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Sisters by Choice: A Novel (Blackberry Island, 4) Paperback – February 11, 2020
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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?
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“Women who build their own business or careers is a hallmark of Mallery’s large-hearted books, and this is no exception.”—Library Journal
“Nuanced and realistic, showing the complicated problems that family can create, Sisters by Choice is a satisfying read. Mallery knows how to capture her readers.” -Shelf Awareness
“Susan Mallery delivers another heartfelt story of love and family.” -Fresh Fiction
“Mallery’s trademark humor and charm comes to life…A heartfelt saga about the true friendships and family that see us through.” -Woman's World, Book Club Pick
"Gritty and magical, angst-ridden and sweet, this coming-home story by bestseller Mallery (Only His) pulls no punches... Mallery adds layer upon layer to the women's history, while revealing the raw core of each with expert pacing guaranteed to keep a reader up way past bedtime..." —Publishers Weekly on Barefoot Season
"Barefoot Season is a well-written story of healing, letting go, and making room in your heart for hope." —USA TODAY on Barefoot Season
"Susan Mallery gives us a candid, honest look into the turmoil of family life when tragedies and personal crisis' occur... Mallery never disappoints her readers and THREE SISTERS is no exception. It's a winner and should be on everyone's short list of must reads."— Fresh Fiction on Three Sisters
"Mallery has again created an engrossing tale of emotional growth and the healing power of friendship." —Library Journal on Three Sisters
"[A] joy for all of us who were rooting on the sidelines." —Publishers Weekly on Evening Stars
"Mallery pulls out all the stops in this highly enjoyable and insightful, funny, and poignant look at self-sacrifice and romantic entanglement." —Booklist on Evening Stars, Starred Review
About the Author
- Publisher : MIRA; Original edition (February 11, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0778309398
- ISBN-13 : 978-0778309390
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.34 x 1.09 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #170,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who does that - and still manages to be a CEO?
Sophie loses her business in a catastrophic fire and decides to relocate to her hometown, Blackberry Island, where she can rebuild with her extended family close. With her unrealistic 'micro-manager' management technique, Sophie buffaloes her way into all aspects of the business like she did when she began. Unfortunately, she can't do this any longer. Her 'I'm the only one who can make sure the job gets done correctly' management mantra has to change. Will she let this happen?
Kristine, house-wife extraordinaire, with 3 sons and a husband she loves dearly, plus a flourishing mini-bakery business that she runs out of her house. Something needs to give. Will her desire to have a REAL bakery, away from her house, be the stepping stone she needs to succeed as her kids need her less, or will her marriage suffer irreparable harm if she follows her dreams?
Heather was adultified as a young teen since her mother, Amber, blamed her for everything bad that happened and made her the ‘adult’ in the family far too early. Now Heather wants to get out. She wants to be a 20-year-old college student, rather than a convenient source of income for her mother. As she begins to work for Sophie and dreams that she'll be able to leave sooner rather than later, will her mother's actions sabotage her efforts?
Amber…OMG…Can we just agree that Amber is a piece of work? Everything always goes wrong for her because, she got pregnant, and had Heather, and never got a chance to do anything. Whiny, entitled, blame everyone else for my problems because it can’t be me witch doesn't even begin to describe Amber. Manipulating everyone, all the time, I just don't like her or any of her actions!
Taking on a multitude of psychological issues for four women with such different personalities in one book is difficult. Susan Mallery is up to the task! Power and control, throttle and brake, manipulation and acceptance. How these women deal with others and themselves as they go forward was amazing to watch.
All of the women in this book have flaws. Some are on the way to being fixed. Others won't ever change. The take-away from this book is, some things and people never change but when you can make positive changes, the world opens up to you in marvelous ways.
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One I could happily read again at some point,when I can sit and read it in one go.