Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Girls of Mischief Bay - Susan Mallery

The Girls of Mischief Bay
Susan Mallery
Mira, Feb 24 2015, $14.95
ISBN: 9780778317746 (trade); 9780778316022 (HC)

Thirtyish Nicole Lord feels overwhelmed with running and owning an exercise studio that is her family’s only source of income since her husband Eric quit his job; and his constantly forgetting their almost five years old son Tyler. It makes her feel like a single mom though he lives with them.  Ignores his responsibilities to his wife and child, Eric prefers surfing and being a wannabe screenwriter.

Fortyish CFO Shannon Rigg loves her career and accomplishments, but also feels lonely as she never married since she refuses to settle.  Shannon hopes her latest boyfriend Adam the divorcee proves to be her soul mate though she feels out of her element with his two preadolescent children who he shares other weekly custody with his ex.

Fiftyish Pam Eiland knows her husband of over thirty years John loves her, their adult kids are great and Lulu the dog adores her.  Perhaps it’s recently turning fifty, but Pam wants the return of gusto back into her too comfortable ennui marriage, but will soon pray for something else.

The first Mischief Bay, California family drama is a thoughtful look at relationships through the respective filters of three “Pilates” BFFs.  Each of the lead women is fully-developed while the prime people (including one another) in their lives enhance understanding of what motivates them especially surviving tragedies and failures, and rejoicing triumphs.

Harriet Klausner

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