Secrets of the Tulip Sisters
by Susan Mallery
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 11, 2017)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Daughters of the Bride comes the charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love and the unbreakable bond between sisters
Kelly Murphy’s life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son, who’s set his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone.
But Olivia’s return isn’t as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She’s determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. For ten years, she and Kelly have been strangers. Olivia will get by without her approval now.
While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?
Told with Mallery’s trademark heart and humor, the Tulip Sisters are in for the most colorful summer of their lives…
Every year Delja visited her daughter for three weeks. The entire town wept as the supply of cinnamon rolls dried up. Tempers grew short and people counted the days until Delja’s return.
She was currently subscribing to the when-then philosophy— distant cousin to the if-then concept. When she lost weight, then she would be brave and throw herself at Jeff.
I don’t want to hate her because that means I’m devoting too much energy to her. I want to not care. I need to find my Zen center.
I’d invite you over, but my mother is there and I like you too much to subject you to that.
I know you could do better, but I hope you won’t try.
I adore Susan Mallery’s work; I don’t think she could write a bad story even on a dare. I haven’t read all of her books but of the ones I have, I’ve noticed her characters tend to be complicated, complex, endearingly flawed, and much like real life people they are also frustrating at times yet they are always compelling and highly relatable. Secrets of the Tulip Sisters was an engrossing women’s fiction novel boasting an entertaining, well-balanced, and well-paced storyline with lots of family drama, several romances, clever humor, small town issues, and challenges to bonded friendships. The writing was colorfully amusing with clever banter and witty quips between characters, scalding hot sensual scenes, insightful observations, and a vile and conniving villain for everyone to despise.