"The friends who are there when our world is falling apart are THE FRIENDS WE KEEP!"
Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted March 7, 2016
THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is the second book in the Mischief
series by Susan Mallery. This story pulls at your heart
strings but it also had me pulling at my hair. These three
best friends have so much going on in their lives. Susan
Mallery does an amazing job of telling their stories. My
heart breaks for the pain that's suffered, but it drove me
crazy with some decisions that are made.
Nicole is a divorced mother with an adorable five-year-old
son, Tyler. If you read the first book in this series then
you will remember that her husband Eric decided to quit his
job and write a screenplay without discussing it with her.
Once he became successful he decided he no longer wanted to
married. Since the divorce he has had very little contact
Tyler, and Nicole worries about how this will affect Tyler.
because of how her ex made her feel when they were married,
finds it difficult to trust her feelings when a new man
Gabby is married with five-year-old adorable twin girls,
Kenzie and Kennedy and a fifteen-year-old stepdaughter,
She has put her career on hold for the past five years to
at home and raise her daughters. Now that the girls are
enough to start school, she's ready to reenter the work
While Gabby and Andrew are preparing the family for her
to work they learn fifteen-year-old Mikayla is pregnant.
announcement will have untold repercussions within the
Gabby and Andrew will learn that communication and
will play an important role in their family.
Then there is Hayley who desperately wants to have a baby.
She and Rob have suffered through several miscarriages,
has taken a toll on her health. Because of these health
issues the doctor has made a recommendation that Hayley is
ready to accept, and with her family history, Hayley feels
like she "has" to have a baby. She ends up making
that not only causes problems in her marriage but also puts
her life at risk. Hayley will learn that biology is not
determine what makes a family. She and Rob will see that
hope is not lost.
These three women along with some of their other friends
provide each other with great moral support and insight
needed. When your life seems to be falling apart, the
friends who are there to pick you up are THE FRIENDS WE
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.
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