Three very different people navigate the complicated discovery that they share the same late father and a wealthy grandfather who would surround himself with his blended family. By the best-selling author of Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. 250,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
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. 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 a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.
In this emotional, funny 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. - (Harlequin)
Best-selling romance author Mallery (Sisters like Us, 2018) presents a heartwarming stand-alone novel about a family brought together under unusual circumstances. Alberto, the patriarch of the Carlesso family, is determined to repair the ties that his son cut by abandoning three children in different cities. Alberto has already raised his grandson, Malcolm, and established him at the top of his gourmet-food business, Alberto's Alfresco. Then he tracked down precocious 12-year-old Keira in foster care. Now he's found Callie, a 26-year-old trying to rebuild after a teenage mistake resulted in her serving time in jail and derailing her life. Malcolm is unsure how to be a brother to these vulnerable young women, while, at the same time, he's opening himself up to a relationship with Delaney, a woman who is also dealing with loss and change. Mallery weaves together these stories in a compelling contemporary fairy tale that culminates in a satisfyingly happy ending. Readers will snap up this escapist summer read. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Malcolm, Callie, and Kiera are suddenly linked when they learn that they share a father, whom none of them knew, and a grandfather eager to embrace his newfound family. The No 1 New York Times best-selling author's third hardcover, after Daughters of the Bride and Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. With a 250,000-copy first printing.
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