Sisters by Choice (Blackberry Island #4) by Susan Mallery
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by HARLEQUIN - MIRA
About the Book:
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?
When I requested this from NetGalley I had no idea it was number four in a series. This book was okay as a stand alone, but I did miss out learning why Amber, Sophie and Kristine are the way they are. Amber was a total bitch and I wanted to throat punch her from beginning to end. She has these amazing cousins and a wonderful daughter and she treats them all like shit. I am wishing I had read the other books to find out why she behaves like that. And don't get me started on Jaxsen, Kristine's husband. It was like reading about life in the fifties. I wanted to kick him in the crotch!
Susan Mallery never fails to surprise me with the way she writes female relationships. They are so real and down to earth, the good, the bad and the ugly. The storytelling shows relationships can be complicated yet loving. The writing is amazing, compelling and captivating to say the least. The relationships between the women and their partners was intense and intriguing. Exceptional storytelling and I really enjoyed reading this book immensely as it made me react with all kinds of different feelings. And I also wish to read the first three books, that is an amazing compliment to an author.
Thank you NetGalley, Susan Mallery and HARLEQUIN - MIRA for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.