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Susan Mallery

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Susan Mallery is a Romance author, and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a New York Times bestselling author who has written over 80 books, including: the Marcelli Sisters Trilogy, the Desert Rogues Series and the Fool's Gold Series. vis mere Mallery won the Romantic Times' award for best Silhouette Special Edition and the National Readers' Choice Award. In 2015 her titles, The Girls of Mischief Bay, Kiss Me, and Thrill Me were listed as NYT bestsellers. Susan's title's: Daughters of the Bride and Sisters Like Us made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016. Her latest book is entitled When We Found Home. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Susan Mallery

Chasing Perfect (2010) 644 eksemplarer
Almost Perfect (2010) 489 eksemplarer
Irresistible (2006) 483 eksemplarer
Delicious (2006) 470 eksemplarer
Finding Perfect (2010) 463 eksemplarer
Sizzling (2007) 449 eksemplarer
Three Sisters (2013) 443 eksemplarer
Sweet Talk (2008) 431 eksemplarer
Barefoot Season (2012) 429 eksemplarer
Tempting (2007) 417 eksemplarer
Under Her Skin (2009) 415 eksemplarer
Only His (2011) 412 eksemplarer
Only Yours (2011) 410 eksemplarer
Sweet Spot (2008) 401 eksemplarer
Only Mine (2011) 396 eksemplarer
Already Home (2011) 395 eksemplarer
Falling for Gracie (2009) 384 eksemplarer
Summer Nights (2012) 380 eksemplarer
Summer Days (2012) 379 eksemplarer
Lip Service (2009) 373 eksemplarer
Accidentally Yours (2008) 365 eksemplarer
All Summer Long (2012) 365 eksemplarer
Straight From the Hip (2009) 357 eksemplarer
Hot on Her Heels (2009) 355 eksemplarer
Sweet Trouble (2008) 353 eksemplarer
Three Little Words (2013) 349 eksemplarer
The Friends We Keep (2016) 336 eksemplarer
The Girls of Mischief Bay (2015) 329 eksemplarer
Two of a Kind (2013) 324 eksemplarer
Evening Stars (2014) 313 eksemplarer
A Fool's Gold Christmas (2012) 308 eksemplarer
Just One Kiss (2013) 291 eksemplarer
The Boardwalk Bookshop (2022) 280 eksemplarer
When We Met (2014) 279 eksemplarer
Someone Like You (2004) 279 eksemplarer
The Sparkling One (2003) 277 eksemplarer
When We Found Home (2018) 269 eksemplarer
Until We Touch (2014) 264 eksemplarer
A Million Little Things (2017) 262 eksemplarer
The Friendship List (2020) 258 eksemplarer
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters (2017) 254 eksemplarer
Before We Kiss (2014) 252 eksemplarer
Kiss Me (2015) 243 eksemplarer
Hold Me (2015) 241 eksemplarer
Thrill Me (2015) 240 eksemplarer
Daughters of the Bride (2016) 240 eksemplarer
The Seductive One (2003) 235 eksemplarer
The Summer of Sunshine & Margot (2019) 233 eksemplarer
Sisters Like Us (2018) 232 eksemplarer
The Sassy One (2003) 231 eksemplarer
California Girls (2019) 231 eksemplarer
Best of My Love (2016) 224 eksemplarer
Christmas on 4th Street (2013) 212 eksemplarer
You Say It First (2017) 210 eksemplarer
The Stepsisters (2021) 203 eksemplarer
The Marcelli Bride (2006) 198 eksemplarer
The Vineyard at Painted Moon (2021) 197 eksemplarer
The Marcelli Princess (2007) 192 eksemplarer
Second Chance Girl (2017) 190 eksemplarer
Sisters by Choice (2020) 187 eksemplarer
The Best of Friends (2010) 181 eksemplarer
The Christmas Wedding Guest (2021) 176 eksemplarer
Only Us (2011) 173 eksemplarer
Happily This Christmas (2020) 166 eksemplarer
The Summer Getaway (2022) 164 eksemplarer
Not Quite Over You (2018) 162 eksemplarer
Why Not Tonight (2018) 161 eksemplarer
Marry Me at Christmas (2015) 152 eksemplarer
Meant to Be Yours (2019) 144 eksemplarer
Sunset Bay (2009) 143 eksemplarer
Home Sweet Christmas (2022) 142 eksemplarer
Sister of the Bride (2010) 140 eksemplarer
Holly and Mistletoe (1996) 124 eksemplarer
A Christmas Bride [2-in-1] (2012) 120 eksemplarer
The Sheik & the Princess in Waiting (2004) 120 eksemplarer
Almost Summer (2012) 120 eksemplarer
Halfway There (2013) 118 eksemplarer
Sweet Success (2001) 109 eksemplarer
The Unexpected Millionaire (2006) 101 eksemplarer
Yours for Christmas (2014) 99 eksemplarer
The Substitute Millionaire (2006) 95 eksemplarer
The Prince & the Pregnant Princess (2002) 94 eksemplarer
One in a Million (2003) 92 eksemplarer
The Sheik's Arranged Marriage (2000) 91 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (2007) 91 eksemplarer
Quinn's Woman (2003) 90 eksemplarer
There's Always Plan B (2005) 89 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary (2005) 87 eksemplarer
The Sheik's Kidnapped Bride (2000) 86 eksemplarer
The Sheik's Secret Bride (2000) 86 eksemplarer
Having Her Boss's Baby (2006) 85 eksemplarer
The Ultimate Millionaire (2007) 85 eksemplarer
Completely Smitten (2003) 85 eksemplarer
Part-Time Wife (1996) 84 eksemplarer
Christmas in Whitehorn (2001) 84 eksemplarer
The Sister Effect: A Novel (2023) 84 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Virgin Princess (2002) 81 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Runaway Princess (2001) 81 eksemplarer
All for You [Anthology 4-in-1] (2014) 80 eksemplarer
Married for a Month (2001) 80 eksemplarer
A Little Bit Pregnant (2003) 77 eksemplarer
High-Powered, Hot-Blooded (2009) 77 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Pregnant Bride (2008) 76 eksemplarer
A Royal Baby on the Way (1999) 76 eksemplarer
The Happiness Plan (2023) 76 eksemplarer
Her Last First Date (2007) 76 eksemplarer
Husband by the Hour (1997) 75 eksemplarer
Surrender in Silk (2006) 74 eksemplarer
Full-Time Father (1996) 74 eksemplarer
Marriage on Demand (1995) 73 eksemplarer
In Bed with the Devil (2007) 73 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Bought Bride (2009) 71 eksemplarer
The Ladies' Man (2006) 71 eksemplarer
The Best Bride (1994) 68 eksemplarer
Tender Loving Care (1992) 64 eksemplarer
Good Husband Material (2002) 64 eksemplarer
The Sheik & the Princess Bride (2004) 63 eksemplarer
The Sheik & the Bride Who Said No (2005) 62 eksemplarer
Prodigal Son [with bonus book: 'The Best Laid Plans'] (2013) — Forfatter — 62 eksemplarer
The Only Way Out (1995) 60 eksemplarer
Shelter in a Soldier's Arms (2001) 60 eksemplarer
Justin's Bride (1995) 59 eksemplarer
A Very Merry Princess (2017) 58 eksemplarer
Father in Training (1995) 58 eksemplarer
Wild West Wife (1998) 57 eksemplarer
Wild Hearts (2009) 56 eksemplarer
The Summer Book Club (2024) 49 eksemplarer
Unexpectedly Expecting! (2001) — Forfatter — 47 eksemplarer
The Mysterious Stranger (1997) 45 eksemplarer
Living on the Edge (2005) 43 eksemplarer
The Rancher Next Door (2000) 43 eksemplarer
Wife in Disguise (2001) 43 eksemplarer
The Secret Wife (1997) 42 eksemplarer
Before Summer Ends (2020) 42 eksemplarer
To Love and Protect (2004) 41 eksemplarer
A Kiss in the Snow (2016) 41 eksemplarer
Surprise Delivery (1999) 40 eksemplarer
Tempting Faith (1994) 40 eksemplarer
Dream Groom (1999) 40 eksemplarer
Expecting! (2004) 39 eksemplarer
The Millionaire Bachelor (1998) 39 eksemplarer
The Girl of His Dreams (1997) 38 eksemplarer
Cinderella for a Night (2000) 37 eksemplarer
Prince Charming, M.D. (1998) 35 eksemplarer
More Than Words: Volume 1 (2004 Publication, 5-in-1 Anthology) (2004) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
The Rancher and the Runaway Bride (1998) 35 eksemplarer
Their Little Princess (2000) 34 eksemplarer
It Started One Christmas (2018) 33 eksemplarer
Sweeter With You (2015) 33 eksemplarer
Beth and the Bachelor (1999) 31 eksemplarer
Dream Bride (1999) 31 eksemplarer
Prodigal Son (2006) 30 eksemplarer
A Dad for Billie (1993) 28 eksemplarer
The Bodyguard and Ms. Jones (1995) 26 eksemplarer
Her Guardian (2-in-1) (2001) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
Lone Star Millionaire (1999) 24 eksemplarer
More Than Friends (1993) 23 eksemplarer
Say You'll Stay (2021) 23 eksemplarer
Cowboy Daddy (1994) 20 eksemplarer
Intimate Danger (Tempting Faith / Shattered Vows) (1600) — Forfatter — 19 eksemplarer
Tender Victory (1993) 14 eksemplarer
Courtney's Cowboy (1996) 13 eksemplarer
Suddenly This Summer (2023) 13 eksemplarer
Sexy Summer Reads (6-in-1) (2008) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Sweet Escape (1994) 9 eksemplarer
Married in Whitehorn (1999) 9 eksemplarer
Master of the Chase (1993) 9 eksemplarer
Honeysuckle Devine (1996) 9 eksemplarer
Desert Rogues Part 2 [Omnibus 5-in-1] (2007) — Forfatter — 8 eksemplarer
Fire in the Dark (1995) 8 eksemplarer
Cowgirl Bride (1998) 7 eksemplarer
Lily's Expecting (2004) 6 eksemplarer
Desert Heat [2-in-1] (2005) 6 eksemplarer
Desert Rogues Part 1 [Omnibus 5-in-1] (2007) — Forfatter — 6 eksemplarer
Frontier Flame (1992) 6 eksemplarer
The Sheik's Virgin (2009) 5 eksemplarer
Lucas's Convenient Bride (2015) 4 eksemplarer
Baby, It's Christmas (2017) 4 eksemplarer
Marcelli Sisters, Books 1-5 (2010) 3 eksemplarer
First Mate (1992) 3 eksemplarer
Sweet & Sexy: A Romance Sampler (2015) 3 eksemplarer
Touchdown für die Liebe (2016) 3 eksemplarer
Built to Last (short story) (2008) 3 eksemplarer
Desert Rogues: The Secret Bride (2017) 2 eksemplarer
Kaks teistsugust. (2013) 2 eksemplarer
Fool`s Gold - Wo die Liebe wohnt (2016) 2 eksemplarer
Enne kui suudleme (2015) 2 eksemplarer
A Fool for Love (2003) 2 eksemplarer
Spirit of the Wolf (2001) 2 eksemplarer
Best of Brides 2008 (4-in-1) (2009) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Stadt, Mann, Kuss (2016) 2 eksemplarer
Täiuslikku püüdes (2010) 2 eksemplarer
Dreaming of Christmas (2016) 2 eksemplarer
Op blote voeten (2018) 2 eksemplarer
Kolm õde : [romaan] (2013) 2 eksemplarer
Un parfum d'été (2010) 1 eksemplar
best of my life 1 eksemplar
Õed nagu meie 1 eksemplar
The Best of Griends 1 eksemplar
Reflection (2004) 1 eksemplar
Royal Christmas (3-in-1) (2011) 1 eksemplar
Desert Rogues Set (2009) 1 eksemplar
Abielusõrmus lubaduse katteks (2017) 1 eksemplar
Kui me leidsime kodu (2018) 1 eksemplar
Armastus võidab (2016) 1 eksemplar
Südamelt ära (2010) 1 eksemplar
Tulbiõdede saladused (2017) 1 eksemplar
Ütle sina seda esimesena (2017) 1 eksemplar
Teise võimaluse ootuses (2018) 1 eksemplar
Ei saa sinust üle (2019) 1 eksemplar
Taas kodus (2011) 1 eksemplar
Üllatusabielu (2018) 1 eksemplar
Tema viimane esimene kohting (2018) 1 eksemplar
Miks mitte täna õhtul (2019) 1 eksemplar
Kütkesta mind (2016) 1 eksemplar
Dead Men's Hearts 1 eksemplar
Hoia mind (2016) 1 eksemplar
A Mother's Day (2007) 1 eksemplar
Ei keegi muu kui sina (2011) 1 eksemplar
Jõulud Fool's Goldis (2014) 1 eksemplar
Unelmate pruut. Esimene raamat (2014) 1 eksemplar
Unelmate peig. Teine raamat (2014) 1 eksemplar
Pruudi tütred (2017) 1 eksemplar
Pulmad jõulude ajal (2016) 1 eksemplar
Ehatähed (2015) 1 eksemplar
Paljajalu-suvede aegu (2012) 1 eksemplar
Jõulud Neljandal tänaval (2015) 1 eksemplar
The Suductive One 1 eksemplar
Les nuits d'été (2014) 1 eksemplar
So zärtlich wie du (2010) 1 eksemplar
Big Sky Mavericks 1 eksemplar
Sommerøya 1 eksemplar
Marrying Mandy 1 eksemplar
Where We Found Home 1 eksemplar
Buiten zinnen (2020) 1 eksemplar
El seductor seucido 1 eksemplar
Královské dítě (2001) 1 eksemplar
Lo mejor de mi amor (HQN) (2018) 1 eksemplar
Egy falat csokoládé (2014) 1 eksemplar
Bij de blauwe baai 1 eksemplar
Dure kussen 1 eksemplar
Playboy wordt papa 1 eksemplar
Fuga estiva 1 eksemplar
Tous mariés ! (2003) 1 eksemplar
Beijos Irresistíveis (2021) 1 eksemplar
Sur la route du bonheur (2004) 1 eksemplar
Tres hermanas (2022) 1 eksemplar
Herbstfreundinnen 1 eksemplar
Sorelle di cuore 1 eksemplar
Sinule määratud (2020) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

More Than Words: Stories of Strength (2009) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
A Sweet Life: Box Set (2014) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Virgin Secretary (2011) — Original text — 9 eksemplarer
The Ultimate Millionaire [manga] (2015) — Original Text — 2 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (2016) — Original Text — 2 eksemplarer
The Sheik and the Bought Bride — Original Text — 2 eksemplarer
Tempting, Vol. 2 (2019) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Mysterious Stranger [manga] (2016) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Secret Wife [manga] (2018) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Substitute Millionaire [manga] (2009) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Sheik & the Virgin Princess (2017) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Sheik's Kidnapped Bride [manga] — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Girl of His Dreams [manga] (2018) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Dream Groom [manga] (2018) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Lone Star Millionaire [Manga] (2015) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Tempting, Vol. 1 (2019) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Sizzling, Vol. 2 (2018) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Sizzling, Vol. 1 (2018) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Irresistible, Vol. 1 (2013) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
High-Powered, Hot-Blooded (2014) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Unexpected Millionaire [manga] — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
The Sheik and the Pregnant Bride (2014) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Lucas's Convenient Bride [manga] (2015) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Delicious, Vol. 2 (2014) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Delicious, Vol. 1 (2014) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Irresistible, Vol. 2 (2013) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar
Falling for Gracie (2020) — Original Text — 1 eksemplar

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Contemporary Romance i Name that Book (december 2016)


This is my second Susan Mallery book and I enjoyed it even more. Big books usually intimidate me, especially, mmpb with small print, but this was fast moving.

Harper, who's divorced, and Stacey, who's married and pregnant and scared to tell her mother for some reason probably because she was 40 and she was worried about her mother judging her since she was already 40. She was 6 months pregnant! Well, we knew that wasn't going to go over well at that stage.

Harper and Stacey have totally different lifestyles but they seem to get along fine. Their mom Bunny lived in the garage apt at Harper's. Harper never did anything right and she thought she was a “bad” mom for working and not being Suzy Homemaker.

Becca was a typical teenage girl, worried about her schooling and her social life. But of course her busy mom had no time for her, neither did her father.

A lot of good characters to help the book along, especially Lucas, the cop, who was one of Harper's clients. I'd want him as a friend. He was good to Becca and didn't treat her like a child.
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sweetbabyjane58 | 14 andre anmeldelser | Apr 16, 2024 |
I loved this book. The situations felt realistic, and the characters' actions believable. The author writes about the lives of three women: Laurel and Paris, who have been friends since the first grade, and Cassie, a newcomer to town. All three women have baggage that keeps them from moving on with their lives. I loved seeing each woman face their pasts and fears and find hope for the future with each other's help and support.

Laurel is a divorced mother of two tween girls, Jagger and Ariana. Her husband left them to "follow his dream" and took all of their savings. It took her a while to get back on her feet using her resale business, but things are looking better now. Unfortunately, her bitterness and anger toward her ex has affected Jagger, who frequently comments about how terrible men are. Laurel is advised to find a good male role model or two - a task easier said than done, especially as she has no interest in another relationship. How she finds that male role model to be friends with is amusing. I loved watching Colton become part of their lives. He's excellent with the girls and the perfect example to show Laurel that not all men are jerks. It's easy to see them grow closer, and Colton's feelings are apparent. But Laurel fights her feelings for him until it's almost too late. Run-ins with her ex complicate their lives.

Paris is also divorced with no children. She runs a successful farm stand, and I loved seeing her marketing creativity. Her divorce happened ten years earlier when her husband could no longer handle her volatile temper. Years of therapy have taught Paris how to handle her emotions, but she still doesn't trust herself, so she has avoided any romantic entanglements. Her life and sense of calm are upended when her ex, Jonah, returns to town with his eight-year-old son, Danny. Jonah holds no grudges against Paris and makes it clear that he would like to be friends. I got a little frustrated with Paris as she frequently mentioned her past treatment of him as a reason he should stay away from her, even though she realizes she still loves him. I loved Jonah's patience and persistence as he helped Paris overcome her guilt and fears.

Cassie is the newcomer to town. The youngest in her family, she was the most affected when their parents died when she was fourteen. She coped by becoming the person who stepped up whenever her older brother or sister needed help, putting her dreams and activities aside. She also tends to form relationships with men/boys who need fixing and then gets dumped when they no longer need her. As the story opens, Cassie's brother and sister sit her down and tell her it's time for her to live her own life. They use a "tough love" method of kicking her out and sending her to California to check on the property she inherited from their uncle. Cassie is hurt, angry, and a little scared, and determined to survive her six-month exile and return to Maine as soon as possible. She doesn't count on making two good friends in Laurel and Paige, discovering a connection with the land she inherited, or finding a man who sees past her insecurities.

I loved the intertwining of Laurel's, Paris's, and Cassie's lives. Paris was there for Laurel when her husband walked out, and Laurel gave Paris the support she needed to confront her anger issues. I loved how they welcomed Cassie into their circle. Each was always ready to back up the others in an emergency - emotional or physical. They were also prepared to call each other out when they avoided the truth of their feelings about the men in their lives or the issues they tried to ignore. With her years of therapy, Paris is especially good at getting to the heart of a problem.

I also liked the realistic depiction of the children's reactions to various things. I ached for Jagger and Ariana as they dealt with their father's desertion. Each girl handled it differently, and I liked seeing the results as the summer progressed. I especially enjoyed seeing the changes in Jagger as she got to know Colton and his parents, Jonah, and Raphael. Jonah's son Danny was a sweet kid who was dealing with his mother's death. I liked his quick connection with Paris. I laughed when his love of Paris's dog, Bandit, resulted in his pestering Jonah for a dog of his own.

I wish there had been an epilogue, as I would love to see how everyone's lives are going a few years later.

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scoutmomskf | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
Laurel, Paris, and Cassie meshed so well together. They each brought something different to their friendship. Yet, their experiences helped them all navigate life and love.

I chuckled at Laurel and Colton's "first time" together. Laurel was acting like an awkward teen girl afterwards. It was funny but sweet. I am glad she has someone like Colton as he really loves her. Despite Laurel being in denial due to her divorce, her self-esteem did take a dive. She had to slowly build it back up. That is where Colton comes in.

Paris and Jonah have history together. I applaud Paris for recognizing her faults that lead to her and Jonah falling apart. You could feel that there were still strong feelings there between them. Jonah was so kind and patient with Paris.

Cassie and Raphael make a lovely couple. I fell for Raphael as well right away. So glad that Cassie was able to find herself and love in the process.

I love that the women were reading romance books written in the 1980's. When I really started getting into romance books, I binge read so many books from this era written by the greats...Julia Garwood, Jude Deveraux, Mary Jo Putney, Judith McNaught, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Linda Howard, and Karen Robards to name a few.
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Cherylk | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
I received this book for free, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

The Summer Book Club follows three women navigating life after losing love and working to keep avoiding it but getting their second chances anyway. Friends since childhood, Laurel and Paris, are in their late thirties, divorced, and trying to keep their businesses running and successful, while late twenties newcomer from the East Coast, Cassie, is fighting being thrown out of the nest for the first time. This leaned a little more towards women's fiction but the romance interests make their appearances around the 25% mark (a little later for Cassie) and flutter in and out enough to give a secondary tag of romance. This was all closed door scenes, they passionately kiss but then are “waking” up in bed after having their world rocked ten/twenty minutes later. I also thought there was an underlying tone of conservative intimacy, the “save it for someone special” idealism that felt a little icky to me but your mileage may vary. The book club aspect wasn't really included, worked to get Cassie in the group and the men later join but it really only added some fun little shout-outs to books of yore, MacKenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard; Knight of Shining Armour by Jude Deveraux; The Endearment by LaVyrle Spencer; and Night into Day by Sandra Canfield.

No more guys, she vowed. No more love. No more being stupid.

Laurel has been divorced for a year after her husband drained their bank accounts and left to start a rafting company in Jamaica. She's been stressed to say the least as she tries to keep her thrifting business, searching for low priced items at Goodwill, estate sales, etc. to up-sale on Ebay, and raise her two pre-teen daughters. She's called into the school where a teacher tells her that her oldest daughter has been saying man hating comments and Laurel realizes that her bitterness has bled over into her daughter and it's time to find some positive male role models for her girls. With some serendipitous help, she keeps running into a sound engineer named Colton and dumps her story on him and he agrees to be “just” friends with her. They, oops, have some of that not shown bedroom mind-blowing but it's back to “just” friends, until Colton's parents are visiting and then a fake-dating situationship happens.

This was probably the most emotional story, but it wasn't to do with the romance, one of Laurel's daughters is hurt and angry about their father abandoning them and them being extremely flaky while the younger daughter loves him and begs and cries for any crumbs from him. It was hurtful to see how this kind of dynamic can hurt family members individually and the family unit.

She wasn’t who she had been.

Paris' story will probably be the one most people have the hardest connecting with, she's been divorced for a little under ten years after her husband walked out without saying a word to her. Paris grew-up with an abusive mom and carried those learned traits into her marriage, letting her anger control her and was not only emotionally abusive, yelling constantly at her husband, but also physical, throwing things at him and slapping him. It was great that Paris didn't excuse her behavior before she got therapy but the keeping of bringing up scenes where she was physically abusive to her husband did kill a lot of the romance genre feelings trying to come through. Her ex comes back to town to help his mother recover from knee surgery and she learns that his wife and mother to his son died of cancer a year ago.

I probably could have made an effort to connect with this story more if the ex-husband had shown any strength in being hurt or mad over how Paris treated him during their marriage, but he pretty much shrugs it all off and thinks more about how it was wrong of him to just walk away and not speak to her. He also shows no concern over leaving his son with her to babysit, saying he “trusts” her. Good, great but she was physically abusive with you and even though she says she went to therapy and seems calm in the two/three limited times you've been around her, should you immediately trust her around a child? This is where the focus on women's fiction hurt this story, the ex was pretty much an empty vessel to just be Paris' second chance and without his character depth, the redemption after she dealt with her anger issues did not feel satisfactory.

Why did she pick loser guys she helped get back on their feet who then left her?

Cassie's story was the most interesting to me but there was some thrown out there little wildness to it. Her parents died when she was fourteen and even though she had two older siblings, her uncle came and took care of her until she was eighteen. She never got to really deal with her grief and as a consequence, she is always focused on keeping everyone around her happy and keeps her relationships light because she thinks they're going to end anyway. Her siblings see that she is stalling her life to help them out and decide to kick her out and get her to go visit the land in California her uncle left her. Cassie's hurt and doesn't want to go but when she arrives, she gets a job at a bookstore and starts to fall in love with the land and small orchard her uncle left her.

This story has a, brought up over and over again, insanely handsome archaeologist that is excavating on Cassie's land because a matriarchal society lived there long ago, cave drawings newly discovered by Cassie (brought up once and never again), gold mine find of hidden cognac barrels, and a random old guy neighbor that knows all about orchards and wants nothing in life more than to help Cassie learn how to bring back to life and take care of her newly inherited one. The insanely handsome archaeologist also has some love of first sight but when he asks out Cassie, she laughs and leaves, thinking there's no way he'd actually be interested in her. Anyway, Cassie learns to live life for herself, not be afraid of some impending doom, and accept love from an insanely handsome archaeologist.

I liked how the women's lives all intertwined with each other but the romances were definitely weaker as the men were all pretty empty vessels who only seemed capable of spouting therapy perfect emotions and relationship conversations.
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WhiskeyintheJar | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 21, 2024 |



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