Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago.
Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there's a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she's never seen....
Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine - up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer....
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion leads only to pain....
Is there anything sweeter than a first love? Don't ask Claire Keyes....
Faced with exactly 30 days to come up with two million dollars, Lexi Titan is out of options. Marry Cruz Rodriguez or lose everything....
There is only one thing wrong with the charming community of Fool’s Gold, California: the men don’t stick around...
Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town, the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife....
The moment she turns 25, Kayla Bedford is going to grab her trust-fund money and take off for Paris. She'll drink wine, read at quaint cafés, and meet a handsome prince....
After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change....
Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back—until she returned home years later to run a small law practice....
How could the sensible daughter of Trinity Harbor's self-proclaimed patriarch have taken in the boy caught hot-wiring her car? Whether the boy is a modern-day Huck Finn or not....
After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life - buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi’s new future may be coming together, but the truth is she’s just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.
When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora’s box of unhappiness. And he claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he’s right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she’s lost herself, and she’s in danger of losing her entire family if things don’t change.
Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for each other has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy tears them apart, she’s not so sure. Now it’s time for them to move forward, with or without one another.
Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they’re really made of: laughter, tears, love, and all.
Susan Mallery books are among my favorites reads (listens). But if you're expecting the same tone as the Fool's Gold series you might be disappointed. I really liked the characters in this book (though not in the first book of the series) and was so involved I found myself crying all the time. That's the difference - there is a heavier or more serious tone to this book. Reminded me of Kristan Higgins' books.
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What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
What about Natalie Ross’s performance did you like?
She did a good job with different character voices. Would prefer the same narrator in series as the characters come alive. That said there was very little mention and involvement of the characters from the first book in the series so a different reader was ok.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Made me sad and depressed to hear all the abuse both physical and mental from generation to generation.
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This book has it all. From one extreme emotion to the next. Any woman cant help but to identfy with one of the women from this story. I know for me it covers alot of the thoughts that mothers ( esp young mothers) think and are either told not to talk about or feel ashamed that they felt that way. Brings to light that HEY I am not the only one who may feel like this.......
I think it is a must read for any woman in a relationship, trying for a new one, or is just a mother who feels like she has to fix the world for her family and the issues with being the savior so to speak. Dont forget to grab the tissues this book will make you cry and normaly I am not a cryer lol.
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This story was an interesting, easy listen and the narration was soothing and not annoying.
Story++++. Narration begins too monotone, gets better. Best Mallery so far, more in this series?
Great narrator. It's a simple, heart string, listen to on the beach type of story.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This is my 4th book and last book from this author. All of the books I own from this author seem to be on the dark side. Life is what it is! I don't need to spend precious listening time on characters who can't get out of there own way. I am on chapter 7 and what a downer 5 of them have been.
What could Susan Mallery have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I purchased due to reader Natalie Ross, one of my fave readers. Her male voice is great.<br/>I had hoped due to reviewers, that this book would be different than my other reads from this author.<br/>If this author writes on the bright side, I have not seen it. <br/>H.E.A. endings are great, but it is the journey that makes a great listen, not just the ending.<br/>
Which scene was your favorite?
Through Chapter 7, only the scenes with Wade were good. The rest were depressing. Gads, these poor good husbands, what a waste!
Did Three Sisters inspire you to do anything?
I try to stay away from weak flawed women, life has so many of "I can't or I must" women, who throw away a good man
This is book 1 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female character also has a happy romantic ending with a guy. The main stories are about women, their friends, and choices in life, but secondary stories include their romantic life.
This is about three women who are neighbors: Andi a pediatrician, Boston an artist, and Deanna a wife-mother-homemaker who has OCD and control issues. I loved reading about Deanna who had too many rules and was over-controlling with her children and her husband. She reminded me of my ex-husband.
Natalie Ross was excellent.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: womens fiction with romance.
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I love the author. Susan Mallery. I took my copy of the book and followed along with the audiobook. I couldn't stop listening and reading along. The lady reading did all the voices. It was every entertaining. I loved it. I found a way to read books without tripping of words and their meaning. I suggest doing that if you have the time to spare. A Must Read!!!!!
An excellent summer read. A happy easy book to enjoy. A feel good read that will make you find the time to finish it. Will bring smiles to your face throughout.