Thursday, January 25, 2018

Blog Tour: Sister Like Us by Susan Mallery

Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: Mira
Date of publication: January 23, 2018

The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.
Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.

Sisters Like Us is the fourth book in the Mischief Bay series.  Besides this one, I had only read the first book, The Girls of Mischief Bay, before going into this one.  It definitely stood up well as a stand alone, so I don't think it's necessary to have read the other books in the series before this one.  of the two, I have to admit I liked this one more than the first.  It wasn't as heavy as I remember the first book being.  There were a lot of funny and light hearted moment with great characters that had a lot of room for growth.

I will also admit I didn't care for any of the women in the story at first.  Harper was too much of a miss perfectionist in everything (think Martha Stewart on steroids) and Stacey was in almost complete denial she was having a baby.  I mean she was over 6 months and hadn't told her mother.  Becca reminded me of why I hated high school and thought she was kind of a brat. Then I was introduced to Bunny and I understood why both sisters turned out the way they did.  She was a piece of work and I never warmed up to her. 

I am happy to say that I ended up being sucked into the story and before I knew it, I was over 65% in and loving it.  I found myself rooting for all of the characters (not Bunny though) and enjoyed watching them grow and change. I especially loved Stacey's "moment" after returning to work.  It was so sweet. This book also reminded me that sometimes you have to trust in the author and their process because you might just end up with another great read.  I definitely recommend this one.

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About Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life.

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Excerpt Tour:

Tuesday, January 2nd: Romantic Reads and Such
Wednesday, January 3rd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, January 4th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Friday, January 5th: Books a la Mode
Monday, January 8th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, January 9th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, January 10th: Reading Reality
Thursday, January 11th: The Sassy Bookster
Friday, January 12th: OMG Reads
Saturday, January 13th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Monday, January 15th: Suzy Approved
Tuesday, January 16th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Wednesday, January 17th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, January 18th: Books & Spoons
Friday, January 19th: Moonlight Rendezvous

Review Tour:
Monday, January 22nd: Reading Reality
Tuesday, January 23rd: Books and Bindings
Tuesday, January 23rd: Chick Lit Central
Wednesday, January 24th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Thursday, January 25th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, January 26th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, January 29th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, January 30th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Wednesday, January 31st: OMG Reads
Thursday, February 1st: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Friday, February 2nd: Girls in Books and @girlsinbooks
Monday, February 5th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Wednesday, February 7th: Palmer’s Page Turners and @palmerspagesandposes
Thursday, February 8th: Stranded in Chaos and @sarastrand9438
Friday, February 9th: Not in Jersey
Monday, February 12th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Tuesday, February 13th: Book Mama Blog
Wednesday, February 14th: Deborah Blanchard
Friday, February 16th: Book Nerd
Monday, February 19th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Wednesday, February 21st: Why Girls Are Weird
Thursday, February 22nd: Thoughts on This ‘n That

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!