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Monday, May 24, 2021

BLOG TOUR & Review: The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery

The Stepsisters
by Susan Mallery

Thank you Mira Books for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Mira Books
Publish Date: May 25, 2021
400 Pages
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


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 Review:

These days, contemporary romance has been really hitting the spot.  This is my first by Mallery but it certainly won't be my last.  Bring on the messy family dynamics, drama and even a little romance....

I don't have any siblings but I do have a cousin I grew up in the same house with for years who I do consider more a sister.  And we certainly had our fights with our completely opposite personalities.  There were a number of years where we were separated and didn't keep in touch so I know very well what it feels like to reunite this way.  It's awkward and luckily in my case, we found that as adults we understood each other and got along a LOT better than when we were kids.  

Mallery brings us Daisy whose husband just ups and leaves her through a text message, her ex stepsister, Sage who is full of some very interesting issues (has anyone thought to set her on fire and do some smudging? ... *insert groan* sorry, couldn't help myself), and Cassidy... their half sister who needs their help after an accident that sends her into Daisy's house for recovery.  Oh, and helloooo there... **waves to Adam**.. Wish he'd make me a dang tequila drink... but I digress.

I simply adore Mallery's writing.  I was intrigued from the get go and really enjoyed watcfhing these ladies work through their issues.  And I love it when there's levity involved to help ease the seriousness of a storyline.  Quite frankly, the story felt very real and human and I always enjoy that.  Certainly peppered with fun to read dramatics and a whole lot of heart.


#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at


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