When We Found Home
About When We Found Home
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 10, 2018)
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.
Fans of this author's is in for a great treat. When We Found Home is a pure delightful read! This book is filled with many engaging characters: Malcolm, Callie, Keira, Delaney, Alberto, and Santiago. All of these characters interacted well with each other. There are a few relationships that blossomed as well between Malcolm and Delaney as well as Callie and Santiago. Both relationships I was a fan of.
At the end of the book are some discussion questions. I chose the following question to answer:
With which character did you relate to most strongly? Why?
I related to all of them. I will tell you why. Where Malcolm is concerned; he may have come from money but when it came to sisters, he struggled to connect. Well only in the beginning. I too find it hard at times to connect with people until I really get to know them.
Callie kept a protective barrier around her that Santiago had to break through in order to win Callie's heart. Again, I too have a protective barrier around me and can find it easy to hide behind when confronted at times. In Keira; I can be light hearted and find joy in my friends and family.
Delaney is more soft spoken as am I. Alberto is the powerful figure that brought everyone together but also likes to be behind the scenes. Same with me. I have many ideas for fun parties and such but I like to let others take charge of executing the plan. Finally, there is Santiago. He is charming, shows patience, and family is important to him. These are all qualities and values that I showcase and hold as well.
About Susan Mallery
#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 SusanMallery.com.
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