Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova
In the fictional town of Mischief Bay, California, three women in very different stages of their lives come together to commiserate and lean on each other through the thick and thin.
Nicole runs the local Pilates studio where she whips her clients into shape. Unfortunately, her own life is anything but in shape. When her husband announced that he left his lucrative job to sit at home and write a screenplay, Nicole did her best to be supportive. But with no sign of a screenplay and no help at home, Nicole is at her wit’s end trying to keep everything afloat.
With their kids grown and out on their own, Pam and her husband have settled into a comfortable – albeit boring – existence of quiet dinners at home and doting on Lulu, their health-challenged Chinese Crested dog. Despite their contentment, Pam knows that their marriage has lacked that spark for a long time and goes out of her way to reinvent their relationship.
A female CFO in a male dominated industry, Shannon is smart, beautiful and ambitious. Unfortunately, her success at work does not translate to her love life. She has always expected to get married and was even engaged twice, but never quite made it down the aisle. These days, most men are either too intimidated by Shannon’s success or too eager to take advantage of it. But when an online date turns out to be a pleasant surprise, Shannon is tempted to think that it might not be too late for her after all…
The Girls of Mischief Bay was my first experience with Susan Mallery’s writing and boy am I hooked! I’m always on the fence with women’s fiction because many books that fall into this category wind up being all fluff and no substance. Mallery, however, is in a league of her own—her writing flows effortlessly and her characters are smart, relatable and easy to root for. Female readers are likely to find many parallels between their own friendships and the bonds that unite Nicole, Pam and Shannon.
I’ve wanted to try Mallery’s books in the past but did not want to start in the middle/ end of a series. Luckily for me, Mischief Bay is the first book in a brand new series and I definitely look forward to future installments!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.