Sisters Like Us
by Mallery, Susan

Despite dealing with the chaos caused by her live-in mother, her virtual-assistant business, her rebellious teenage daughter, and her pregnant sister, Harper cant help entertaining the notion that a handsome client who keeps coming around may be for her.

Bunny has old-fashioned ideas about what it means to be a wife and mother. Her beliefs put a strain on her relationships with her daughters, Harper and Stacey. Recently divorced Harper has to work for the first time in her life in order to keep a roof over the heads of her and her teenage daughter. She's started a virtual-assistant business that's brought in several clients, including Lucas, a sexy cop in his 50s with a penchant for younger women. Stacey, on the other hand, really only feels at home in her lab, where she is researching a cure for multiple sclerosis, or with her husband. She's six months pregnant and has yet to tell her mother. She's concerned that she won't feel a connection to her child, and even more worried about telling her mother that her husband will be a stay-at-home dad. Though the story feels a bit too long and the ending a bit too rushed, fans of Mallery's Mischief Bay series (beginning with The Girls of Mischief Bay, 2015) will enjoy this fourth entry, which explores the congenial relationship between the sisters and the growing relationship between Harper and Lucas. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Two very different sisters deal with children, relationships, and their overbearing mother in the latest entry in Mallery's Mischief Bay series (A Million Little Things, 2017, etc.).Harper Szymanski and Stacey Bloom may be sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Harper married young, had a child, and dedicated her life to crafting, cooking, and decorating. Stacey researches multiple sclerosis and really only feels at home in her lab or with her husband, Kit. But both sisters are dealing with some unexpected blows. After divorcing her cheating husband, Harper is left with a teenage daughter and a house she can barely afford. For the first time in her life, she has to earn a living. And while she's good at running her virtual assistant business, it isn't quite paying the bills. She also has to deal with her client Lucas, an attractive cop in his 50s who dates much younger women. Meanwhile, Stacey is six months pregnant and consumed by the fear that she'll be a terrible mo ther. She's never felt like the other women in her family, and she's afraid she won't be able to feel a connection to her baby. Both women have to deal with their bossy mother, Bunny, who thinks all women should focus on their families and be subservient to their husbands. Although the relationships between the female characters are central to the story, Lucas and Harper's relationship has the most spark. It's clear that they're going to end up together, and it's fun watching their back and forth. Unfortunately, their happily-ever-after is hurried and not completely satisfying. At around 400 pages, the story feels too long and a little repetitive at times—Harper's fears of motherhood and Bunny's overbearing nature are brought up often. Overall, though, it's refreshing to see sisters who get along in fiction; Harper and Stacey always support each other no matter what drama happens in their personal and professional lives. Mallery's fans will no doubt love the chance to r evisit Mischief Bay. An emotional and humorous look at the bonds between the women in an endearingly flawed family. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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