California Girls

California Girls

by Susan Mallery

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ISBN-13: 9781488088612
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 648
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives—family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

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California Girls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I loved this story. The emotion and heartbreak and joy is wonderful. It kept me reading about each sister and feelingall the love and frustration they each went thru. It was terrific.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Excellent and typical well-done Susan Mallery!
Emma Manoils 18 days ago
This was my first book written by this author and I'm comfortable with it being my last. The basic plot was fine and enjoyable enough, but the characters often felt like caricatures. Talk about over-the-top ridiculous reactions. One minor character decides she can't be friends with another character because that character decides to be a surrogate. The mother and the father never seem to have a normal reaction to anything. So much just wasn't believable and I prefer my realistic fiction to be a tad more realistic. If you are willing to completely suspend your belief in what is and is not normal behavior then you may really enjoy this book.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Intriguing plot
Ginaboop 23 days ago
Susan Mallery is one of my favorite authors. Her books always have me hooked from beginning to end and this one does not disappoint. A beautiful story of how three sisters deal with the challenges and changes in their lives and the true men who stand by them. Way to go Susan!
Nanna51 26 days ago
A fun and lovable romance with lots of action! Three sisters all dumped and all have to pull themselves up and make better choices for their lives. FInola was dumped by her husband just before they were to leave on a special trip to Hawaii. Ali was dumped by her fiancé two weeks before the wedding, and Zennie was dumped by her long time go-to date. Zennie has to make the decision about whether to be a surrogate or not. Ali has to find a new place to live and pay off all of the costs of the wedding. And FInola has to learn how to live without her husband and with her career. Excellent book!
Nanna51 26 days ago
A fun and lovable romance with lots of action! Three sisters all dumped and all have to pull themselves up and make better choices for their lives. FInola was dumped by her husband just before they were to leave on a special trip to Hawaii. Ali was dumped by her fiancé two weeks before the wedding, and Zennie was dumped by her long time go-to date. Zennie has to make the decision about whether to be a surrogate or not. Ali has to find a new place to live and pay off all of the costs of the wedding. And FInola has to learn how to live without her husband and with her career. Excellent book!
lindyLW 28 days ago
This book was so enjoyable. About the lives of three girls, their lives touched your heart. A book you couldn`t put down. Susan is a great writer, I have read her books for years and as soon as I see one of her books coming out I order it. I know you will enjoy it as I did
Anonymous 29 days ago
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RomanticReadsandSuch 3 months ago
Mallery’s newest is definitely more women’s fiction than romance, so you need to be prepared for time spent with the sisters but hardly any with their respective men. Well, two of the sisters – one of them definitely has a bit more of a love story going on, without shortchanging any of her personal growth and development. There is a new(ish) man in Ali’s life and he helps her see herself differently. She listens and learns and finds her true self buried behind years of doubt. I really like the woman she becomes and where her life is heading. Finola has to do a lot of self-evaluation. With the betrayal by her husband it is easy to lay the blame totally on him but every relationship has two people in it. No one wants to hear that some of the fault is their’s when a spouse cheats and Finola is no different. But time and a few tough conversations has her looking at herself and exactly how much she’s invested in the people around her. Zennie is probably the hardest for me to connect to. I get where she’s coming from and really you can’t understand what pregnancy does to you until you actually experience it (man, those hormones!), but it’s such a unique situation. I did enjoy how Mallery explores, at least for a while, the idea that not everyone wants or needs to be coupled up. That is the most interesting part of Zennie’s story – her comfort with her life as it is, with friends, family, work, and hobbies. My only real complaint is that, with three sisters all having a big part of the story, there is a lot of back and forth between them. It is kinda hard to really get into one part of it knowing you are going to be pulled out and into another. After a while I got used to it but I don’t think that I was ever fully able to commit. Charm, though, is always a mainstay of Mallery’s stories and this one is no different. There is plenty to smile about but she also delivers on the harder emotions as the sisters evaluate themselves and their lives. It’s not easy when you have to face your shortcomings but these women manage to come out of it stronger. **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
Firebird28 4 months ago
Three sisters, three different personalities, in three different stages of life professionally. While I wouldn't say that this is one of my favorite books by the author, it is well written and I enjoyed seeing how the sisters dealt with the turmoil within their own personal lives as well as how they helped each other out - even if they may not have understood the different choices. I also enjoyed seeing how each of the sisters grew (dare one say, grew up?) within themselves and learned about themselves through what happened to them. Hope to see more of them in the future (and maybe grow to like the setting and characters more).
MelissaReadsManyBooks 4 months ago
When three sisters all become single at the same time, it's a chance for them to bond closer together as they start over. All three breakups are significantly different, but Finola and Ali have a much harder road to travel than Zennie, who wasn't all that excited to be seeing someone anyway. I truly felt for Finola, who not only had to deal with her husband's shocking news, but she had to do it in the public eye. The first chapter was just heartrending! I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters, especially as they changed towards the end. It's easy to get wrapped up in your own world and lose that connection. This was a standalone book, but I hope we get a glimpse of these characters in another novel, to see where they go from here. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has a sister, or anyone who's had heartbreak in their lives.
amyjo4AA 4 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but by the middle I was hooked. Three sisters get dumped in the same week and have to come to terms with building their new lives. There is anger, heartache, laughter and a coming into oneself ending for each sister. Great story.
amyjo4AA 4 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but by the middle I was hooked. Three sisters get dumped in the same week and have to come to terms with building their new lives. There is anger, heartache, laughter and a coming into oneself ending for each sister. Great story.
TRATLE 4 months ago
Sisters, the Men Who Love Them, and the Idiots Who Lose Them Susan Mallery’s newest novel, California Girls is a complex blending of three sister’s separate lives into a single storyline. Finola, the eldest sister, Zennie, the middle, and Ali, the youngest each experience a break-up during the same weekend which significantly alters their lives. Finola has her perfect life fall apart on live television. After her date walks out, Zennie finds herself and devotes her time to helping her best friend. Finally, Ali picks up the pieces after her fiancé’s brother tells her to cancel the wedding because her fiancé lacked the stones to tell her himself. California Girls is one of those books that captures the reader and is very difficult to put down. As the lives, hopes, and dreams of each sister are introduced, Ms. Mallery captivates the reader and makes it easy to forget they are reading fiction. The story follows each sister’s journey toward self-discovery. Finola, Zennie, and Ali have depth; they are independent but unite and support each other through ups and downs. They are there for each other, even when they disagree or don’t understand. They are sisters. There are only four male characters in the book: two of them are shallow, self-centered idiots who are easy to hate. In contrast, two are well-developed best-friends who help the sisters through their post-breakup challenges. Every sister deserves a best-friend like Daniel or Clark. California Girls is another winner. Susan Mallery fans will empathize with the sisters, vilify the cheating husband and spineless fiancé, and fall in love with the brother and best friend.
MandyKayW 4 months ago
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. This was my first time reading a book by Susan Mallery and boy did I pick a great one to start with. It hooked me from the start and I could not put it down. Three sisters, three broken hearts. It sucks going through the kind of heartbreak these sisters are experiencing but having your sisters there to go through it with you makes it a bit easier. I highly recommend this book either to read on your own or perhaps as a book club book or even to read with your sisters if you have them. It would be interesting to read and then discuss how each person would handle the situation these sisters are in.
LoriKrakora 4 months ago
Another wonderfully written book by Susan Mallery about 3 sisters, their moms, their relationships with each other and finding themselves. When each of the sisters get dumped on the same day, what was to have been their worst day of their lives turns into a journey of self-discovery. A must-read!
Tsengstock 4 months ago
A beautiful story about sisterhood, love lost and gained. Each of the three sisters have a vastly different life style and personality. So when they all experience a life changing loss it was interesting to see how they endured the change. The bond of friendship found in unexpected places and why taking chances and following your heart is so important. I loved this book! I hope we get to hear what's next for all of them...Susan Mallery keep up the great work!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
3 sisters, 3 different lives, but then all at once their lives change. 3 dumped sisters in the same week. Each of their lives were totally different, each heading down 3 different lanes of life when at once something happens that makes them come together to support one another through their journey in life. With the help of others the 3 sisters are able to figure out the way their lives are meant to be.
mvig6036 4 months ago
I'll admit, I love Susan Mallery and can't wait for her new books to come out. This one didn't disappoint, the story revolves around three sisters (Finola, Zennie & Ali) who are all dumped on the same day and how they picked up and moved on. It takes you through all the highs and lows for their relationships. It was a great read and I highly recommend it.
kathyg40 4 months ago
I wish I had started this book on the weekend. I never wanted to put it down! Each of the 3 sisters were given an equal & fully fleshed out story in the book - no one got short changed. Finola, the oldest, is a typical over achiever, Zennie is easy going - very middle child, & Ali as the youngest feels like she doesn't really fit in with anyone. I really enjoyed reading about their love interests and seeing how their lives would change with or without men in them. This is a true Susan Mallery novel. I enjoyed every page!
Evarista 4 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Susan Mallery's new novel California Girls! In Mallery's new novel, we are introduce to three wildly different sisters each on the verge of major life changes. All three sisters are dumped by the current loves of their lives and each sister reacts in dramatically different ways. Finola is the oldest and a celebrity broadcaster, Zennie, the middle child, is a surgical nurse and fitness fanatic, and Ali, the youngest, is the forgotten child of the family. In California Girls, Mallery brilliantly illustrates the complex family dynamic that exists in the Schmitt family. Mallery does a wonderful job showing us the complicated relationships that the sisters have with each other as well as their mother. Finola, Zennie, and Ali must navigate not only their broken romances but their often dysfunctional relationship with their mother. California Girls is a wonderful departure from Mallery's serial romances. Mallery brilliantly depicts not just the different ways the women recover from their lost loves but; also, the minefields we all must navigate in our family relationships. I loved the way two of the sisters find wonderful, heartwarming, forever romance in completely different ways. Mallery brilliantly depicts the complexity of the sisters' relationships and the different ways we find love. I just loved California Girls by Susan Mallery! I can't recommend Susan Mallery and California girl enough!
Jamiers55 4 months ago
Couldn't put it down! I follow Susan Mallery, pre order everything, and re read everything. She never dissapoints!! Loved this one to! 3 sisters find themselves dumped all around the same time. Each sister a little different but they build their sister relationship stronger as the rebuild their lives. 3 romances and all the turns it takes, some parts make ya laugh others make you feel what each girl is going through. Ali is my favorite, kinda felt like reading a story about myself. Loved it!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
A contemporary romance about three women who face unexpected challenges when they think they've got it all figured out. Finola, Zennie and Ali are sisters who believe their childhood seem less than ideal when compared to each other and finds some way to ignore their own shortcomings. When life throws them a curveball they come face to face with who they are and it's up to to them to ignore it or change. Susan Mallery weaves a very believable tale that makes the reader question their own life choices, childhood and how it has impacted them. I didn't particularly like each female protagonist but I did relate to their struggles and sympathized with their plight. The male leads in the book provided a nice balance and showed that even the men face their own challenges even when they seemed to have gotten it together. Pick up the book and give it whirl.. You won't be disappointed.
JameyC 4 months ago
This was a very emotionally packed and drama filled book. It was great to see the story unfold for each sister and see how each built more character, managed to overcome obstacles, and find happiness. Susan Mallery never disappoints and this is another example of her great writing. You laugh, you cry, you just enjoy. I absolutely recommend reading this book!