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When We Found Home

(Malcolm, Callie & Keira #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,022 ratings  ·  1,041 reviews
Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love...

Life is meant to be savored, but that's not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you'd rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn't know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister--Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, a
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Hqn
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DJ Sakata
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He gave her a smile that would have melted a frozen planet.

She agreed with generous —he was that. As for kind, well, he was growing on her. Like the famous Seattle moss, she thought with a smile.

I’d offer to let you borrow one of mine, but you’re what, twenty pounds lighter, two inches shorter and yet you have bigger boobs. Why do I like you?

We’re going to deal with our heartaches the way God intended— with liquor, sugar, a movie and people we love.

You did everything right. And
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I love the idea behind this story, I can’t imagine finding out I had not one, but two half siblings as an adult. How hard would it be to form a familial bond later in life? Difficult I’m quite sure, especially when every one of the siblings comes from a completely different background. Malcolm is the oldest and moved to his grandfathers home as a teenager, Keira was discovered when she was twelve and Callie as a woman in her twenties. Each age would present a new set of challenges and many are e ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Finding out you have two other siblings and have a wealthy grandfather definitely was overwhelming news for Callie and had been very overwhelming for Keira two months ago. Their step brother, Malcolm, had been with his grandfather since he was twelve and was used to the lifestyle and family.

Malcolm was already working in the family business and didn’t want to be bothered with a twelve-year-old and now he had another sister. At least this sister wasn’t a child.

The siblings were all children con
Sherri Thacker
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my 3rd book by Susan Mallery and it’s the third book of hers I’ve given 3 stars. It started really good but then it started to drag about 3/4 in with only 1/4 left. It was good. Not a great book, just good.
mindful.librarian ☀️
LOVED IT! Say what you will about the genre label "women's fiction", but it's how I instinctively label this one - otherwise, I'd have to say "contemporary sweet/cozy surprisingly complex multi-storyline family fiction with romantic elements". I mean, yes, that second one is more descriptive, but the first one sure is shorter! Some have classified this as romance, and I guess it kind of is?
Set in Seattle, this is a story of half-siblings brought together by their grandfather for the first time
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
I particularly liked the 4 young characters – one young teen and three adults in their twenties and thirties, and I also really liked the grandfather, and the housekeeper, and wish there was even more on the pages about those two. I really identified in various ways with Keira, Callie, and Delaney. Virtually all of the characters are very relatable and understandable, and there is a lot to like about them. They are complex and realistic and I enjoyed hearing their internal process. I felt as tho ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I think I may put Susan Mallery in perma-pass status. By which I mean that I just don't even try with her books any more. And this book may become the standard for the justification of doing so.

The thing is, this story was outstanding during much of its progress. I came to love each sibling very much (and Kiera absolutely stole my heart, even though I don't really buy her as a 12 turned-13 year-old) and the romantic partners for the older two were kind of perfect (for them, I mean). Malcolm stru
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery in a nutshell is the story of three siblings who end up with one another after their much-older grandfather goes to great lengths to bring them together as family. All three have the same father but three different mothers. They all have different backgrounds and come from different parts of the United States. Malcolm is in his thirties, Callie is in her mid-twenties, and young Keira is only twelve.

Callie is the last to arrive at the family home in Seattl
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its heartwarming and beautiful.
Callie finds out she has alot of family and they want to get to know and its their journey through friendship and relationships and finding their way home. It was adorable.
Sara Mcbride
Why does this book have such a high rating? I am so disappointed that I paid $12 for it. I am not a fan of this authors writing style at all. The story was promising, but sucked. I found zero chemistry between any of the characters. I was okay with the siblings, but the two romances, were boring and what a bland character the grandfather turned out to be.

The romance between Santiago and Callie was just plain stupid. They talked about what a macho, jock, player he was and one look at
I was not feeling this book. I skipped about 50 pages towards the end but ended up finishing it. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. It was a disappointing Mallery read, that is for sure. ...more
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A lovely work of fiction about the complexity of family relationships, what it takes to make lasting connections, and overcoming past insecurities and issues, When We Found Home was wonderfully touching and absolutely heartwarming.

Susan Mallery’s books are always a joy to read. I love the flow of her writing, the emotions she touches upon, detailing them perfectly, and of course her characters who are flawed and relatable. When We Found Home turned out t
Chris Conley
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. Started this yesterday afternoon and finished it at 2:00 a.m. No one does interesting, complicated characters as well as Mallery.
Kathryn in FL
Ms. Mallery is a master entertainer, her prose is light hearted but can quickly switch gears to serious, when appropriate. Reading her is like a good desert for the mind. You are devoted to the experience and it is sheer pleasure but once finished the enjoyment is a passing thought.

This book's premise is about as unlikely as they come, three half siblings have little in common except their genetics. Their irresponsible father abandoned them shortly after they were conceived or born with little i
I struggled with the rating I wanted to give this book. In the end I would say I give it 3.5 stars. I did like the book but had a few issues with it. Let me say that I love the premise - which is three people discovering that they are half siblings at different points in their lives. Keira, the 12 year old who was abandoned by her mother and left in foster care, Callie, who is 26 and struggling to find her way in a sometimes unforgiving world after making a mistake and being punished harshly and ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my first ever 1-star rating? This book was so bland, cheesy, and predictable that it might have been written by a family-drama-romance-generating algorithm. The complete lack of depth and surprise in the plot and characters could have been salvaged if the writing was any good, but it really wasn't, especially when it came to the randomly interspersed sex scenes.

Here are some choice lines to illustrate the intolerable writing style:
1. The world's strangest kiss-as-party metaphor:
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Or, more accurately, When I Found Boredom. If you're looking for an entertaining beach read, this is not it. ...more
Melissa Borsey
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully complex story told with humor and love. Susan Mallery has a wonderful talent of bringing her characters to life. Highly recommend this very touching story.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little anti-climatic at the end but still good. 3.5 stars
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Dear Ms. Mallery,

A few years back, I discovered your Fool’s Gold series and absolutely devoured it. I read nothing else for weeks! It was pretty glorious, since one of my favorite things an author can do is continue to tell new stories in the same world.

When We Found Home isn’t part of that series, but my head canon is that it’s still the same world – just different characters in a different town. And oh what characters they are!

At first I had a bit of trouble with the frequent narrative changes
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When We Found Home takes us through the emotional story of three siblings. They never know the other existed, but are brought together at the request of their Grandfather.

After the death of Alberto Carlesso’s son he learns that he two other children out there somewhere. Of course Alberto stars searching for them, he first finds Keira, a 12 years old, who hasn’t had the best life. Callie, the other granddaughter Callie hasn’t had it much better. Keira and Callie hit if off right away, but Malcolm
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of this author's is in for a great treat. When We Found Home is a pure delightful read! This book is filled with many engaging characters: Malcolm, Callie, Keira, Delaney, Alberto, and Santiago. All of these characters interacted well with each other. There are a few relationships that blossomed as well between Malcolm and Delaney as well as Callie and Santiago. Both relationships I was a fan of.

At the end of the book are some discussion questions. I chose the following question to answer:
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
ARC won through goodreads giveaway. I really struggled with finishing this book...for me it was too repetitive, bounced around and skipped through events with no clarification. Thus, I had trouble making a connection with the characters especially the Santiago character.
Normally I like her books but this one not so much. A part of the problem was that it really didn't need to be over 400 pages long. Not too much happens. In the end everyone is happy. Which is why it got 2 stars. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2018; HQN/Harlequin

When Malcolm's estranged father passes, his grandfather discovers that Malcolm has two half sisters. While Malcolm grew up with his grandfather and mother's love, he has not really let his heart open up to new people. Kiera, a wise twelve year old, is found in foster care, after her birth mother leaves her with a friend. That friend has a criminal record so is put into the system where her paternal family finds her. Callie made a dumb mistake and has paid for
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars.

Lately it seems as though a lot of romance authors are branching out into women’s fiction, which is a good thing. I think. However, for me, a lot of these novels show the growing pains of the writer trying to be true to their roots while forging new ground.

While Susan Mallery’s When We Found Home is extremely well-written, in her usual fashion, and the subject matter of three half-siblings discovering each other is intriguing, the amount of repetition and lack of spark made the nove
Diane Saul
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alberto Carlesso’s son Jerry wasn’t much of a Father. Malcolm was ignored by his Father and raised by his Grandfather, Alberto, after his Mother’s death. When going thru papers Jerry passed away Alberto finds out there are 2 other children that were abandoned,, a 12 year old girl and an adult woman. Alberto finds them and brings them to the family home. Both girls are having a hard time adjusting to their new life. They haven’t had an easy time and are reluctant to trust.

This is a heartwarming s
Third read: Just keeps getting better and better!

Second read: Yup. This one’s a keeper!

Wow! I really liked this book! Best one yet I’ve read by Susan Mallery. In fact, I loved it so much, I just started reading it again from the beginning!

Very likable characters and a very satisfying HEA! Two graphic sex scenes.

This was my first book I’ve read by Susan Mallery and I thought When We Found Home was a engaging family drama.
I enjoyed the premise of the story, which follows three half-siblings on a journey of discovering their unexpected family ties between them. While learning to trust each other in their newfound relationship and trying to overcome the past hurts their birth father has left behind. I really love seeing the gradual bond that develops between Callie, Malcolm and Kiera! The author dealt with
Isha Coleman
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When We Found Home by Susan Mallery  
Family is something we all take for granted. Their the people that will always be there, no matter what. What happens when family is not an option? When We Found Home is how to create a family out of nothing. Susan Mallery takes us through broken hearts, first meetings and slowly built bonds through the eyes of three strangers. Callie has not had an easy life. No family, limited choices and at times no hope. The irony is her ability to stay on the bright side
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