Susan Mallery brings us another great read from her new
Mischief Bay series with THE FRIENDS WE KEEP. Gabby
Schaefer is eager to go back to work after being home
with her twin girls for five years. Add her husband
Andrew's fifteen year old daughter to the mix, plus a dog
and cat, and Gabby is ready for a change. But her much
anticipated, neatly planned world is soon shattered, and
her marriage may be in danger as well.
We met Nicole Lord in Ms. Mallery's first book in this
series, THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY. Nicole and husband
Eric divorced, and Nicole is now raising her son Tyler
alone. His dad never seems to have time to see him. When
Tyler wins a contest to have his favorite author come to
his summer day camp, things begin to heat up in Nicole's
life. She and author Jairus Sterenberg get off to a rocky
start, but Jairus is persistent. Nicole fears Jairus will
leave just like Eric did. She's not sure she can ever get
life just right.
Hayley Batchelor desperately wants to have a baby. She's
recovering from her fifth miscarriage. Her doctor says no
more tries; she needs a hysterectomy. Hayley refuses, and
tension builds between her and husband Rob. However, that
decision is taken out of Hayley's hands. Will she ever
have a child of her own?
THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is contemporary women's fiction at
its finest. The lives of these three women intertwine as
they work through the crises that life brings their way.
Ms. Mallery always gives us well-developed realistic
characters, and we can find a little of ourselves in each
of these ladies. This is a story about taking the high
road, being better rather than bitter. It's a story about
truth versus reality. What we believe to be true about
ourselves in our own minds may not always line up with
what other people see. We get a few more glimpses into
the fictional town of Mischief Bay,
California where this story takes place. Ms. Mallery
brings back characters from her previous book and updates
us on their lives. I can't wait for the next installment in
the Mischief Bay series.
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.