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Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  6,686 ratings  ·  882 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.

The relationship of sisters Kelly and Olivia Van Gilder has been, well… complicated ever since their mother left them as teens, though it's the secrets they have been keeping from each other as adults that have unwittingly widene
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by HQN
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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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, rabf
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
This story was nice but did feel slightly incestuous with the incredibly small dating pool.
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
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
Fran Soto
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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! ...more
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.
Okay so I know that I complained...a lot, about the over abundance of sex in this book and not necessarily the active kind -I mean come on how many times a day can your thoughts turn to sex (when you are not a 14 year old boy at least???)? I found that women of this age that put so much time into thinking of sex was a little unrealistic (then again I'm not of this age!) But the book did get better once they got laid.

There was a lot of intrigue, emotional angst and secret keeping - so much so tha
Chantal Ostiguy
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 selfishly
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ... ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Best part of book: epilogue.
Setting: 1 hour E of Seattle, small town.
Most interesting character for me: Olivia.
Also liked the tiny house aspect .. but my main problem was the characters and way, way too much sex talk, etc. (And I plowed through ALL 450 pages of it!)
SM has shifted in her writing and I am choosing not to follow her henceforth.
Meh... DNF. Didn't really like the main characters. ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, zero stars should be an option. I want to call this an eye roll in book form but that’s an insult to books everywhere.

Ps. Can someone explain how to get a book off of your “currently reading” shelf without marking it as finished? The only reason I read beyond the first chapter is because I didn’t want to mess up my reading challenge stats.
Abby Brown
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.
Genevieve Bomes
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book about the Tulip Sisters. This book has hunky men, secrets, drama, good sex and love. What else can you want in a book. A great story and great characters.
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Book review

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  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne, Unfinished Woman
What a load of drivel, and if I could give this a minus rating I would. This was a huge disappointment. After 150+ pages, I gave up. The characters are not compelling and the plot is non-existent. It felt like I was reading a young adult novel about a cast of mean, or superficial girls merging with the cast of "All My Children". These folks have more baggage than LAX at Thanksgiving. The dialogue is dreadful, and there didn't seem to be a strong, competent, self-assured, straight-forward person ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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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