The Stepsisters: A Novel

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery pens a love story of a different sort…a heartfelt tale of friendship between two women who used to be sisters.

Once upon a time, when her dad married Sage’s mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage didn’t have Daisy’s smarts—she had to go back a grade to enroll in the fancy rich-kid school. So she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down to elevate herself. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final, improbable straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled California.

Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

Their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences. They could turn their backs on each other again…or they could learn to forgive once and for all and finally become true sisters of the heart.

Don’t miss The Sister Effect, an emotional, witty, and heartfelt story of a broken family’s complex emotions and uplifting journey as they strive to become whole by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery!

43 reviews
Shari Bartholomew
May 30, 2021
An amazing story that I could not put down. Sage and Daisy, step sisters reunite after many years to help take care of their half sister, Cassidy after a major injury. These sisters never got along when they were younger but have finally come to a truce to help Cassidy. All three are going through personal issues but gain strength from each other, until a final mistake that might ruin everything that they gained. Each of these girls are so different in their lives and personalities but love who they learned to accept their differences and grow from there. My favorite sister was Daisy, I guess I could see a lot of me in her. This is a women's fiction but still has some romance. It focuses on the three girls and their relationship between them but also their romance side. I highly recommend you add this book for your summer read.
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Penny Leidecker
May 26, 2021
I’m so glad I was given the chance to read this heartfelt, emotional page turner. Daisy and Sage are stepsisters, as a result of Daisy’s dad, Wallace, marrying Sage’s mom, Joanne. Cassidy is their half sister. Daisy and Sage were never friends and that really hurt Daisy. When their parents divorce, Cassidy spends time at both places, but she doesn’t want anything to do with Daisy either. Now, Daisy and Sage are in their thirties. Sage has recently returned to the States, after another failed marriage. Daisy and her husband, Jordan, are separated. Jordan was Sage’s high school sweetheart. Wallace calls telling her Cassidy has had an accident and needs round the clock nursing care. He wants Daisy to move her into her home. When Cassidy arrives, she is totally against having anything to do with Daisy. She only wants Sage’s company. As you’re reading this book, secrets are revealed and we learn why each of the sisters are like they are. When they finally grow closer, one of the sisters does something unforgettable. Will they be able to reconnect after this or will they go back to how things used to be? I’m not going to tell what happens, but I will say this, have tissues close by. Just my personal opinion, but Joanne is one horrible woman. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.
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Amanda Delp
May 28, 2021
3.5 stars. Susan Mallery's writing and character depth are generally excellent, but this novel just had a few too many gut punches without relief, at least considering that the villains were a little too flatly characterized for the pain to be more than a gut punch. Jordan was just a terrible husband/human, and Joanne a horrific mother/stepmother/human. and Wallace couldn't plausibly have been that oblivious to the tension between Cassidy and Daisy, so the initial setup was a bit over-contrived for my taste.
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About the author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives—family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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