Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Mischief Bay, #1
Published: February 2015, MIRA
Format: ARC E-copy, 409 pages
Source: Netgalley via TLC Book Tours
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.
My thoughts: This is the first book in Susan Mallery's newest series, Mischief Bay and I loved it!!! I've long been a fan of her books, having read almost all of her series - Fool's Gold, the Buchanans, the Lone Star Sisters, the Bakery Sisters, the Marcellis and the Blackberry Island series. It was the Blackberry Island series that actually planted the seed for this newest series.
I loved the characters in this book. I loved that these three women - Nicole, Shannon and Pam - had such a strong friendship despite their age difference. They looked out for each other and really showed what it meant to be a true friend. These women are in different stages of their lives and have different backgrounds, yet they look to each other for support, friendship and advice. I found myself relating to each of them at various times throughout the book and that's not always the case in a book about three main characters.
I loved that this book has a completely different feel to it than Susan's Fool's Gold series, which she is still writing. That series, I feel is more romance driven - nothing wrong with that as I enjoy those books just as much, but this one is a little heavier and it has a little more substance to it. It's more of an emotional read than just that happily-ever-after read that I find with the Fool's Gold series. That's not to say that there aren't some humorous scenes in the book, because of course there are - quite a few, in fact. But the balance it just perfect.
I am really looking forward to seeing how this series plays out. Will Nicole, Shannon and Pam be featured in all the books of the series or will we be meeting new characters in each subsequent book? I guess only time will tell...and you can be sure I will be continuing with this series!
About the author: New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.
Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband and a toy poodle who makes her laugh every day and who’s not even a little bit impressed by her growing fame.
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