California Girls
The 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.

California Girls Details

TitleCalifornia Girls
Author
ReleaseFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherMIRA
ISBN-139780778368960
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

California Girls Review

  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Starting over isn't easy, even when it's the right thing to do.This is Susan Mallery doing what she does best: combining romance and chick lit with all the feelings and lessons about love, loss, heartbreak, moving on, and learning and ultimately coming out of the worst moments of your life a stronger person. This book tells the story of three sisters, who couldn't be more different, all experiencing a painful breakup at the same time, each of them learning a different lesson: Ali's fiancé doesn' Starting over isn't easy, even when it's the right thing to do.This is Susan Mallery doing what she does best: combining romance and chick lit with all the feelings and lessons about love, loss, heartbreak, moving on, and learning and ultimately coming out of the worst moments of your life a stronger person. This book tells the story of three sisters, who couldn't be more different, all experiencing a painful breakup at the same time, each of them learning a different lesson: Ali's fiancé doesn't even have the guts to break off their engagement weeks before the wedding and sends his brother to do his dirty work instead, Zennie is shocked when she has literally no feelings about her boyfriend breaking up with her and throws herself into a very new, non-romantic situation, and Finola's husband informs her, minutes before she has to be on live TV, that he has been having an affair and is leaving her. While they all learn different things about themselves during the painful months that follow, they realize they have all lost sight of what is truly important, and grow stronger. I loved watching the sisters realize uncomfortable truths and growing because of that, how they each learned to let things go and ultimately found themselves again. It was a lovely story about three totally different women, each remarkable in their own way, and I cheered so hard when they all stood up for what they wanted! I can't believe it took me this long to pick up a Susan Mallery book again. I forgot how warm, heartfelt, and amazing her books are! Definitely recommended to anyone who likes complex stories about families, loss, and moving on!*I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Louise Bird
    January 1, 1970
    Kudos to Susan Mallery! This book is amazing, it is about three sisters who all have relationship breakups on the same day. The end for them is the beginning of self-discovery and finding out who they truly are. It is a must read!
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    One of the greatest joys of reading is the ability to escape to a different locale. In the midst of a cold Minnesota winter, escaping to California with sisters Finola, Zennie, and Ali was an absolute delight!☀ ☀☀Three sisters, all dealing with various dramas in their life. Morning show host Finola is blindsided on national TV when she finds out her husband has been having an affair. Zennie is content with her small life so her breakup is no big deal...until she’s presented with the opportunity One of the greatest joys of reading is the ability to escape to a different locale. In the midst of a cold Minnesota winter, escaping to California with sisters Finola, Zennie, and Ali was an absolute delight!☀️ ☀️☀️Three sisters, all dealing with various dramas in their life. Morning show host Finola is blindsided on national TV when she finds out her husband has been having an affair. Zennie is content with her small life so her breakup is no big deal...until she’s presented with the opportunity to be a surrogate for her best friend. And then there’s poor Ali...her fiancée calls off her wedding a month before but refuses to do it himself and sends his brother to break up with her instead. These sisters deal with life changing events, leaning on each other and finding that maybe these endings are just new beginnings. I loved this story and was completely invested in the characters. This was wonderfully written and a fabulous representation of a sisterly bond. For me, California Girls was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. Thank you @harlequinbooks for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Review to follow.
  • Lisa Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I used to be an avid reader of Susan Mallery a few years ago. She stopped being my instant buy about 16 books into the Fool's Gold series, just because I felt like they were getting monotonous. After reading this book, I am going to have to rethink my previous stand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This novel is about three sisters: Finola, Zennie, and Ali. Three sisters have never been more different. Finola is the oldest, most d I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I used to be an avid reader of Susan Mallery a few years ago. She stopped being my instant buy about 16 books into the Fool's Gold series, just because I felt like they were getting monotonous. After reading this book, I am going to have to rethink my previous stand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This novel is about three sisters: Finola, Zennie, and Ali. Three sisters have never been more different. Finola is the oldest, most distinguished of the three sisters. She has a career in television and is the host of a t.v. show. She's married to the handome, adoring Nigel.Zennie is the middle child, the one who refuses to conform. She doesn't feel the need to pair up with another human being, but she's casually dating the adorable zoologist Clark. She is fiercely loyal and loving. Ali is the baby sister, the one who was never a parental favorite. The one who feels overlooked and frumpy. She's self-deprecating, but not in a frustrating way. She is in the midst of planning her wedding to Glen.One Friday, all three women are changed irrevocably. Finola finds out that the steady Nigel has been having an affair, with a younger ultra-famous singer. Ali's fiance calls off the wedding- by sending his brother to tell her! Clark breaks up with Zennie and she finds herself pregnant (She sacrifices her womb for her best friend.)Yes- drama ensues, but the women make revelations about themselves. They realize the mistakes they have made in the past and they choose to grow from them. This was the type of novel I often crave. One that has just enough drama, and simple resolution. I have always loved Susan Mallery's writing. She's a fantastic author, and it's fantastic for me to leave the world of Fool's Gold.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Sisters Ali, Zennie, and Finola are having a rough time in the relationship department - they've all been dumped in the same week. Ali's fiancé sent his brother to break off their engagement; Finola finds out her husband is having an affair with a pop sensation who is a guest on the talk show she hosts; and Zennie just doesn't see the point in dating, a fact her latest date notices before he breaks it off with her.Each sister copes with the breakup in her own way. Ali tackles the task of unplann Sisters Ali, Zennie, and Finola are having a rough time in the relationship department - they've all been dumped in the same week. Ali's fiancé sent his brother to break off their engagement; Finola finds out her husband is having an affair with a pop sensation who is a guest on the talk show she hosts; and Zennie just doesn't see the point in dating, a fact her latest date notices before he breaks it off with her.Each sister copes with the breakup in her own way. Ali tackles the task of unplanning her wedding, luckily she has lots of help in the form of the once-future-brother-in-law who keeps showing up. Finola hides from the press while she tries to figure out what went wrong with her marriage. And Zennie, not really heartbroken but definitely still over the dating scene, skips to the next step and gets pregnant (she agrees to serve as a surrogate to her best friend).In the typical fashion of Susan Mallery characters, the sisters learn more about themselves than ever before and grow into the women they truly are, all while repairing their relationships with each other.I love Susan Mallery's books; they are always such quick, light-hearted reads. The Fools Gold series is one of my favorite to visit. California Girls does not disappoint - definitely a must-read, especially if you're looking for a feel-good story.My thanks to Harlequin-Mira and Netgalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jacquie Biggar
    January 1, 1970
    Just when the world seems against them, three sisters find an inner strength and a bond they never expected.Television personality, Finola is finally ready to give her husband his greatest desire-children. She plans to tell him on a rare getaway that goes awry when she learns he’s been having an affair.Zinnie is happy on her own. She’s focused on a nursing career and only dates because it’s ‘the thing to do.’ So, when her best friend (a cancer survivor) approaches her to be a surrogate, Zinnie j Just when the world seems against them, three sisters find an inner strength and a bond they never expected.Television personality, Finola is finally ready to give her husband his greatest desire-children. She plans to tell him on a rare getaway that goes awry when she learns he’s been having an affair.Zinnie is happy on her own. She’s focused on a nursing career and only dates because it’s ‘the thing to do.’ So, when her best friend (a cancer survivor) approaches her to be a surrogate, Zinnie jumps at the opportunity to help. Except, being pregnant and alone, is harder than she expected.Ali is getting married in six short weeks and she’s going crazy between preparations and keeping up to her mother who needs help decluttering her home so she can sell it. Then, in a cowardly move, her fiancé sends his handsome brother to call off the wedding.What follows is how these three so-different sisters overcome the crisis each of them face and find strength from unexpected places.Some of my favorite scenes happened in the family home as the three girls and their mother come together amid thirty years of memories.I give California Girls 4 lovely kisses- An enjoyable read!
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters who each get dumped on the same day. What follows for each is the heart of the story. This sends each on a very different path. I enjoyed meeting the three and their slightly off center Mother who just wants to be a grandmother. For each of the sisters the result is not what they expected. This follows them for a year and the result for each is a bit of a surprise. A nice contemporary romance that has both serious and light moments. I received a free copy of the book in return for Three sisters who each get dumped on the same day. What follows for each is the heart of the story. This sends each on a very different path. I enjoyed meeting the three and their slightly off center Mother who just wants to be a grandmother. For each of the sisters the result is not what they expected. This follows them for a year and the result for each is a bit of a surprise. A nice contemporary romance that has both serious and light moments. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of 3 sisters whose lives are turned upside down at the same time and how they each deal with their situations. Two of the sisters are so self absorbed and the third is so invisible. By halfway through I couldn't wait for the two sisters to realize their negative ways. I found I was looking forward to the invisible sister's story to continue in the book. I enjoyed her story, even though the invisible, heavy sister doesn't usually get the hunky sexy guy, we can always dream!
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  • Poongothai
    January 1, 1970
    Story of thee sisters who get dumped on the same day. We have Finola a TV show host, whose husband has an affair with a young pop star, Zennie a nurse who feels she is not cut out for pairing up and wants to be alone but also wants to be a surrogate mother for her friend. Then we have Ali, who is always overlooked gets dumped by her fiance 7 weeks before the wedding.It was an ok read. I did not feel connected to any of the characters.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the eARC
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great story of loss, family, love and friendships. In the beginning I didn’t much care for Finola, Ali was clueless, and Zennie was harsh. But after getting involved in their stories, my mind was changed, just like Fin evolved, Ali became herself and Zen became softer.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Chick lit at its finest! The engaging tale of three sisters spurned in the same week. As one might expect, as each woman deals with her breakup she ultimately learns and grows in the process. Cliche though the yarn may be, the book itself was so enjoyable I didn't mind the fact that its a story oft told. Moreover, youngest sister Ali's love interest; if it were possible for fictional characters to come to life and emerge from the pages, I'd be pinning for this man.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting and sorry of fun to read but after a while the characters were just too predictable and the situations weren’t that believable.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this romance book with 3 sisters all who ended up breaking up on the same day and for different reasons. I loved Ali , Fiona, and Zennie. They all grew and changed over the course of time. Granted two of the sisters found love but they showed growth during this time. I really enjoyed it. I think I found a new author .
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  • Claire Mc Partlin
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book about three very different sisters and the dramas in their lives. I think I got thrown off track with Susan Mallery a bit with a couple of so-so Fools Gold books that I wasn't that keen on, but this is definitely Susan Mallery at her best.The three sisters, Finola, Zennie & Ali, are all very different but have each recently split with their husband/fiancee/partner, although Zennie may have split up with a guy she was seeing but she wasn't that bothered about him an I really enjoyed this book about three very different sisters and the dramas in their lives. I think I got thrown off track with Susan Mallery a bit with a couple of so-so Fools Gold books that I wasn't that keen on, but this is definitely Susan Mallery at her best.The three sisters, Finola, Zennie & Ali, are all very different but have each recently split with their husband/fiancee/partner, although Zennie may have split up with a guy she was seeing but she wasn't that bothered about him anyway (or so she thought!) so she was the least affected by it.Finola is a TV presenter whose husband has recently left her for a young famous singer and she's really struggling with how she feels and 'what everyone thinks'. She was definitely the hardest sister to like, she came across as a bit selfish and it was all about her. Zennie did her own thing and didn't really care what people thought, until she agreed to be a surrogate for a friend and while some people thought it was great others thought she was mad and really judged her for it, which she hadn't really expected. Ali was my favourite sister. Her fiancee had dumped her weeks before the wedding and left her to de-organise and pay for everything. His brother though jumped in to help and he was lovely, even though Ali had felt he didn't like her when they'd met before.The whole story is really about relationships, the sisters, their friends and family. The girls mother, and father/step-father actually, were both quite 'interesting' characters. Their mother especially seemed quite a selfish woman, probably why Finola was her favourite as she was quite like her.Each sister developed over the course of the story and came out stronger and closer to each other by the end of the book because of the drama in their lives. Even though it didn't seem it at the time every cloud (eventually!) has a silver lining. Very enjoyable.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    California Girls by author Susan Mallory is another wondery story about three sisters who are all experiencing a very dramatic event in their lives. Each of the three girls are dumped by the men in their lives on the same week. Finola is the very popular host of an LA TV show, and thirty minuts before she goes live, her husband pops in her office to tell her he is leaving her. They are scheduled to leave the next day for a week in Hawaii. She is shocked!Zennie is an OR nurse who loves her job, s California Girls by author Susan Mallory is another wondery story about three sisters who are all experiencing a very dramatic event in their lives. Each of the three girls are dumped by the men in their lives on the same week. Finola is the very popular host of an LA TV show, and thirty minuts before she goes live, her husband pops in her office to tell her he is leaving her. They are scheduled to leave the next day for a week in Hawaii. She is shocked!Zennie is an OR nurse who loves her job, surfing and running with her best friends. Her boyfriend Clark decides they should take a break. Zennie is not really disturbed too much, so she decides she must not have loved him. She impulsively decides to do an astounding thing for her very best friend, become a surrogate and carry her baby. This decision causes unexpected problems for Zennie. The youngest sister Ali, is getting ready for her wedding day to Glen. It is two weeks away and the final fitting for her dress has been checked off her list. Ali has an unexpected visit from Daniel, Glen's brother, He brings news that Glen wants to break the engagment but does not have the courage or integrity to tell Ali himself. Daniel did not want tosee Ali standing at the altar alone. Oh my!Each of the girls must deal with some extremely important life changing events. Their parents are not any source of support or comfort. Finola seems to be very caught-up in her own life and is selfish. Zennie and Ali were close until the sisters learn of Zennie's pregnancy, and they all berate her for her decision. Ali has learned the hard way to keep some secrets about her life from her sisters. As each sister faces their problems and learn some important truths about their core strengths and faults, maybe the relationship between the three of them will make a change.Publication date February 26, 2019
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  • Peggy Jaeger
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters, as different as chalk is from cheese, all get dumped by the men in their lives on the same day. One’s husband tells her he’s been having an affair and leaves to be with that much younger woman; one gets dumped during a dinner out, and the youngest gets dumped a few weeks before her wedding – and that’s not the worst part for her: her fiancé doesn’t even tell her in person. He sends his brother to do the dirty work.Can these three women pick up the pieces of their relationship-disa Three sisters, as different as chalk is from cheese, all get dumped by the men in their lives on the same day. One’s husband tells her he’s been having an affair and leaves to be with that much younger woman; one gets dumped during a dinner out, and the youngest gets dumped a few weeks before her wedding – and that’s not the worst part for her: her fiancé doesn’t even tell her in person. He sends his brother to do the dirty work.Can these three women pick up the pieces of their relationship-disaster lives and move forward?That’s the question posed in Susan Mallery’s newest book from Harlequin/Mira CALIFORNIA GIRLS.I have to say I didn’t have one sister that I liked or disliked more than the other. They were all equally appealing and at times not-so-much so for me. Finola is the oldest and married to the cheater. Zennie’s in the middle and not really sure the whole “pairing up thing” in life is for her, and Ali’s the bride that almost was. The one constant in their lives is their pain-in-the-neck mother who’s entire goal in life seems to be made a grandmother.Written with her usual flare for diving deep into the emotional depth and minds of her characters, Mallery gives us three women at a crossroads who are the poster children for the phrase “I never saw that coming” in their lives. And, also as usual, the way they each grow and come out of that relationship pitfall is written with a great deal of humor, warmth, angst, and discovery.This was an enjoyable book. Thank you to Netgally and Mira for allowing me a sneak peak in exchange for an honest opinion. CALIFORNIA GIRLS is a keeper!
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  • Susan McClintock
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This book tells the story of three sisters, Finola, Zennie and Ali who are dumped on the same day and tells the ensuing fallout. Finola is a local morning show personality in LA. Her longtime husband chooses to tell her he is having an affair 15 minutes to her going on live TV. The worst part, her guest on the show, country star Treasure, let’s her know as they are going on that she is the other woman. Zennie ha I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This book tells the story of three sisters, Finola, Zennie and Ali who are dumped on the same day and tells the ensuing fallout. Finola is a local morning show personality in LA. Her longtime husband chooses to tell her he is having an affair 15 minutes to her going on live TV. The worst part, her guest on the show, country star Treasure, let’s her know as they are going on that she is the other woman. Zennie has never connected with anyone. When she is on her fourth date with nice guy Clark, he realizes that she is just going through the motions, and he breaks things off. Ali is seven weeks out from her wedding to Glen, when he sends his brother Daniel to break things off. You get three parallel stories about the sisters. I really wish this had been a trilogy as I don’t feel like each sister’s story was complete. I loved the Daniel and Ali part of the story, I would give that part a five star as Daniel was fantastic and Ali had a lot of personal growth. I would give Zennie’s story three stars as I felt it skipped over some of the personal growth and were expected to buy that she was changing. I really did not like Finola. She was a self-centered narcissistic. Her part of the story left me unsatisfied. Bottom line, there are some really great parts of this story and some not so great.
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  • Ann-marie
    January 1, 1970
    Susan does it again writing another tale of sisters losing their love and picking up the pieces. California Girls is about three sisters Finola Zenner and Ali. Finola is the sister who seems to have it all, brains beauty and wonderful husband. She host an am talk show that is doing wonderful. Zenner is a an OR nurse who unlike her sisters don’t believe in romance and love and do not mind being alone.In the novel each sister is faced with a challenge. Finola husband decides to have a passionate a Susan does it again writing another tale of sisters losing their love and picking up the pieces. California Girls is about three sisters Finola Zenner and Ali. Finola is the sister who seems to have it all, brains beauty and wonderful husband. She host an am talk show that is doing wonderful. Zenner is a an OR nurse who unlike her sisters don’t believe in romance and love and do not mind being alone.In the novel each sister is faced with a challenge. Finola husband decides to have a passionate affair with a young country singer, Ali fiance dumps her seven weeks before their wedding and Zenner decides to make a personal sacrifice for her friend.Ms. Mallery has found an in depth way to combine women's fiction and chick lit and create true reality of our time and and still gives you uplifting romance. In Susan recent novels her writing about more than one HEA I feel like you are getting three books in one, since each woman characteristics likes and want plot out with so much depth and insight. You turn the page to read whats next with each sisters. We also get an overbearing mother a father who mostly texts his children and happenings going on around each women's job.Was giving an arc by netgalley.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters: the youngest, Ali, who is about to get married, those oldest, Finola, who has the perfect marriage, and the middle, Zennie, who is not really interested in dating. All of them are dealing with personal crises and milestone. Ali's fiancé's brother shows up. The fiancé doesn't especially want to get married but he's not going to tell her himself. Finola's, who is a TV personality, husband shows up half an hour before she's going on air to tell her that he's been having an affair. Ze Three sisters: the youngest, Ali, who is about to get married, those oldest, Finola, who has the perfect marriage, and the middle, Zennie, who is not really interested in dating. All of them are dealing with personal crises and milestone. Ali's fiancé's brother shows up. The fiancé doesn't especially want to get married but he's not going to tell her himself. Finola's, who is a TV personality, husband shows up half an hour before she's going on air to tell her that he's been having an affair. Zennie has a best friend who can't get pregnant, would she mind being the surrogate?I generally like Ms. Mallery's non-series books. This had some really big themes that I thought were handled sensitively and well. But there were a couple of things that brought the book down for me. One was the views on Finola's marriage. We were just told that she accepted blame for it going south but we never really saw how she played into it. A big part of her ending was that she realized what part she played but... it felt forced; more tell than show. And I wish we had seen more of Zennie's romance. It was just tacked on at the end.
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  • Becky Wise
    January 1, 1970
    California Girls is a wonderful read filled with lots of heart, some heart ache and watching sisters come together. This was such a beautiful read watching each sister come into her own. Each sister is different in her own way. You have the oldest Finola. She is direct and doesn't hold back her opinion. Married not only to work but to her husband too. Zennie is the middle sister. She does her own thing, beats to her own drum and the tomboy. Single and doesn't feel the need to be in a relationshi California Girls is a wonderful read filled with lots of heart, some heart ache and watching sisters come together. This was such a beautiful read watching each sister come into her own. Each sister is different in her own way. You have the oldest Finola. She is direct and doesn't hold back her opinion. Married not only to work but to her husband too. Zennie is the middle sister. She does her own thing, beats to her own drum and the tomboy. Single and doesn't feel the need to be in a relationship. Last we have the youngest sister Ali. She is the invisible one and a bit of a wallflower. I love how this flows from sister to sister as they help in their own ways to support or put their opinion in on various things. Ali you so a wonderful transformation in her. With Zennie you experience her selfless nature. Finola finally getting things figured out. In all it is heart warming watching the sisters become so close and finding what they never thought they wanted. This is such an amazing read.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    Are you into Chicklit? Books about romance, love, and relationships? Then you should be reading Susan Mallery's upcoming book (releases Feb 26, 2019)! California Girls is all about sisters, friends, relationships, and even mother/daughter relationships, but most of all, it's about communication and respect. Sisters Finola, Zennie, and Ali all suffer break-ups on the same Friday night. Mired in emotion, struggling to find their own ways to cope, they learn that friendship and family are really im Are you into Chicklit? Books about romance, love, and relationships? Then you should be reading Susan Mallery's upcoming book (releases Feb 26, 2019)! California Girls is all about sisters, friends, relationships, and even mother/daughter relationships, but most of all, it's about communication and respect. Sisters Finola, Zennie, and Ali all suffer break-ups on the same Friday night. Mired in emotion, struggling to find their own ways to cope, they learn that friendship and family are really important. In fact, relationships and how we treat others are major themes of Mallery's upcoming release. I just love how her characters find purpose, love, and a passion for life. When you read this amazing story by Susan Mallery, you'll become a lifelong fan.Thanks to the BookLoft of German Village (Columbus, OH) http://www.bookloft.com for an ARC to review. Look for a different review on their FB page on Feb 26.
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    A (typical) bravo performance from Susan Mallery. Three sisters all in different stages of heartbreak do what it takes to rebuild their lives with surprising (but "feel good") results. Finola is the well-put together LA morning-show host whose husband leaves her for a younger woman just moments before she goes on the air — the extra zing? The woman is her first guest. Zennie is the athletic OR nurse who doesn’t believe that everyone needs to be paired up in twos — she is very happy with her unat A (typical) bravo performance from Susan Mallery. Three sisters all in different stages of heartbreak do what it takes to rebuild their lives with surprising (but "feel good") results. Finola is the well-put together LA morning-show host whose husband leaves her for a younger woman just moments before she goes on the air — the extra zing? The woman is her first guest. Zennie is the athletic OR nurse who doesn’t believe that everyone needs to be paired up in twos — she is very happy with her unattached life. But when she agrees to be a surrogate for her best friend, the ensuing hormone flood is confusing. Ali is jilted by her fiancee just weeks before the wedding — and he doesn’t even have the nerve to tell her himself. Though his selected intermediary is his much nicer and pretty hunky younger brother.While the story is somewhat predictable, it is a real pleasure to read and includes some great messaging about self-worth, friendship, support, and family.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters in vastly different yet similar times of their lives when being jilted and feeling lonely takes on a new look of redemption, courage, and the chance to rebuild.Each of these sisters is facing powerful sorrow but refuses to give up in love and in life.What is fascinating is how Susan brings it all in and makes a powerful connection among these sisters and their outward connections.Fiona just learned her husband is having an affair with a much younger mistress. Zennie has an idea to Three sisters in vastly different yet similar times of their lives when being jilted and feeling lonely takes on a new look of redemption, courage, and the chance to rebuild.Each of these sisters is facing powerful sorrow but refuses to give up in love and in life.What is fascinating is how Susan brings it all in and makes a powerful connection among these sisters and their outward connections.Fiona just learned her husband is having an affair with a much younger mistress. Zennie has an idea to become a surrogate to help out her friend. Meanwhile, Ali's wedding was just called off not by the groom but his very own brother which makes her wonder as Dan continues to hoover.Side by side these ladies ride the waves of life to a whole new outlook on the world around them.A gripping and fulfilling novel from start to finish.Thank you to Susan, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Three sisters each go through a devastating loss on the same day. The oldest sister, Finola, is blindsided when her perfect marriage falls apart. The middle sister, Zennie doesn't know why "pairing" is such a big deal, but is blindsided when her current date breaks it off because he wants more from her. Ali, the youngest, is blindsided by her fiancé two months before their wedding. Even worse is that he won't even tell her himself - his standoffish brother tells her! Each sister does not want to Three sisters each go through a devastating loss on the same day. The oldest sister, Finola, is blindsided when her perfect marriage falls apart. The middle sister, Zennie doesn't know why "pairing" is such a big deal, but is blindsided when her current date breaks it off because he wants more from her. Ali, the youngest, is blindsided by her fiancé two months before their wedding. Even worse is that he won't even tell her himself - his standoffish brother tells her! Each sister does not want to bother the others with her trauma. They each struggle to change and grow into the women they were meant to be. California Girls is a wonderful view of personal growth, change, family and finding love. I always enjoy Susan Mallery's books. Her characters are spot on and it was a hard book to put down.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Finola, Zennie and Ali are 3 sister who could not be more different. When I first started California Girls by Susan Mallery I was intrigued by how it all started and was very curious for how it would all end. There were many unexpected twists and turns along the way for the 3 sisters.While I enjoyed this story about 3 sisters who learn about heartbreak, healing, second chances and happily ever afters, I also felt this may have been better as a trilogy instead of a novel. There were times where s Finola, Zennie and Ali are 3 sister who could not be more different. When I first started California Girls by Susan Mallery I was intrigued by how it all started and was very curious for how it would all end. There were many unexpected twists and turns along the way for the 3 sisters.While I enjoyed this story about 3 sisters who learn about heartbreak, healing, second chances and happily ever afters, I also felt this may have been better as a trilogy instead of a novel. There were times where so many things were going on for each character I couldnt genuinely connect with them all, I found the best connection with Daniel and Ali, and struggled to connect with the girls parents as I found them unsupportive, self centered and down right rude at times.I received an ARC of California Girls from Netgally and this is my honest review.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    In “California Girls” by Susan Mallery we meet three sisters who on the surface could not be any different. But when all three get dumped a few days apart from each other they begin to see who they were and realize that along the way something shifted and they lost more than the men in their lives. As they begin to put their lives back together, we get to see how they plan to rebuild a better them. It helps when you throw in a small felony, In & Out Burger in a recovery room and offers for r In “California Girls” by Susan Mallery we meet three sisters who on the surface could not be any different. But when all three get dumped a few days apart from each other they begin to see who they were and realize that along the way something shifted and they lost more than the men in their lives. As they begin to put their lives back together, we get to see how they plan to rebuild a better them. It helps when you throw in a small felony, In & Out Burger in a recovery room and offers for revenge sex. I am a Susan Mallery fan (Fools Gold all the way) so this was a change in my reading for her and I could not be happier. I received an ARC through Net Galley of this book and this is my honest review.
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  • ROBIN RUIZ
    January 1, 1970
    You just know that when you open a Susan Mallery book, you will be instantly transported into the story, the characters and all their ups and downs. You will laugh and cry and rally behind the characters routing for them to overcome and persevere !California girls is no different , you will meet Finola , Zennie and Ali , three sisters whose lives have just changed drastically and who have to rediscover themselves and their inner strength !I loved this book, each of these ladies had their own cha You just know that when you open a Susan Mallery book, you will be instantly transported into the story, the characters and all their ups and downs. You will laugh and cry and rally behind the characters routing for them to overcome and persevere !California girls is no different , you will meet Finola , Zennie and Ali , three sisters whose lives have just changed drastically and who have to rediscover themselves and their inner strength !I loved this book, each of these ladies had their own challenges to deal with and I found them easily like able! I enjoyed this book fromBeginning to end !
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a Susan Mallery book is like eating cake with lots of icing, it's pleasing to the pallet. In California Girls Finola, Zennie, and Ali are all dumped at the same time. Each sister deals with her situation differently. Finola reevaluates her life and decides she really doesn't need a husband; Zennie Offers to be a surrogate for her best friend and ends up with more than she bargained for. Ali, the most likable of the sisters, finds passion with the brother of her fiancé. The sisters' paren Reading a Susan Mallery book is like eating cake with lots of icing, it's pleasing to the pallet. In California Girls Finola, Zennie, and Ali are all dumped at the same time. Each sister deals with her situation differently. Finola reevaluates her life and decides she really doesn't need a husband; Zennie Offers to be a surrogate for her best friend and ends up with more than she bargained for. Ali, the most likable of the sisters, finds passion with the brother of her fiancé. The sisters' parents are both insufferable and don't play a major role in the novel. I love the cover of the book as it's pure California. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.
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  • Marisa
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in return for my honest review. I would have to say this was a fantastic read, the emotional pull it envoked for each of the sisters different plights, and yet Thierry situations all came to a head on the same weekend, how strange for all of them. The one true character I had some distaste for would be. The sisters mother Mary Jo, and I didn’t like how she raised the girls so different and having a favourite. This was in some moments I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in return for my honest review. I would have to say this was a fantastic read, the emotional pull it envoked for each of the sisters different plights, and yet Thierry situations all came to a head on the same weekend, how strange for all of them. The one true character I had some distaste for would be. The sisters mother Mary Jo, and I didn’t like how she raised the girls so different and having a favourite. This was in some moments very emotional enducing for the three different women.This was a good read I highly recommend.
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