Futuristic Friday review: California Girls by Susan Mallery

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

California Girls

SummaryThe 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I really enjoy Susan’s Mischief Bay series, but I also adore her standalones- like Daughters of the Bride. When I saw this book on Netgalley, I could not hit the request button fast enough.



What I Liked:

The cover. Fresh and fun.

The sisters! I love their relationships. The ups and downs. The way they love each other, but also how realistic they were. Their relationships were not all sugar and spice and everything nice.

How the book ends. While I would be fine with how the sisters’ stories end- IMO, Susan left it to where we might could hear from them again in some way. And I would totally be ok with that.


Bottom line: If this cover doesn’t pull you out of a winter funk- nothing will. The bonus: The story is GOOD.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone. California Girls is also a February 2019 #FuturisticFriday pick of mine.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

11 thoughts on “Futuristic Friday review: California Girls by Susan Mallery

  1. Berit@Audio Killed the Bookmark says:

    Lovely review! I finished this over the weekend and really loved it! I will have my review up tomorrow, glad you loved it as well!🌻

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