Monday, June 14, 2021

Review: The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery

The Stepsisters
by Susan Mallery

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts—she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California.

Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.

Kritters Thoughts:  I will pick up a Susan Mallery stand alone before even looking at a synopsis and such was the case with this one and even though I don't love reading about troubled marriages, I was thankful that this book more focused on these three women with a troubled marriage on the side!

Daisy is the main character and she is the one with the marriage on the rocks as her husband Jordan abruptly announces he is leaving and isn't sure of their future.  She has two sisters, one is Sage and she has returned to Los Angeles after her third divorce and has no idea what is next for herself.  The other sister is Cassidy and after an accident she has returned to Los Angeles and with these sisters each going through something they may be able to reconnect and form close bonds while helping each other out with what they are going through.  

I love a good story about sisters and the ups and downs of that unique relationship.  Susan Mallery can write a woman who is so full and honest and I love how she shows women in moments that show real vulnerability and then growth.  In each of her books, especially the stand alones, I find a woman who I can relate to or who I would love to be one of my best friends!  I hope she continues to write these as they are perfect books to intersperse in my reading life.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 70 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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