REVIEW: THE STEPSISTERS, BY SUSAN MALLERY

Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts—she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California.

Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.
 
 
 
potpourri thoughts

The Stepsisters is a tale about a dysfunctional family and the aftermath of divorce and custody issues.

As we meet Daisy and her children, learn about the problems in her marriage, and then see her reconnecting with her stepsister Sage, we begin to realize how their childhood traumas have followed them into adulthood.

Then Daisy’s half sister Cassidy arrives on the scene at a very challenging time, and we predict more chaos and frustration for Daisy.

But what happens instead is the beginning of real communication and how they each start to reexamine the misunderstandings that led to the rift between them.

I liked how they slowly began to develop a real friendship.

But would it last, or would additional betrayals come along to thwart their efforts? Just when I thought there was no hope, I liked how they all slowly began to repair the wounds. 4.5 stars.
 
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