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Evening Stars

(Blackberry Island #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,682 ratings  ·  517 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams.

Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school—and her first love—so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't ex
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
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Rebecca Smith
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I just don't know. Something was missing from this book. I can normally relate to or connect with the characters in Susan's books but not this one. This book started off interesting but quickly lost all interest in it. If this was a show on tv or a movie I would of turned it off. But since I bought it, I finished it. Something was lacking, just not what I have come to expect from a Susan Mallery book. Nothing seemed to really get fix, or come to a conclusion. Everyone in the book just said oh He ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As the inaugural poster on the WHY ROMANCE MATTERS web site last year, Susan Mallery stated: "I am a feminist. I read and write romance. Those two statements do not contradict one another." The ending of Mallery's latest, Evening Stars, provides strong evidence that Mallery's claims are not contradictory. But much of what comes before had me wondering.

Nina has spent much of her teen and adult life taking care of her family. Her needy, attention-seeking, flighty mother has always refused to take
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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There is just one word for the story. Poignant. Yes there is a romance (or two) in this story but that is not what it is about. This is about family and the dynamics of a family with a mom who will not grow up, a daughter who grew up too fast and another daughter who doesn’t know her role in her life.

I had a bit of a hard time connecting with Nina at first. She seemed so put upon but once I realized why she was like that I could understand her life. She
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good story revolving around two women and the changes that come to their lives. Nina is almost thirty years old and has lived on Blackberry Island most of her life. She has spent most of her time, since she was twelve, taking care of her flaky mother and younger sister. Averil is now married and Nina's mom also has someone special in her life, but Nina is still stuck where she is. She isn't happy, but she isn't miserable either. Then some things happen that really shake up her life.

Nina's high s
Sharon Huether
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, romance, chick-lit
Evening Susan Mallery ... This was a wonderful story of sisters and their mother. The older sister always looking out for the younger sister and her mother too; since the mother was more like a friend than a mother. After a long dry spell of a love life the older sister had two men of her choosing. There was a wonderful time of change, when the girls grew up. I love a happy ending. The author didn't disappoint us. I won this book through 'Book reporter"
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

Old boyfriend returns
Plus guy who's loved her for years
From no guys to two

Deeper issues here
She always took care of things
Gave up her own dreams
Carrie Zagzebski
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
DNF. I am so sad. I love Susan's books, but this one just didn't hold my attention....
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Evening Stars is the third book in Susan Mallery's Blackberry Island series. This one is about a woman named Nina who grew up on the island and has been unable to escape it, even when she had plenty of opportunities.

Nina grew up being the responsible one ever since she could remember. Having a mother who refused to grow up and a younger sister who needed to be taken care of, Nina took the wheel. For that, there seems to have been a strained relationship between her, her mother and her sister Ave
Jane Stewart
This was ok, but not as good as the first two books. The audiobook narrator was ok but I prefer other narrators.

This is book 3 in the Blackberry Island Trilogy. Each book can be read as a stand alone. This author has written many romances which are primarily about relationships between men and women. For a change in this series she is writing about relationships between women as friends or sister-like. And I like the change. And I like that at the end of each book, the main female cha
Avid Series Reader
Evening Stars by Susan Mallery is the final book of the Blackberry Island trilogy set off the coast of Washington state. Nina is the responsible one in her family - both her mother Bonnie and sister Averil "just want to be princess, don't want to be queen". Neither faces up to the consequences of her actions; just leave problems for Nina to solve. Nina gave up her dreams to leave Blackberry Island for medical school, to put her sister through UCLA. Nina watches the family antiques store accounts ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Budha? Jesus? Are there people that nice?
Recommended to Rossy by: Unfortunately I can't blame anyone but myself!
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I HATE the main couple, couldn't care less about the ridiculous ending and EXTREMELY happy I'm DONE! The l
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, susan-mallery
I'm so surprised by how much I didn't enjoy this book. I love Susan Mallery's books and I've really enjoyed the other books in this Blackberry Island series. But this one had nothing I liked. I though the main character was flaky, the extra family story was just boring and the heroes didn't interest me at all.

I would still suggest checking out the other books in this series but don't be surprised if this one doesn't interest you!
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story of two sisters that find their path by introspection and learning why they are who they are is an excellent read. Two sisters battle for control of their lives without realizing they had the control all along. Accepting one’s childhood and loving their mom through it isn’t always easy.
Monica Gearhart
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Good story. Too many explicit sex scenes. Had to skip a lot.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always, a solid Susan Mallery read.
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

In Evening Stars, the third installment of Susan Mallery's heartwarming Blackberry Island series, complicated family dynamics are almost impossible to overcome when Nina Wentworth and her visiting sister Averil find themselves trapped in the roles that have defined them since childhood. Averil is happily married but the prospect of beginning a family leaves her contemplating exactly what she wants out of life. Nina is still taking care of everyone, including her irresponsible mother Bo
Ashley Farley
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wouldn’t call the plotline extraordinary or the writing style remarkable, but the well-drawn characters in Evening Stars drive this novel around the bases and into home plate. Susan Mallery’s key to success involves one of the basic principles of fiction writing—creating characters whose strong motivations propel the story forward.

What did I expect from Evening Stars? A novel about familial relationships with a little romance on the side. What I didn’t expect was to get sucked into the lives o
Evening Stars by Susan Mallery is the newest book in the Blackberry Island series. Susan Mallery can draw characters with all their hopes, fears and dreams. The best part of her books is that they end happily with everyone happy and in love.

This book is the story of Nina. Nina is a woman who was mother to her younger sister when she was a child herself. Her mother wouldn’t take her responsibility and lived at if she were Peter Pan. Nina took on more and more – paying for college for her sister,
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don’t know what it is about these books that scare me. I always find myself putting off reading them like I am NOT going to enjoy them. It must be the heavier than normal subject matters. I was hesitant with the first two, yet ended up loving them, and still hesitated with this one… and loved it.

Nina has been living on Blackberry Island her entire life. Once she had big plans to leave the island, go to medical school and become a doctor, but family obligations kept her home. Now she is a nurse
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More "Mom" than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school--and her first love--so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina's life has suddenly become...complicated.
Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men--her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-read
This is the first book I read by this author. This book is slightly different than your average 2-main leads romance in that it integrates the family relationships a bit more. I liked that, it gave the book a better background and more depth to the characters.

Nina Wentworth is the self-sacrificing caretaker of the family. She has sacrificed her personal happiness for that of her family. Now, she has the attention of two men and a complicated life as her family refuses to take care of themselves.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this final installment of the Blackberry Island trilogy, Nina and Averil Wentworth are at crossroads in their lives. Will they both find the strength to pursue their dreams and chase their happiness, or will the pull of the known keep them in the rut they're currently drowning in?

Susan Mallery not only shares the story of the Wentworth family, she also fills us in on what has happened since our last visit to Blackberry Island, reacquainting us with the characters from Three Sisters. It was gr
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes life is just that way...there are two equally interesting objects competing for your Nina's case, she has two very interesting suitors after years of nothing. Who will she choose....

If I want to read a good romance, I turn to Susan Mallery's books which are consistently well written with an intriguing story. Blackberry Island is the setting for this outing and we are introduced to her next series, Mischief Bay through Nina's younger sister Averil.

This book is more about family
I had been eagerly anticipating this book, but have to say I just couldn't find the emotional connection that I need with the characters for a book to really stand out. I liked it but wasn't totally enthused by it. It had an interesting plot and the characters are okay, yet it just didn't 'float my boat'. I am happy to have read it, I loved the first two in this series and would have hated to miss out on this one. While at some point I will want to reread the first two, I doubt that I will come ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book.

This is the third book in the Blackberry Island series. I've read the first two and enjoyed them quite a bit so I was excited to read this one. This book follows Nina who we met previously in Three Sisters, who is a nurse working for Andi the pediatrician.

Nina's life is running as normal until her ex Dylan shows up along with a new love interest plus the addition of her younger sister who left her husband to try and find herself. Things get even more complicated w
Swanangel15's Book Review
I was not expecting all this angst in this book, but, it oddly intrigued me. This book is for all the women who ever felt like that it is too late to achieve your dreams. Well guess what, it's not and +Susan Mallery tells us a story about why that is!

Nina Wentworth is a small town nurse who also has a life time job of being the responsible one. Having to be a mom to her mother and to her sister, Nina was not able to be child, she always had to be the grown up around the house.

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"TOP PICK! Mallery's immensely entertaining, intensely emotional novel is a vividly descriptive, locale-perfect, stand-out story, starring eclectic cast of unforgettable characters who will warm hearts and confound, and heroines that readers will champion. Although it concludes the trilogy, this Blackberry Island book reads well alone". (RT Book Reviews, rated 4 1/2 stars)

Blackberry Island, book #3
Very blah. The family drove me nuts, each of them made their place and knew what they were doing, even as they wanted a change. I didn't really like either of the men Nina was interested in, so when she finally did choose it didn't really matter to me.
Sally Ember
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Unexceptional but entertaining enough. I've read all her books in several series and can speak with some experience when I say this one seems that she phoned it in. Disappointing, cookie-cutter book.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Bel ...more

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