Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Review: The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there's a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she's never seen. He won't even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time at her Mischief Bay Pilates studio. Can she say enough is enough without losing the man she loves?

Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg rose to become vice president in her firm, but she wonders now whether she made the right choice. An exciting new relationship with a great guy convinces her that it might not be too late—until he drops a bombshell that has her questioning whether she can have it all. And if she can, does she want it?

Although Pam Eiland has a beautiful house and a husband she adores, she feels… restless. She wonders who a stay-at-home mom becomes after the kids are grown. Finding sexy new ways to surprise her husband brings the heat and the humor back to their marriage, but when unexpected change turns her life upside down, she'll have to redefine herself. Again.

Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, three very different women will discover that friends can become family, and that life is richer with sisters at your side.

Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Mira

Terri's Thoughts

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  he book was just released.

Every once and a while I am wrong about things and there were two things I was mistaken on about this book from the beginning.  The first was I thought I had read other works by Susan Mallery however when I go back and check I did not see any.  Perhaps it is because I see her name everywhere I just assumed I had?  The second was I had just assumed that this would be a romance type novel.  Nope, wrong again.  There are elements but there was so much more.

I loved the fact that this was a story about three friends and their journey separately and together. While the storyline for each woman was tied in to the relationship struggles they were each having the underlying theme (to me) was their friendship and the fact that they were always there for each other.

I will not divulge plot but instead will express my feelings about each story

Nicole's Story

I wanted to absolutely murder her husband.  He was so useless and self centered.  There is no way that even for a millisecond I would put up with what Nicole put up with.  A person with such little regard for family and responsibilities would share no space in my life.  I was waiting for her to drop kick him right out of the story.  This story appealed to my angry where is the justice side

Shannon's Story

Her story had the most appeal for the inner optimist in me.  A woman who wants it all, career, man and family finally realizing that it really may be possible.  A story of finding someone you can potentially spend the rest of your life with and not have to compromise your career goals.  Don't get me wrong, there was conflict within the story but it left me with an optimistic outlook (even though I already have this

Pam's Story

This appealed to my OMG this may be me someday side.  I identified with Pam the most as she struggled to break the patterns of a long term marriage and the routine that it settles in to.  As in all relationships there is a tendency to get comfortable and want to break out of the norm.  I can see this.  What happens afterwards is something that broke my heart.  I can't even think about walking in Pam's shoes although her storyline was very realistic.  I felt I identified the most with her character.

In the end I really enjoyed how these three woman supported each other and were there when the others needed them.  It is rare as we get older that we can maintain such friendships and it was refreshing to read about three adults who were in different age groups be able to provide a lifeline to each other.  This was very endearing to me.

I would recommend this story and now that I have finally read Mallery's work I will be reading some more!

About the Author

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived


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