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“This engaging story explores the power that lifelong friendship and unconditional love have to help us through life’s challenges. Told with a style as authentic as it is entertaining, this book is for the author’s many fans as well as those who enjoy Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs.” —Library Journal
“Fans of ReaAnne Thayne and Robyn Carr will enjoy how prolific women's fiction master Mallery orchestrates community connections, friendships, and fulfilling romances.”—Booklist
"Susan Mallery never disappoints."—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The Friendship List is a sassy, sensuous tale about two women who discover their femininity for the first time. Along with the joys and heartaches that accompany this, they realize there is much more to life than working, raising kids, and settling for the mediocre." —New York Journal of Books
"Mallery beautifully illustrates the power of female friendship and the importance of reaching for one's dreams...Mallery's women are achingly real. This irresistible, heartfelt story will appeal to romance readers and women's fiction fans alike."—Publishers Weekly
"A breath of fresh air for romantics."—Library Journal, Starred Review on The Summer of Sunshine & Margot
"A delicious tale destined for beach blankets."—Publishers Weekly on The Summer of Sunshine & Margot
"Perfect for a summer read."—Booklist on The Summer of Sunshine & Margot
"Gritty and magical, angst-ridden and sweet, this coming-home story by bestseller Mallery (Only His) pulls no punches... Mallery adds layer upon layer to the women's history, while revealing the raw core of each with expert pacing guaranteed to keep a reader up way past bedtime..." —Publishers Weekly on Barefoot Season
"Barefoot Season is a well-written story of healing, letting go, and making room in your heart for hope." —USA TODAY on Barefoot Season
"Susan Mallery gives us a candid, honest look into the turmoil of family life when tragedies and personal crisis' occur... Mallery never disappoints her readers and THREE SISTERS is no exception. It's a winner and should be on everyone's short list of must reads."— Fresh Fiction on Three Sisters
"Mallery has again created an engrossing tale of emotional growth and the healing power of friendship." —Library Journal on Three Sisters
"[A] joy for all of us who were rooting on the sidelines." —Publishers Weekly on Evening Stars
"Mallery pulls out all the stops in this highly enjoyable and insightful, funny, and poignant look at self-sacrifice and romantic entanglement." —Booklist on Evening Stars, Starred Review
About the Author
Susan Mallery is a critically acclaimed author of more than one hundred romance and women's fiction novels, which have made the New York Times bestsellers list and been listed in Booklist's Top 10 Romances for four consecutive years. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Because she is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books.
Tanya Eby is a novelist and an audiobook narrator who has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards and been nominated for the Audie Award. She has a BA degree in English language and literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07WYPSZKP
- Publisher : HQN Books; Original edition (August 4, 2020)
- Publication date : August 4, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 764 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also, I wasn't particularly thrilled with the lead characters in this one.
Two friends each stuck in their past. Following self-imposed rules that shouldn't exist. Rules which stop them from living a full life.
Ellen Fox is a single mother. Her son is finishing high school and it is time to decide about picking a college. Ellen admits she doesn't want him to leave the nest until she realizes he is not even considering the college he wants because he feels responsible for her and he is willing to sacrifice his future for her.
Unity Leandre is living in the past. She became a widow 3 years ago. Her husband died in the line of duty. She is living in his childhood home and in his childhood bedroom. His clothes are still hanging in the closet. She hasn't been able to take anything away since she lost him.
Neither woman has dated recently. Ellen since she became a mother and Unity since the passing of her husband. They do have each other. They have been friends for many years and they support each other unconditionally.
Unity creates the Friendship List. A list of challenges for them to achieve including dating again. Unity writes it more for Ellen than for herself. She is not sure she wants to change at all.
The Friendship List was a charming and witty novel. The main characters Ellen, Unity, Keith, Thaddeus, Cooper, Lisa, and Dagmar were all well written and well developed.
I love Ellen's spontaneity with Keith. She also had a great relationship with her son, Cooper. She was probably my favorite character. A close second was Dagmar. Unity was lucky to have her.
Keith went a little too far with his daughter, Lisa. He went from caring for her to becoming too controlling for my taste.
I love Thaddeus. He was perfect. He was so patient and understanding. He was ready for a relationship and he played no games.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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What can I say about Ellen and Unity’s story? It was a ray of sunshine which really brightened my day. The Friendship List was like a gift that kept on giving.
Life is a funny old thing, isn’t it? Sometimes, without even meaning to, we find ourselves in a rut. You never know what curveball is going to get thrown at you next, but you deal with it and learn to adapt and survive. Yet, life is about more than survival. Surely, life is for living and embracing every moment? *sigh*
I defy any reader of TFL not to identify with at least one of the characters – I certainly did! And let me tell you, introspection does not look good on me... *blushes*
I lived, laughed, and loved (and dare I even say it, cried) every moment of this book with Ellen and Unity. What fun was to be had, but also the facing of some hard truths. The ying and the yang of life, huh?
The two women who set out on their journey of discovery to challenge themselves at the start of the book, and step out of their comfort zones, are very different to those at the end. Two words – girl power! *snorts* (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)
My kindle notes are a colourful collection of some of my favourite moments in TFL. But, boo, I can’t share them here with you as they may give too much away. I know *shrugs* – I’m such a tease.
I can’t count how many times I laughed out loud when I least expected it. Spontaneous humour at its best! I’m giggling to myself just now thinking of those scenes. You know where I am if you want to compare notes later, lol.
It doesn’t happen to me very often, but on occasion, I come across a character that has me wanting to slap myself. Why you ask? Well, it’s all due to The Swoon. I was swooning and sighing with the best of them over Thaddeus. I’m sure my friends will be saying they know the reason why once they hear a certain piece of his backstory. However (am I stressing this enough?), it was his quiet intensity that drew me in – honest! Ack *shrugs*, believe what you want... *laughs*
Susan Mallery has done it again, and as the tag line says, The Friendship List is the perfect feel-good read. I think we could all do with a little escape right now.