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.
* from Goodreads *
Let me remind you, I do not like to read Women’s Fiction. Yet when Susan Mallery is writing the book, I just can’t say no.
I started The Friends We Keep one morning before work. I had a bunch of errands to run and I had to put my kindle in the trunk so I wouldn’t be tempted to read while driving. I must say, I think I deserve a medal for not pulling over to grab it and finish the rest of the book!
I read The Friends We Keep in just two days. I stayed up late into the night because I just couldn’t put it down. There was just something about these women that feels like home. You laugh with them, hurt with them, get mad at… I mean with them. I was pulled into their lives for a season and will always remember my time spent in The Friends We Keep with fondness.
My favorite aspect of Susan Mallery’s The Friends We Keep is the honesty. It’s full of real-life adventures, risks, problems, delights, and relationships. It’ll make you reflect on the good and the bad in yourself and in your life. The Friends We Keep will make you appreciate your life and your friends. It’ll make you cherish the time and the memories you have.
Now… on to something lighter.
No excerpt, but check out the teaser: Teaser | The Friends We Keep
|Source:||NetGalley | Lent to me in exchange for an honest review.|
|Publisher & Date:||February 23rd 2016 by Mira|
|ISBN:||0778318729 (ISBN13: 9780778318729)|
|Steam:||Adult | There isn’t much steam but some graphic areas that not all will enjoy.|
|Setting:||Mischief Bay, California|
|Series:||Mischief Bay #2|
The Girls of Mischief Bay
The Friends We Keep
Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband, plus a toy poodle and two ragdoll cats who are not at all impressed by her growing fame.
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