Published by Mira Books on February 28th 2017
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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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A Million Little Things is the first novel I have read in Susan Mallery’s Miscief Bay series. Although it is number three, Mallery does a great job introducing the characters so readers don’t feel lost. I enjoyed this one for the character development as well as the plot development. I found it believable and intriguing at the same time. Readers will get hooked on Zoe, Jen & Pam’s stories.
I am closer to Pam’s age (Jen’s mom) than Jen & Zoe’s (best friends), but I could identify with each of their stories. Zoe is at a point in her life of big decisions–both personally & career-wise. Just when she’s feeling confident and as though she is getting on track, she is thrown for a loop by a big surprise. To complicate matters, she has just begun to date Jen’s bother, and therefore Pam’s son, and the relationship looks promising–if he is willing to take on Zoe and the new challenges she’s facing.
Meanwhile, Jen is so absorbed in her in her new baby she barely notices anyone else around her. She is basically so obsessed with him that her other relationships are suffering which begins to send her into panic attacks. Jen must do a lot of soul-searching and work on herself to save her sanity.
Then there is Pam. She is still struggling with widowhood while worrying about both of her children and their relationships. She knows Jen is overreacting to her baby’s development and that her marriage is beginning to suffer, but her attempts to help her have failed. Pam is also worried about her son being involved with Zoe while she’s trying get her get her life on track. Her attempts to express her concerns are not welcomed and she worries that both Jen & Steve will disown her. Not to mention Pam is deciding whether or not she is ready to navigate the dating world…Is she betraying her beloved husband by dating Zoe’s handsome dad? Are they even dating?
I am happy to say that all three women eventually find their way. Life is never perfect, nor easy, but somehow people adapt. Readers will enjoy the journey of these three women. There’s something in this story for everybody.