"Complicated relationships and tulips ... what a mix!"
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted July 21, 2017
Kelly Murphy is a tulip farmer in Tulpen Crossing,
Washington. She came back here to work on her dad's farm
after college. Lately Griffith Burnett has been turning
up everywhere Kelly goes. When she confronts him about
stalking her, Griffith tells her that he is interested in
dating her. They knew each other in high school, but not
well, because he was a little older. Griffith recently
moved back to Tulpen Crossing and has a tiny house
Olivia Murphy, Kelly's sister, left Tulpen Crossing when
she was just fifteen. Her dad sent her to boarding school
after their mother walked out on them. Olivia never
returned home until now. Griffith's brother, Ryan, and
Olivia were an item in high school, and he too has moved
back to this small town to start over. Ryan texts Olivia
and lures her back for a visit with the hopes of them
getting back together.
Kelly's best friend Helen Sperry owns a café in town that
she inherited from her aunt and uncle when they passed
away. She's a few years older than Kelly and has been
divorced for six years. Helen and Kelly's dad help
musicians at a local music shop who want to get a band
started. Jeff Murphy and Helen spend a lot of time
together and are very close friends.
SECRET OF THE TULIP SISTERS is a dynamic story of these
three women yearning to experience real love in their
lives. Griffin says he's only looking for sex and not a
real relationship where love and marriage are a
possibility. Olivia just wants to be loved and accepted
by someone special. She's always felt like a throw-away.
Helen is afraid to express her feelings to Jeff, partly
because of the age difference between them and partly
because he's her best friend's father. Can these women
find their happy-ever-after?
Susan Mallery brings us another passionate story in her
new stand-alone SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERS. This is a
story about family and complicated relationships, but the
secrets they keep could be devastating to their
relationships and destroy them all. It's a story about
friendship and trust, but also about building up barriers
around your heart to protect yourself. The plot, as well
as these ladies' lives, takes many unexpected turns that
will keep you turning pages and begging for more. The
main characters are strong and resilient, with many
supporting characters that help to add to the intrigue of
the story. This is a summer read you do not want to miss!
Don't miss this heart-warming tale about family, and
the unbreakable bond between sisters. From the #1 New
York Times bestselling author of Daughters of the
Bride comes the feel-good novel of the year!
Kelly Murphy's life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up
at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything
changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings:
Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing's prodigal son, who's set
his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and,
as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by
Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the
secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.
But Olivia's return isn't as triumphant as she pretends. Her
job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from
the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past.
She's determined to reclaim her man and her place in the
family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years,
she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by
without her approval now.
While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out
in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change
everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each
other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?
Told with Mallery's trademark heart and humor, the
Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their
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1 comment posted.
Re: Complicated relationships and tulips ... what a mix!
Thanks for the review. Just got my copy!
(Kathleen Bylsma 6:30pm July 21)
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