Monday, February 22, 2016

Return to Mischief Bay with Susan Mallery

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?

I have never been a big fan of what I consider "women's fiction". I like my romances to focus on one couple and their building relationship. However, Susan Mallery is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and so far, I have thoroughly enjoyed her Blackberry Island and Mischief Bay series. 

Gabby loves her husband and her children very much, but she cannot wait for school to start so that she can finally return to work. However, life throws the family a huge curveball regarding her step daughter and things within the family and the marriage get very, very shaky. Can Gabby save her marriage without losing sight of herself?

Nicole, whom we met in the previous novel, is finally divorced and learning to live life as a single mother. But her son's obsession with Brad the Dragon could bring someone new into their lives. 

All Hayley wants is a child of her own. She doesn't want to adopt, she wants a child from her own body, and she will do anything to get it, even though her body cannot take anymore. When her husband leaves because of the obsession that is killing her, Hayley must decide what is more important, her need for her own child or her husband.

These women, these friends, bring us into a world that can seem so much like our own lives sometimes. For the most part though, they get a happy ever after. I love the characters and the places we visit within the book. We see old characters and new characters, as is usual with Ms Mallery's books. It was nice to catch up with Pam and see how she is doing since her husband's death. 

If you haven't read Susan Mallery yet, ya need to get busy. She is a fantastic author!

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