Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Review: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

The Friendship List
by Susan Mallery

Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  [ ] Dance till dawn

[ ] Go skydiving

[ ] Wear a bikini in public

[ ] Start living

Two best friends jump-start their lives in a summer that will change them forever…

Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What’s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband’s childhood bed?

Kritters Thoughts:  Two women feel as though their lives may be stuck going in the same circle year to year, so they challenged each other to complete a list to possibly move their lives in a forward motion.  Ellen Fox has been a single mom since her teenage years and has slowly built a life that she is happy with, but it has always revolved around her life as a mom.  She missed those wild single years, so she may need to focus on how her life will look after her son goes to college.  Unity Leandre's husband died years ago and she still lives in his childhood home, with even the decor from those years.  She hasn't moved beyond what life should have looked like in the dreams she had with him.  

From a tattoo, to dates, to phone upgrades, these ladies challenged each other to do small and big things to move themselves forward and it was so fun to watch them complete the lists.  For me the sad thing was that they weren't completing the lists together as Ellen was on a road trip with her son visiting possible colleges.  This reminded me of my recent read by Abbi Waxman, but still felt different enough to enjoy both books.  

With a few sexy scenes, there was a definite need for romance for both of these women for two very different reasons and I enjoyed watching women of my age fumble through dating.  I loved how each woman challenged the other because they were both having the same issue but in a different context, it was fun to watch them help the other better than they helped themselves!

I typically enjoy Susan Mallery's stand alone books and I liked this one, but it wasn't my favorite.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 75 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  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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