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Mobi Ø Evening Stars 368 pages ☆ Moneyexpresscard í New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams Small town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker More Mom than their mother ever was sheNew York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams Small town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker More Mom than their mother ever was she sacrificed medical school and her first love so her sister could break free Which is why she isn't exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island especially when Nina's life ha As the inaugural poster on the WHY ROMANCE MATTERS web site last year Susan Mallery stated I am a feminist I read and write romance Those two statements do not contradict one another The ending of Mallery's latest Evening Stars provides strong evidence that Mallery's claims are not contradictory But much of what comes before had me wonderingNina has spent much of her teen and adult life taking care of her family Her needy attention seeking flighty mother has always refused to take adult responsibility for either her children or her business an antiue store and Nina who had once had aspirations of becoming a doctor has had to act as the grownup of the family for as long as she can remember Now a thirty year old nurse in a pediatrician's office Nina only begins to wonder how she's lost her way after both her high school sweetheart and the younger boy who once had a major crush on her return to Blackberry IslandNina is filled with doubts particularly about her appearance and thinks although rarely openly talk about how jealous she is of other women's looks especially those of her younger pampered sister Averil When no men were in the picture Nina didn't much care about her appearance But now that she has not one but possibly two men interested in her her feelings are far different How just like a man to make her worry about her appearance she thinks as if it is the man rather than her own thoughts about how to make herself attractive to a guy that are causing her to worry When she's about to have sex after a long drought she thinks Her thighs were flabby her tummy too fat and her breasts hadn't been perky in at least three yearsshe wanted to have sex with Kyle If only she could use a better body to get there In an intriguing passage Nina notes with nostalgia that I never get asked for ID any Kyle responds I don't get the age thing You are what you are Who cares about the number? Nina says So speaks a man who has never read a fashion magazine Does the narrative want us to realize that the body norms that so plague Nina have been constructed by the fashion industry to make women feel insecure so they'll purchase products? Or are we supposed to agree with Nina and buy into the norms and the insecurities and self denigration to which they inevitably lead? I'd like to believe it's the former but with Nina's younger sister Averil working for a girls' magazine I have to wonderBoth Nina and the narrative itself often casts other women as competition for male attention for example when former 12 year old crush but now hunky fighter pilot Kyle takes Nina out to dinner and whispers in her ear The hostess shot her a death stare not the most feminist of moves Interestingly though most of the character arc revolves not around Nina's relationships with men but her dysfunctional relationships with women with her childish mother and with her younger sister who has never learned to be an adult because Nina has always taken on that roleAnd Nina often mouths stereotypes about women and men I'm a girl she says reaching for the can of diet soda instead of the regular; you're such a guy she comments when Kyle brags bigger is better in reference to landing his plane on aircraft carriers and again when he lowers the roof of his convertible despite it being only 60 degrees out I'm not one to argue that there are no differences between men and women but the ones Nina remarks upon seem far socially than biologically constructedOn the feminism plus side Nina does recognize No a man wasn't the way out She had to find her own happiness Nina wonders what would have happened if she'd been available when her first love returned to the island after college but then chides herself Of course a case could be made she was handing over too much power to Dylan She could have made her own life changing decisions if she'd wanted Yes and this is the ultimate message of the text women have the ability to chooseNina's feckless mother is a lesbian which could have been ugly if her fecklessness was presented as a result of her sexual orientation But it's not Nina's mom isn't the most likable character but it's not because she's a lesbian Her partner Bertie is presented in largely positive ways A clear step forward to have a lesbian couple in a mainstream romance and to depict them in nuanced rather than essentialized waysAnd Nina does get to engage in fun no strings tied sex without being punished or slut shamed although she does end up feeling guilty when her partner ends up developing feelings for her that she cannot reciprocateAnd as noted above the book's ending clearly endorses the idea that women need much than a good man in order to find fulfillment So—definite mixed feelings here A character and a narrative that wants to be feminist but that perhaps doesn't realize all the anti feminist ideas which it takes for grantedARC Courtesy of NetGalley

Susan Mallery · Evening Stars Mobi

S suddenly becomecomplicated Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart But as fun as all this romance is Nina has real life to deal with Averil doesn't seem to want the great guy she's married to and doesn't seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina's starting to realize that Two haiku reviewOld boyfriend returnsPlus guy who's loved her for yearsFrom no guys to twoDeeper issues hereShe always took care of thingsGave up her own dreams

Epub ↠ Evening Stars · Susan Mallery

Evening StarsThe control she once had is slipping out of her fingers Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further awayuntil her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars they have to decide what they want Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they've ever wanted DNF I am so sad I love Susan's books but this one just didn't hold my attention