Review: California Girls by Susan Mallery
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 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.
Let me first say how much I adore Susan Mallery. There is something so special about her characters in her books that are just so charming to read. California Girls was no exception. It was fun, makes you want to grab some kleenex at times and makes you so jealous not to be one of their sisters.
The summary gives a great foundation of what to look forward to in the book. It was really that and some. The one thing I absolutely loved was the sisterhood. What I loved was these ladies were in different places and phases of life but when it came down to family, that was most important. Mom was a bit over the top sometimes, especially considering she favorite one over the other but she added some spice to the mix.
I loved the balance of each character being able to experience their own journey and came through on the other side on their own time. Each person and their story was equally important no matter what they went through. I couldn’t put this one down. This was so much fun to read and you get to dabble into The Summer of Sunshine & Margot!
Overall, awesome characters, up and downs that make you feel like one of the gals, and a great takeway of the importance of being there for one another and at the end of the day, the most important thing in life is family. I’m recommending adding this one to your reading pile.