Reading Roundup: “California Girls”

What’s It About?

The relationship between sisters is cantankerous at times. That is certainly the case in the latest Susan Mallery novel “California Girls”. In this story, we meet three sisters.  Finola, the oldest, is an LA morning-show host who seems to have it all.  A great job, a nice house, and a wonderful marriage.  Or as it turns out, two of three.  When her husband blindsides her by telling her that he has been having an affair, her world turns upside down.  Her perfect life is in shambles. 

Zennie is the typical tomboy, and her father’s favorite.  An avid runner, surfer, surgical nurse, and friend.  She has no desire to wear makeup, or dresses, nor does she have the desire to settle down.  So, when the guy she is casually seeing breaks up with her, it’s no big loss.  She doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.  When asked by her best friend for help, Zennie’s life is suddenly not her own and creates a rift in many of the relationships that she holds dear.

Ali is the typical Jan Brady sibling.  She never felt like she was the favorite with either parent.  She wasn’t the tallest, prettiest, thinnest, or most special of the three sisters.  With her wedding just around the corner, she is shell-shocked when her fiancée cancels the wedding, and leaves her picking up all the pieces.  What seemed to be a tragedy turns out to be a blessing, as she begins to discover who she truly is.

All three sisters are dumped in the same weekend, crushing their mother’s not-so-hidden dreams of having a grandbaby.  While often self-absorbed, their mother has decided to down-size from her current house, to that of a condo, forcing the sisters to help sort through the clutter. 

What’s The Verdict?

I loved this story.  My only wish is that I could have gotten “more” with each sister.  I almost wish this could have been a weird kind-of series.  One book for each sister prior to their simultaneous breakup with guest cameo’s; one book about their breakups, where they were more intertwined; and then another book for each sister about their lives afterwards.  I have so many questions about each sister that was left unanswered.  I didn’t want the story to end, which in my opinion is the sign of a great story-teller.  This is certainly the case with Susan Mallery.

I would give this book a 5 star rating. 

I was given an advanced copy of this story from Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.  It has in no way impacted my opinion.

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