A Million Little Things
by Susan Mallery
The third book in the Mischief Bay series is basically a stand-alone. You don’t have to read the fist two books to enjoy A Million Little Things. Each book in the series is about a group of women that all have different problems, come together in different ways, and work their way through their issues with friendship and understanding. I would put this firmly in women’s fiction category, and if you like real-world issue based novels this is the one for you. Mallery is an excellent writer and portrays contemporary problems with finesse. While my tastes lend more to fantastical fiction, I did enjoy the story of the three women in A Million Little Things, but I don’t know if I’ll read more in the series. Again, personal taste, not because the story isn’t well done.
The three friends Mallery depicts are Zoe, Pam, and Jen. Zoe is coming out of a long-term relationship and coming to grips with single life, dating again, and dealing with her career choices. Jen is married with a child, and she is a very over-protective mother, to the point where it is causing HUGE issues in her marriage, her mental health, and her friendships. Pam is Jen’s mother, a widower, and rather judgmental. She thinks she has her life all figured out, but between her children’s issues, and meeting a new man who is interested in her, her life is getting rocked around a lot.
There were a lot of issues in this novel and not a lot of romance, even though it’s listed as Contemporary Romance in a lot of the categories it’s put within. There is romance in the book, but it’s mostly about these women dealing with A LOT of problems. Zoe is pregnant from her ex, and is now in a new relationship, she’s dating Pam’s son, who used to like Zoe, but once she told everyone she was pregnant, she doesn’t like Zoe with her son. Jen’s issue is the worst, she’s got terrible anxiety and issues with her kid – which was almost hard to read at points. Most of the issues were just from miscommunication, assumptions, and bad judgment, so they were frustrating at times to read. But, they were very real. Overall, I found I wanted a little more “escapism” and not real life, but I enjoyed the story. It was definitely real life.
“Radishes grow up and need to go to college.”
A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay #3) by Susan MallerySeries: Mischief Bay #3
Published by Mira Books on February 28th 2017
Also by this author: Three Little Words, Hold Me, Kiss Me
From the bestselling author of
The Girls of Mischief Bay
The Friends We Keep
comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs
Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.
Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.
Friendship isn't just one thing-it's a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery!
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