Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: The Girls of Mischief Bay

The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay - Book 1) by Susan Mallery

Publication Date: 02/24/2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Women' Fiction
Pages: 416

(Received for an honest review from Harlequin MIRA)

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Excerpt from The Girls of Mischief Bay, courtesy of the author's website.


New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is world renowned for her "insightful, funny, and poignant" stories (Booklist). With her brand-new Mischief Bay series, she brings vivid color to the story of three friends on the brink of a new life.
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.
Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg became a VP at 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 really can have it all.
Although Pam Eiland adores her husband, she feels restless now that the kids are grown. Finding sexy new ways to surprise him brings the heat and 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, the girls of Mischief Bay will discover that life is richer with friends at your side.


Susan Mallery brings readers the first book in a new series featuring three women and a friendship that withstands the struggles of everyday life. The Girls of Mischief Bay aren't really girls at all, they are three women from three different walks of life, who don't let age or circumstance dictate their friendship. Mallery gives readers a stunning setting in the small coastal California town of Mischief Bay and she gives them a story of both hope and loss. A great new book, from a trusted romance author!

Susan Mallery is one my guilty pleasure authors. Her books always seem to lift my spirits and put me in a different frame of mind. The Girls of Mischief Bay is certainly that kind of book. Mallery is all about friendship in this novel. There is something about the friendships between women that is really intriguing to me and such a wonderful experience. Mallery is able to capture that bond that is so hard to define and the women in this story possess it. I thought the way they stood up for each other and helped each other was a beautiful thing. 

Not only is this a story of true friendship it is also about the changing stages of life. Each woman in the book is faced with some kind of situation or decision that will redefine how she looks at herself and at the world in general. Mallery makes her readers take a close look at their lives through these women. What changes do you need to make in your life to ensure your happiness? What do you do when tragedy strikes? How can you keep the spice in your marriage? There are lots of questions for these ladies and it was amazing watching them take the steps they needed to start new chapters in their stories.

Nicole is dealing with a husband who isn't contributing to the family in much of any way. Pam is trying to bring the spice back into her marriage and Shannon is realizing that having a top notch career isn't everything in life. All three women go through a transformation in this book and I loved reading how each one of them resolves or makes the changes they need in their lives. I wanted to help even though I knew they were fictional characters. I also wanted to be friends with all of them. Mallery made them so personal and real with real struggles and losses. Great characters all around. 

Bottom Line:

Nicole, Pam and Shannon all were fiercely loyal to each other and each of their journeys in this book. I thought that Mallery did a great job of portraying the friendship that can exist between women, while also showing readers that you can redefine your life at any age, whether that's by having a child, moving on from the past or what have you. I look forward to more books featuring these women and their friends and family. A great start to a new series!

The Girls of Mischief Bay is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. Visit her at


holdenj said...

I always like starting a series like this with the author in the beginning--sometimes it gets to hard to keep up!

Brooke Showalter said...

This sounds like a great start to a series. I've seen it being checked out a lot at my library. It sounds really good! Thank you for sharing your review.