Friday, March 06, 2015

Review: The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

Title: The Girls of Mischief Bay
Author: Susan Mallery
Genre: Women's Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Series: Mischief Bay #1
Publication Date: 1st March 2015
Pages: 352
Book Source: Harlequin Mira & NetGalley

Synopsis: 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 humour 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.

My Thoughts:
Loved it! I've been craving another heartfelt series from Susan Mallery. I loved the first two books in her Blackberry Island series (not so much the last one) and The Girls of Mischief Bay has a similar feel ... warm and real.

For me, friends are the family you choose for yourself, the strength and security that true friendship brings is a beautiful thing and you can see how true this is for Nicole, Shannon and Pam.  

30 year old Nicole with her oxygen-bandit narcissistic husband, Shannon almost 40, successful business woman, ready for a partner in life and Pam at 50, empty-nester, doting mother to delicate fur-baby Lulu, seeking to spice up her 30 year marriage. They're an unlikely trio but I loved what each brought to the friendship, their journey individually and together. 

Susan Mallery has a knack for writing women's friendships, real women with heartaches, insecurities, strengths and flaws. Mallery doesn't gloss over the trials and sadness of life familiar to many of us or the pain and frustration of watching a loved one coping with the challenges and changes dealt them but there's also a lot to be said about the value of friendship, laughs and good wine. 

A big slice of life in these pages.

Of course the residents of Mischief Bay have favourite restaurants they frequent and Susan Mallery has put together a yummy selection of recipes from these restaurants. Here's a quick easy one I'd love to try ... plenty more on the website  

Chicken-Bacon Pesto Pizza

• 1 store bought pizza crust
• 1 jar pesto, 6 oz
• 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
• 2 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
• ½ small onion, sliced
• ¼ C pine nuts
• 1 C shredded mozzarella
• ¼ C shredded parmesan
• 3 mushrooms, sliced

Preheat the oven to 425. Spread the crust with pesto. Add remaining ingredients. Bake directly on center shelf of oven until cheese is bubbly and starts to turn brown at the edges, 12-15 minutes. 

Chicken-Bacon Pesto Pizza Recipe

Connect with Susan Mallery

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  1. Sounds good and I do so like the cover.

  2. I feel the same way, that friends are the family you choose for yourself. This sounds like a lovely read!

    1. It's why I love Susan Mallery's women's fiction so much Belle. Hope you pick this one up :)

  3. Mm pizza! I am so glad I am having that tonight now

    1. Lucky you! I'm craving pizza ... maybe next week. I'll just have to obsess about it til then ;)

  4. Oh, yummy looking pizza. I might try it!!!! Might. I should look at her other recipes. Should! I loved this book and I can't remember where I read it but I think Nicole's story gets developed more so we are going to be hearing from these ladies again. Can't wait. My favourite kind of book. Have just spent the last couple of hours listening to authors speak on You Tube - not Susan Mallery though, must see what I can find from her. I am almost tempted to get this one on Audible and listen to it and re-experience it all over again.

    1. I love her women's fiction ... family, friends, relationships, a splash of romance and brought together with food. My favourite kind of book too. I think I prefers women's fiction with an element of romance to the contemporary romance genre.

  5. I was debating this one and you cinched it for me! :)

  6. I have never read Susan Mallery, mostly because I wanted to start at the beginning of a series. I've picked this one up, I've heard a lot of good things about it. I'll probably wait until summer to read it, it looks like a perfect beach read.

    1. that's why I started with her women's fiction, there were too many books in her Fools Gold series lol. And I fell in love with her women's fiction. Hope you enjoy it when you pick it up :)

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    1. who am I kidding, I can't wait til next week for pizza haha ... I knew that would happen when I picked that recipe ;)

  8. Oh, love the idea of including recipes!!!!

    1. family, friendship, food ... what more could you want lol. I love stories where food plays a part, her Blackberry Island series was like that. I love trying recipes when an author includes them.

  9. We have a homemade pizza night every week as a family, I usually prefer salmon, but when we have chicken I like pine nuts too, but often forget to put them on. I'll try and remember them this week. Did you make it with raw chicken? I always use precooked chicken.

  10. This sounds like a fun book and good one for us foodies! I love homemade pizza and this sounds awesome. I've bookmarked it for next time it's pizza night.

  11. Okay, I'm sold! I've been eyeing this one for a while...and haven't yet read anything by this author, but I also love books about friendships...and each woman sounds interesting. Thanks for the great review.

  12. I love pesto in any shape or form! This book might make a good book club pick at the library for the summer potluck dinner meeting.

  13. I miss having best girlfriends close! Looks like a fun series.


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