Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Review: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery (Blog Tour)

The Friendship List : A Novel
Susan Mallery
On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
9781335136961, 1335136967
$26.99 USD, $33.50 CAD
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
384 pages


Already a worldwide success in mass market and trade paperback formats, Susan Mallery’s newest hardcover is an emotional, witty, and heartfelt story about two best friends who are determined to help one another shake things up and live life to the fullest...only to discover that possibilities are everywhere--especially in the most unexpected of places.

Ellen and Unity have been best friends basically since birth, but they couldn’t be more different. Unity married her childhood sweetheart just after high school and became an Army wife, moving from base to base…until her husband's shocking death in the line of duty leaves her a widow. Grief-stricken, it’s time for Unity to come back home to Ellen—the only person she can trust to help her rebuild her life. But Ellen has troubles of her own. Boys never seemed to notice Ellen…until one got her pregnant in high school and disappeared. Her son is now 17 and she’s wondering what to do with herself now that he’s heading off to college and he's literally her entire world.

But now that Ellen and Unity are reunited, they’re done with their stale lives. It’s time to shake things up and start living again, knowing that they'll always have one another to lean on. So they create a list of challenges they have to accomplish--everything from getting a tattoo to skydiving to staying out all night. And whoever completes the most challenges is the winner. But with new adventures and love just around the corner, there’s no such thing as losing…

My Review

Ellen Fox couldn’t have been more stunned when she overheard her teenage son discussing college.  He confides in his friend that he can’t go to his dream college because his single mom needs him at home.  This devastates Ellen as she wants him to have the best college experience he can get.  She’s convinced the best solution is to show her son that she can take care of herself.

Ellen’s best friend Unity Leandre comes up with the perfect idea.  She makes a list of things to challenge Ellen and to break her out of her rut.  Unity makes her own list too.  Everyone around her thinks she’s too devoted to her late husband.  After all, she’s still living in his childhood home.  

Both women are quick to discover that there is a whole world out there.  They end up finding romance along the way as well.

Susan Mallery writes some of the best women’s fiction and romances.  She did a great job of putting these two women in situations that are realistic.  I could really feel what they are going through.  I could easily see being friends with Ellen and Unity.

The book moves at a nice pace.  The characters jump right off the page.  This is the type of book I hope will have a sequel so I can catch up with my new friends.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship and romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations," and readers seem to agree—forty million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She's passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two Ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as Mom.


Twitter: @susanmallery
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  1. Thank you for the review. Always assured of a good read with this author.

  2. I have this from Audible. Glad to know you enjoyed it!

  3. I've only read a couple of books by this author but they are always good light reads. This one sounds like another fun one.

  4. Good to hear. I plan on checking this one out.


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