California Girls by Susan Mallery

Hello Friends! I can finally, finally say I’ve read a novel by Susan Mallery. She is an author that I have followed for a while now since my journey began of reading romance, but that I’m just now getting around to reading…

California Girls

Published February 26, 2019 by Mira Books

4/5 Stars

 

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Synopsis:

The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…

Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

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My Thoughts:

While reading this book, I secretly wished I was reading it with a group of girlfriends. I’m not always a fan of the label, “Women’s fiction,” but I am a fan of finding the right book to read with a group of girlfriends. This one would’ve made a perfect buddy read.

Creating a story that follows more than one perspective can be tricky, but when done well, can be awesome. Susan Mallery does a fantastic job of creating this plot line where right off the bat, we meet three sisters as they’re being dumped. From there we follow each one through the aftermath of being newly single, as they navigate their relationships with each other, as they navigate their relationships with their mother and moving on. I think Mallery does an amazing job of keeping each sister’s individual stories interesting enough to where I wasn’t preferring one story line over any of the others.

I didn’t expect to laugh out loud as much as I did while reading this book. Each sister felt very realistic with how flawed they were, and oh their Mom! I looked forward to the scenes with their mother because although she could be very unlikeable at times, you as the reader understand she wants to see her daughter’s married and giving her grandchildren. You understand this, while also being very unaware of how unlikely this is due to each sister’s situation.

In the midst of each sister being dumped, I like that Mallery was also able to squeeze in true to life sisterhood emotions, feelings.. Things aren’t always glitter and gold when it comes to sisters and I liked that the author didn’t attempt to make it seem like these sisters had no baggage or elephants in the room when it came to their relationship. They could be selfish. They could say the wrong things. They didn’t necessarily speak everyday.

Romance wise, I enjoyed the bits of romance in this book. When it came to the romances, I enjoyed seeing the sisters have to find themselves before that happened. I was a tad nervous when I started the book, knowing I’d be following three different women..I was nervous things would feel rushed. I’m happy to report that, that’s not at all how I felt. Each storyline felt wrapped up in a way that left me feeling satisfied in the end.

Overall I enjoyed this book. I’m happy it was my introduction into the world of Susan Mallery. I have friends who love just about everything she has written, so I’m excited to continue on and read more by her.

xo,

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Sunday Coffee

“I’m learning to become all the space I need.”- Danez Smith

Hello Friends, and Happy first Sunday of April.  It is Sunday morning and I already know tomorrow I am going to miss is. I need more days of relaxation. Life has been go go go so much lately. Life of a working Mother. Life of a Mother, period. I need a getaway. Just one night, in a hotel room all to myself. Phone cut off, no obligations. I don’t want to kick this off though in my feelings and complaining. Grab your Sunday drink of choice and let’s catch up.

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This past week was a slow reading week for me. My main focus was finishing The Girl He  Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves which released April 2nd. If not reading that, I had the audio version of A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber, which I’m still making my way through. I am really enjoying it, and have missed Debbie Macomber’s writing so much. This story in particular feels so special to me for some reason. I love a good moving on/starting over romance and the friendship between the two main characters and their loyalty to one another and commitment to moving on is written so well.

One I started later in the week is, California Girls by Susan Mallery.

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This is my first Susan Mallery novel, and wow, it is good! In California Girls we follow three sisters who within a matter of days, are all dumped by the men they’ve been seeing. In the beginning I’d convinced myself that something would make this story unbelievable but I was totally wrong. I love that Mallery has us following three different perspectives but it is so easy to keep up with who is who and what they’re going through. I also like how I don’t necessarily prefer one storyline over another. Each perspective holds its own. I know there are some crummy sister relationships out there, but it’s always refreshing and delightful to read sister stories where the women actually get along.

I came home Friday after work to book mail that made my disastrous week totally worth it. My girl Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk on Youtube sent me a big box of books and bookish swag she hauled at her recent trip to ApollyCon. I need to make attending bookish events a priority and stick with it. I want to go to stuff so bad, meet friends, see authors and pay my respects. The box she sent to me was such a joy and reminder of why I love the romance community.  Stephanie is an O.G. when it comes to romance reading. I get so many recommendations from her and I love how she goes hard for the genre she loves.

This week was kind of weird. A rapper that I honestly didn’t really listen to was killed out in L.A. and it’s one of those situations that surprisingly broke my heart. I love, love. This rapper, Nipsey Hussle was the husband of an actress I’ve followed and admired for a while now, Lauren London. She’s beautiful, with the most adorable dimples, cool girl next door vibes with a slight sass to her while also being sunshine can chill vibes. When the news that he got killed hit the world, my heart broke for her. I can’t imagine getting the phone call that you’ll never see the love of your life alive again. Since his passing I’ve been watching videos and listening to interviews and this guy truly was a Legend. He had touched so many lives in a positive way. He gave back so much to his community. Although I never met the guy, I am grateful for the positive things he was able to accomplish in his short time here in the world. I feel like a lot lately, we are getting reminders that tomorrow isn’t promised. Tell your loved ones that you love them and don’t take a single moment for granted.

“The end isn’t coming soon, just what’s next.”-Neil Hilborn

I’ve been making my way through poetry collections, slowly but surely this month. I finished my first Danez Smith and am making my way through Neil Hilborn’s, The Future. I’d love to get through as many collections in the month of April as I can.

This past week was another overwhelming, chaotic, hot mess. I don’t mind being busy, but I hate being overwhelmed. I don’t like early days which turn into another day of getting in your car 30 minutes after your shift is technically over, still behind. It wouldn’t be so bad if I spent my days doing something I love doing. I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to waste anymore Time. Keep your fingers crossed for me because your girl might be on the right path..only time will tell.

Anyway, I hope you had a great week and a relaxing weekend. If you’re reading anything that you’d like to suggest, let me know. Take care of yourself and until next time, xo.

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