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The Sparkling One (Marcelli #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  3,097 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance!
A party planner extraordinaire, Katie Marcelli loves her big, boisterous family -- even when their chronic matchmaking drives her crazy! In the Marcelli household, fine wine and good food are as celebrated as true love, so when her eighteen-year-old sister announces her engagement, Katie pr
Paperback, 326 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Pocket Star Books (first published August 25th 2003)
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Mar 13, 2014 Didi marked it as dnf
DNF @40%

I won't bother rating this, it wouldn't be fair since I never did finish. This is the first in a series and unfortunately for me, it didn't hold my attention. I think after 115 pages, I could make that assessment confidently. I couldn't connect with the main characters or any other characters for that matter. It wasn't necessarily slow, but it didn't go anywhere either. Katie, the heroine fell flat for me. And worse, Zach, the male lead was as interesting as a stale cracker. For a charac
First I want to say that I cannot believe the people that gave this book only two stars! Whaaaaa? Are you demented!? This book rocked! It knocked my socks off! It gave me spontaneous orgasms! Okay, now I'm just getting carried away, but still. Only two? Crazies!

I think it's needless to say considering the above comments that I loved this book. Loved it. The Seductive One is still my favorite of the series but I think that this one was still really great. I will admit that there were some flaws a
Jun 27, 2011 Mareli rated it really liked it
I'm on a roll! Seriously, I cannot stop reading! Those books are wonderful, and I so love female bonding stories!

The book is about 4 sisters, Marcelli sisters, who, with half of the family Italian and the other half Irish, are in big troubles ;) All the family wants for them is to get married and have tons of babies.

This first book is all about their stories and relationships, even if it's focused on the first sister, Katie, who's a wonderful business woman, who is going to accept the challenge
Ben kitabı çok beğendim. Eğlenceli şen şakrat baya da matrak bir aileyle karşı karşıyayız :) İtalyanlar türklere çok benziyorlar derlerdide inanmazdım onlarında kalça basen problemi varmış öğrendim bu kitapta :D Zach e ne denirki :D Adam gözümün önünde canlanınca iç çekesim geliyor :d Neyse öhöm konumuza geçelim. Hikaye Katie nin kariyerini yüksek yerlere taşıcak bir yardım balosunu planlama işini alması ve çok seksi bulduğu hatta anannelerinde kurtulmak için bu adamı çok seksi diye tarif etmesi ...more
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
The Sparkling One (Marcelli, #1): A quick 5 star read with a great start to a series

Now, I really enjoy this novel. It reminded me of the wedding planner with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey

Three awesome things about this book

1. The Family

There is a big emphasis on family in this book. We are talking serious Italian wine makers here. They are so Italian for a minute i thought they were all immigrants. The family was lovely yet heartbreaking. The traditions and emphasis on loyalty and lov
May 12, 2013 HÜLYA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitapla yeni bir seriye başlıyoruz.. Marcelli Sisters of Pleasure Road 1. The Sparkling One2. The Sassy One 3. The Seductive One 4. The Marcelli Bride 5. The Marcelli Princess A Marcelli Wedding: Marcelli Bride / Marcelli Princess Gördüğünüz gibi Marcelli kızkardeşlerinin hikayelerini okuyacağız.İtalyan kökenli bir ailenin içine giriyoruz... Keyifli,eğlenceli ,romantik bir seri.Üstelik devamı gelmez gibi bir endişe içinde olmamak,gönül rahatlığıyla kitabı alabilmek de çok güzel.. Tekrar teşek ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Cara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I'm not sure what it is about certain books, but sometimes when it's just what you need, at the right time, and your in the right frame of's like magic. You completely enjoy yourself throughout, submit to the wonderment, and then at the end you're left with warm fuzzies and contentment and a sense of hope.
I love that moment when you shut a good book and there is a mixture of feeling. It's bittersweet.
Aug 24, 2011 Füsun rated it it was amazing
kesinlikle harikaydı! yazarın akıcı ve espirili anlatımına hayran olmamak elde değil. hele kız kardeşler arası atışmalar ve iki esas karakterimiz Katie ve Zach'in çekişmelerini okumak müthiş eğlenceliydi. kesinlikle tavsiye ediyorum. :D
Jasmine Riel
UMMMMM what even was that ending? Pretty classic Susan Mallery except this family was so freaking weird. Katie is the most tolerable and least annoying of her entire am I going to enjoy reading about anyone else?
Nov 25, 2010 ALPHAreader rated it it was ok
This is Susan Mallery’s first book in her ‘Marcelli Sisters of Pleasure Road’ series.
The series is centered on four sisters; Francesca, Brenna, Mia and Katie and their Hacienda family home in California. The Marcelli estate is also a prosperous vineyard, and all four sisters feel pressure from their Grandfather Lorenzo to produce sons and a future heir for the wine company.

‘The Sparkling One’ is the first book in the series, and concerns middle sister, Katie. At the beginning of the book Katie,
Jun 14, 2011 Rene rated it it was amazing
I can't tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The book was well thought out and written.

The storyis about the Marcelli family and their four dauagters. The family has an age old winery which produces some of the very best wines in CA. The oldest daughter Katie, who owns an entertainment party planning business, bids on a large attorney charity fund faising event. When she goes for her interview, she meets Zach Stryker, the attorney in charge of this yearsevent and immediately has fe
Nici von Chicklit & Romance
Die Marcellis, eine laute, fröhliche und gesellige Familie mit langer Tradition im Weinbau. Und in genau diese Familie will David, Zachs Strykers Sohn heiraten. Mit 18? Das weiß er natürlich zu verhindern. Das geht natürlich nur mit Verbündeten und so schnappt er sich einfach die Schwester der Braut um sie zu überzeugen, dass sie gemeinsam gegen die Hochzeit vorgehen soll. Blöd nur das die gar nicht so leicht zu überzeugen ist, denn eigentlich findet sie die Hochzeit ziemlich gut und näht schon ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-fun, series
I received this book in a Goodreads swap. I picked it out among many different books partly because I wanted a lower shipping rate and partly because I could not resist getting more books (I'm a book junkie - what can I say?). It is the first book in the Marcelli Sisters series surrounding a family of four sisters raised in a strong Italian family on a winery.

I loved the concept of family in this book. The entire family is present, the grandparents having lots of say in decisions, and home bein
Oh my, my.. this was such a refreshing re-read... The last time I read this book, I did not bother with a review.. That time, I was more interested inn reading the story rather than interpreting my version!

Now, it is different.. It is little surprise that I am immensely enjoying reading about the sisters!! Their bond and love for one another and their crazy grands are all very entertaining...

Susan Mallery is one of my auto-read authors, I completely adore her books!! Her story telling is always
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Nov 09, 2011 Canan ^^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Trang Nguyen
This was a fun cute read about the Marcelli sisters and their eccentric Italian/ Irish family. Katie and Zach are instantly attracted to each other when they first meet, Katie is determined to find her prince charming and her happy ever after while Zach is just trying to get Katie into his bed along with having her as his ally. Katies younger sister, Mia is engaged to Zachs son David, but Zach is not happy about the engaged eighteen year olds and must do everything in his power to break up this ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Jillian rated it really liked it
I used to read romances almost exclusively, but several years ago I transitioned away, branching out into a variety of new genres. But every now and then I feel the need to pick up a book that has a simple, happy love story. No doubts that everything will turn out okay. It's simplistic. Easy to read. Lighthearted. And Susan Mallory never fails to deliver a wonderful story. She weaves a timeless tale of love and happy endings that never fail to make my heart feel lighter. I really enjoyed this bo ...more
Vânia Nunes
May 16, 2014 Vânia Nunes rated it it was amazing
A noisy and dear family who loves a conversation at the table, eating a good pasta and savoring good wine.
Katie is the oldest granddaughter, she has the job she loves and needs to deal with her grandparents' request about being married and having children.

When her younger sister says that she is engaged and will marry soon, everybody's happy. Except the fiancé's father, Zach Stryker.
Zach is a single dad who was abandoned by his wife when their son was still a child. And now he deals with the u
Tonya Warner
Katie comes from a big, boisterous Irish-Italian family. The oldest of four girls, she has worked hard starting up her own organizational business. Being hired by a prestigous law firm to setup a major fund-raising event will take that company to the next level.

Zach Stryker has done his research. Katie Marcelli may just be the person he can manouver in to stopping his eighteen year-old son from making a terrible mistake and marrying. Knowing how much Katie loves her family and work, he is sure
Connie N.
Oct 16, 2012 Connie N. rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. #1 in the Marcelli series. The entire cast of characters are charming and funny and fun, making this book a very enjoyable read. Katie is a party planner who is hired by Zach (a cut-throat divorce lawyer) to organize a charity event of the firm. His ulterior motive is to get her to help him break up the engagement of his 18-year-old son and her younger sister. Not only does she disagree, but there are sparks between the two of them despite their desire to remain single. The entire Mar ...more
May 16, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Susan Mallory as a writer and I believe I will enjoy the series she has written about the four Marcelli sisters. As the oldest sister, self-employed party planner Katie Marcelli is approached by a big law firm to run their annual fundraiser. She cannot believe how lucky she is, until she discovers that Zach, the lawyer in charge, is a future in-law, as his 18-year-old son has proposed to Katie's 18-year old sister. Zach wants to break up the engagement, as he believes his son is m ...more
Idania M
Mar 01, 2012 Idania M rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Idania by: saw it on susan mallery wed site
Shelves: ebooks
This book is about 4 sisters.the Marcelli family only wants the girls to get married and have tons of babies.Katie is the oldest granddaughter. she has a job she loves.when her youngest sister announced that she is engaged and will marry soon. Everybody is happy except the groom's father Zack Stryker.
Zack is a single dad who was abandoned by his wife when their son was still a child. He is a lawyer who doesn't believe in happy ever after. Katie doesn't know that her sisters boyfriend father is Z
Aug 22, 2010 KimKirt rated it liked it
Hmmmmm (sticking tongue out of the side of my mouth trying to figure out what to say). I kind of liked it. It didn't jump out and grab me, but I liked it. I sometimes get annoyed when a smart, independent, self assured heroine melts like buttah over a kiss and all sense of logic goes out the window and she starts thinking with her johnson, well, if she had a johnson she'd be thinking with it. Anyway. Can't a heroine just haul off and smack the egotistical hero first? So, when I get past that (an ...more
Haley Elizabeth
Oct 01, 2014 Haley Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book; Susan Mallery did an excellent job painting a romantic world in this one! The sense of Family plays a significant part in the elements of this novel that most people can relate to their own in some way, shape or form. I also loved how the relationships progressed between the characters. However, I wasn't too excited about the ending of the book but I guess that's why there's another book after this one. Anyways, All-in-all I would recommend this one for any person w ...more
Kim Beck
May 08, 2014 Kim Beck rated it it was amazing
The Marcelli family gets introduced in this series by Susan Mallery. I will say that this book was great, beautifully written with a storyline to die for and characters to love. This one is Katie 's story, she meets Zach who she pretends to be interested in at a family dinner so her family will get off her back about marriage. What she didn't expect was him and his son showing up at her sisters engagement dinner. Each being David's father wanted to end it, and tried to get Katie to help what nei ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Katie Marcelli, party planner, was hired by Zack Stryker to handle his company's charity ball. He failed to mention that his ulterior motive was that he wanted to get to know her, because his son had just proposed to her younger sister. He wanted an alley, willing or blackmailed, to help him break up their wedding.

Why I picked this up: Having read other books in this series, I thought that I should go back to the beginning.

Why I finished this: The motives and situation were much stronger and cle
Beth Pearson
The first in a romance trilogy of sisters in a large Italian family in wine country, California. They've got grandma doing her rosary beads and the younger generation talking about sex and general irreverant topics, but they all come together to make a wedding dress by hand, when one of their own becomes engaged. Family--and their pressure to conform to tradition--is a strong theme of the book. I liked that although the story is about the romance of one person, the other family members have thei ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Blaire rated it it was amazing
This book made me realize several things. First, my mother and Gram are saints. Literally! Second, my husband is more romantic than Zach (he made me type that). Third, there are apparently commandments in the Italian Bible that make me thankful I'm not Italian. I have a hard enough time with the first ten. Finally, any book that uses the phrases "hunk-in-a-suit" and "sacrificial distraction" and has little old women passing innuendo over family brunch is just plain hysterical. I was crying! Amaz ...more
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