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Title:
California girls
Author:
Mallery, Susan, author.
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Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2019]

©2019
Physical Description:
429 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Three sisters, after getting dumped in the same week, set out to help each other start over and rebuild their lives.
General Note:
Includes a recipe, discussion questions and an excerpt from: The summer of Sunshine & Margot.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780778368960
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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Susan Mallery is a Romance author, and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a New York Times bestselling author who has written over 80 books, including: the Marcelli Sisters Trilogy, the Desert Rogues Series and the Fool's Gold Series. Mallery won the Romantic Times' award for best Silhouette Special Edition and the National Readers' Choice Award. In 2015 her titles, The Girls of Mischief Bay, Kiss Me, and Thrill Me were listed as NYT bestsellers. Susan's title's: Daughters of the Bride and Sisters Like Us made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016. Her latest book is entitled When We Found Home.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Three sisters suffer breakups and survive to thrive in Mallery's (Sisters like Us, 2018) latest, as she alternates between women's fiction and romance. Finola, a morning TV host, is told by her husband, right before a show, that he's having an affair. Her guest is a rising musician who tells Finola that she's her husband's mistress. Zennie's fourth date with Clark ends when he tells her he knows she doesn't see him as boyfriend material, leaving her wondering what she does want. Ali's fiancé sends his brother, Daniel, to break up with her just weeks before their wedding, and lets her deal with canceling everything. Zennie's decision to become a surrogate for an infertile friend sparks discussion, and painful truths emerge about her sisters and family as they each examine the steps that led to their current predicaments. Mallery brings her signature humor and style to this moving story of strong women who help each other deal with realistic challenges, a tale as appealing as the fiction of Debbie Macomber and Anne Tyler.--Amy Alessio Copyright 2019 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Mallery's heartwarming novel, three California sisters discover their inner strengths as they face trials in their lives. L.A. morning talk show host Finola Corrado is blindsided when her husband, Nigel, confesses his infidelity minutes before her live interview with country-pop star Treasure-Nigel's lover. Ali Schmitt, Finola's sister, felt invisible until she met Glen and is excited about their upcoming wedding, but his brother Daniel shows up at her apartment to inform her that Glen is calling off the wedding and refuses to tell her in person. Daniel is kind and attractive, making Ali wonder whether he might be a suitable replacement for Glen. Zennie Schmitt, a scrub nurse, believes she is doing the right thing when she agrees to act as a surrogate mother for her best friend, Bernie. As Fiona, Ali, and Zennie help their mother clean out her house to get it ready for sale, their lives intertwine and their candid interactions are believable and real. Mallery fans and newcomers alike will adore this tale about the bonds of sisterhood and friendship tested by life's ups and downs. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.