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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. But affection 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, humorous 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.
I thought this book was a very sweet read about an nontraditional family. I think in this day and age, the definition of family is very fluid, and I think that this book celebrates the a family that has come together in a very unique, if complicated, way. The three characters in this book are all family, half-siblings, all with the same father, different mothers. Three different experiences growing up. Three different backgrounds, three different demons. When they are assembled together finally, all in one place, they need to learn to accept each other, these differences, and to trust one another. To do the things family does automatically – trust, love, respect. And these are things that Malcolm, Callie, and Keira need to learn how to do, and how to become the family that they are.
Malcolm has known his place for a very long time. He is the grandson of a wealthy man, a self-made business owner. Callie and Keira have both had more tragedy in their lives, that has left them a little more damaged. Malcolm has some issues himself, but at least he has always had the stability of his home, at least since he was ten. When his sisters finally arrive and they are all together for the first time, they start to sort themselves out. Reveal the vulnerabilities within, slowly but surely. Callie and Keira bond quicker than Malcolm does with either of them, but I think that makes sense. He has his reasons.
I loved this story, and enjoyed reading about how they all slowly became a family. Little by little and step by step, they all found happiness. And of course, there is the other stuff that is happening too – the love interests, their jobs, learning and becoming who they are supposed to be. Not just a family, but their full, complete selves.
This was a lovely read, a heartfelt book about family, and ultimately, coming home.