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Sisters Like Us

(Mischief Bay #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  5,266 ratings  ·  694 reviews
The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgeling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients li
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by MIRA
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Carolyn Anderson-Taley All of the Mischief Bay books are EXCELLENT, but you can read this by itself and Completely enjoy it without reading the others first!!

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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Two sisters, two different life styles, but the same mother that always was perfect and critical.

Harper was the sister who made everything from scratch and owned a virtual assistant business that she tried to do all alone. She struggled with her finances since her husband left her for a younger woman, left her with a teenage daughter, and left her with no financial help.

Stacey was the sister who was a brilliant, successful scientist who never thought she would be pregnant and keeps denying the
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

It’s like Beetlejuice. If you say her name too many times, she’ll rise up with horrific powers and do unspeakable things. I’m being cautious.

Stacey met the gaze of the pregnant dog. The animal looked calm and kind of sweet, in a very large, I could eat you in a hot minute kind of way.

His shirt was barely wrinkled, he was rested and tanned, while she was a hot mess. No, she thought, thinking of her mom jeans and stained T-shirt. Even her messiness wasn’t the least bit hot. She was
Bea  Charmed
3.5, maybe 4 stars.

So, I've had the first book in this series, "The Girls of Mischief Bay" sitting on my Kindle for several years. I forgot about it until I downloaded this one. I was partway through it before realizing I had the first book, lol. So when as I finished "Sisters Like Us" I picked up "The Girls of Mischief Bay".

"Sisters Like Us" and "The Girls of Mischief Bay" both dealt with change. "Sisters" was less gut-wrenching, and had many laugh out-loud moments. As the title says, the fo
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Sisters Like Us" focuses on two sisters (Harper and Stacey) and Harper's daughter, Becca. This book picks up more than a year after the events in "A Million Little Pieces." There is a connection via the hero in this book to the characters in the last book, so you do have a tenuous connection there. I think that my problem with this one is that the transition from Harper to Stacey's POVs don't work. You honestly did not need Becca included in this. And I still don't know if Stacey had Asperger's ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Being the rebel that I am I jumped into this series at book four. It looks like each book focuses on a new set of characters with cameos from past favorites which made it extremely easy to follow. Sisters Like Us is about, well, sisters Harper and Stacey as well as their mother Bunny and Harper’s daughter Becca. I never get tired of reading about sister and mother/daughter relationships and Mallery brought these women to life in a realistic and appealing way.

I really enjoyed the majority of the
Chris Conley
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No one else can do what Susan Mallery does with her stories. Her characters are people who are as real as anyone I know. Even the ones who are so very irritating, like Bunny, become someone else as she weaves their tales. This is a wonderful book.
Susan Crowe
Another great addition to the Mischief Bay series (#4) I highly recommend this series.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I thought I had been to Mischief Bay before. Turns out, not only had I not been there, this is also my first book by Susan Mallery. I know, what rock have I been under? Hey, I had heard of her. Ha!!

I have SO enjoyed my time in Mischief Bay. The characters really grew on me, and quickly. And, this is book number 4!! Their major problems might have been cheesy and corny, but I forgot mine while reading the book.

I am, however, sad that it's over. But I take comfort, now, knowing there are 3 mo
Review to come soon.

Quick thoughts:

I really enjoy visiting Mischief Bay each year and Sisters Like Us is no exception. Now, Susan has def extended her books beyond the 3 original women that the book focused on, but you'll see some faces from the past mentioned in this book and you'll def remember Lucas from A Million Little Things!

Loved the sisters. I really disliked Bunny for a good bit of the book, but by the end she had grown on me (very little, tho, but way better than earlier in book!)

4.5 stars. Review to follow
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, romance
I always look forward to this authors books because I know that she will take me on an emotional journey. In this new book she delves into the complexities of family relationships; mothers and daughters, daughters and fathers, sisters, and those who may come with them. I loved the relationships between all the different characters and how each problem that popped up could be looked at in many ways. As I read the tears flowed, the laughter echoed, and in the end the smiles came. It showed me that ...more
Sheyla ✎

Sisters Like Us is another great story by Susan Mallery. I had no idea this was the fourth novel in this series when I requested it but I don't think you need to read the rest first to truly enjoy it. I certainly did.

The story relates the tribulations of two sisters and their families during a time when they are both going through big changes in their lives.

Harper Szymanski was brought up to become the perfect housewife. Sadly, she's now divorced and her ex-husband is dating someone younger. Sh
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Susan Mallery is one of those writers who has the gift of bringing fictional people to life, and I'm always left invested in their stories. Family-focused and romantic with real-world problems, I thoroughly enjoy reading another installment of the Mischief Bay series and getting to know a new set of main characters. SISTERS LIKE US features a set of siblings--Harper and Stacey--who couldn't be more different or at different points in their life. While eager to please, happy homemaker Harper is s ...more
Perrin Larton
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you have a mom (Bunny) who's fixated on the 1950's stereotype of a perfect wife and mother? Her daughter (Harper) who is doing her best to live up to that role, rocking her inner Martha Stewart every day, but, according to Bunny, is failing miserably with HER daughter (Becca) and her life, since she and her husband divorced? Another daughter, (Stacey) who is a brilliant scientist, pregnant, (but Bunny doesn't know it), with a husband (Kit) willing to do everything except ges ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is trademark Susan Mallery. The likable female characters span the age from teenage to very mature adults. The males come in several varieties. Some are just plain horrible, some are almost too good to be true, and some are in-between. The plot runs from teenage betrayals to reformed playboys with the life and relationship between the two sisters always at the heart of the story. One of the sisters seemed very familiar and I finally realized she was very like another very smart but socially ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Susan Mallery tells the story of two sisters -- Forty-two year old Harper who is divorced and struggling financially with a 17 year old daughter and an at-home business as a virtual assistant. Forty year old Stacey is a brilliant scientist who is pregnant with her first child. Harper is maternal with Martha Stewart skills. Stacey will be content to let her husband stay home with the baby because she doesn't think she will be a good mother. The story follows their ups and downs in life ...more
Danica Aquino
Simple, direct, well developed plot; it tackled tons of issues regarding family, sisterhood, comparison and contrast between the main characters, teenage angst, gender roles within family and society. Susan Mallery smoothly incorporated all this without sounding preachy at all and hadn't gotten lost in the way. What pulled me in most is that characters are a real person and not some kind of an imaginary friend drawn in black and white.

I loved it!
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like candy, Mallory’s books are sweet and addictive. The main characters in this book are sisters Harper and Stacey, and Harper’s daughter Becca. The sisters are very different, and the one thing I would have like to see more of was their relationship, as their stories were quite separate, except in their interaction with their old fashioned and annoying mother. Becca’s is more of a coming of age story, dealing with betrayals, her parents’ divorce and boys. A good light vacation read.
Melissa Borsey
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mischief Bay has been an excellent series to read. Sisters Like Us is the fourth book to be released in this series and is about two sisters, as different as night and day and their wonderfully quirky mother, Bunny. This book can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend the entire series. Susan Mallery has a natural gift for writing about women for women, a very emotional read! I thank the author for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
FirstLine ~ There wasn't s holiday on the calendar that Harper Szymanski couldn't celebrate, cook for, decorate, decoupage, create a greeting card about or wrap in raffia.

I love Mallery as she writes books that make my heart happy. She writes books that are ones that you wish could be made into a show because her books are so binge worthy and so would the shows if the books were made into a TV series. I love following the characters around and seeing how things work out for them. The setting an
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery is a winsome story about three generations of women and their sometimes complicated relationships. This  fourth installment in the Mischief Bay series easily stands on its own, but I highly recommend the previous books as well.

Forty-two year old Harper Szymanski is a divorced mom who loves her sixteen year old daughter Becca but works long hours trying to keep her virtual assistant business going.  She is a people pleaser who lets people walk all over h
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like the predictability of Susan Mallery books. Always great characters and always a happy ending. The stories are written in an easy to read and fun format. I always enjoy spending a few days in Mischief Bay, this was no exception.
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Charming and heartfelt, funny but with some wonderfully poignant moments, Sisters Like Us was everything you could hope for and more from a Susan Mallery book.

I honestly had so much fun reading Sisters Like Us. Susan Mallery is known for her engaging characters and the wonderful communities they live in that feel completely real to her readers. And we definitely had that there. But the dynamics between the cast members was what re
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed the Mischief Bay series, but this one was just ok. The four main ladies in the book irritated me so much! Maybe it's that I couldn't relate to any of them, and if I was going to pick the one I liked the best it would be the teen age daughter - weird. Kit and Ashton were definitely the "stars" of the book.

Harper Szymanski is struggling to make ends meet after her divorce, raising her teenage daughter and meddling mother who thinks a woman should be a domestic goddess in all ways. But for Harper, trying to make ends meet is catching up to her and if it wasn’t for her loyal clients in her virtual-assistant business, she would be in curled up ball of goo.

Dr. Stacey Bloom is a renowned scientist who can tell you all about the brain’s makeup and more but when it comes to motherhood, Stacey is utterly
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This story is quintessentially women’s fiction. The story revolves around the women of the Bloom family; sisters Harper and Stacey, Harper’s daughter Becca, Stacey’s soon-to-be-born daughter Joule, and their mother Bunny. Definitely their mother Bunny. OMG Bunny.

The men in this story revolve around the women. One of the men definitely believes that he’s a planetary body in his own right, and that some of the Bloom women are his satellites, but he is so, so
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a dysfunctional family that functioned. Two sisters: Harper & Stacey. Harper is divorced and has a teenage daughter Becca. She is struggling to make ends meet, running her virtual assistant’s business from her home. She is working a lot to bring in the money to stay afloat and due to that she is neglecting her daughter to some extent. Becca is your typical teenager, everything is about her and needs to go her way. She is feeling off kilter due to the divorce and her dad ...more
Linda Zagon
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lindas Book Obsession Review of “Sisters Like Us” by Susan Mallery

My Review of “Sister’s Like Us” by Susan Mallery MIRA BOOKS, January, 2018

Kudos to Susan Mallery, Author of “Sisters Like Us” for such an entertaining, heartwarming, and enjoyable family story. The Genres for this story are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in Mischief Bay, a small beach-town community in California.
The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated, dysfunctional and in
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Mischief Bay (4 books)
  • The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay, #1)
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