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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery released the 2nd book in her Mischief Bay series earlier this year. I recently finished this book not knowing it was the second book in a series! Oops! Good thing this book can stand alone.
I was in the mood for a light, chick lit-y read and The Friends We Keep was exactly that!
In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left.
After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can’t wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband’s crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.
Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.
Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn’t as painful as it should’ve been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time’s the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?
As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby, Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life’s toughest changes
My Goodreads Review
I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series. I have not read the first book and that wasn’t a problem – this book can stand alone. I was perusing the “chick lit” section as I was in the mood for a light, feel good read and this book caught my attention. I am a new mom and this book explores the many facets of motherhood. Feeling as though this story will be highly relatable for me right now I decided to give it a shot.
It took me a while to get into the story. It was slow going at first and I almost gave up. Once the story and characters got their rhythm I found myself invested in their stories and had to read to the end. I’m giving this book 3 stars because it was just average. It was perfect for what I wanted to read at the time but there is nothing special about the writing or story line. I’d say this is the perfect light summer read.
Buy the book
On Amazon, it’s a little over $12 for paperback and $9.99 to download on your Kindle.
Have you read any of the Mischief Bay series books? What are your thoughts?
Hey! Let’s be friends on Goodreads!