Book Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery ★★★★

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Synopsis:

A wonderful story full of romance, forgiveness and the unavoidable ties that bind, Secrets Of The Tulip Sisters is Susan Mallery at her very best.

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 lives…


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My thoughts:

First let me tell you guys that I don’t usually read a lot of contemporary women’s fiction. I don’t know what drew me to put a hold on this book from my library but I’m really glad I did. As the synopsis says, this book is about two sisters, and their parents’ broken marriage and how they find love and try to reconcile with each other and the things that happened in the past. There’s an awesome girl best friend and three guys for each of them.

What I loved about this story first and foremost is how mature the characters are. Like, real mature, not ‘pretend’ mature and that’s really refreshing. They handle their lives and situations extremely well even with a traumatic past as a huge part of the story. The love lines were interesting as well because it was straightforward for the most part with none of the BS misunderstandings that last so long cliche in a lot of books. Not that I don’t enjoy those, but as the characters being predominantly in their mid twenties to late forties, I am gonna expect more, and it was delivered.

The twists were executed beautifully as well, just building up enough tension and anticipation before problems get resolved in a more rational manner. No unnecessary blow ups and fist fights or any of those. Susan Mallery wrote the story in a more realistic way I’d say. Of course some of the story might seem too coincidental and too good to be true but this is fiction, and that slight suspension of belief makes the read interesting.

Overall, I gave this book a solid four stars. If you’re up to reading a light-hearted, humorous novel and would like to feel like you’re talking to a friend, I suggest you start on this book. Just the right amount of sass and humor and intrigue to brighten up your day.

This was my first one and I’m now excited to check out her other works 🙂 Have you guys tried any Susan Mallery novels? Thoughts?

Lots of love,

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