The Friends We Keep - Mischief Bay series, Book 2

Author: Susan Mallery

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5+RR


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For the past five years, Gabby Shaefer has been a stay-at-home mom to her twin daughters and a moody stepdaughter, with little time to herself. Now that her daughters are entering school, she is more than ready to return to work, at least part time. But when she receives some shocking news, she finds that her husband expects more from her than she is willing to give. Will Gabby have to choose between her marriage and having a life of her own?

All Hayley Batchelor wants is to give birth to a child of her own. Although she has no problem getting pregnant, carrying the baby to term seems impossible. After five miscarriages, her health is being affected, so not only do they have the high costs of fertility treatments, but now her husband is worried he might lose his wife. However, Hayley is willing to risk anything to have her own child. But will her obsession cause her to lose her husband in the meantime?

After undergoing a divorce, Nicole Lord finds that she is not as upset as she believes she should be. Does this mean she didn't love her husband? Now a single mother, Nicole has no interest in dating, until she meets the author of her son's favorite book. She is startled by her attraction to a man she has previously scorned. But can she trust herself to recognize true love, or is she about to experience true heartache?

An emotion-packed tale, THE FRIENDS WE KEEP, the second novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's MISCHIEF BAY series, is an unforgettable contemporary women's fiction story that will steal your breath away. Three friends face a year of life altering events in this tantalizing novel that is sure to touch hearts. An emotion-packed story, this book will keep readers on a roller coaster ride of tears and laughter right up to the beautiful ending. The characters are so well drawn that I almost felt like I knew them personally and could not help feeling empathy for what they were going through. Exploring the twists and turns that life takes, the three friends are always there for each other, helping one another, while dealing with their own issues. Readers will find it nearly impossible to put down.

This is the first Susan Mallery book I have read, but it definitely will not be the last. This novel has made me a fan of her work. Ms. Mallery writes compassionately about down-to-earth women with real issues. The combination of close friendships, marriage, parenthood, relationships, realistic life problems and triumphs, compassion, humor, heartache and love make this a story that is not to be missed. This novel can be read as a standalone, but I am sure that after reading it, you will seek more of Ms. Mallery's novels, like I did. Be sure to pick up your own copy of THE FRIENDS WE KEEP today, and while you are at it, why not pick up a copy of the first book in this series entitled THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY. Definitely a must read!

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