Title: When We Found Home
Author: Susan Mallery
Rating: 4/5 stars
“Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love…
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. Still, 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. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. 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. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. But affection isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.
In this emotional, humorous and heartfelt story, 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.” (description from Goodreads)
I’ve been holding off reading this book for many months. When you buy a signed copy, you don’t want to ruin it with a silly thing like holding it and reading. Instead, I got my hands on the audiobook, and I devoured it like I have with the other Susan Mallery novels I’ve read.
Like her others, this novel had a big cast of characters and a few storylines throughout. While sometimes this can be confusing to a reader, it’s not the case with this book. Each character’s story and full arc is given it’s time to play out without getter overshadowed with any of the others. I really liked how it was all connected together and concluded.
There’s a strong theme of family throughout, which I see in much of Mallery’s work. Family is important, but when characters haven’t grown up with a real sense of what that can be like, the opportunity to learn appears. It was great to see the journey Malcolm, Keira, and Callie took to find what family meant to each of them and what life can be with a support system.
While I’m thought this was a great standalone that wrapped up how it should have, I’m also looking forward to reading the novella It Started One Christmas. It looks like it’ll continue Keira’s story a little bit. I think it will be nice to see how she’s grown over whatever time gap there is.
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About the Author:
With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.
Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.
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