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Sisters by Choice

(Blackberry Island #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,102 ratings  ·  791 reviews
Cousins by chance, sisters by choice…

After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild. Until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can’t grow unless she learns to let go. If Sophie relaxes her grip even a little, she might lose everything. Or she might finally be free to reach for the happiness and love t
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by MIRA
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Eight years after her divorce, Sophie Lane still wasn't very good at dating. She supposed she only had herself to blame - if she really 'put herself out there,' as her cousin Kristine was always saying, she could find someone.

From Sophie's point of view, there were multiple problems with that statement. First, Kristine had married her high school sweetheart after graduation and had been happily married for the past sixteen years. She wasn't exactly someone who should be giving dating ad
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well this is hard. I loved this series and this latest book was a flop with me. I think the main issue that the sisters by choice only works for two of the characters. One of the characters in this story learned nothing and got rewarded for it. The character development was lacking and the dialogue was so off in some places.

"Sisters by Choice" follows business owner Sophie Lane, her cousin Kristine, and their second cousin (I think that's what she is) Heather. Sophie returns to Blackberry Islan
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“I’ll be fine. You have eight kids to deal with. They would die without you.” Kristine laughed. “It’s three kids.” “When I visit, it feels like more.”

He sure was pretty, she thought absently. He must work out a lot to get shoulders and arms like that. Given the fact that the Lord gaveth and tooketh away in equal measure, she could only assume he had the IQ of a tree stump but that was okay. Sometimes pretty was plenty.

“You’ll be fine,” the woman added. Sophie nodded because curli
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So ... this is a hard review to write. I usually love Susan Mallerys books - light, hearted, fun reads. This latest one though, whew ... it was hard to finish. I really did not care for this story at all. The characters were so unlikeable - you just wanted to shake them. The only one that seemed to have a backbone was Kristine - I found myself rooting for her. The other women came across as sniveling, weak and entitled - you just wanted them to fail so they would grow up.

You can't win them all
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I despised Heathers mom Amber. I could have enjoyed the story so much more if she had not been a part of the book. With that being said. I loved the story of the cousins and was rooting for Heather the whole way through the book.
Kristine and Jaxsen were fun to follow. So glad Mallery likes happy endings.
Sophie learned a lot and I loved Dugan so much for teaching her along the way.
I love a good family now days every family in books is so dysfunctional. Well Amber was very dysfunctional.
You have t
Feb 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Awful. Not one character is likeable or believable. Nothing about this ridiculous story is realistic or conceivable . UGH I can't believe I finished it it was so bad. I kept waiting for the most miserable character to get her comeuppance, but no she's rewarded for theft, lies and viciousness. I'm disgusted.... ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
SISTERS BY CHOICE is the fourth book in the BlackBerry Island series. I did not read the previous three books in the series, but I will. This story can easily be read as a stand alone. Holy cow, SISTERS BY CHOICE is one crazy story! This wonderful novel is full of heartwarming and charming moments, even though there was a lot going on in each of the women’s lives, it was still very funny at times as well. SISTERS BY CHOICE is all about three cousins, Sophie, Kristine, and Heather, who are very c ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Susan Mallery for a long time and usually love everything she writes. I am sorry to say that I didn't like this book at all. I found it depressing to read about such dysfunctional women. It disgusted me that instead of helping Amber by refusing to continue to enable her "helplessness and stealing" the cousins and her daughter all caved into her in the name of family and caring. I could go on and on about all the things that I didn't like but I won't put that much energy into ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Having read the first three in the Blackberry Island series, I was excited to return to the island once again. Although this is book four, it could easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
Sophie Lane has worked hard to build her business selling cat toys and supplies. When a fire destroys her business in California, she decides to reopen her business in Blackberry Island, her hometown. She's excited to be closer to her cousins and get her business back on track. But what Sophie also brought with h
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story about Sophie and her successful cat business. The three cousins were all wonderful people. Kristine had a dream of opening up her own bakery selling cookies and brownies. Heather was the youngest cousin and all she wanted was to get off the island and go to college. Her mother, Amber, was a terrible excuse for a human being. I liked the idea that Sophie was a foster mom to pregnant cats. Dugan was a wonderful boyfriend for Sophie.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sisters by Choice is a lovely, heartfelt, astute tale that delves into the dynamics of families and relationship and reminds us that everyone who enters our lives, good or bad, shapes us in some ways.
Sonia Reppe
I can't share my review since it belongs to Library Journal. I like Mallery and I fly through her books. This one I didn't love because the toxic relationships were draining to read. ...more
I've always told my children and grandchildren that everyone we come in contact with is someone whose life we impact, whether that be in a positive or negative way. Hopefully, we take care of what we say and how we behave and interact so that we have a positive impact on others. This book exemplifies that to me. The relationships are complex, heartfelt, and raw emotions are exuded.

When I requested this book from NetGalley I did so mainly because of the title since I am a trio of sisters so it c
Sara Jo
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I love Susan Mallery but this time, her characters were just not likable! Sophie was a gigantic pain in the butt and I could NOT stand her! Heather was a doormat. Kristine was the only saving grace but her husband was an idiot. The story was okay otherwise.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading a Susan Mallery book after so long was like coming home to a warm hug. The story was about three women closer than most friends, sisters bound by their hearts.

Sophie lost her factory in fire, so she moved home to Blackberry Island to be with her family Kristine, who was a stay at home mom but had her own dreams which were yet unfulfilled. Heather wanted to break free but her mum had an emotional hook into her.

Being down with fever, I needed a book which would distract me from my aches an

Superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Cousins by chance, sisters by choice…

After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackb
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When I requested this from NetGalley I had no idea it was number four in a series. This book was okay as a stand alone, but I did miss out learning why Amber, Sophie and Kristine are the way they are. Amber was a total bitch and I wanted to throat punch her from beginning to end. She has these amazing cousins and a wonderful daughter and she treats them all like shit. I am wishing I had read the other books to find out why she behaves like that. And don't get me started on Jaxsen, Kristine's hus ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
What the heck happened to Ms Mallery? She must have been depressed when she wrote this book. I have never read a book with so many unlikable characters. There was just so much I didn't like about just about every one. From one of the main characters that was so nasty & hatefilled to the others in her family to one who at thirty something was stupid enough to have sex with a man younger then her upon meeting him at a Tai Chi session; there wasn't even a date! Ugh! I don't want to reveal spoilers ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the fourth book in the Blackberry Island series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone book. I really enjoyed this story and wish I had started reading Susan Mallery books years ago. Sophie Lane runs a business empire that specializes in cats. When her warehouse burns down, she can move wherever she wants. She decides it is time to head home to Blackberry Island. She can open a new warehouse and give jobs to the locals including family and friends. She is trying to get her busine ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
As a long-time fan of Susan Mallery's books, I was excited to receive an ARC of "Sisters by Choice." Unfortunately, I do not think this book holds up to Mallery's high standards. The main character was very unlikable, and I wasn't sure why the reader should even like her, let alone root for her to succeed. Thankfully, several of the auxiliary characters were more enjoyable to read about. Also, several of the relationships in this novel had very immature "obstacles" to overcome. Overall, this boo ...more
Rut roh...

I wonder if my reading taste are changing? I tried to read SISTERS by CHOICE and am throwing in the towel... I just can't stand the toxic and negative relationships between these women. The WOOO is me attitude is just killing me. Where are the women that get things done?

They don't live on Blackberry Island.

DNF at
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery is an emotionally compelling novel of new beginnings.  This newest release is the forth installment in the Blackberry Island series but can be read as a standalone.

Thirty four year old Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island after a fire destroys her business. She is grateful to have the support of her cousin Kristine Fielding but Sophie is struggling with rebuilding her  business.  Overwhelmed by starting over, she impulsively hires her twenty year
Chris Conley
How wonderful are the books Susan Mallery writes!!! I really hope we learn more about these women in upcoming Blackberry Island stories!!!
Bestseller right here!!!!!!! Love most of Susan Mallery's books and this one is no exception. It has her signature style of pulling you into the story, the characters lives, and just making you fall in love with them too!!!! Thank you to Mira Publishing for my honest review ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I picked this book because I generally enjoy Susan Mallery’s explorations of small-town sisterhood, whether those sisters are by blood or by choice. In this particular story it’s a little bit of both. And I also chose it because I was part of an Excerpt Tour for the book a couple of weeks ago, and the teaser was more than enough to make me want to read the story!

I’d say this was a story about three women whose lives have gone off the rails, but that’s not q
Stacy  Alesi
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
These three women, Kristine, Sophie, and Heather, all have interesting storylines that overlap. Heather’s mom, Amanda, is Kristine & Sophie’s first cousin. Heather is the product of a one night stand when her mother was a teenager. Amanda is one of those people who always play the victim, never admits to any wrongdoing and never, ever takes responsibility for her actions. She is completely dependent on her 18-year-old daughter for financial support and everything else. Amanda has an enormous cap ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found very connected to this story, as I have a cousin I grew up with that is more like a sister. Each character has there own conflicts, but never fail to reach out to help the other. Where is there a man like Dugan?!
Took me for ages to finish this audiobook, although that's no reflection on the book or the narrator. It was a good story of women finding themselves or not! Enjoyed it. ...more
April Ramon
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this series I would like to see it continue. Does Heather get her career does Amber finally get over herself and will Sophie heal finally. All stories that can keep going . Thank you Susan Mallery for such great stories .
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Life moved in unforeseen directions, friendships were tested, and important lessons were learned and implemented by the characters in Sisters by Choice, a new entertaining Blackberry Island novel by Susan Mallery.

Sisters by Choice brought us back to beautiful Blackberry Island where we followed three women on very different but intersecting personal journeys. Sophie, Kristine, and Heather were cousins, which could bring its own complications, but as with eve
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