Friday, June 26, 2020

Sisters by Choice

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  From the New York Times bestselling author of California Girls comes an all new original Blackberry Island novel told with Susan Mallery’s trademark humor and charm. Sisters by Choice is a heartfelt tale of love, family and the friendships that see us through.

Cousins by chance, sisters by choice…

After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild. Until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can’t grow unless she learns to let go. If Sophie relaxes her grip even a little, she might lose everything. Or she might finally be free to reach for the happiness and love that have eluded her for so long.

Kristine has become defined by her relationship to others. She’s a wife, a mom. As much as she adores her husband and sons, she wants something for herself—a sweet little bakery just off the waterfront. She knew changing the rules wouldn’t be easy, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams.

Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather’s goals seem beyond her grasp. Every time she manages to save for college, her mother has another crisis. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Sisters by Choice has a mix of strong and weak characters.  The strong characters are Sophie and Kristine.  I loved how Sophie learned to let go of duties and rely on people she hired to do the job.  I loved her transformation.  Kristine was my hero.  She wanted to start her own business and claim something as her own.  Her husband was not supportive of her at all and left for awhile hoping to force her to give up her dream.  She didn't….I loved how strong she was and he finally came around.  Heather was weak but finally learned how to stand up to her mother and take control of her life.  Her mother was not a good person and blamed everyone around her for her hardships.  

I really enjoyed how the three main characters helped each other become better people.  I would love to have cousins that close to me in my life.  Very much enjoyed Sisters by Choice and happy I got to read another Susan Mallery this summer.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Last summer I had the pleasure of reading The Summer of Sunshine and Margot so I was excited to have the opportunity to read another Susan Mallery book this summer.  She has a ton of books I would love to read.

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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