The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery

Who better to mend a broken heart than your sister?

When Daisy’s dad married Sage’s mum, Daisy was thrilled to get a new sister. Except Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage found herself living in a palatial home where she felt she didn’t belong. She didn’t have her new sister’s intelligence so she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down at every opportunity. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled to Europe.

Eighteen years later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But brought together by an accident involving the little sister they have in common they must learn to put aside their differences. Slowly, the stepsisters begin to view the past through one another’s eyes and long buried feelings are revealed. Until their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences….

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Publishing on May 25th 2021

Review

I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Having read previous books by this author, I figured that I was in for a treat.  I hadn’t anticipated finishing the entire book in one sitting.  Yes, it was a late night!

As the synopsis explains, Daisy’s father married Sage’s mum throwing them into the world of stepsisters.  Added to that is the deep hurt that Daisy feels regarding Cassidy, their shared half-sister.  As a child, Cassidy adored Daisy, but all that changed when their parents divorced.

The story explores the effects of the sisters being thrown back together when Sage returns to America after another divorce in Europe.  As their tensions are heightened, Daisy learns that Cassidy is coming to stay with her as she recuperates after a freak accident.  Daisy is already dealing with her husband’s sudden and unexplained departure, how will she cope with the presence of two siblings who hate her?

This is a beautifully constructed story which examines the complicated relationships of blended families.  Sage and Daisy take centre stage and it’s their caustic relationship that is at the heart of all their problems.   As the story chips away at the historical grievances, it’s easy to spot how bravado is often a mask for vulnerability.  It’s also a reminder that success shouldn’t be judged by bank balances, palatial homes, dream jobs or seemingly happy marriages.

There is so much to love about this book, but I really enjoyed the storyline that brought us Adam.  A former neighbour of Sage who has returned to his childhood home.  His friendship with Sage is cautious and their lack of obvious compatibility makes for a gentle friendship.  At the opposite end of the popularity stakes is Joanne, Sage’s gold-digging mother.  Her influence has clearly had a detrimental influence on the girls’ relationships, and it was difficult to feel any sympathy for the character.

I enjoyed escaping to LA and highly recommend it!

Learn more about Susan Mallery here.   Follow Susan on Twitter.

Disclaimer

Receiving a digital ARC does not influence my opinion of a book.  Please note, this review contains affiliate links.

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