Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.
Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Usis a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humor.
Harper takes after her mother (Bunny), Stacey takes after her father. The two sisters are complete opposites. Harper is divorced with a teenaged daughter, a virtual-assistant business (so cool) and is a perfectionist, sacrificing time for herself to make everything just right (however, never “just right” in her mother’s eyes). Harper’s daughter, Becca is 16, a little on the whiny side and quite often angry because she feels that her mother is never there.
Stacey is the younger sister. She is a scientist with two PHD’s, pregnant, and is married to an amazing man (Kit) who plans to put his career aside to be a stay-at-home dad. Knowing their baby plan will be considered untraditional and unacceptable in Bunny’s eyes, Stacey hasn’t told her mother about the pregnancy yet.
Lucas, the wealthy cop client who keeps Harper on her toes and Ashton, Stacey and Kit’s nephew are interesting secondary characters who add a sweetness to the story and helps to break-up the family tension.
Sisters like Us by Susan Mallory is a light, easy read that deals with family issues we all experience: grandma, school, boyfriends, ex-husbands, babies, paying bills, and more. Light humor is added to the story by way of grandma Bunny who is never satisfied. If I’m going to be truly honest though, the story is much improved when Becca inherits three large Dobermans from Harper’s Great-Aunt Cheryl.