Susan Mallery’s ‘When We Found Home’ Reminds Us to Never Give Up [REVIEW]


Sometimes family can be found where least expected. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A woman through with love. A man who avoids complications. Two sisters with nowhere to turn. When life throws them all together, will they find their way past the obstacles to discover the possibilities that may lay in store? Find out in Susan Mallery’s riveting family drama, When We Found Home.

Susan Mallery's WHEN WE FOUND HOME


Delaney Holbrook is determined to move on with her life. Sure, she’s had her share of ups and downs, but who hasn’t? She definitely doesn’t intend to let life step on her throat because of the past. Instead, she presses ahead and goes back to school, and swears that she’ll never look at another man in a suit ever again.

Malcolm Carlesso, however, looks fabulous in a suit, but likes his life as it is, thank you very much, put together and organized. So when two half sisters show up that he’s never met, he isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of having them around. After all, they add up to be the one thing he hates the most: a complication. To top it all off, their presence threatens his fledgling relationship with Delaney, especially since she isn’t quite sure what to make of a man who prefers to keep his siblings at a distance.

Callie Smith is used to going it on her own, so she’s not quite sure what to do with a newfound family, even if that means living in a stunning home with a standoffish brother and her quick-witted sister. Yet even as she wonders if her new digs will ever feel like home, she begins to forge a friendship with her brother’s girlfriend, Delaney, and suddenly finds herself optimistic about her future for the first time in ages. But will her past threaten everything she stands to gain?

I enjoy reading Susan Mallery’s books because she deftly captures the essence of all our relationships: whether they involve family, siblings, friends or neighbors. In each novel, I find a new means of looking at the thoughts and emotions that permeate these various dynamics. Her latest novel, When We Found Home, is no exception.

I relate to Delaney Holbrook in many ways, and I have an inkling other readers will as well. When she starts her life over, it reminds me of the many times in my own past where I’ve had to do the same, and like her I didn’t bow under pressure, but remained resilient and continued to put one foot in front of the other. The beautiful thing about this book is that it took this story to show me times that I actually did just that, moments I disregarded as trivial, but which Mallery shows us are actually rather monumental and crucial to our existence.

This book reminds us that true freedom is born of those times when we consciously refuse to let fear paralyze us and keep moving ahead instead, one foot in front of the other. It’s at times like these when we truly journey toward happiness and the rich possibilities of life. With When We Found Home, Mallery uses her tale of family, love, and second chances to create a forum which helps us explore the many facets of life with humor, heart, and curiosity. Don’t miss this heartwarming read!

Note: This edition contains the bonus story It Started One Christmas.

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Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
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Susan Mallery is the number one New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship and romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as Mom. Visit Susan online at, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Instagram, BookBub, and Amazon.

By Susan Mallery
512 pp. HQN. $8.99

Purchase When We Found Home at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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