Author: Susan Mallery
Published: Harlequin MIRA; Feb. 2013
Synopsis: After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most impetuous decision of her life—buying one of the famed Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor, just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work. Andi's new future may be coming together, but the truth is she's just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.
When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora's box of unhappiness. And he claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he's right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she's lost herself, and she's in danger of losing her entire family if things don't change.
Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for one another has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy tears them apart, she's not so sure. Now it's time for them to move forward, with or without one another.
Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they're really made of: laughter, tears, love and all.
My Take: Having read Already Home by Susan Mallery (click title for my review) and loving it, I was excited to tuck into another novel by Mallery. Three Sisters is actually the second book in the Blackberry Island series (Barefoot Island is the first). I hadn't read the first book but that's ok because it's with a totally different cast of characters so I wasn't confused as to what was going on for a second.
Three Sisters is set on Blackberry Island, WA (a place I have never heard of even through I grew up in Washington and when googling it, as far as I can tell, is a totally fictional place). It surrounds the lives of three women who own historical Queen Anne homes, also known as the Three Sisters. The middle home is a complete wreck but on a whim, Andi Gordon purchases it, wanting a new life for herself after being jilted at the alter by her boyfriend of ten years. I really enjoyed reading about how Andi wanted to fix up the house and how she came to certain realizations about her past relationships. It didn't hurt that her contractor was totally hunky too!
To one side of Andi lives Boston King. She is an artist and a free spirit. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for years but they have had a recent tragedy that is tearing their marriage apart. Andi and Boston become fast friends.
On the other side of Andi is Deanna Phillips. She is a bit of a tough nut. Married with five daughters and living in the most perfect of the Three Sisters she appears to have everything together. However, her perfectionism is actually driving a wedge between her and her family and makes it hard for people to get close to her. However she does eventually become close with Andi and Boston as they all try to heal their wounds and the friendship of the three is what really drove this story for me.
I could easily relate to aspects of all three women's lives and enjoyed getting to feel like I was a part of their friendship. Mallery writes immensely relatable characters and makes you became completely engrossed in their stories and lives. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about female friendships. With two hits for me in a row, Mallery is fast becoming one of my favorite authors!
Cover Lust: Personally I find this cover to be a little cheesy, even though it does go with the story.
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