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  • ISBN: 9780778318149
  • Date of publication: January 2015
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by Susan Mallery

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In this heartwarming and celebrated Blackberry Island novel, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery introduces us to three women whose friendship is about to change their lives forever.

After Andi Gordon is jilted at the altar, she makes an impetuous decision buying one of the famed Three Sisters on Blackberry Island. Now the proud-ish owner of the ugly duckling of the trio of Queen Anne houses, her life is just as badly in need of a major renovation as her new home.

When Deanna Phillips confronts her husband about a suspected affair, she opens up a Pandora's Box of unhappiness. In her quest to be the perfect woman, she's lost herself and could lose her entire family if things don't change.

Next door, artist Boston King thought she and her college sweetheart would be married forever. But after tragedy strikes, she's not so sure. Now it's time for them to move forward, with or without one another.

Thrown together by fate and geography, and bound by the strongest of friendships, these three women will discover what they're truly made of: laughter, tears and love.

I jumped at the chance to read this book, the second in the Blackberry Island series by Susan Mallery. As you know, I gave Barefoot Season 4.5 out of 5 and had high expectations of this next instalment.


I was not disappointed. We are introduced to the 3 female characters this book is based around fairly quickly, jilted bride to be Andi, grieving artist Boston and perfect mum Deanna. Each one is flawed and I loved every one of their stories.


Andi has bought the neglected house on the hill that has Boston and Deanna as neighbours. As the story unfolds we learn more and more about the 3 women and we read about how they become friends.


Chick lit warning: I cried in parts of this story but that just makes me love these kinds of books more. I enjoyed how Mallery has given subtle little nods to the other characters in her Blackberry Island novels throughout the series so we can keep in touch with our favourites characters.


I have already bought book 3 (evening stars) and will review it shortly. I have also just discovered through my Goodreads profile that she has a new series (mischief bay) that I will be sure to devour when time permits.

Trust me, it’s a great little book for those of us addicted to chick lit.

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