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The Stepsisters - by Susan Mallery (Paperback) - image 1 of 1
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Book Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery pens a love story of a different sort...a heartfelt tale of friendship between two women who used to be sisters.

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.

Review Quotes

"Susan Mallery never disappoints."--Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Mallery is one of a kind."--RT Book Reviews

"[Mallery] will appeal to fans of women's fiction, especially such friendship books as Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club." --Booklist

"Mallery beautifully illustrates the power of female friendship and the importance of reaching for one's dreams."--Publishers Weekly

"Women who build their own business or careers is a hallmark of Mallery's large-hearted books, and this is no exception."--Library Journal

"Mallery has again created an engrossing tale of emotional growth and the healing power of friendship." --Library Journal on Three Sisters

"[A] joy for all of us who were rooting on the sidelines." --Publishers Weekly on Evening Stars

Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 416
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Family Life
Publisher: Mira Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Susan Mallery
Book theme: Siblings
Language: English
Street Date: May 25, 2021
TCIN: 81262171
UPC: 9780778331803
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-6515
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 0.62 pounds
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4.3 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews
80% would recommend
5 recommendations

Unlikeable characters

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Me - 2 years ago
The only likeable characters in this book were the children.
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Family Love

4 out of 5 stars
- 3 years ago
This book was a great read about sisters coming together. I really enjoyed reading it, except for one part. I also would like to know more about the characters future, two sub characters stories just ended.
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Family, Forgiveness and Humor

5 out of 5 stars
VickleaW - 3 years ago
Told with the signature wit of the author as well as her understanding of and sympathy for her characters, this book delved deeply into the broken family relationships that seem unable to be repaired. Daisy is a trust fund baby with a big home, the undying love of her father and a job that she enjoys. Sage is beautiful, well traveled and has already looked for love in all the wrong places so she has returned home. And Cassidy, the adventurer, returns home unexpectedly and reluctantly when she has an accident on one of her adventures. All three stepsisters are thrown together into a book that reads like a movie. With plenty of romance and family drama, this book captured my imagination and my heart. I think that anyone who reads it will have a character with whom they can identify. For me, it was Daisy, the one who is misunderstood and who just wants love and acceptance in a world where judgment seems to come first. I liked all of the main characters, actually, even Cassidy who is the youngest but who also spouts gems of wisdom at the most unlikely moments. These siblings didn’t get along growing up, but they seem to bond together when another is threatened by anything and that just touched my heart. When Daisy’s husband Jordan leaves her, her world is upended and she seeks solace in a bottle but finds it in her sisters and their advice. Sage is stuck with her self-centered mother who has no love for Daisy and little love for Sage. She just wants to find a rich man and ride off into the sunset with him. Cassidy, meanwhile, is terrified of committing to any kind of relationship and needs to see for herself how families really work. She forms a bond with Daisy’s two children and helps Daisy in surprising ways. I loved the well-written story, with all of its many little side trips to explain the relationships. But mostly, I loved the humor in the story that was just what I needed. Yes, there was plenty of drama, too, but the humor made the story so much fun to read. The book was engaging and totally entertaining and I look forward someday to seeing a movie featuring this title and these characters. Fans of family, romance and a theme of forgiveness will definitely want to pick up this book and will enjoy its journey to restoration. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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Dysfunctional Family that Grows

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Tigress Dana - 3 years ago
Daisy, Sage, and Cassidy are 3 sisters who come from a very dysfunctional family from years past. They have never gotten over the hurt and rejection they had then but are thrown together due to an injury. This causes them to relive the past, learn from it, and grow from it. As always Susan Mallery draws you in to each of the characters. You become emotionally attached to them and find yourself cheering for the majority of them. Although I feel like there is always that one that you are silently rooting against (Joanne). A great read about hurt, learning from that heir, accepting the past, and moving forward.
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Great Beach Read

5 out of 5 stars
jboger05 - 3 years ago
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery is a great summertime read! In this compelling novel three girls were thrown together by a second marriage. As they grew into women the rifts grew deeper. As fate would have it, after going their separate ways, they suddenly find themselves needing each other and not liking it one bit. Will they be able to let go of past hurts and be brave enough to dig into the real reason they've drifted apart before it's too late? Grab your copy and a box of tissues and get ready to dive into this fantastic novel!
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Family deserves forgiveness?

5 out of 5 stars
- 3 years ago
No one writes family better than Susan Mallery. I’m a big fan of the found family dynamic, but this was an intriguing twist. Do people really change as they grow? And can the damage inflicted by an unfit parent be overcome? Another must read for my clients.
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Family wins!

5 out of 5 stars
carolleeb - 3 years ago
This is a story of three sisters turned against each other as children. After many years of not being in contact circumstances bring them together again. They are trying to learn to trust each other again and become the family they each have always wanted. It's not a smooth journey but they are making progress until a major "bump in the road" that could tear them apart once again. They do feel love for each other and determine to become true sisters. As in all of Susan Mallery's books there is much emotion, laughter, tears, sadness, love and caring. Another super book from a super author!!
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A Great Read!

5 out of 5 stars
Ksee - 3 years ago
The Stepsisters was a great read. I loved following Sage, Daisy, and Cassidy's story. Susan always out does herself and this was another homerun. You will not be disappointed in this fantastic beach read.
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One of Susan Mallery’s best

5 out of 5 stars
C Martin - 3 years ago
There are a few books out there that makes you laugh and cry then leaves you questioning more and REALLY wanting more. This Book It will be one of my favorites but so gut wrenching I can’t re read often. It is so good I bought two. Now to gift one.
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A Gem of a Story

5 out of 5 stars
BP124 - 3 years ago
Susan Mallery has written a Gem of a story about three dysfunctional sisters who start out hating each other and how they turn around their relationships for the good. There are, of course, bumps in the road along the way that test their newfound bonds. Mallery grabs your interest from page one and makes it difficult to put down until the very end. You won't regret reading this one! I loved every minute!
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Messy Families

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Coolit - 3 years ago
Families are messy and this book was no exception. It was interesting to see how three step sisters relationships developed as adults over a few months. The book showed how baggage from childhood affects your life and relationships in the future. It’s true for all of us. It showed how a parent could be a positive or negative force with a little meddling. It was a good read.
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Good Read

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Lisa S - 3 years ago
I LOVE Susan Mallery's books so much. She is my all time favorite author. The stepsisters was a hard book for me as I didn't connect with any of the characters. Daisy is a newly separated mom of two kids. She has a step sister and half sister that all seem to be estranged from each other. Although I didn't have an emotional connection to any of the characters (like I do in all her other books), I still felt this was a good read. I really liked the caring heart of the dad and his determination to get his girls to be family.
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An Emotional Read

3 out of 5 stars
Deonne C - 3 years ago
This story was difficult for me to read. The experiences that Daisy had as a child brought up unpleasant memories I had from my childhood. But I did like seeing the growth in both Sage and Cassidy. I felt as though the book ended too soon.
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Another winner by Susan Mallery!

4 out of 5 stars
KrisD - 3 years ago
Im not one for romance books. All of that unrealistic HEA. But Susan Mallery's books are just different and realistic and really, really good. You can relate to the characters. You want to throttle the husband and stepmother in sympathy ( in this particular novel) MANY times. And it doesnt end with the prince saving the damsel, everyone living happily ever after chasing rainbows. Her books are so much more and her stories and characters are really engaging. Both the lovable and the ones you love to hate. I really liked 'Stepsisters' and if you've never read Susan before, this one is a good start ( any are really). Im also very glad that I got to be a part of her Review Crew and cant wait to see whats next
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Great summer read!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Bananacake - 3 years ago
Susan Mallery is one of my favorite authors. I will buy her books without reading the back cover, because if she wrote it it will be wonderful. The Stepsisters needs to be added to everyone’s summer reading list. I loved seeing how the relationship between the sisters evolved once they came together when they were older. Susan Mallery writes characters that you will dislike at first, but then they grow and the reverse is also true for other characters. This is a great stand alone book to read this summer whatever you are doing.
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Another great read

5 out of 5 stars
Motambo - 3 years ago
I typically don’t like having to put down any of Susan Mallery’s books when I am reading them, and this one is no exception. I finished it in just a few days. Family dynamics aren’t always easy. This is a story about stepsisters, Daisy and Sage, who did not get along when they were children/teenagers and hadn’t seen each other in years. When their half sister Cassidy has an accident, they are all brought back together. At first I didn’t like Sage or Cassidy, but I enjoyed watching them grow as adults and find themselves and come to like each other. I really wanted this story to go on a little longer, so I could see their lives progressing even more.
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Love Susan Mallery and Love The Stepsisters

5 out of 5 stars
CarPad - 3 years ago
Susan Mallery is one of my writing examples. She puts out excellent books regularly. She keeps in contact with her readers. She writes stories that touch the heart. And her newest, THE STEPSISTERS, is another wonderful example of her women’s fiction. Daisy and Sage were stepsisters, once upon a time, when Daisy’s father was married to Sage’s mother. Daisy and Sage share a half-sister, Cassidy. Now they’re all grown up and haven’t seen each other in years and are perfectly fine with that. But when Cassidy needs help, Daisy and Sage agree to put the past behind them and focus on their sister. They’re all three surprised to learn that things they thought they knew about the past, and each other, may not be the whole truth. When a thoughtless and selfish act threatens their newfound friendship, they must decide if their family is worth fighting for. While I don’t have stepsisters (or brothers), I do have half-siblings, though we were always treated as full members of the same family. Family dynamics can be tricky to navigate and Mallery shows that so well in THE STEPSISTERS. I enjoyed this one a lot and highly recommend it! -------- I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but was not induced to review it, favorably or not.
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