Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery pens a love story of a different sort…a heartfelt tale of friendship between two women who used to be sisters.

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.

my thoughts:

What an emotional read! The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery will have you crying one minute and then laughing the next. It is all about family relationships, childhood, and sibling rivalry. It's also about forgiveness, betrayal, and secrets. I just loved it to bits!  Family drama is where its at!

Daisy, Sage, and Cassidy are sisters, well, stepsisters to be exact.  Growing up, Daisy and Sage did not get along - they waged war against one another all the time. Fast forward, the two sisters do not talk and do not want to see each other ever again. Until, Cassidy, their little sister needs them both.  Putting aside their past and their massive differences, they reunite in the name of 'family'.  As the sisters spend time together, they begin to learn more about each other and their family's secrets.  They also begin to forgive one another.  Of course, all it takes is for one reckless moment to ruin all the hardworking they've put into moving forward...or maybe not? 

Mallery has created an engaging and emotional story that will hook you right from the start. Her writing is top notch. The characters are relatable, flawed, and unforgettable. And the story itself...unputdownable. I would definitely recommend The Stepsisters to fans of Mallery and to anyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE this book to bits!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

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