Picture me, writing alone in my office for months at a time (alongside my mostly sleeping pets, who hang out with me all day). Just me, the critters, and a keyboard. Every day I slipped deep into the world of When We Found Home. I felt what the characters felt. I laughed when they did something funny, growled when they acted like idiots.
But all that time, as with every book, I had no idea how you, the reader, would react. Would you fall in love with Delaney and Malcolm, with Callie and Santiago? Would 12-year-old Keira win your heart, as she won mine? Based on what I've been hearing from early readers, you love these characters as much as I do. The reader reviews have been incredible.
When We Found Home is a USA Today bestseller! I can't tell you how much your enthusiasm means to me. Thank you so much for allowing me to take you on another emotional journey. While I write and while you read, our hearts and minds are connected across time. I feel grateful every day that your love of my books allows me to continue telling the stories in my heart.
You'll be happy to know that I've written a follow-up story for Keira, showing her all grown up and falling in love. Stay tuned to future newsletters for details on when it will be released.
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.
RETURN TO HAPPILY INC
In less than two months, on September 18, the last of the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold will fall in love! Ronan Mitchell moved to Happily Inc after his father revealed that Ronan and his twin brother weren't twins, after all. Ronan was the result of his father's affair, and he's had a hard time dealing with the fact that his parents lied to him his whole life.
Fortunately, a bundle of sunshine is about to enter his life in the form of the perpetually cheerful Natalie Kaleta. Because Natalie is such a happy person, Ronan assumes nothing bad has ever happened to her before, but he'll soon learn that Natalie has made the choice to be positive.
Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb, and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top.
After a secret tore apart his family and made him question his sense of self, Ronan fled his hometown for Happily Inc, but the sunny small town can't fix his damaged heart. He won't give in to his attraction for beautiful, perpetually cheerful Natalie. She's untouched by darkness—or so he thinks.
Natalie knows that when a heart goes through the flame, it comes out stronger. Life may not be a fairy tale, but sometimes dreams do come true. Why not this one? Why not tonight?