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The Friends We Keep
Summary from Goodreads:
In this insightful and compelling story from book club favorite Susan Mallery, three close friends test the boundaries of how much a woman can give before she has nothing left
After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can’t wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband’s crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.
Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.
Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn’t as painful as it should’ve been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time’s the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?
As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby, Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life’s toughest changes.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I read The Girls of Mischief Bay last year and enjoyed it- so I quickly requested The Friends We Keep as soon as I could.
In the second book- we have 2 new main characters and Nicole (from the previous book!) Shannon and Pam (the original characters) are mentioned several times as well. And Nicole- hater of all things B the D- well, she learns that ole B might not be as bad as she thought 😉
Like the first book- the cover sets your mind to thinking easy reading- but these ladies are facing some tough times. Nicole is coming to terms with her divorce and how her son and ex-husband’s relationship will be in the future.
Gabby loves her husband- but her role as “second wife” is not all fun. She’s dealing with being a stepmother to a girl she can’t really “parent” and when a situation happens that tests all the ties in the family- Gabby discovers a lot about herself.
Hayley’s story is probably the most heartbreaking. Desperate to become pregnant again, Hayley puts her marriage on the line to achieve the one goal she’s always wanted- to be a mother. In the aftermath, Hayley discovers that being a mother takes on many forms- and while it may not look like she had wanted- family is all around her.
With humor and heartbreak- Susan Mallery tells the tales of these 3 women- and crafts a story that is very readable!
*Traveling With T requested this book via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T