"Not to be missed story that is sure to be a hit."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted January 29, 2018
Women's Fiction Contemporary | Romance Contemporary
Respect and love, two most important components in any
relationship. Parts of SISTERS LIKE US are equally funny and
yet poignantly sad. The Bloom sisters and their mother along
with several other relatives and friends set a new standard
for dysfunction. There is no physical abuse; no, the Bloom
women are into emotional punishment, much of it
self-induced. The voices in their heads are so loud that
they override any common sense and intelligence. And the
Bloom women are smart but have deep-seated issues with
It's as if they can't come to terms with how really
wonderful they are. Stacey and Harper Bloom live their lives
by judging themselves by their mother Bunny's standards,
and comments and Bunny is not one to hold her tongue.
Best couple, noncouple ever Harper and Lucas. Lucas dates
women in their twenties, the why is complicated. Harper at
forty-two and Lucas at fifty are more contemporaries but he
is one of her clients, and he has become a family friend.
Heavy on the friend part since his relationship includes
Becca. In some ways you can almost see the three of them as
a sort of family. But you have to read SISTERS LIKE US to
understand and get it.
SISTERS LIKE US is vintage Susan Mallery. Just when you
think you have read her best she raises the bar. SISTERS
LIKE US is simply great and once again has a cast that will
astound you including three rescue Dobermans. All boxes are
checked by Susan Mallery in SISTERS LIKE US.
Stacey a brilliant scientist with two PHD's gnawed at
herself for not knowing how to sew or decorate the home for
every holiday imaginable, no exaggerating here. Harper's
angst that all she was good for was her home, craft and
Bunny was the uber stay at home mother who clicked her
tongue at everything either of her daughters did that
didn't suit her very high and ridiculous demands. These
three were a constant conflict just waiting to happen. In
SISTERS LIKE US we learn so much about the three Bloom women
and probably if being honest see some of their traits in
ourselves which makes for many moments of mirth, at our own
expense I must add.
Susan Mallery likes to make us sit and take notice of
ourselves and probably identify with her characters, or at
least acknowledge that they remind us of someone we know.
There isn't a character in SISTERS LIKE US that you won't
bond with on some level, true Susan Mallery. Her characters
are real and awesome even on their worst day. I was so sorry
when I came to the last page; it was like leaving good
friends. This is a must-read.
Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can
spell, a house she can't afford and a teenage daughter
who's pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant
business, she's scrambling to maintain her overbearing
mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still
pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying
playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper's
Spending half her life in school hasn't prepared Dr.
Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood.
She didn't inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is
in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother
will be horrified to learn that Stacey's husband plans to
be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the
courage to tell Mom she's already six months pregnant.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and
Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother,
overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters
Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and
daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan
Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.
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