Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: The Girl of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

The Girls of Mischief Bay
by Susan Mallery

Publisher: Mira
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there's a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she's never seen. He won't even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time at her Mischief Bay Pilates studio. Can she say enough is enough without losing the man she loves? 

Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg rose to become vice president in her firm, but she wonders now whether she made the right choice. An exciting new relationship with a great guy convinces her that it might not be too late—until he drops a bombshell that has her questioning whether she can have it all. And if she can, does she want it? 

Although Pam Eiland has a beautiful house and a husband she adores, she feels… restless. She wonders who a stay-at-home mom becomes after the kids are grown. Finding sexy new ways to surprise her husband brings the heat and the humor back to their marriage, but when unexpected change turns her life upside down, she'll have to redefine herself. Again. 

Kritters Thoughts:  The first in a series and I am so glad I was able to start it!  Three women are at three different places in life and each dealing with something and through a yoga class they form a friendship where they will each be able to help the others through their issues.  Nicole is the breadwinner, the cook, the parent and everything in between and her husband decided without her input to quit his job to pursue screenplay writing.  Shannon has always put her work first and is on the cusp of a big birthday and may be regretting putting work before love.  Pam is the eldest of the group and has raised three kids and is feeling like each day is the same over and over, until her life changes on a dime.

Although I completely related with one of the characters, I still enjoyed reading the other two.  I loved how each of them had things or qualities or characteristics that the other needed or wanted.  Susan Mallery fluidly changed from one character to the next so they each received equal airtime, but it happened naturally.  It was also easy to learn each woman and the things that they were dealing with, but it never felt like too much for each character to have going on - no soap opera here.

Overall, this book made me appreciate the female friendships in my life and how often the women that I surround myself with help me get through some of life's speedbumps; sometimes they have the best solutions!  

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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