"Mallery beautifully illustrates the power of female friendship and the importance of reaching for one's dreams."—Publishers Weekly
Beloved bestselling author Susan Mallery brings readers an emotional, witty, and heartfelt story that explores the nuances of a broken family’s complex emotions as they strive to become whole in this uplifting story of human frailty and resilience.
Finley McGowan is determined that the niece she’s raising will always feel loved and wanted. Unlike how she felt after her mom left to pursue a dream of stardom, and when the grandfather who was left to raise them abandoned her and her sister, Sloane, when they needed him most. Finley reacted to her chaotic childhood by walking the straight and narrow—nose down, work hard, follow the rules.
Sloane went the other way.
Now Sloane is back, as beautiful and as damaged as ever…and she wants a relationship with her daughter. She says she’s changed, but Finley’s heart has been burned once too often for her to trust easily. But is her reluctance to forgive really about Sloane or worry over losing what she loves the most? With the help of a man who knows all too well how messy families can be, Finley will learn there’s joy in surrendering and peace in letting go.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Forgiveness is the beating heart of this novel about one family’s messy journey toward healing. Sisters Finley and Sloane reacted to their unstable upbringing in completely opposite ways—Finley became strict and responsible, while Sloane fell into crippling alcoholism, eventually signing her parental rights to her young daughter, Aubrey, over to Finley. Three years later, Sloane has a year of sobriety under her belt, and she’s ready for more time with her daughter…but Finley might not be ready to give it. Best-selling author Susan Mallery (known for her long-running Fool’s Gold romance series) does a great job of making us empathize with both of these complicated women. We felt like we knew every moment of their long, tangled relationship, particularly when the grandfather who abandoned them as kids wants to come back into their lives—and he’s hoping for forgiveness too. Longtime Mallery narrator Tanya Eby gives every character a rich and distinctive voice, making The Sister Effect a sweet and poignant listen.
Family dynamics and drama!
Susan Mallery has an amazing ability to bring characters to life! I love the energy of Aubrey, Sloane’s young daughter, even though she has had a rough life! She is so happy go lucky! Sloane and Finley are both relatable. You can completely understand why Finley is so hurt by her sister’s actions and doesn’t trust her. But you can also relate with Sloane trying to change her life after her huge mistakes!
I also love how Susan shows both sides of addiction. Not only how it affects the life of the addict but also how it affects the life of the loved ones of the addict. I think she did amazing describing it and making you truly able to understand the issues with addiction.
I also loved the craziness of Jericho and his brother and family! If you want a little romance mixed with family dynamics and understanding of addiction this book is for you! Even my cat loved it!