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Another beauty of a story by author Susan Mallery. Daisy had a rocky relationship or rather no relationship with step sister Sage and half sister Cassidy. But when Cassidy was in an accident, she was forced to recuperate at Daisy’s home by their father.

This was an exciting, filled with layers, family drama with secrets and hidden dynamics. I loved how author Susan Mallery made me so curious about them. The characters were complex who showed me new glimpses after every few chapters.

Emotions rocked me each time a new incident occurred. What seemed so complex on the surface was even more so as I got to know them. They hated each other kids, then as new adults. But when they got to the age of responsible adults, it was entertaining to see them find their new normal.

Nobody can write relationships and family as this author could. Strength in the sisterhood was slowly forged in the pages of the book. But they were tested quite a bit.

Family was all about loving one another from the heart, not completely based on blood, and these sisters held a candle to none by the end of the book.

One of my best weekend read. Can’t go wrong with this author. Loved the book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


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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.


Publication Date: May 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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12 Responses

  1. Wonderful review Shalini. I totally agree, I don’t think anyone writes family relationship stories quite like Susan Mallery.

  2. Excellent review Shalini. You’re right, you can’t go wrong with this author. I think that I am probably the only person in the world who wasn’t approved by Netgalley for The Stepsisters.🤷‍♀️❤📚

    1. Thank you. I am sorry you got rejected. I get rejected for most books. One publisher even said since my reviews are not in English and I do not know English, they would not give me the book. I felt insulted at their racist attitude toward me and my country. At least you don’t get such horrible mails from them

    2. I can’t believe some people, Shalini! You write wonderful reviews. You could always start a booklovers movement to boycott that publisher because of the rascist attitude.

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