Book Review: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

Yet another fantastic stand-alone novel by Susan Mallery! When We Found Home, is an engaging story about finding one’s self through a blended family and unexpected friendships. Callie, Keira, and Malcolm are long-lost half siblings. Their grandfather, a wealthy man and business owner, lives in a large home in Seattle. After living most of his life unaware that all three of his grandchildren exist, he is determined to bring his estranged family together, in his home, and provide them with a lifetime of security and love.

Malcolm has known his grandfather for the majority of his life, but Callie and Keira are not as familiar with the relatives of their father, a man they never knew. Callie has a past that she isn’t proud of, one that put her in jail for a good amount of time. Keira has been in and out of foster homes  for most of her life and has never lived in a stable environment. Malcolm runs the family business with his best friend, Santiago, a guy he met in college. He has trust issues that a 20-something adult should not have to deal with. The three siblings can’t be any more different and have a difficult time learning how to communicate and coexist. The daily struggle of their new lives affects all three of the them on a very deep level.

I really enjoyed the family dynamic in When We Found Home. It touched on some tough topics that children face in foster homes, as well as the struggles that blended families encounter. I enjoyed the mix of characters in this novel. Keira’s friend and Malcom’s love interest, Delaney, was my favorite character from the book. Her back story is heartfelt and raw. Every character in this novel is well-developed and has their own interesting narrative. It made the novel even more interesting because there were so many characters to connect to.

Whenever I have the opportunity to review a Susan Mallery book, I always mention how much I love the animal characters in her novels. This time, though, I wasn’t thrilled with the fact that the main animal character in her book is a cat. With that being said, I don’t hold this against the author, I am just not a cat person; I prefer reading about her dog characters.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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