"reality check makes this a must read"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted December 1, 2012
Misery loves company. There's just something oddly
reassuring discovering that your life isn't the only one
that's all screwed up. Learning to live with a less than
perfect life rather than hiding from life's disappointments
is the toughest route but the most necessary for survival.
Getting over those rough patches is what makes us strong
and in the end will lead us to the life we envisioned
The one filled with happiness and love. But before you can
find that life you first have to make a self discovery
that's scary in its own right and that is you have to begin
to love and respect yourself, flaws and all, and at the
same time stop trying to live your life up to someone
else's expectations. Stop looking in the mirror finding you
wanting in any way. That's the underlying theme of this
powerful book by Susan Mallery.
There's a little street in Blackberry Island with three
identically built homes affectionately known as the Three
Sisters. But that's all they really have in common, their
outer shell. All other attributes have been altered to the
taste of their owners and for the most part reflect the
personalities of those owners.
Andi buys the third of these sister houses, the one that
has been left to rot all these years from disrepair. Her
plan is to turn it into her pediatric office and home. In
truth she hadn't really cemented what her future was going
to be when she left the city to start over in this sleepy
little tourist town. She certainly hadn't thought ahead to
a personal life. But in fairness she was running from the
nightmare her old personal life had become. Being left at
the altar pretty much ruins your day and when you realize
you just wasted a decade on a man who got cold feet has you
looking inward to what you really need.
Andi spent most of her life trying not to disappoint
others, her parents and then the ex fiancé almost groom
jerk. It was tough to live up to others expectations when
your own dreams just don't measure up.
The ladies of the Three Sisters at first seem to have
little if anything in common. Andi's a doctor, Boston an
artist and the Deanna a homemaker. But aha appearances can
be deceiving. With friends you can survive anything and as
they begin to open the doors of their homes and their
hearts to each other they begin to acknowledge their own
inner strengths as they battle their individual demons.
Conquering these demons is going to be tough but the
rewards are vital to their survival. Living as they have
will ultimately fracture their already fragile lives
causing what could be irreparable damage to their marriages
Facing down those demons will take a lot of strength. Doing
it alone is scary -- having friends to lean on and depend on
can make the difference between success and failure. None
of them can afford to fail -- it's just not an option.
Sometimes family isn't the most dependable nurturer. Susan
Mallery gives us a candid, honest look into the turmoil of
family life when tragedies and personal crisis' occur.
Welcome back to Blackberry Island. So nice to meet these
newest additions to this lovely tourist town and visit with
some old friends. Mallery never disappoints her readers and
THREE SISTERS is no exception. It's a winner and should be on
everyone's short list of must reads.
After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes the most
impetuous decision of her life – buying one of the famed
Three Sisters Queen Anne houses on Blackberry Island. Now
the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio, she
plans to open her own pediatric office on the first floor,
just as soon as her hunky contractor completes the work.
Andi's new future may be coming together, but the truth is
she's just as badly in need of a major renovation as her house.
When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected
affair, she opens up a Pandora's Box of unhappiness. And he
claims that she is the problem. The terrible thing is, he's
right. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she's lost
herself, and she's in danger of losing her entire family if
things don't change.
Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college
sweetheart would be married forever. Their passion for one
other has always seemed indestructible. But after tragedy
tears them apart, she's not so sure. Now it's time for them
to move forward, with or without one another.
Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the
strongest of friendships, these three women will discover
what they're really made of: laughter, tears, love and all.
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