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Book review: Hailey and Mandi Gardiner hit all the right notes in ‘Sister Strong’

Mandi Gardiner, left, and Hailey Gardiner are the authors of “Sister Strong: Living in Harmony With the Women in Our Lives.”
Mandi Gardiner, left, and Hailey Gardiner are the authors of “Sister Strong: Living in Harmony With the Women in Our Lives.”
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SISTER STRONG: Living in Harmony With the Women in Our Lives,” by Hailey and Mandi Gardiner, Cedar Fort, $14.99, 176 pages (nf)

Sharing a room with sisters can be hard. Sharing a stage with sisters is a whole ‘nother level of complicated. Hailey and Mandi Gardiner, authors of “Sister Strong: Living in Harmony With the Women in Our Lives,” have mastered both.

Hailey, Allie and Mandi, the three eldest Gardiner sisters who are now in their mid-20s, began performing together as young teens. After winning the Mt. Pleasant’s Got Talent Fourth of July competition, they decided to work toward building a professional career as a singing group. After exploring traditional options without much success, they eventually started a YouTube channel and found their niche. Today, their YouTube Channel has almost 600,000 subscribers and millions of views.

“Sister Strong: Living in Harmony With the Women in Our Lives” is by Hailey and Mandi Gardiner.
“Sister Strong: Living in Harmony With the Women in Our Lives” is by Hailey and Mandi Gardiner.
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It’s no surprise, then, that “Sister Strong” is a sweet, sisterly duet about finding one’s voice and loving one’s sister as oneself. Together, Hailey and Mandi explore the various reasons why women can struggle to make friends and build supportive relationships with each other. With encouraging advice, anecdotes from their lives, and words from scripture and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Gardiner sisters urge each woman to love herself a little more and reach out a little further to the women around them.

Hailey Gardiner is the oldest Gardiner sister and member of the Gardiner Sisters singing group. Hailey also performs as a solo artist, writes music for herself and the Gardiner Sisters, and mentors other artists. She contributes regularly to the Gardiner family blog, Sisters & Sage at sistersandsage.com.

Mandi Gardiner is the third Gardiner sister and a member of the Gardiner Sisters singing group. She is working on a degree in English and hopes to write novels for teens and children one day. Mandi also contributes to Sisters & Sage.

”Sister Strong” contains no profanity, violence or sexual content.

Rachel Chipman believes heaven will have books piled to the ceiling and endless time to read. She lives with three little bookworms and one grown-up bookworm in western Washington.