Review

Three Sisters. Susan Mallery.

Three Sisters
Susan Mallery
Kindle Edition
Published February 2013
233 pages.

Goodreads Summary
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 one 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. 

I loved this book once I was immersed in it.  While the three houses are the Three Sisters, the unrelated women in the story bond and become as close, if not closer than any real sisters.  They each have their life issues to face and soon find themselves bonding and supporting each other.  All three are dealing with issues that could go either way.  They might wallow in self pity and depression, or sink under a compulsive disorder.  Or….

Andi is the doctor, as the reader I might think she has it all together and that she might be superior to Deanna and Boston.  But no, she owns her own issues and is on a level footing with the others as they struggle with theirs.  

Does all end happily? Well yes.  However it is through the courageous facing of issues that the ending is a happy one.  It could have gone the other way.

I love a book like this.  It makes me question my own values and issues and see that we are all human and in this life the compassionate companionship of others has a very important role to play.

5 stars

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Goodreads Summary.
After nearly a decade as a sous chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She’s supported her ex-husband’s dreams for so long that she can’t even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents’ home and envisions her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a street-wise store manager and Jenna’s adoptive mother. But just as she’s gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents – aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.

It took me quite awhile to get into this book and I was wondering whether I could like it. However I kept going and by mid-way I was really hooked into it and liked it. 

Jenna the main character was very likeable. S he had the challenge of really believing in herself as her ex husband had made her second guess herself, as he gave her negative and unfair feedback to the dishes she created.  Eventually she begins to see him for the shallow person he is and her life begins to take an upward slope.  She is adopted and has a wonderful relationship with her adopted parents, but when her birth parents make their appearance some cages are rattled.  

All the main supporting characters are interesting and in the end I could say, “Yes this was worth reading.”

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