Daughters of the Bride

daughtersAuthor: Susan Mallery

Publisher: Harlequin

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: With Joy, Love, and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You To the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother’s.

Courtney ~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

Sienna ~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say “I do” even if she’s not sure she does?

Rachel ~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom’s wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after.

A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!

 

Review: What can  I say about Susan Mallery’s writing that hasn’t been said before–and even by me! I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read of hers, but this story encapsulated so much drama onto so few pages! There were almost four love stories spilling out, and we got to share the most intensely with the three daughters. And it was funny and charming how it played out…but no spoilers here!
I really felt for the mother, Maggie. She’d had a hard life when her husband had died, leaving her with three little girls under ten and no savings or work skills. She’d had to pull herself up by the bootstraps and take over his accounting business, learning as she went. Unfortunately, the collateral damage had been her relationships with her daughters–who never felt like she was there for them, especially the youngest, Courtney.
The three daughters had all kinds of different issues. Rachel, the oldest, had control issues. Stepping in as a mother to her younger siblings when their Mom had to go to work full-time had been daunting for her at nine; she’d never really stopped doing it. She’d felt like the adult in her marriage to her high school sweetheart Greg–it was like she was always doing the work and never complaining because…how could she? She was supposed to be the big girl and help out. But why didn’t anyone help her?
Sienna is the mystery card in this for me. I really liked her job and what she was doing with her life, but who she ended up with? Weird. I kept hoping she’d realize that.
And Courtney–loved her. She’d been the one who’d suffered the most from her mother’s absence. She’d grown and changed so much, but would her mother and sister ever see it? Or would she always be “pulling a Courtney” and never get their respect?
I really enjoyed this book, but I have to do a little shout-out to Susan for including Gracie! I loved her book Falling for Gracie and if you’re a romantic like me, you’ll go and read it after this!

About Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit her online at http://www.SusanMallery.com.

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