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Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,400 ratings  ·  764 reviews
A wonderful story full of romance, forgiveness and the unavoidable ties that bind, Secrets Of The Tulip Sisters is Susan Mallery at her very best.

Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing's prodigal son,
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by HQN Books
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Annie I disagree with both people who responded, this was WAY less sex (and what sex there is in the book is very vanilla) than traditional romance novels.…moreI disagree with both people who responded, this was WAY less sex (and what sex there is in the book is very vanilla) than traditional romance novels. Though yes, dialogue super cringe worthy(less)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Kelly Murphy was willing to accept certain injustices in the world. That brownies had more calories than celery. That wearing white pants meant getting her period - regardless of where she was in her cycle. That her car would be low on gas only on days when she was running late. What she did not appreciate or accept was the total unfairness of Griffith Burnett not only returning to Tulpen Crossing, Washington, nearly a year ago, but apparently waking up last month and deciding that stal ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Kelly Murphy and her father Jeff own a tulip farm in Tulpen Crossing, Washington. They have lived alone for over ten years after her mother left the family for Phoenix. Her younger sister Olivia left home around the same time for boarding school to curb her “wild ways”. Olivia sided with her mother after the divorce and they work together in the same estate office. Eager to rekindle her ties with her family, Olivia decides to visit Tulpen Crossing.

Kelly hasn't warmed up to Olivia’s return and i
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
*3.5 stars
It has taken the 2017 release of bestselling romance author Susan Mallery’s stand alone novel, Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, for this reader to become acquainted with Mallery’s work. Known for her heart-warming women’s fiction novels focussed on the business of love and relationships, Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is a charming novel, incorporating Mallery’s distinctive style.

Secrets, relationships, friendships and love are at the core of Susan Mall
4.5 stars. Secrets of the Tulip Sisters was a winning read for me. I really enjoyed the characters, the constant roller coaster ride of relationships between various people, and most of all the sisters themselves, Kelly and Olivia.

Both girls hold secrets that the other doesn't know and some of them could push them over the brink of never speaking to each other again! Olivia has just returned home after many years away. Their mother left them when they were young girls, just let me say... no one
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rabf, netgalley
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Susan Mallery

Received from Netgalley

I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. I've always enjoyed reading Susan Mallery and SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERS is exactly why. Kelly Murphy owns a tulip farm along with her dad, Jeff in Tulpen Crossing, Washington. Kelly's mom left her and her sister Olivia over ten years ago to live in Phoenix, never looking back. At the same time, Olivia is sent away to boarding school to keep her from becoming just like her mothe
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a huge fan of Susan Mallery but I did not care for this book. Without going into details too many ick factors.
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Kelly Murphy has a pretty routine life. She works with her father as a successful tulip farmer. Six months ago her long term relationship ended and she is very aware that her high school crush, Griffith Martin is back in town. What makes things even more interesting is that Kate's younger sister, Olivia, who she has not seen in 6 years has also come back to town. Olivia was sent away to finish school when she was 15 after her parents divorce. Kate turns to her friend, Helen, as she alwa
Just Commonly
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery have such a great disposition in terms of its title, cover and premise. A story about secrets and the bond between sisters. Add in romance, and this should be a no brainer to go high on my list. Yet it doesn't. Sadly to say, though the premise and even the story line are fairly on par and have some great moments, the overall language and dialogue was rather cringe-worthy. I'm not a reader that only reads clean fiction. I read many novels from the gen ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, kindle, 2017
If there is one thing that the Susan Mallery does well, and I mean really well. is writing about family and friendships. If you are in the mood for a great story with both of those things, then The Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is the book for you. I adored this story. It's messy, gut-wrenching, funny and awkward. It's also a story about how we perceive ourselves and others. It's about personal growth and feeling comfortable in your own skin. And, finally, finding forgiveness.

As I said, I loved t
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, chick-lit
This story was nice but did feel slightly incestuous with the incredibly small dating pool.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly this just wasn't good. There are ever changing romantic partners, stupid secrets being kept from people, and honestly the chemistry between the entire cast of characters was non-existent. Then Mallery tries to include a plot about the evil mother who abandoned her children that didn't work at all. I am wondering if I should stop reading her hoping to find the magic I did in the "Blackberry Island" series.

"Secrets of the Tulip Sisters" has Kelly Murphy at a crossroads in her romantic li
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Won an ARC of this and promised to give feedback:

I don't normally ready a Susan Mallery book unless it's part of an anthology of short stories with another author (though I do enjoy the ones I have read). Secrets of the Tulip Sisters takes us to Northern Washington, to the heart of Tulip country, and we see how three women work through their mental blocks to grow and thrive. Kelly, Olivia, and Helen all have different secrets, but their secrets all intertwine in a way that leads to a decent stor
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Every year Delja visited her daughter for three weeks. The entire town wept as the supply of cinnamon rolls dried up. Tempers grew short and people counted the days until Delja’s return.

She was currently subscribing to the when-then philosophy— distant cousin to the if-then concept. When she lost weight, then she would be brave and throw herself at Jeff.

I don’t want to hate her because that means I’m devoting too much energy to her. I want to not care. I need to find my Zen cente
Fran Soto
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This is my first book by Susan Mallery and I'm wondering what took me so long to discover her writing. This is a story involves complicated family relationships, friendship, romance, forgiveness and second chances. I found the characters likeable and real. Easy to read writing style. I was drawn into the story from the beginning through the end. Very enjoyable book!

Susan Crowe
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hoopla, 2017-books, dtbs
Wow. Where do I start? I am a huge Susan Mallery fan. Huge. But I did not like this book. One of the reasons I love her books so much is because I can always count on her to keep it clean. No F-words, no vile, crude language. This had no f-words that i remember but i wish i had known the word "dick" was going to appear so many times, i could have kept count. Plus, i didn't cry not one time. I always cry reading a SM book!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

I am a fan of the Fool's Gold series. This book features three women and their secrets as they try to find happiness with work, family, and romance.
Chantal Ostiguy
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another great story from one of my favorite author. I was given an ARC from Netgalley and this is my review. Without giving the plot of the story, I enjoyed this book very much. The story gets to you with laughter and sometimes tears. The book reads itself and time flies when you read it!

Loved this book and can't wait to read more from Susan Mallery!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I want to say that the Murphy family puts the fun back in dysfunctional – but too many of the relationships within this family are all dysfunction and damn little fun. Of course, those dysfunctions add to the drama of the story – and there is plenty of fun outside these very messy family dynamics.

This is a story about three women, Kelly Murphy, her sister Olivia, and her best friend Helen, in their little small town of Tulpen Crossing, Washington. Tulpen Cr
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Romance > Contemporary

This is a story about secrets and the bond between sisters.
I liked it but there were parts I didn't like at all. The main character, Kelly, was very irritating and immature. She was very selfish, cold and judgemental. When she admitted she was the reason her sister Olivia was sent away to boarding school at age 15 and that was about the last time they had contact, then it was really hard to like her from there on. There were more situations were Kelly acted very selfish
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Kelly lives a routine life as a tulip farmer. Her life exploded when her spectacularly, embarassingly promiscuous mother walked out when she was a teen. Then her sister and essential ally, Olivia, was sent away to school. That was pretty much the last Kelly saw of either of them and she has lived with her father ever since.

She is totally unprepared for the return to town of the gorgeous Griffith Burnett who makes it clear that he wants a relationship with her - with strings. Then, without notic
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really refreshing read. The romance and most interactions were just more mature than most contemporaries I have read but it might also be because I'm not very well read in that category. It was humorous and light hearted and just increased my mood over all.

I did post a book review of this over at my blog if you want to read more of what I thought about it.
Abby Brown
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick and easy read about two sisters reconnecting after years apart- they go though everything: falling in love, drama with their divorced parents and fiends.
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
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I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put the book down. Susan Mallery you have out did yourself with this book
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Susan Mallery’s latest women’s fiction novel is a winner. The three main female characters are likable and sympathetic with enough flaws to make them believable. Olivia’s journey of self-discovery is the most complex and best developed, but Kelly and Helen also learn things about themselves. Both sisterhood and female friendship are integral to the story. However, since this is a Mallery book, it will come as no surprise to readers that the romantic element is strong indeed. The romance
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Talk about a family with some issues. Secrets of the Tulip Sisters was a tangled web of decade old hurt feelings, lies of omission, and strained relationships. But true to Susan Mallery’s other work, the heartfelt emotions and awkward, real life–oftentimes funny–moments smoothed the way, making this a joy to read.

You know you’re going to get a solid story when you pick up a book by Susan Mallery. That’s a given. But what surprised me with Secrets of the Tuli
Kiki Z
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
While it was mostly sweet, I thought that (1) Olivia and Kelly's relationship was too easily mended (2) Griffin's I-don't-want-to-fall-in-love-again bullshit was too easily fixed, as was Kelly's orgasm problem (3) Jeff didn't handle his wife's return well at all (4) all the relationships went from nonexistent to married in very little time with very little time spent together and (5) several of the side characters felt like caricatures. In short, it was a long book with little conflict, decent f ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I enjoyed this contemporary romance. It features Kelly Murphy, a tulip farmer. Her estranged sister, Olivia, returns home and the two have much to work out in their relationship. At about the same time, Griffith Burnett returns to their hometown. Both sisters have a chance at romance, as well as an opportunity to work on their relationship.

I liked the characters in this one and thought that the story was interesting. I enjoyed the romance involved, as well as the relationship between Kelly and
Patti Hughes
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: susan-mallery
This was a guilty pleasure! Is it fun? Yes. Is it entertaining? Yes! Will it make you smile, laugh, cry? Probably. But it is brain candy. Not a deep book. More sex than I normally expect from Susan Mallery, A great book for the beach, or perhaps a rainy day. The themes of love, forgiveness, and growth are good. I loved all the characters except Merrilee. Who really is the wicked witch, so that was just fine. I wasn't supposed to like her. The ending was a little too trite and sudden, but overall ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm a big Susan Mallery fan, but this book did not cut it for me ... how many times do we have to be reminded that Mom was the town slut and left her family high and dry only to return 13 years later "'cause she wanted to know her girls" and definitely sleep with the old man. Nope, didn't live up to the author's usual high standards of storytelling ...
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Another hit that moved me, entertained me and allowed me to get lost within the pages of the book. I love how Mallery can capture the heart of characters and create a story with love, conflict and heart. I loved this book cover to cover and I have told tons people that this is one of those amazing stories that has everything you could want and perfect for a summer day!
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