#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family—blended by surprise, not by choice—and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.
“Heartwarming…this book is sweet and will appeal to readers who enjoy the intricacies of family drama.”—Publishers Weekly
Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about.
Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister—Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.
But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until he learns that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.
Mallery (Sisters like Us) spins a heartwarming but shallow story about people searching for security and love. In present-day Seattle, Delaney Holbrook is trying to move on after losing her fianc and quitting her job. She turns to Malcolm Carlesso, who's running his family's company and has his own life upheaval in the form of two recently discovered younger sisters, Kiera and Callie. As Malcolm tries to raise Kiera, he's dealing with Callie's past as a convicted felon and her budding romance with his best friend, Santiago Trejo. To top it all off, someone is stealing from his company. Though the characters manage to figure out how to be family, there's so much going on that the issues of the relationships are only surface level. Despite the complexities, this book is sweet and will appeal to readers who enjoy the intricacies of family drama.
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Loved the book, but felt unsatisfied
I’ve held off writing a review for this book-I read it a couple weeks ago. As the heading states, I loved this story, the characters, the idea. I really enjoyed it-I just wanted more of the story. As I’ve thought about it, I think my complaint is really for the publishing companies. I follow writers on Facebook and read about them making the 10,000 word mark. I read a lot and romances novels are almost always about 300 pages. I think publishers have a formula for romance novels. I’d rather read a 500 page book if that’s how many pages it takes to finish the story! I wanted to know more about the backgrounds of these characters (the back story) and what happens next...for instance Grandpa & the housekeeper.
A Definite Winner
I loved this book! There was humor, love, and family struggles. A definite read for a summer day!
A Touching Story
When We Found Home, is a touching story about second chances and blended families. Alberto Carlesso is the founder of a successful mail-order Italian food company and the grandfather to three children, Malcolm, 34, Callie 26, and Kiera, 12. The three half-siblings had no idea that the other existed, until just recently. Alberto Carlesso’s son Jerry was a womanizer. He was good at making his lady friend’s pregnant, but little else. He had no use for children. When Jerry died, Alberto discovered that he had two granddaughters that he’d never met. He’s had his grandson Malcolm with him for years and loved him dearly. Now, he wanted to get to know his other grandchildren. Although Malcolm wasn’t always successful, he did his best to welcome his half-sisters home.
The story is about three-half siblings learning to trust one another, grow emotionally, and become a family. This well-written and heartwarming tale is sprinkled with romance, forgiveness, and love.
Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.