California Girls

California Girls

Large Print - 2019
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Mria's Synopsis: 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 the 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781432862657
1432862650
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mal
Description: 585 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she's blindsided on live TV by the news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. Meanwhile, her sister Zennie is also going through a break-up. A break-up is no big loss. Although t... Read More »


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Kdgosling
Jun 17, 2019

This was my first time reading this author & I really enjoyed it! I just finished another book by this author & it was good as well!

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MB_kcls
Jun 12, 2019

I am a bit disappointed in ‘California Girls’, starting with the light breezy cover which completely misrepresents the story. I have to wonder if whomever chose the cover actually read the book.

I truly dislike every major character in ‘California Girls’ (including their awful parents!), with the exception of Daniel and Rochelle. I understand the 'girls' needed flaws to grow, but their voices were discordant, unlikable and repetitive. I alternately wanted to scream at them to either 'grow a pair' or 'suck it up, buttercup', just stop with the angst and whining which far outpaced the plot.

‘California Girls’ is missing the depth of emotions Susan Mallery captured so well in ‘Sisters Like Us’ and almost feels like a gumbo of leftover characters and their stories not needed in other works which were thrown together as a family, (one in which I would not like to be a member), to make a book.

Susan Mallery is so much better than California Girls.

A low and generous 3.5 stars

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allmyangels6
Jun 10, 2019

This is a great summer read. The characters are likeable and it is an easy, breezy read for the beach.

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muffinmkd
May 04, 2019

Susan Mallory usually writes more positive stories. I found this one depressing.

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vickiharris427
May 02, 2019

The author, Ms. Mallery, evidently has some great unresolved differences with either her own mother or her own mother-in-law. Witness the quite unsympathetic mother figures in lots of her stories, e.g. Dominique Guerin, Mae Stryker, and even pushy, though more likeable, Denise Hendrix in the Fools Gold series, the mother in "Daughters of the Bride". However, she's reached a new level of awfulness in the mother in "California Girls". I just wanted to kick the everlovin' stuffing out of this self-absorbed creature, who ended up at the end of the story with WAY much better than she deserved. No wonder her daughters ended up damaged. Not a particularly enjoyable read.

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Patricia_T
Apr 16, 2019

Fascinating story, great read and an insight into family, their differences, how the react to the situations they encounter.

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