This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Sisters Like Us
Summary: The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…
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 fledgeling 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 fresh-baked cookies.
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.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
However, I think that Sisters Like Us may be my fave of the series- because I love those sisters- Harper and Stacey.
Harper is a great character- and a reminder to girls everywhere that just because you marry the guy who is a doctor that it does not mean you need to slack on your education/skills…. because the fairy tale may turn terrible.
However, I really dug how Harper took her crappy situation (getting divorced and being concerned about making a living for her and her daughter) to a chance to pull herself up by her bootstraps and make a go at a career- Harper Helps- where all the things she was good at naturally thrived (well mostly!)
Stacey was something else. At times, I wondered if Susan Mallery was going to reveal to her to be “on the spectrum”-but I think, basically, that Susan has written a female Sheldon from Big Bang Theory ( although Stacey did not have roommate agreements and other such things.) I admired Stacey for being true to herself- she didn’t try to hide her smarts- she was proud of them.
I really wanted to choke Bunny, their mother, for most of the book. And tell her for the last time: NORMAL IS JUST A SETTING ON A WASHING MACHINE. The damage (while not intentional) she did to Stacey during her earlier years was a shame.
And if you were a fan of Lucas’s in A Million Little Things– he’s prominently featured here and we hear about some other characters from the previous book!
What I liked:
The 2 sisters. They each had the other’s back and taught each other a bit about the other!
The romance. I won’t say anymore because I don’t want to spoil it- but the romance had me grinning.
Bottom line: Pick this book up to read now to escape the January blues or save it for the beach. But just get it!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T by Harlequin Books. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
**Sisters Like Us is a January #FuturisticFriday pick of Traveling With T’s!**
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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T