love between sisters is pretty powerful too.

Sisters Patty Jane and Harriet both lose their first true loves at a young age. 10 years later, the sisters throw themselves into Patty Janes House of Curl, a combination beauty salon, day-care center, and hangout. Patty Jane provides the hairstyles for her clientele while Harriet plays the harp. Nora, Patty Janes daughter, and Ione, Patty Janes mother-in-law, supply homemade baked goods.

The salon allows Patty Jane and Harriet to open themselves up to love from new men even as they struggle to let go of their pasts. Amid the smells of permanent waves, Norwegian pastries and the gales of laughter, the sisters discover that men may come and go but a sisters love is forever.

Reminiscent of Steel Magnolias, PATTY JANES HOUSE OF CURL will make you laugh, cry and open your heart to love. (Aug., 292 pp., $11.00)

Reviewed by: 
Chandra Y. Sparks