California Girls

California Girls

by Susan Mallery

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Overview

The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters

who get dumped in the same week…


Finola, a popular LA morning-show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by the news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488088612
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,385
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. 123 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 25 days ago
I love it. Have read it twice already. You plan your life and any but can happen. It's how you handle the challenge.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Enjoyed+it.++
Anonymous 10 months ago
Excellent and typical well-done Susan Mallery!
Anonymous 16 days ago
A great book showing the complications of family love.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Love this book and this author. I have read every book Susan Mallery has written. Got this sweet book for Mother's Day.
RobinLovesReading 6 months ago
How is it three sisters, Finola, Zennie and Ali, all get dumped in the same week? Well, that is what happened, and in this engaging story by Susan Mallery, we get to meet each sister. Their breakups, relationship, and future are explored in this wonderful book. Finola, an LA morning show host, finds out, while on live TV, that her husband is having an affair. To say Finola was in shock is indeed an understatement. Finola must fight the tabloids, as the rumors are vicious. Then we meet Zennie, who really could care less about being broken up. Her mind is set up as to what she plans on doing. Ali is the most surprising of all the sisters. Ali's fiancé sends his brother, Daniel, to let Ali know the wedding is off. Now that Ali and Daniel seemed to be thrown together, the two of them learn a lot about each other and something slowly begins to bloom. Watching each sister rebuild her life was very rewarding while reading this book. I could barely put this book don. I felt so connected to Finola, Zennie and Ali. Daniel was exception in this story, as was his family. Zennie was exceptional, because she made an amazing decision to help her best friend. That truly was impressive. In writing this review I keep thinking who might be my favorite of the three. I will easily say Ali. She had real problems with insecurity and her growth was just so impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to checking out Ms. Mallery's backlist and well as any future works that are released. Many thanks to Mira Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
RobinLovesReading 6 months ago
How is it three sisters, Finola, Zennie and Ali, all get dumped in the same week? Well, that is what happened, and in this engaging story by Susan Mallery, we get to meet each sister. Their breakups, relationship, and future are explored in this wonderful book. Finola, an LA morning show host, finds out, while on live TV, that her husband is having an affair. To say Finola was in shock is indeed an understatement. Finola must fight the tabloids, as the rumors are vicious. Then we meet Zennie, who really could care less about being broken up. Her mind is set up as to what she plans on doing. Ali is the most surprising of all the sisters. Ali's fiancé sends his brother, Daniel, to let Ali know the wedding is off. Now that Ali and Daniel seemed to be thrown together, the two of them learn a lot about each other and something slowly begins to bloom. Watching each sister rebuild her life was very rewarding while reading this book. I could barely put this book don. I felt so connected to Finola, Zennie and Ali. Daniel was exception in this story, as was his family. Zennie was exceptional, because she made an amazing decision to help her best friend. That truly was impressive. In writing this review I keep thinking who might be my favorite of the three. I will easily say Ali. She had real problems with insecurity and her growth was just so impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to checking out Ms. Mallery's backlist and well as any future works that are released. Many thanks to Mira Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
BettyTaylor 7 months ago
Three sisters, all dumped in the same week. Older sister Finola, a popular Los Angeles morning-show host, is excited about her upcoming vacation in Hawaii. Her husband has wanted a baby for some time but Finola kept putting it off. But now she ready and plans to surprise her husband with the news. However, she is the one in for a surprise. She finds out her husband is having an affair in the most humiliating way – blindsided just before she goes on air. Now she is determined to show the world she is just fine as privately she tries to pick up the pieces. Athletic Zennie has just broken up with a guy she thought she wasn’t all that into. With no attachments, Zennie agrees to be the surrogate for her best friend. Most people in Zennie’s life thinks she has made a huge mistake. And when Zennie can no longer participate in the sports she loves and her body starts to change, she wonders if she did indeed make a mistake. Youngest sister Ali’s fiancé doesn’t have the nerve to call off the wedding himself so the task is left to his brother Daniel. She always thought Daniel disliked her, but he keeps showing up to give her emotional support and taking charge of cancelling the wedding while Ali falls apart. And their divorced mother Mary Jo is ready to downsize and prepares to put her house up for sale. While not a major character she was certainly not invisible. With lots of tears and laughter, they all come together to support each other no matter what drama happens in their personal. Susan Mallery gives us four uniquely engaging, believable characters placed in situations we can all relate to. This book has it all – family drama, romance, heartbreak, female relationships. They find their happily-ever-after in different ways. A perfect vacation book.
lesacap1262 8 months ago
California Girls by Susan Mallery was such a fun book! I loved the sisters, each one was so different that it made the story real. I loved meeting them and getting to know them. You find yourself pulling for them all in the end. As the story opens we meet Finola, she is the host of a popular local show. She's filming her last segment before a well-deserved vacation with her husband. When he walks on the set the last things she expects to hear is him telling her he is having an affair. Next we meet Zennie, an OR nurse who is content to be single, she doesn't need to be paired with a man. The man she's been on a date or two with picks up on this and tells her he sees she isn't that into him, so... Lastly we meet Ali, she is engaged, waist high in wedding plans. When she arrives home one night she sees her fiancee's brother waiting for her. That's odd as they never seemed to hit it off. He said his brother decided he didn't want to marry her but didn't have the decency to tell her. Three sisters, all 'dumped' at the same time. How will they all get through this drama & heartbreak, and more forward. Enter other characters, including an unusual mom with a story of her own! This book was fun to read, each sister has to figure out what is best for her and what she learns about herself, and how they re-connect with each other. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review.
LynnB888 8 months ago
Family saga at it's best! The latest from Susan Mallery has us knee deep into this family's drama from the very first few pages ... and loving it! She weaves a complex story line depicting each sisters life and the trials and tribulations they are all going through at the same time. Normally close and supportive, they find themselves straying and not being as happy go lucky with each other at the moment. A clingy, self-righteous mother tops off the cast and brings yet another perspective into an already chaotic life. I really enjoyed the book! Finola Corrado thinks she's living the dream. She's basking in her own glory and about to embark on a grand vacation with her adoring husband when it all explodes in her face just before she's about to go on live television. Her husband drops the bombshell on her that he's been adoring someone else, and she's literally steps away from interviewing the pop sensation trollop on her talk show! Zennie Schmitt loves her solo life and just can't understand why people keep harping on her to become part of a couple. When the guy she's been casually dating wants to move forward with her, she fails to keep the disdain from her face and he ends up dropping her quicker than she can turn around instead. She's going to concentrate on just enjoying life for a chance ... and what better way than agreeing to be a surrogate for her best friend and help her achieve her life's dream ... only she has no clue how lonely and difficult it's going to be when her family support system doesn't agree with her decisions. Ali Schmitt was on the the cusp of the happiest time of her life seven weeks before her wedding when it all comes crumbling down. Her loser fiancee sends his brother to break it off with her ... right after invitations have gone out! She has always felt like Daniel disapproved of her as a mate for his brother, but he's being really great in helping her pick up the pieces and cancel this wedding. As time goes by, she starts to wonder if the wrong brother was in her sights the whole time!
Emma Manoils 12 months 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 12 months ago
Intriguing plot
Ginaboop More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
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RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.