Series: Mischief Bay #3
on February 28th 2017
Reading Challenges: Bookopoly 2017
From the bestselling author of The Girls of Mischief Bay, The Friends We Keep comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs.
Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.
Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.
Friendship isn't just one thing-it's a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery!
I have been waiting on this release since I finished the last book by Susan Mallery. (I have mentioned that I love her book right?)
I can admit that I was not let down at all. It was such a good read.
Just like the second book in the Mischief Bay series – The Friends We Keep – we are reintroduced to a previous character (or few). In this book we are reintroduced to Pam, who’s husband John passed away in the previous book. Along with Pam comes her children, Steven and Jen, who we are also reintroduced. Pam and Jen are two of the three main female characters in this book. We also meet Zoe.
Zoe is Jen’s best friend, a former teacher, cat mother and newly single. She has just broken up with her longtime boyfriend Chad, whom she has just recently had a sexual encounter with, and is feeling miserable. The sexual encounter with Chad does not help her misery. She knows he isn’t right for her and that she never really meant anything to him other than someone to have fun with, but she doesn’t like being single. She, however, refuses to turn back to Chad. After an incident all by herself at home in her attic, she runs to her best friend Jen to talk about life, but once there Jen is no help.
Jen has become enamored with her toddler son Jack, who has yet to talk to her. She feels something is wrong with him and doesn’t understand why no one else doesn’t see this. She doesn’t understand nor does she see that she is hovering on him and making him all her world. After unintentionally pushing her best friend away she reaches out to her mother, who informs her of Zoe’s mishap. Jen wonders how Pam knows this and also learns that Pam and Zoe have been talking alot lately. Jen feels terrible.
Of course there are a few men, other than the lousy Chad, that make appearances throughout the book including Steven, who is pushed towards Zoe by his mother, Kirk who is Jen’s husband, Miguel – Zoe’s father and a possible love interest for Pam and Lucas – Kirk’s work partner whom Jen thinks is a bad influence on him.
And as usual, there are several obstacles that each lady has to tackle before they can find the real meaning of not only love but friendship.