* Get out your tissues and prepare to be seated until you finish this book!*
If there is one thing that I can be sure of, it is that Susan Mallery always knows how to tell a wonderful story that grips your heart and refuses to let it go. In THREE SISTERS, book two of the Blackberry Island series, Mallery doesn't disappoint.
Andi has been left at the altar by her boyfriend of ten years. Left to licking her wounds she makes the impulsive decision to move to Blackberry Island and buy one of the great Victorian houses that the town calls, Three Sisters. A cul-de-sak made up of only three giant houses, Andi believes it will give her the much needed solitude that she craves.
To her left is the seemingly perfect and sanctimonious Deanna. She has five girls, FIVE, and makes nearly everything that she feeds her children from scratch. Her husband is always on the road which leaves Deanna with taking on most of the important details of her busy life.
To Andi's right, is the eclectic Boston who has been with the same man since she was 17 years old and dances to her own beat. Everyone is envious of the wonderful relationship Boston shares with her husband and all wish the were so lucky.
The Three Sisters holds many secrets behind their old walls and only a chance of fate can help crash down the barriers and falsities that are keeping the secrets and pain at bay.
It is time for the houses to heal along with the women who call the Three Sisters home.
At the heart of this book is a story about three women who are damaged and only hanging on by a thread. They find the strength in each other at their darkest hours and build a friendship on shared blood, pain and wine. It is a heart wrenching story that doesn't allow you to get up from your seat until you know everything will be okay.
This is a book that you will love. I just know it. The characters are flawed and a mess and just so incredibly real that you feel their pain through the pages. You feel their triumphs! You route for them as if they were your best friends. I feel that Mallery is one of the few authors who possess that skill. She makes her characters so real that you feel like Andi, Boston or even Deanna, could be your neighbor or best friend or sister. This book will have you thinking about the story for days after you read it.
It's okay if you haven't read the first book in the series. I honestly haven't read it. You don't need to. Three Sisters is its own independent novel. I will go back now and read Barefoot Season, the first book in the Blackberry Island series, because I love everything that Mallery writes. But it is totally okay to just pick up this book today. Do it! Fall in love with these women and take their journey of self-rediscovery with them.
Sometimes we get lost along the way and it is nice to have someone hold our hand on the journey home,