Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery

From the Publisher:
"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 she adores her husband and sons, she wants something for herself—a sweet little bakery just off the waterfront. She knew changing the rules wouldn’t be easy, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams.

Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather’s goals seem beyond her grasp. Every time she manages to save for college, her mother has another crisis. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?

Told with Mallery’s trademark humor and charm, Sisters by Choice is a heartfelt tale of love, family and the friendships that see us through".

My thoughts: I love a book that tells the story of women’s personal growth and this book has it with it’s three female characters. In Sisters By Choice, Sophie is a successful business owner with a habit of micro-managing and personal attachment issues. Kristine is a wife and mother of three boys who desperately wants to open her own bakery but whose husband won’t support this. Heather is a 20 year old who is torn between staying to support her single mother has been financially dependent on her since she was 16, and leaving home to attend college. The women, while related, are not sisters but care for one another as though they were.

I enjoyed the book and it held my interest throughout. I thought the antics of Heather’s mother were highly entertaining (although I felt for Heather). I loved the fact that Sophie’s business was a “cat empire” and she fostered expectant mother cats. Overall, a nice cozy read which I recommend to readers who appreciate women’s fiction.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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