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.
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Such a sweet and heartwarming story!
When We Found Home interweaves so many stories–there’s half-siblings Malcom, Callie, and Keira, who have to learn how to be a family after years of not knowing they were; Delaney, who survived heartbreaking losses and may have taken her life down the wrong path who befriends Keira and might want something more with Malcom; and Santiago, Malcom’s best friend and coworker who loves his family but also finds himself falling for Callie. Watching the siblings forge a relationship is possibly the best part of the book–seeing Malcom’s name in Keira’s phone go from “a**hole brother” to “jerky brother” to “SAB” (slightly annoying brother–she’s twelve) made me laugh as many times as it made me sigh.
The POVs in the story were Delaney’s, Callie’s, Malcom’s, and Santiago’s, and it was a good blend of the four of them. Overall I felt that Callie and Malcom were the most consistently sympathetic characters–both relationship black moments were essentially caused by Delaney(‘s fear) and Santiago(‘s choosing his family over Callie), which was a bit annoying at the time, but they did make up for it in the end, and even if their resolutions did happen a bit quickly, they were still satisfying.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.
Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.