Review by Marlene Engel
We were first introduced to Nicole Lord in the first book of the series, The Girls of Mischief Bay. In The Friends We Keep, we continue her story and get to know some new friends. This book takes us on each of their journeys of ups, downs and everything in between. But it’s the friendship and bond that they share that is truly the star in this book.
After her recent divorce, Nicole expected her life to get upended. But she’s found that things aren’t much different than they were before. With her ex being unreliable at best, she’s still the main provider for their son. And his obsession with Brad the Dragon is still going strong. She’s not thrilled to meet the creator of B the D, but is pleasantly surprised when she does …
Mother of twin girls and a moody step daughter, Gabby, lives for the days when she can have even a moment for herself. But their lives get thrown for a loop when they receive some news about her step daughter, making the home life rocky at best. Can Gabby preserve their marriage without compromising her needs?
Hayley is desperate to have a child. Getting pregnant isn’t the problem, keeping the pregnancy is. After several miscarriages, her body can’t take much more. Now it’s affecting her marriage. Not only is the financial cost a burden, but Hayley’s obsession to birth a child has caused her husband to leave. How far is she willing to go to have her own child, and at what expense to her marriage?
I thought this was a beautiful story of friendship and life, and who we lean on during our times of joy and sorrow. The author does a seamless job with each character and their stories making them feel so real and relatable. If you’re looking for an amazing story, well written characters and an overall great read, this is the perfect book. Susan Mallery captures real life issues and tells them in a way that makes you feel like you’re living the story along with the cast.
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About the Author:
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life.
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