I've read a lot of books by Susan Mallery, and I can't think of an instance where I ever disliked any of her books. However, I thought I knew what to...moreI've read a lot of books by Susan Mallery, and I can't think of an instance where I ever disliked any of her books. However, I thought I knew what to expect whenever I picked up one of her books, but I have to confess that Barefoot Season surprised me.
In this book Michelle had recently returned to the United States after being injured in war. When she finally returns home to her inn on Blackberry Island, she's faced with all it's changes as well as confronted by the mistakes of her past in the form of her former best friend, Carly.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Michelle. Carly seemed to be the wronged party in the beginning, but as the story unraveled, it became obvious these two had a complicated past. In the end, I came around to liking them both. I also really enjoyed that they were each allowed to reflect on the past. They both saw a lot of the same situations very differently, which made for a lot of conflict.
I enjoyed the setting of the inn on Blackberry Island. It was an interesting environment, and it was clear how much both Carly and Michelle loved the place as they struggled to find ways to keep from losing it.
There was some romance involved, but I actually enjoyed the fact that the romance took a back burner to the relationship between these two former friends. There were times when I wondered if it would ever be possible for the two of them to mend their broken relationship, but despite what they said or how they acted, their love for each other shone through.
I think this was possibly one of Susan Mallery's best work. The writing was very good and the plot felt very solid. It still had all of the elements I've come to expect from Susan Mallery, but the focus was placed elsewhere. It was a great read that I managed to zoom through within a day. I'm excited to read more about Blackberry Island, and recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that's about friendship and healing. (less)
When I finished this book, I decided I needed to sleep on it before I rated and reviewed it because my feelings were pretty mixed.
In Weekend Warriors,...moreWhen I finished this book, I decided I needed to sleep on it before I rated and reviewed it because my feelings were pretty mixed.
In Weekend Warriors, a group of woman who have suffered from great injustice are brought together by a wealthy woman named Myra who's pregnant daughter was killed in a hit and run accident. The driver, a Chinese diplomat with immunity, goes unpunished. After going into a fugue state for many months, Myra comes alive again when she realizes that these injustices don't have to go unpunished.
The first case they decide to take on is Kathyrn's. She was gang raped by three motorcycle enthusiasts while her wheelchair bound husband was forced to watch. Not wanting to further hurt her husband's ego and knowing he wouldn't be able to stand a trial due to his health, Kathryn kept quiet until after Alan's death. That was when she went to lawyer Nikki Quinn, Myra's adoptive daughter, only to discover that the statutes of limitations have run out. This group of women, or the Sisterhood as they come to call themselves, concoct a plan to exact Kathryn's revenge and give her attackers the punishment she sees fit.
As far as the plot goes, I really enjoyed it. I don't know many people who haven't felt upset by injustices that slip through the cracks. I also enjoyed the idea of women taking back the power and deciding not to be victims anymore. So from that respect, I really enjoyed the story.
The problem was with writing. The story could have been so amazing if the writing had just been stronger. I felt no real connection to any of the characters. I could sympathize with what had happened to them, but by the end of the book, I just felt like I'd never truly connected.
Also, the dialogue at times just seemed to jump around too much and lacked a sense of real emotion. I think if the characters had been more fleshed out it would have helped the story out in the long run.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed the premise, and I do want to read more of this series because this was such a fast paced, quick read. I'd like to see how the series develops and what kind of scenario the sisterhood finds themselves in next.(less)
Already Home was a fantastic read. The book is filled with a vivid cast of characters. They felt like people I knew or had heard about from a friend.
W...moreAlready Home was a fantastic read. The book is filled with a vivid cast of characters. They felt like people I knew or had heard about from a friend.
While the book is not the romance most might expect from Susan Mallery, Already Home explores friendship, the family dynamic and starting anew while tackling some tough subjects in an interesting and heartfelt manner.
By the time I'd finished reading, I felt as though I'd been through the emotional ringer and came out stronger (and a little hungry) on the other side.(less)