The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first in the Mischief Bay series by Susan Mallery and what an awesome beginning! I can hardly wait for the next book to come out. I really loved this book and the premise of the strong bonds of female friendships despite differences in age or lifestyle. The Girls of Mischief Bay is about women and the everyday good and bad things in our lives that can either elate us or devastate us. I laughed, I cried, I loved.
The setting of Mischief Bay is lovely and more than once I wished I was a resident there. The three women the novel focuses on – Nicole, Pam, and Shannon – are all women that a reader can find themselves relating to in one way or another and I liked them all even though I didn’t always agree with some of their decisions. What I liked most and envied was the wonderful and supportive friendship the three shared.
Nicole is in her thirties and married with a young son. She owns a dance/exercise studio called Mischief in Motion and that is where the women originally met. Out of the blue her husband decides to quit his job and write a screenplay. This entails no longer supporting his family, caring for his son, or doing much around the house. Nicole is left trying to juggle working full time with caring for her son and home. She doesn’t think it can get much worse… but she might be wrong.
Shannon is almost forty and made the decision long ago to focus on her career instead of a personal life but now she’s wondering if she made the right decision. She questions it even further when she finally meets a man she feels is the answer to all she’s ever wanted. Can it really all be so right and perfect? Not likely…
Then we have Pam who is fifty and at the point in her life where her children are all gone and she’s wondering what to do with herself. She loves her husband of thirty years and their life together but she wants more for them. They need to spice up their life and one of the routes she takes to do this left me laughing. But… there is always a but.
I know I’ve said it already but I loved this book – every page. I was so drawn into the lives of these women that I literally felt the joy and pain that each of them felt. The Girls of Mischief Bay will take you on an emotional journey with three women who you won’t soon forget. Highly recommended!