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California Girls Kindle Edition
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''Mallery brings her signature humor and style to this moving story of strong women who help each other deal with realistic challenges.'' --Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
''Mallery brings her signature humor and style to this moving story of strong women who help each other deal with realistic challenges.'' --Booklist --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07BSJ3TV2
- Publisher : MIRA; Original edition (February 26, 2019)
- Publication date : February 26, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 750 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,125 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Oldest sister, Finola is a popular TV morning show host who gets blindsided right before she goes on air with the news he is leaving her for a young pop star. Shattered, she is determined to show the world she is just fine even as she tries to pick up the pieces and hopes he comes to his senses, coming back to her.
Zennie is the middle sister who is athletic and is happy with her life. She doesn’t need a man or be part of a couple to be secure. When she agrees to be a surrogate for her best friend, she finds that being pregnant is a lonely thing when her support system all disapprove of her choice.
Youngest sister, Ali is used to being ignored as she isn’t the prettiest nor the favorite. When her fiancé has his brother call off the wedding, she is devastated yet Daniel, her ex’s brother, keeps showing up to help her through this tough time. But as Ali wonders, is Daniel seeing who Ali is in a way no one else has?
Three sisters, all very different yet all three find their way to one another in this time of crisis and change. Can they rebuild their lives after these setbacks?
CALIFORNIA GIRLS is a classic Susan Mallery story filled with intriguing characters and stories that intertwin with one another. I really enjoyed meeting and seeing the three sisters interact with one another as well as with other characters. The author does a great job in capturing the three different personalities in the sisters. I really enjoyed learning about each sister and their parents. I really liked Zennie’s storyline though Ali’s story was a close second but Finola’s story made it hard for me to empathize with in the beginning. The interactions with their mother made me laugh and I really enjoyed how they dealt with her in their own way. The story flows smoothly and kept my attention until the very end.
Meet the three sisters-Finola, Zennie and Ali. All three are different and unique but within twenty-four hours, their worlds change and explode. I loved meeting the sisters and how different they were together and apart. Finola is a TV talk show host with a great career and marriage. Zennie is independent and is an adrenaline junkie. Ali is the youngest sister and the overlooked one. She stirred my heart more than anyone as she kept putting herself down even as she had all these amazing qualities. She was the one sister I could relate to the most. This is an author who can deliver and create outstanding yet unique characters. I love how she puts three different personalities on the page, and you have no trouble keeping track of who was who. The secondary characters were just as enjoyable and entertaining.
CALIFORNIA GIRLS is a fun filled story filled with amazing characters and a story that will resonate with you long after you finished reading it. If you haven’t read one of this author’s books before, this is a perfect introduction to her writing style. I look forward to seeing where she goes next for her readers in the future.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement
There was nothing overtly objectionable about this book. I think what I did not like overall was the poor parenting, the neglect of the youngest daughter, and the seeming lack of relationship between all the sisters. All these events occurred, and no one called another. That is odd.
The story of the eldest sister fell flat to me. She was not especially likeable. I did enjoy the stories of the other two sisters.
For Zennie’s, her world is turned upside down when she agrees to help a friend (simply stated by me; well-written by the author). She starts to question her place in her family, with her friends, and her own judgment. Really deep.
And Ali…beautiful Ali! Of all three sisters, she considers herself the least of her three sisters – less of brains, less of personality, and less of looks. For me, she had the purest of souls. And she has her own “trauma” to deal with and it will both break your heart and warm your soul to read about it.
I have to say, the sisters’ stories turned out very differently than I had imagined. Good thing I’m not an author because I couldn’t even begin to some up with the twists and turns. The raison d’etre for these three women, and the men in their lives, will keep your interest and attention long after you finish reading. And their mom…good heart but whoa. She would make me crazy! Her character fits in the story but I’m still shakin’ my head.
Great read, kept me reading well into the early morning hours, and I think it will stay with me for a long time.
This book has it all. There is family drama between a set of three sisters and their parents. There is female relationship drama. There are several romance storylines, and one that is distinctly a different "Happily Ever After". Most of the storyline I saw coming, but I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Susan Mallery does a wonderful job of seamlessly switching between different points of view. The characters are very individual, and it's easy to tell who's telling each part of the story. There were a few extras that I didn't expect; for instance, there was a side story about the mother I didn't see coming. From the beginning to the end, it was a fantastic read. The best part is that this is a stand alone novel, so you don't have to try to remember reading any books that came before, and it doesn't set up any cliffhangers for later. The book makes a perfect vacation read. However, I don't recommend picking it up right before bed, because you may get so wrapped up in the book that you forget to sleep!