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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery pens a love story of a different sort…a heartfelt tale of friendship between two women who used to be sisters.

Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts—she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California.

Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.

416 pages, Paperback

First published May 25, 2021

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Susan Mallery

626 books13.3k followers
#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. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Critics have dubbed Mallery "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!" It's no wonder that her books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list.

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

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Profile Image for Jonetta.
2,163 reviews881 followers
June 7, 2021
Daisy Bosarge is a nurse anesthesiologist whose been married for twelve years and is the mother of two young children. When she was eight years old, her widowed father remarried and she gained a stepsister. Daisy was excited at the prospect of having a sibling but nine year old Sage wanted nothing to do with her and became her tormenter. Later, they shared a half sister, Cassidy, who decided to ally with Sage when she got older and ostracized Daisy, too. The relationships were permanently fractured when their father divorced Sage and Cassidy’s mother. It’s been twelve years since Daisy last saw Sage and circumstances have now reunited all three. Cassidy was injured in a climbing accident and her father arranges for her to stay with Daisy, which means Sage will be a daily visitor. Oh, and did I mention that Daisy is married to Sage’s high school boyfriend and he’s decided he needs a break but can’t define from what?

It didn’t take long for me to get drawn into this story that had all the signs of being a predictable (but juicy) soap opera. However, it also didn’t take long for me to recognize this was so much more than a salacious family drama. Each sister had layers of issues to explore that factored greatly into the dynamics of their combined relationship. While there were a few Cinderella-esque moments, this was not a retelling of that story. Daisy is a pleasing person with subtle imperfections; Sage is someone who relies on her beauty and is largely superficial, even to herself; and Cassidy is the one who fell through the cracks, forced to choose sides in order to survive.

What I loved most about this story is how it shifted my perspectives about these women at every turn. Every time I thought I had them figured out, they’d show me something different. It was lovely to see them awkwardly create a new way to relate to each other as adults and embrace being sisters. It was a gradual process that wasn’t all smooth and bump free. But that’s what made it authentic. I opted to listen to the story and the narrator delivered a strong performance for each of the main characters as well as the storytelling. She was so good I finished in one day, unable to figure out a decent stopping point. It’s a strong tale about blended families and the powerful forces that can make them work…or break them. I enjoyed this one immensely.

Posted on Blue Mood Café

(Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
Profile Image for Kay ❦.
1,879 reviews581 followers
July 31, 2021
3.5⭐
Family drama and some romance. This story is about three sisters Daisy, Sage, and Cassidy in half-sisters and ex-stepsister complicated relationship. The sisters are estranged after Daisy's father and Sage's mother divorced. The parents have one child together, Cassidy.

Oh, the drama! It can be soapy at times, but also light and fun. Perfect for a holiday, weekend read. I think it's best not to get into the details and let you eye-roll as you go. 😁 I did zone out somewhere in the middle of the story until something happens, and this event got me glued again. Family bond and forgiveness. This deserves a 3.5 star rating.
Profile Image for Lucy.
393 reviews66 followers
May 30, 2021
I've enjoyed other books by this author, and this one is no exception. It's a family drama with a twist of romance ... a perfect beach read.

Daisy and Sage became stepsisters when their parents married. Their parents then had a daughter, Cassidy. The sisters went through some trying times, especially after their parents divorced. Now as grown-ups, they're estranged from each other. An unexpected event and facing their past is what it takes for them to become sisters again.

This is a story about family, love, and starting over. The characters are flawed and storyline is unpredictable. While I didn't always like the choices the sisters made, I did enjoy their journey of self-discovery.
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1,469 reviews260 followers
May 25, 2021
I’m conflicted on this one. Definitely a love-hate story. I wanted more of the good and less of the bad, but that’s life in a nutshell. 3.5 Stars!
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Mallery takes a chance and creates characters in the story with a lot of flaws. We all have flaws. We absolutely know that. In The Stepsisters, she seems to focus on big flaws that are tough to get over.

There is a lot happening in this book. Separation, unexpected guests, people pushing others together, bad decisions, and so much more.

They were good pieces too. Sisters finding each other, learning how to get to know each other, and surprise, actually liking each other. Finding new romance. Plus. building relationships between family and others is highlighted here.

While there was a decent balance between the good stuff and the bad stuff, some parts of the book just felt kind of overwhelming and sad. A few characters I really could not connect with and that made it tough.

When all was finally settling down, more horrible decisions were made that really put a damper on the outcome of the book. Even when we get to the ending with a nice conclusion, it felt like it just wasn’t enough. I wanted more happy pieces than the messed up portions of the story.

Overall, Mallery did what she does best. She wrote a richly detailed story that connects friends and family together, shows how they can be the glue and the strength needed when crummy things happen.

Was the story entertaining? Absolutely. I’m just a sucker for the happiness.

* copy received for review consideration
* full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-stepsist...
Profile Image for Dale Harcombe.
Author 12 books288 followers
June 14, 2022
One and a half stars.
When Daisy hears from her father asking her to care for Cassidy, her half sister, who has had an accident and is badly banged up, Daisy is resistant. Especially when it means reconnecting with her stepsister Sage as well. Both Sage and Cassidy have been nasty in their younger years and ganged up in Daisy, when all Daisy wanted was their love. How is it ever going to work with them looking after Cassidy as she recovers? The situation between them became even worse with Sage after Daisy married Jordan,who had been Sage’s first young love. Since then Sage, though having been married three times, spurns the idea of love.
Esmeralda, who cares for and champions Daisy and her family, is lovely and Daisy’s kids, Krissa and Ben are very sweet.
This book could have done with a severe edit. The story seemed to me to go round in circles and over the same ground too often. This happened with Daisy and her husband Jordan who walked out, but it also happened with the relationships of Sage and Cassidy with Adam and Deasan. Even as an adult, Cassidy is still a brat but given her mother Joanne it is perhaps not surprising. Joanne is an absolute nightmare who cares nothing about her daughters and was cruel to her stepdaughter.
I struggled to relate to these women and some of the decisions they made, especially one of them. At that stage I could have thrown the book across the room. The ending to me was totally unrealistic. Some of the dialogue was banal.
This author has written a number of books and I have enjoyed some of them. But this one was not for me and I cannot recommend it, I should have just given up on it. This one to me does not ring true. It could be just me. I know some other people have loved this book. I feel like I read a totally different book. But I am equally sure there are going to be others who will enjoy it.
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1,454 reviews708 followers
June 6, 2021
4☆ An Entertaining and Engrossing Read.

Daisy and her step sister Sage have been estranged for a long time, after their parents divorced and the two never really got on! In fact Sage bullied Daisy!

So when Daisy is at the side of the road covered in her Daughter Krissa's sick, the last person she expects to drive by and save the day is Sage!

Daisy and her husband Jordan are having marital problems, when he leaves her and their two kids Ben and Krissa, to go stay in a hotel, without any explanation. Daisy is desperate to work out why he left...if only he would talk to her!

You see the reason Daisy and Sage are so estranged is because, Daisy husband was engaged to Sage when they was younger. Sage left Jordan heartbroken to go travelling. It doesn't help that was harbouring feelings for him!

Now Daisy's youngest sister Cassidy, has had an acident falling off a cliff, and their dad insists that Daisy nurses her back to health, in Daisy's home.
Despite the fact they really dont get on at all, and it doesn't help that Cassidy prefers Sage.

What could possibly go wrong!!

I loved learning all about the three sisters and how their parents relationships effected, their relationships as sisters.
All three sisters were deeply flawed by their childhood, but It was a nice to see them warming to each other and I even found myself liking Sage lol

Expect plenty of drama, laughs, Poignant Moments, scorned sisters, second chances, new relationships and a possible romance, but most importantly can the three sisters put their past behind them and move on together!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Stepsisters is was an Entertaining and Engrossing read that flowed along seamlessly. A perfect summertime read.


Thank you to Mills and Boon Insiders Team for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.





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1,182 reviews226 followers
April 26, 2021
Not my favorite Susan Mallery book. I’m definitely in the minority with my 2 star rating but this story fell flat for me and I could not connect with any of the characters. I didn’t care for any of the stepsisters nor their mother’s for that matter. Had a hard time finishing it so DNF at 50%. Just not for me. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my review.
Profile Image for Dallas Strawn.
625 reviews64 followers
June 5, 2021
Susan Mallery knows her lane...she sticks with it, and does it quite well in my opinion. Her books are very light reads, but there fun and quick and entertaining. Good beach books; and good to pass time.

I’m still a relatively new fan of hers, this is my 4th or 5th book of hers I’ve read? I’ve been reading all her new releases lately in ‘20 and ‘21; and I’ve quite enjoyed them all but I laugh when I think about how every bookstore pretty much classifies her books as romance, because they just aren’t. (Other than one use of the word erection and a brief three sentence “sexy” scene 🤣😅, this was a very clean general fiction/women’s fiction book) I hate that she often gets pigeonholed in the romance category, because she’s better than that!

4 ⭐️
Profile Image for Judy.
1,033 reviews
May 14, 2021
Susan Mallery casts characters so well and I fell into this book and for some reason, just wanted it to keep going - I was enjoying it so much. The books in about family, sisters, relationships, jealousy, and love. Families are complicated and this one is no different. There are hurts that run deep, that arise over and over to influence actions.

There are three stepsisters involved here: Daisy, Sage, and Cassidy, and the interactions are so interesting I was fascinated. How pain suffered in childhood carried over to adulthood. How things your parent told you influences your perception. I think I liked best how Daisy and Sage, despite their differences, came together to help Cassidy. There are some very flawed men in the book too. All in all an absorbing and interesting read.

Thanks to HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) through Netgalley for an advance copy.
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543 reviews688 followers
March 19, 2022
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I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery! Huge thank you to the team at Mills and Boon, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Synopsis:

When Daisy’s dad married Sage’s mum, Daisy was thrilled to get a new sister. Except Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

As a young girl, Sage found herself living in a palatial home where she didn’t belong. Intimidated by her new sister’s intelligence she used her popularity to put Daisy down. After their parents’ divorced, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled to Europe.

Years later, Daisy never expects – or wants – to see Sage again. But brought together by an accident involving the little sister they have in common they must learn to put aside their differences. Slowly the stepsisters begin to view the past through one another’s eyes and long buried secrets are revealed. Until their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences…



My Thoughts:

When I heard about the author, I knew I have heard that name before and I thought I have read some of her books. It turns out, I have “The Friendship List” in my library, but I haven’t read it yet. As soon as I finished “The Stepsisters”, I was full of regret that I haven’t read the other one as well. That is about to change soon.

The Stepsisters is such a relaxing novel, in the sense that it provides a certain sense of comfort while you’re reading it. I found myself flying through the pages. The stories intrigued me and every chapter ended with me wanting to read a little bit more. The beginning was a bit hard for me to get into. It felt like a lot of characters were introduced very quickly. However, as soon as you get through the introductory part, everything goes smoothly.

Even though the synopsis focuses on the two sisters, Sage and Daisy, we also have the third sister – Cassidy. All three sisters have different qualities, and even though for some time, they were all living in the same household, they all have different experiences growing up. Sage and Cassidy were always close to each other. Sage bullied Daisy, which led to Cassidy also hating Daisy, with no real reason. And all of these feelings somehow stayed with them in the years to come, creating a very complex and fragile relationship between the three of them. Throughout the book, circumstances will make them cross paths again. This will give them a change to rekindle their relationship and either change or stay the same.

I really enjoyed the story as a whole.

The relationship between the stepsisters really intrigued me. I loved how their differences were explored, alongside with their opinions and past and current choices in life. However, there were a few things I didn’t enjoy, such as the random racist accusation that was thrown, and how both stepsisters handled this issue. It left me very confused. The other part was Sage’s story, and how it ended. For what she did and the people she hurt in the process, forgiveness shouldn’t have been served to her on a plate. There should have been a bigger road to redemption, and it’s just not a reality that I believe in.

To conclude, The Stepsisters is a very good choice of a book to dive into this summer. The variety in characters and their storylines, as well as the relatively small chapters will definitely keep you hooked and entertained.
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1,218 reviews171 followers
June 15, 2021
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery tells the story of Daisy, Sage and Cassidy. Sage and Daisy were stepsisters who despise each other. They have nothing in common except for their half sister Cassidy. Sage and Cassidy were close, leaving Daisy out in the cold. Their relationship was further affected when Daisy and Cassidy’s dad divorced Sage and Cassidy’s mom. 

Eighteen years have passed with no form of communication between the sisters. However, unforeseen circumstances will lead to a reunion forcing them to confront their issues. A situation which resulted in restoration of their relationship. 

Throughout the story, Daisy portrayed an inner strength one could only admire. It could not have been easy. Welcoming back Sage and Cassidy into her life despite the way they treated her in the past, but she did it anyway. To know their return coincided with her husband’s (Jordan) decision to leave the matrimonial home must have been a bitter pill to swallow. Especially given the history between Sage and Jordan.

I admired her willingness to fight for her marriage. My  respect for her went up a notch at her willingness to acknowledge her role in the breakdown of her marriage. Although, I have to say I found her husband to be weak and pathetic. He took pleasure in playing the blame game. Also, his many attempts in making everything about him revealed his selfish nature. I wasn’t too fond of Sage and Cassidy in the initial stages, but they grew on me as the story progressed. 

Each of the sisters went through a phase of acknowledgement, acceptance, healing, and forgiveness. They encountered many bumps on their journey through these phases. Their love for each other proved more powerful than any of these bumps. 

The story captivated me and kept me entertained from start to finish. Drama and tension flowed from the pages. The Stepsisters proved to be a powerful read. It delivered an interesting story about sisterhood, family, love, healing, and forgiveness. Mallery did a wonderful job of capturing the intricacies of siblings, marriage, and blended families.  

Overall. a wonderful story and one I recommend to fans of both the author and the genre.This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading
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245 reviews7 followers
July 14, 2021
I do not understand why this book is rated a 4.11. I love a good romance/beach/easy read, but this one was just out of control in a bad way. For one, the characters were pretty despicable. I do not get why Daisy forgave Sage. If my SISTER (albeit step sister) did that to me, I would not be ok.

Jordan was awful. I just wish he wasn't in the story. I wanted this story to focus more on female empowerment and the strong bonds between women. But, I feel like Jordan's role did not move the message or themes forward. He was just a loser who needed to get over himself.

The reason why I rated this book a 2 and not a 1 is because even though I detested the story, I still wanted to finish it. Usually, when I rate a book one star, it is based on the feeling that it would be a "do not finish", but I just finished it anyway. Overall, skip skip skip. Not sure why it is rated above 4 stars. I listened to it as an audiobook, and it was definitely easy to follow. But, do not waste your time on this one.
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1,109 reviews183 followers
May 27, 2021
Holy cow, THE STEPSISTERS is one crazy story! There are three stepsisters involved here: Daisy, Sage, and Cassidy, and the way they interact with eachother was so interesting I was instantly hooked. I have two sisters so I totally understood some of the feelings they had. These three sisters couldn’t be more different but they are about to find out just how strong their sister bond is. The three slowly put the past behind them and explore where it all went wrong and come out stronger than before. Be prepared to be on quite the emotional rollercoaster while reading!

THE STEPSISTERS is exactly why I love Susan Mallery’s books. She had me sad on one page and giggling out loud on the next. This story is all about family and the past and the life lessons are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to these three sisters and all the secondary characters. THE STEPSISTERS is a perfect story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down!

In THE STEPSISTERS, all of the characters are very interesting and believable, so much so that I felt as if I’ve known them for a long time. I love how Susan Mallery does that to me each and every time. She has me longing to find friends just like her characters. There are times of laughter, heartache, anger, sadness, and joy and everything that comes in-between. There is so much heart in Susan’s writing that I was left with a huge smile on my face and my heart happy. Susan Mallery is the queen of writing heartfelt stories about sisters and family drama. If you are looking for a quick, family drama story, you can’t go wrong with THE STEPSISTERS!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Mira through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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190 reviews3 followers
May 12, 2021
While The Stepsisters could have been a sweet story about sisterly love, it was packed with misogyny and selfish stepsisters.

At first, I didn't like either Cassidy or Sage. Just as Sage was finally starting to redeem herself, she did something despicable, especially to her stepsister. I'd never have been able to invite someone who had betrayed me so terribly to live in my house, but you do you I guess. Esmerelda perfectly sums it up: "You're a bad person. I thought you'd changed, but I was wrong. Go away."

One character that really bothered me was Adam. Though Sage seems to view him as perfect, his actions make him seem like a creep. Keep in mind that at no point during these quotes are they together.
She smiled, then squinted slightly at the rear view of her mom's house. "Is that my bedroom?"
"It is."
She faced him. "You can see into my bedroom?"
"I can, and while I'm more mature now, I will admit that as a teenager, seeing into your bedroom was always the highlight of my night."
She thought about how many hours she'd spent there, doing homework, talking to her friends, changing her clothes.
She swung her head between him and the window. "You were spying on me?"
"And desperately hoping you'd take off your clothes."
"Did I?"
"Sometimes." He leaned back in his chair. "Those were the days. You were my favorite masturbation fantasy."
Later down the page:
"So you've seen me naked."
Something flashed through his eyes. "Not in a long time, but yes."
"I'm not sure how I feel about that."
"Flattered?" he asked hopefully. "You're very beautiful. The next naked woman I saw was much less impressive.
About a hundred pages later:
"You're killing me, Sage."
She sat up and saw Adam standing by the low fence between their yards.
"How am I supposed to concentrate when you're doing Pilates ten feet away?"
She grinned. "You were inside. I didn't think you'd notice."
He chuckled."Do I look dead? I don't feel dead. Can you work out in the house?"
"There's no room. Besides, I'm completely covered."
"You're wearing a tight tank top and leggings. I can see everything. It's cruel. Take a class. Please"
I don't normally quote large chunks of books, especially from an ARC, but I feel like they get the point across more than I can. He spied on her, saw her naked when she was underage. Then, he has the nerve to ask her to cover up because her exercising in her own backyard is distracting him.

Adam isn't the only instance of a shitty man in this book. Throughout the book, Jordan, Daisy's husband who left her in a text, continues to insist that everything is her fault, that she doesn't love him or care about him. He's annoyed that she doesn't buy him clothes anymore, but when Daisy points out that he doesn't show any small acts of love for her, he insists he was just trying to see if she'd notice. Not only that, but he asserts that her actions as she tries to care for her children are "emasculating," making him feel as if he is "not the man" at the mention of him talking to her father. Ugh. Even as Daisy tries to talk and work out their problems, his only response is "I hate it when you're a bitch."

The language in the narration was a tad concerning as well. I truly asked if this book was written by a man when I read the words "modest curves" and "nipples tightening." For some reason, I don't think the intention of this book was to make me gayer, but it certainly did not make men seem appealing at all.

All that being said, I was happier with Cassidy's character development. She was the one who had a reason (however misguided it was) to hate Daisy in the first place and did finally seem to grow up and learn her lesson.

*I won a free physical ARC of this book in a #GoodreadsGiveaway and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.*
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2,172 reviews64 followers
May 27, 2021
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I’m a huge fan of Susan Mallery she is my favourite authors that I can always rely on to give me a delicious unputdownable story. I adore every book multi-million copy selling author Susan Mallery writes.

Susan Mallery writes lovely romance, fiction Chick Lit.

I love the how Susan Mallery creates the stepsisters messy relationship tackling a stepsister who feels intimidated, upset hiding in the shadows of their stepsister’s popularity, and adjusting them all to where loyalty should connect as a family.

The chapters are woven between two families sweeping together bringing three stepsisters Daisy Sage and Cassidy who are having family issues, that builds up in the centre of the plot.

Given that they were sisters, you would assume that Daisy and Cassidy would stay in touch with one another but although they shared the same father they hadn’t never been close.

When Daisy is thirty-six her father is still ordering her to look after her Stepsister, Cassidy after she had an terrible accident, and to let Sage know about Cassidy’s accident. It will mean that Cassidy will be airlifted from Patagonia, with her suffering and pain she will need convalescence. Daisy’s emotions are running high as she wanted to think her stepsister had changed, but something at the back of her mind was doubtful.

Will this tragic accident bring the stepsisters back closer together or will it end in a mistake the stepsisters back in the same house?

I highly recommend The Stepsisters as it takes readers on a journey where past mistakes have taken place, that takes an accident to give them all the opportunity to help each other put things right, and who’s better to mend a broken heart than your sister !
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1,649 reviews115 followers
June 8, 2021


Chic-lit is usually not my chosen genre, and when I do, it is always Southern chic-lit. However, I put this on my TBR list with a bunch of similar titles, 'The Wife upstairs', The Good Sister; The Downstairs Neighbor; The Mothers"... you get the picture of a group of family relation reads. Sort of a title grouping thing I do and then get surprised when the book is different than I think. So on to the review!

I wish I remembered what I thought when I first started the book, it was sure catchy, but I can't seem to recall it. But, Mallery's book is light reading and while it has those snarky moments there is something below the surface that appeals to women. The need to accept and forgive mistakes, to not hold judgment, and to never, never give up that things will get better. There are the multi-elements of love and the various strands of love that span boyfriends, husbands, children, parents, sibs, and chosen sibs. Overall, I would say that Mallery has a winner of sorts here as all of the boxes are ticked off, and it is a fun read as well.

So, the story reminded me of Cinderella's story, with a rich widow doctor with a daughter (Daisy) who marries the beautiful woman (fortune hunter) with a daughter (Sage). The stepsister is everything Cinderella-like, except she is even at 9, quite a convening child and mean to Daisy, both in the house and at school. Daisy, chubby and bookish, is the brunt of all jokes and meanness and absorbs it all. Then the divorce and everyone goes their own way. Meanwhile, like the Bradys, another child pops up (Cassidy) who is the little sister to both Sage and Daisy, thus tying them together for the rest of their life.

Now years later,
1. Daisy is married to Sage's high school flame with two children and a crumbling marriage;
2. Sage is back from Europe where she has been since high school jumping from one marriage to the next; and
3. Cassidy, a travel writer has fallen off of a mountain and is injured, and needs all of her family to help her.

So circumstances throw the girls together as adults and of course, toss in the wicked stepmother, a good-looking neighbor, and a guy anxious to marry one of the girls, and the whole mess is stirred to a Chic-lit high jinx sure to entertain. It is a 3.6 read rounded up to 4 for fun.

4 stars

Happy Reading!
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Author 47 books1,624 followers
April 17, 2021
Blended families come with their own sets of problems and drama. That’s more than evident in Mallery’s new book THE STEPSISTERS.

Daisy, Sage, and Cassidy.

Sage’s mom married Daisy’s dad and that new stepmom had Cassidy. Confusing? Not really. What was a tad confusing to me was the animosity Sage and Cassidy felt for Daisy while they were growing up.

Now all three are adults. They haven’t seen one another is almost 20 years. The old hurts, issues, and dramas unfold when they three of them are thrust together when all 3 are at a crossroads in their lives.

Daisy’s marriage is failing and she has no idea why.
Sage is a serial bride, and now has no one.
Cassidy is emotionally stunted and untrusting.

Not exactly the family you most want to be in.

The story was sound, the characters were, mostly okay. Although the stepmom Joanne, and Daisy’s husband Jordan were horrible people. But I think they were supposed to be for the storyline.

Another solid Mallery book. Thanks to netgalley for a sneak peak. 4 stars.
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1,158 reviews6 followers
June 15, 2021
This book was long, slow, and tedious. The story probably would have been much better if 100-200 pages shorter, along with a different ending. Even though the book drudged along, I was planning to give it three stars, but then the ending happened. I have no idea what the author was thinking.
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1,794 reviews1,851 followers
May 20, 2021
I’m a longtime fan of the author and have completely enjoyed reading her books in print, but a few months ago I decided to try the audio version of another book of hers and absolutely loved the narrator, Tanya Eby. When I got the chance to have an early listen of The Stepsisters it was a no brainer, Tanya is an incredible narrator and really brings the characters Susan creates to life. She has such an engaging quality in her voice, if you’re an audiobook listener this was fantastic!

I loved the premise here, the messiness of these women’s complex family dynamics appealed to me so much. You have Daisy who is dealing with a troubled marriage, her ex stepsister Sage, who has more issues than I can get into here, and then their half sister, Cassidy who had an accident and needs their help. The idea of dealing with ex family members who you have a troubled past relationship with sounds like a nightmare but wow did it make for some pretty amusing reading! I didn’t grow up with step siblings but I can’t imagine reuniting as adults who aren’t even really related anymore and then trying to unpack old issues and problems, just sounds awful but I liked witnessing these characters work through things. No one writes complex family dramas like the author and if you like messy families as much as I do check this one out. This felt a little sharper and more edgy than the authors previous books and I am here for it. Give me some catty women, drama and people behaving badly as a summer read and I’m all in.
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1,437 reviews237 followers
May 29, 2021
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery is a book about sisters. Daisy and Sage are stepsisters, Daisy and Cassidy are half sisters as are Cassidy and Sage. A little complicated but not really. Their relationships with each other didn't get off to the best of starts.  All thanks really to a mother figure who wasn't that great at being a mother.

When Cassidy ends up at Daisy's house after a bad accident, the three sisters have a second chance to discover what being sisters could mean. It is a rather pitted path, fraught with hiccups, very poor decisions and the need to stretch and grow on all their parts.

Daisy's marriage has hit a rough spot and I have to say I really had no sympathy for the inept, complaining husband who projected all his feelings onto Daisy was one of two unlikeable characters in this story.  

Each of the women grows considerably in the course of the story, and each finds a satisfying way forward. They change because they communicate with each other, they hang in there and recognise where they got things wrong.  They discover a friendship and a supportive base that would I imagine sustain them for the rest of their lives.
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June 12, 2021
What happens when a blended family fails? That is what has happened in the case of Sage, Daisy and Cassidy. Sage and Daisy's parents married but Sage and Daisy did not grow especially close, especially when the parents divorced. Even though they were rather yong children, Daisy and Sage never got along, even though they eventually shared a half-sister named Cassidy. Interestingly, Sage and Cassidy were quite close, despite their age differnce and the fact that their parents divorced. Three sisters, step and half, truly affected by divorce.

They are all adults now and Cassidy has been seriously injured in a climbing accident. Cassidy is the apple of her and Daisy's father's eye, and he pleads with Daisy to allow Cassidy to stay with her until she recovers. This proves to be a challenge for more reasons than one. For starters, Cassidy hates Daisy. What is more is years previously, Daisy married the man Sage fell in love with. Though now seperated, this only alienated Daisy and Sage even more. But with Sage and Cassidy so close, Sage becomes a daily visitor at Daisy's house.

Three sisters and with all of this drama you might feel you might get lost in the story. No worries. Each sister is different, as are their individual lives. Daisy is now recently seoa single mom to two children, Sage Cassidy has been living abroad, but has recently returned home due to seeing about her mother. And Sage is a travel writer, and travels constantly. Due to miles away from another and a difficult childhood, the sisters have become estranged.

Now that Daisy has but to choice to accomodate Cassidy, Sage spends far too much time at Daisy's house. In fact, the two had not seen each other for twelve years, and now they have to face each other on a daily basis. Drama, tension, a painful past, problems about Daisy's marriage and more are explored in this engaging read by Susan Mallory. Is Cassidy's accident going to be the catalyst to burying the past and starting over? Have the hurts the relationships among the sisters been too much to overcome, or will their relationships suffer even more, completely building higher walls than any of them can overcome?

None of the sisters is the ideal character in this story. They each have their own flaws, but what they are is human, and human enough to perhaps have room in their hearts for forgiveness - and moving forward? Well, you will just have to read this book to see how the sisters cope with their changing circumstances and if the power of forgiveness weilds a strong enough influence.

Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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1,521 reviews30 followers
July 6, 2021
Told with the signature wit of the author as well as her understanding of and sympathy for her characters, this book delved deeply into the broken family relationships that seem unable to be repaired. Daisy is a trust fund baby with a big home, the undying love of her father and a job that she enjoys. Sage is beautiful, well traveled and has already looked for love in all the wrong places so she has returned home. And Cassidy, the adventurer, returns home unexpectedly and reluctantly when she has an accident on one of her adventures. All three stepsisters are thrown together into a book that reads like a movie. With plenty of romance and family drama, this book captured my imagination and my heart. I think that anyone who reads it will have a character with whom they can identify. For me, it was Daisy, the one who is misunderstood and who just wants love and acceptance in a world where judgment seems to come first. I liked all of the main characters, actually, even Cassidy who is the youngest but who also spouts gems of wisdom at the most unlikely moments. These siblings didn’t get along growing up, but they seem to bond together when another is threatened by anything and that just touched my heart. When Daisy’s husband Jordan leaves her, her world is upended and she seeks solace in a bottle but finds it in her sisters and their advice. Sage is stuck with her self-centered mother who has no love for Daisy and little love for Sage. She just wants to find a rich man and ride off into the sunset with him. Cassidy, meanwhile, is terrified of committing to any kind of relationship and needs to see for herself how families really work. She forms a bond with Daisy’s two children and helps Daisy in surprising ways. I loved the well-written story, with all of its many little side trips to explain the relationships. But mostly, I loved the humor in the story that was just what I needed. Yes, there was plenty of drama, too, but the humor made the story so much fun to read. The book was engaging and totally entertaining and I look forward someday to seeing a movie featuring this title and these characters. Fans of family, romance and a theme of forgiveness will definitely want to pick up this book and will enjoy its journey to restoration.
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158 reviews38 followers
June 16, 2021
I’m giving spoilers for this book simple because I probably would never personally recommend it to anyone. Not that it was “bad”, so to speak, but simply not “good.”

The husband was insufferable, arrogant, and down right childish… which would have been acceptable except there was no real lead up to the true breakdown except for the author trying to explain it all towards the end. And I know family trumps everything but I found this whole situation unbelievable and a little too unrealistic for me.

One sister marries her step-sister’s ex-fiance (which the book never really addresses how dirty this was from the beginning. The author acted like this was just a thing). Step sister eventually sleeps with her ex, who is now her sister’s husband (the insufferable one). Surprise surprise.

Not to mention the really unnecessary and way too dramatic “drama” going on with Cassidy and her *gasp* *whispers* “black” boyfriend.

Then the picture perfect all is forgiven closure moment.

Thats it. Thats the entire book, guys. Lol
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456 reviews6 followers
March 29, 2021
This is a story of family and working through adversity. Three women, Daisy, Cassidy, and Sage have strained relationship with each other. When they each face hardships, will they pull together or drift farther apart? This was a story of courage, love, and hope. I enjoyed watching how the women handled the circumstances that came their way.
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4,023 reviews60 followers
May 31, 2021
Susan Mallery is back again with a new novel, The Stepsisters. It's a love story, but probably not the sort you're expecting – it's about the love between friends.

There was a time when Daisy was thrilled about the idea of getting a sister (stepsister, whatever). But then she actually met Sage. Sage was everything that Daisy was not, beautiful, popular, confident; you name it.

Meanwhile, Sage always knew that she was never going to be as bright as Daisy. She struck at Daisy however she could, and her ferocity was returned with enthusiasm. When their parents finally set to divorce, you would have thought that would be the end of it. You'd be wrong.

I am blown away by the characters that Susan Mallery defined in The Stepsisters. They felt so human, with real hopes, dreams, and, yes, flaws. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking all in one, and I have to respect that!

That being said, I can kind of see this being a novel that people will either love or hate. It's going to depend at least partially on your personal experiences. Take me, I'm an only child, and thus I've always had a fondness for the idea of siblings (something that I'm sure would have changed had I had to deal with another one of me all the time).

What I loved the most about this novel is how realistic it is. No, not necessarily the circumstances or any of that. But how long our actions and words can linger. Both Daisy and Sage were truly traumatized from the actions of the other, and that carried them into their adulthood. Mallery was able to perfectly portray this painful truth, and it made their story all the more potent because of it.

This was my first time reading anything by Susan Mallery, but I have to say that I am extremely impressed by what I found here. I'm going to have to go through her backlog sometime and see what else catches my fancy.

Thanks to MIRA and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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5,710 reviews122 followers
June 29, 2021
I really enjoy Susan Mallery's writing and when this book was offered for review, I grabbed it. Once again, she has penned a book of family, relationships, friendships, second chances, forgiveness and self-reflection. Daisy and her step-sister Sage have been estranged for a long time. When their parents were together, Sage bullied Daisy and made her life miserable, especially at school. After their parents divorced the two, who never really got along, never kept in touch. Daisy's dad knew what was happening in Sage's life and tried to keep Daisy filled in. The other sister in this trio is Cassidy. She is the child of Daisy's dad and Sage's mom, but when the marriage broke up, Cassidy went to live with her mom, who poisoned her relationship with lies about Daisy. Now, years later, Cassidy was injured in a fall off a mountain and their dad arranged for her to come and stay in the family home while she heals. The problem is that the family home is now Daisy's home. As well, Sage has returned, fresh from her most recent divorce with plans to remain in California. Not only is Daisy having to deal with the reappearance of these two "sisters" but she and her husband are having issues and he has moved out. How much can one person take?

This was a very interesting and enjoyable story. It was easy to see that Sage's mother is an insecure woman, who was nasty to Daisy. She was so jealous of her that she wasn't going to be happy unless her two daughters hated her as well. It was terrible what she did to their relationships. The fallout of the marriage caused all three girls to take different paths in life. Sage headed to Europe where she married three different men, none making her happy. Cassidy became a travel writer who was afraid to commit to a relationship, and Daisy married Sage's ex-fiancé, had a great job and was the mother to two wonderful children. I loved the sisters (at least at the end) and I began to see why Daisy and Sage's mom did some of the things she did, but she still rubbed me the wrong way. I did enjoy the way their dad orchestrated a lot of their reconciliation. Then there is Jordan, such a selfish, narcissistic person that I think Daisy is better off without him. As the three sisters are brought together they begin to talk and learn about each other's feelings. Opening up to one another about their past and the feelings they had, allowed them to put themselves in each other's shoes. I loved seeing how Daisy's children were a huge part of that reconciliation. There is plenty of drama, some laughs, touching scenes, second chances/new beginnings and some rekindled relationships that could bring on a true romance. I definitely recommend this one.

I did a read/listen with this book and really enjoyed the narration by Tanya Eby. There are times that her voice is a bit saccharine, but for the most part, her voice, expression and emotion bring this story to life. An enjoyable listen. The publisher generously provide me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
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173 reviews3 followers
May 19, 2021
*I received this book as an Uncorrected Proof.* Without going into detail, Sage Vitale is my maiden last name....this is very exciting for me!

This book was interesting with a "raise your eyebrows" take on mixed families. The sisters (One step; the other half) Daisy, Sage and Cassidy definitely have a complicated relationship that veered towards heartbreak and bittersweet. I was fascinated with the life style in Bel-Air. Who knew?!

The elephant in the room is Joanne. I would have liked to have seen this 'master manipulator of family destruction' called out. She wanted her daughter Sage to be on her level of shallowness, so she "tested" Sage, that ended with near disastrous results. Needless to say, I was surprised with the ending, but that's what happens when you have formed a tight family circle.

The storyline and circumstances almost felt like a departure of Susan's regular writing style because the content was almost cut throat, knife sharp.....but I am okay with that. This is now one my Top Susan's Books!
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1,030 reviews1,358 followers
May 14, 2021
FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON JUNE 18.

All it takes is a family emergency to bring people back together, right?

We follow three sisters as they try to reconnect with each other and realize they did miss a lot over the years.

A lot of family drama, but it was a pleasant read with likable characters.

Women’s fiction fans will enjoy this book along with anyone who needs to take a look at their family and personal relationships to see just how important they are.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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