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Sisters by Choice

(Blackberry Island #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  244 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
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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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
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
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.
Tiffany Foskey
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Sophie Lane’s business empire goes up in smoke- literally- she makes the decision to move back home to Blackberry Island to make a fresh beginning. The factory is easy enough to find, but finding the right staff and regaining her hard-earned confidence takes more time.

Kristine (Sophie’s cousin) married right out of school, had kids, the house with the white picket fence, a loving- mostly- husband, and a budding enterprise as a baker. She dreams of opening a bakery and running her own
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. As book 4 in this series, you don't have to read others to enjoy it, but you should because, well they're really good. And it's Susan Mallery after all. This is a nice, easy read that I was able to read in one sitting. Full of heartwarming and charming moments, even though there was a lot going on in each of the women's lives, it was still quite humorous at times as well. I liked getting to know the 3 main characters, Heather, Kristine and Sophie, and was pulling for ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
“ That’s how we make the world a better place . One person at a time.”
Sophie, Kristine , and Heather. 3 cousins living on Blackberry island. All at different changing points of their lives. Should they go , stay, reach for their dreams, dream big .
All three of them have a few trouble spots they are dealing with, ones that can and will change the direction of their lives .
Written in Susan Mallerys style. I loved the dynamic between these cousins, who are as close as sisters and the whole island
Moony MeowPoff
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
I really liked this book, we got so many different perspectives and different characters and it was very easy to follow them and i ended up liking them very fast, all of them had different flaws but that made them seem more human and likable. Well expect Amber, i really wanted to shake her hard.
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
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

When Sophie's business goes up in flames, she decides to move back to her home on Blackberry Island to start over. There, her cousin Kristine is dying to start her own business, but her husband is going to be a problem. And Heather, daughter of Sophie and Christine's cousin Amber, has been trying to escape a life built on taking care of her mother....the mother who is capable, but unwilling to take care of herself.

Beatrice Followill
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I pick up a book by this author I know I'm in for a treat .I love how she takes fun , strong willed woman with complex issues and weaves a story that is intriguing and fun to read.
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
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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 that have eluded her for so long.

Kristine has become defined by her relationship to others. She’s a wife, a mom. As much as

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.
Joanna Yates
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Susan Mallery, who resides in Seattle, is a New York Times bestselling author. She writes romance and women’s fiction books. Some of her most notable books are the “Fools Gold” series.
“Sisters By Choice” follows Mallery’s tradition style of writing. I have read nearly every book written by Susan Mallery and fallen in love with many of her characters.
“Sisters By Choice” is the fourth book in the Blackberry Island series. “Barefoot Season”, “Three Sisters” and “Evening Stars” are also part of
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This BlackBerry island Book #4 by Susan Mallery, doesnt disappoint. She captures women at their best emotions, risks, letting go and finding true freindships within each other whether they are related or not.
We meet three close knit cousins and who couldve been sisters because of their loyalty to each other.Sofie, relocates from her Los Angeles home where her booming Cat Product office business goes up in flames, and now has to move back home to BlackBerry island in WA. to relocate all over
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I was ready to go back to Blackberry Island since it had been awhile since we had visited.

I have always loved Susan's books. There were only a few I didn't really relate to and were hard to finish. This unfortunately was one of them. I won't say I didn't like, I did, it was just very hard to read.

Three cousins, Sophie, Kristine and Amber. But we also had Heather who is Amber's daughter play a big part in this book.

Sophie was owner of CK Industries. She was in LA but returned to the island when
Jan Fore
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sisters By Choice
Susan Mallery
February 11, 2020

To be honest, this was the first book that I have read in Susan Mallery’s Blackberry Island series. Because of that, it took me awhile to become familiar with the characters, the people of the island, geography, etc. I will probably return to book 1 in the series, Barefoot Season and read the first three books. Sisters by Choice highlights Sophie Lane who starts out living in Santa Clarita, California. She is the owner and CEO of CK that sells
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 ...more
Perrin Larton
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sisters by Choice. Wow, you almost have to define the issues of each one of the lead characters in this book individually. None of them are easy, but with the signature Mallery style, you find yourself relating to them in some way or another.

Sophie loses her business in a catastrophic fire and decides to relocate to her hometown, Blackberry Island, where she can rebuild with her extended family close. With her unrealistic 'micro-manager' management technique, Sophie buffaloes her way into all
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Mallery taking us back to a place we've been before, this time Blackberry Island, Washington. The strong female characters have a depth to them and we learn about them a little at a time as they interact with others or even self reflect on their lives or actions. The story ebbs and flows with lots of emotions and beautiful scenic descriptions. I liked the inclusion of the cats in the story. The book has a beautiful cover.

Sophie returns home to the island, where she still has family,
Carrie Padgett
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love opening new books by my favorites authors and a new book by Susan Mallery qualifies in every way.

SISTERS BY CHOICE is her newest and it’s my favorite read of the year so far. We return to Blackberry Island, off the coast of Washington state, in Puget Sound, and spend time with three cousins.

Sophie has just returned to the island to rebuild her cat toy/supplies business after a fire destroyed it in Southern California. She ignores helpful suggestions that she let her employees do their
Sarah I
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because her characters and her story line are believable. Her story made me laugh at times and at times it made me angry, but I really enjoyed the relationship between Sophie, Kristine and Heather. They were "Sisters by Choice" and also family!!
This Blackberry Island novel is about three cousins, Sophie, Kristine, and Heather, who are very close and always there for each other. Sophie micromanages everything, Kristine lives for her family and tries to always make them happy,
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am glad I started this book early in the evening, because putting it down was not an option. I LOVED this story, even though it is slightly different than Mallery’s normal (it is similar to her other women’s fiction books).

This story revolves around three women who are cousins, but were raised more like sisters: Sophia (owner of cat toy/food/etc. company), Kristine (housewife who longs for more), and Amber (all around hated person). There is a fourth person who is an important part of this
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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SISTERS BY CHOICE is another engaging women's fiction by Susan Mallery. Here, we follow cousins who were raised like sisters. Sophie is an internet sensation turned entrepreneur, who started with videos of her cat that she turned into a business selling cat-related products. Her offices and warehouse burned down, and so she has returned to the island to start fresh. However, she seems to be determined to get in her own way with trying to do every single job- big and small- instead of focusing on ...more
Anita Perry
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoy Susan Mallery's books because she sets her characters in believable and relatable situations. I had a hard time with some of the characters in this story.

This book is the story of Sophie, Kristine, and Heather. Sophie Lane is a self made entrepreneur who starts a cat toy business. Sophie's business has a setback when it burns down, and she relocates back to Blackberry Island to be near her cousin Kristine. Kristine is a mom who is trying to start her dream bakery,but has to balance the
Judy Christiana
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This thought provoking Women’s Fiction book is a gem! Susan Mallery is one of my favorite authors and Sisters By Choice is a prime example why she is placed on highly on favorite list. Sisters By Choice explores the lives of three women, their interaction, and the relationships they have with other people. Being a Women’s Fiction’s book, the plot is not a lightheaded story staying on the surface. The reader is invited into the true life of these women and witness all the issues they deal with.
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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. ...more

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