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.
Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, three very different women will discover that friends can become family, and that life is richer with sisters at your side.
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Mira
(first published January 27th 2015)
The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first book in a new series by Susan Mallery and to be honest I wasn’t sure after starting it if I would continue to read it, but I am glad I did. This book takes you on a journey of three women who are not only different in age, but they live very different lives. Immediately Mallery pulls you into the lives of these three women.
Nicole is struggling to support her family when her husband, Eric decides to quit his job to write a screenplay. I do support pursuing one’s dreams, but in a marriage it is all about compromise. I liked Nicole because she is trying to be supportive, but yet she finds herself taking care of the chores and taking care of their son. And to top it all off she has her own business. Eric promises that he will help out more, but selling his screenplay is more important. With doubting if her marriage will survive Eric finally sells his screenplay and becomes a changed man. Now with new clothes, highlights and Hollywood parties to attend Nicole just isn’t good enough anymore.
Pam is having a hard time with her age but being 50 and having grown children does have its advantages. Her and her loving husband John take a trip to get the romance back in their lives although it’s not really needed, but I love how she wanted to spice things up in the bedroom. When a tragedy hits her family, it’s time for Pam to make some decisions and decide how to handle them one day at time. I did have a hard time with some that she wanted to make and found myself tearing up throughout what she was going through and how she was going to actually end up handling them. I think her story is the one that touched me the most in this book.
Shannon has worked hard to get to where she is in her life, but settling down was put on the back burner. Now that her career is going well she is wondering if she has missed out on getting married and having children. Shannon is hoping to find a man that can give her the happily ever after that she is looking for and that can handle her demanding career. When she meets Adam from an internet dating site she isn’t so sure that he will call again especially since their first date was interrupted by work. With a romance blooming she is becoming more sure about starting a family with the man she is falling in love with, only one problem he has two kids from a previous marriage and had a vasectomy. Adam is sure that Shannon is the one for him and will do anything to keep her in his life which was super sweet. Now it’s up to Shannon to decide if Adam is worth the fight.
I really liked how Mallery set up the setting of this book and the details she provided to make it seem like you were right there along with this women in Mischief Bay that alone had me wanting to continue on this adventure with these three amazing women. It goes to show that age doesn’t really matter when you are amongst good friends to help you through the life changes, heartaches, and what the future might hold. They are their through the good and the bad. I am sure these women will be friends forever.
I am excited to see what happens in the next book in the series and can’t wait to read it. Mallery has changed me over to wanting to read more Women’s Fiction.