"Friends Forever -- through thick and thin!"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted April 24, 2016
Three women, three different lives, but still best friends.
Gabby gave up work to be a stay-at-home mom. Not only
does she have twin daughters, but also she's raising her
stepdaughter. Gabby can't wait because in a few short
months, the twins will be in school and she can go back
Hayley is married and longs for a child. Hayley had
several miscarriages and now she's been told she
needs a hysterectomy or she will die. Hayley refuses to
Nicole is a single mother raising her son. Nicole has
decided that she doesn't need a man in her life. She and
her son are doing fine without one.
These three women have formed a bond that no matter what
they will always be there for each other.
Things start to change, just as Gabby is getting ready to
return to work, her stepdaughter becomes pregnant and her
husband Andrew feels she should not go back to work but
raise the baby. Hayley is not ready to give up her dream
of having her own child. Nicole meets a man she
likes, but can she put her feelings aside?
I am a big fan of Susan Mallery. I think I have read
almost all of her books. Susan Malley is one of my top
authors. When one of her books comes out, I can't wait
to get my hands on it. Weather it is a standalone book
or one of her series. Her writing really gets to me. THE
FRIENDS WE KEEP especially does
because I do have some very close friends. We can go
years without seeing each other and if I need them, all
it takes is a phone call. Friends are very important
and Susan Mallery shows just how much in THE FRIENDS WE KEEP.
THE FRIENDS WE KEEP is one of those novels so true to life
you can put in one of your friend's names and
it could be your life story. The book really got
to me and several of the women's lives compare to some of my
friends I have had since I was young. Get your hands on
THE FRIENDS WE KEEP, you will love it.
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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