The Friendship List

The Friendship List[Reading] ➲ The Friendship List ➺ Susan Mallery – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Dance till dawn Go skydiving Wear a bikini in public Start living Two best friends jump start their lives in a summer that will change them forever Single mom Ellen Fox couldn t be content until she o Dance till dawn Go skydiving Wear a bikini in public Start living Two best friends jump start their lives in a summer that will The Friendship PDF/EPUB or change them forever Single mom Ellen Fox couldn t be content until she overhears her son saying he can t go to his dream college because she needs him too much If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she s living hersSo Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change What s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband s childhood bed The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they re just fine But somewhere between wear three inch heels and have sex with a gorgeous guy, Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos. 5We re doing this.We are We need to Stars I absolutely devoured this book Susan Mallery is in general a winner for me, but I am not a massive fan of what is termed Women s Fiction. The book may have been lumped into that category due to the characters being mid thirties and having a lot of life experience under their belts, but for all that to me, it still readcontemporary romance than WF Not living your life is a dumb ass way to spend your day Mainly because it wasn t all 5We re doing this.We are We need to Stars I absolutely devoured this book Susan Mallery is in general a winner for me, but I am not a massive fan of what is termed Women s Fiction. The book may have been lumped into that category due to the characters being mid thirties and having a lot of life experience under their belts, but for all that to me, it still readcontemporary romance than WF Not living your life is a dumb ass way to spend your day Mainly because it wasn t all doom and gloom The humor had me laughing, and I absolutely loved Ellen, Unity, Keith Thaddeus All unique, interesting likeable characters with different backgrounds and diverse lives It just felt like a complete read, everyone was integral, the story lines all played out with each other perfectly, and nothing was rushed or overdone If this is what the authors WF titles are like I ll be readingof them in the future Maybe change was possible Maybe she was going to be just fine. Total winner, I have nothing derogatory to say, if you are looking for a romance where the adults have a bit of mileage under their belts, this is definitely one I urge you to try.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review This is a romance chick lit The cover does not really fit the book I really enjoyed the book, but it was not what I was thinking Ellen and Unity are trying to get over something big that happen in their lives that has made them not date or have sex in years a lot of years During this book both of them gets over everything and starts dating again I have to say I really love Ellen, but Unity I really did not love The characters are super developed, and the plot was fun Some of parts of th This is a romance chick lit The cover does not really fit the book I really enjoyed the book, but it was not what I was thinking Ellen and Unity are trying to get over something big that happen in their lives that has made them not date or have sex in years a lot of years During this book both of them gets over everything and starts dating again I have to say I really love Ellen, but Unity I really did not love The characters are super developed, and the plot was fun Some of parts of this book is a little draw out I was kindly provided an e copy of this book by the publisher HQN Books or author Susan Mallery via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that This book is schedule to be release on August 4 2020 Please note that I received this via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.Well this was really good I enjoyed the two main characters Ellen and Unity and their list I also felt frustrated with both of them while still rooting them on I also really liked the epilogue we got in the end I think Mallery typically does not include those in her romance novels Both of the heroes Thaddeus and Keith were great though I wanted to shake Keith a lot especially when it concerned his Please note that I received this via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.Well this was really good I enjoyed the two main characters Ellen and Unity and their list I also felt frustrated with both of them while still rooting them on I also really liked the epilogue we got in the end I think Mallery typically does not include those in her romance novels Both of the heroes Thaddeus and Keith were great though I wanted to shake Keith a lot especially when it concerned his daughter I thought that all of the plot lines were realistic and I think that Mallery did a great job of capturing teenagers who shocked gasp actually do have sex It was nice to see parents in this one talking about it as a known thing along with discussing safe sex and making sure that they are enjoying it and ready Ellen and Unity are long time best friends in their mid 30s They love their sleepy little home town and are content with their lives However, Ellen overhears her 17 year old son is scared to leave home for college since he thinks his mother needs him too much Unity is still in love with her dead husband who passed away 3 years prior to the start of the novel People have been patient with her, but now even her grief counseling group is telling her she needs to move on ASIDE FROM ME Girl she needs tobadly When the two friends have a falling out, they both separately realize that they need to move past things in their lives They settle on having separate lists that they will accomplish over that summer with the winner getting an all expenses paid weekend spa trip with the loser So I actually really did like Ellen and Unity both Even when I wanted to shake them both Ellen had cold fish for parents, so after getting pregnant as a teenager she really didn t do much besides go to school and take care of her son She hasn t had a romance since that time and is scared to lose her son I did love that she realizes that and takes steps to make sure that he is moves on from her though Unity, woo boy She got kicked out of a grief counseling group Honestly at first I thought Mallery wanted us to dislike her since she was so obtuse about things When she was rude about Ellen s problems, I didn t like her much But she started to grow on me She s stuck in her past and doesn t know how to move on from it I know some romance readers don t like romances with widows or widowers, but I think Mallery did a great job with this character.The heroes in this one have some..pizzazz I think I can say that Thaddeus s backstory was unexpected Think Magic Mike Keith was kind of stupid about things here and there, but in the end showed he was a very good dad Though he was pretty invasive with his daughter s privacy.The writing was really great and the dialogue was crisp I loved the secondary characters like Dagmar, Cooper Ellen s son and Lissa Keith s daughter The flow worked nicely and I found myself rushing through this one The ending was pitch perfect and we get to see a Happily Ever After HEA for both characters The only reason why I didn t give this 5 stars was that I did not quite the initial connection between Unity and her hero It just didn t work, but then it did and I loved it Other than that, things were fantastic Life is meant to be lived Change may be necessary A bucket list is always a great place to start So, it goes but first Ellen must convince her son she has a life separate from his so he can move on to college.Unity her bestie decides to help Ellen move out of the comfort zone by creating a list of things to do while also changing her own course in life.Selling a family home, marrying a coach , wanting to have children oh it s all GOOD So GOOD Ellen keep in mind hasn t dated since her teen Life is meant to be lived Change may be necessary A bucket list is always a great place to start So, it goes but first Ellen must convince her son she has a life separate from his so he can move on to college.Unity her bestie decides to help Ellen move out of the comfort zone by creating a list of things to do while also changing her own course in life.Selling a family home, marrying a coach , wanting to have children oh it s all GOOD So GOOD Ellen keep in mind hasn t dated since her teen years when she became pregnant and Unity is stuck in a rut of widowhood and not feeling good enough.The story isn t all perfect as the hardships are present but the characters learn to let go and let loose and be happy.Whatcan one ask for than a beautiful sunny day and this great read Plenty of depth with Susan Mallery who always gives her readers something grand and this one is no different a great rhythm a novelty idea combine to make a beautiful melody Straightforward and at times fanning myself steamy romance The friendship list, or actually a list of challenges each woman made for herself to get out of their respective ruts, was a cute backdrop to the story, but overall it wasn t a main plot point Mostly, this is a story about Ellen and Unity breaking free of their fears about love and moving forward in life and learning how to be strong independent women.I really appreciated the portrayal of the teens in this story, and the humorous i Straightforward and at times fanning myself steamy romance The friendship list, or actually a list of challenges each woman made for herself to get out of their respective ruts, was a cute backdrop to the story, but overall it wasn t a main plot point Mostly, this is a story about Ellen and Unity breaking free of their fears about love and moving forward in life and learning how to be strong independent women.I really appreciated the portrayal of the teens in this story, and the humorous incidents involving them and their parents handling the situations It is realistic although Keith s over the top statements regarding his daughter and coming after guys with a gun is pretty silly and honestly very outdated and refreshing overall.I liked Ellen s story better than Unity s, mostly because I couldn t identify with Unity s situation and her actions, statements, and decisions made me irritated Bless her friends for sticking by her even though she acted so bizarrely, because I don t know if I could have been that gracious In the end, I liked her growth and how she finally matured as a woman rather than remaining stuck Let me just give props for the swoony male love interests Fans self again Wooo baby Great summer read Then you ll be able to say you re fanning yourself due to the heat and not because the book is making you, ahem, overheated I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own Can two best friends change their lives over the course of one summer, even when their friendship is tested Ellen Fox is a single mom whose life is just fine No she has never dated since having her son, who is a year away from going to college But she has always felt that she has had true contentment However, after overhearing his concerns for her well being, she wonders if he will seek whatever future he deserves.Unity Leandre is Ellen s best friend Unity is a young widow who still hasn t Can two best friends change their lives over the course of one summer, even when their friendship is tested Ellen Fox is a single mom whose life is just fine No she has never dated since having her son, who is a year away from going to college But she has always felt that she has had true contentment However, after overhearing his concerns for her well being, she wonders if he will seek whatever future he deserves.Unity Leandre is Ellen s best friend Unity is a young widow who still hasn t been able to deal with the loss of her husband, even with attending a grief group Unity is not overly concerned with her life, however She wants Ellen to step out of her comfort zone so she devises a list of challenges for Ellen Will Ellen go along with Unity s suggestions What about Unity Will she attempt even a few things she put on the list for Ellen What a lovely story This book did a great job at making me feel like both Ellen and Unity could be my friends They both soon found chances for romance, but in neither case they were without challenges For Ellen, she soon finds her good friend, a coach at the high school where she teaches, could be farthan that Meanwhile, they both are parents of teenagers, so although they seek and find ways to draw close together, they must deal with what is going on with their kids.Unity does meet someone, and he is too sexy for his own good While drawn to him, Unity must deal with the fact that she still misses her husband desperately, and she must find a way to deal with those painful feelings and memories, all while figuring out that she deserves happiness and a future, especially since at 34 years of age, she really wishes that she was a mother.I adored this story As mentioned, I felt that I could relate to both women, albeit on different levels I always wanted to be a mother and was blessed with a large family, so I understand how much Unity wanted that in her life With Ellen, I could relate to her dedication to her son, to the exclusion of her own needs So although I didn t face their issues in my own life, I sensed and connected to the deep emotion behind their feelings.I have read a couple of other books by Susan Mallery and have come to enjoy her writing style I enjoyed how she enjoyed making an emotional story about two friends bethan a bit sexy, dealt with the woes of parents of teenagers, and bringing readers to a happy conclusion.Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review This is my honest opinion I love to read a book about strong female friendships and this is certainly the case in The Friendship List Ellen is a thirty something single Mom whose son is about to enter his last year of high school She is quite happy with her life she enjoys her work, her friends and her son who has turned out to be an amazing kid She overhears her son remark to his friend that he won t be applying to colleges away from home He explains that his Mom would be lost without him, that he s all she has T I love to read a book about strong female friendships and this is certainly the case in The Friendship List Ellen is a thirty something single Mom whose son is about to enter his last year of high school She is quite happy with her life she enjoys her work, her friends and her son who has turned out to be an amazing kid She overhears her son remark to his friend that he won t be applying to colleges away from home He explains that his Mom would be lost without him, that he s all she has This conversations forces Ellen to re examine her current life is she as happy as she could be She knows she doesn t want her son to miss the experience of living in a college residence because of her.Unity is a thirty something widow having lost her husband three years ago She has built a successful business as a handyman, and enjoys socializing with the seniors she meets while working for them But she just can t move past the loss of her husband In fact, she has inherited her husband s childhood home and chooses to sleep in his childhood bed.The women decide that in order to challenge each other to move outside of their comfort zone they will develop a list of tasks to be completed by the end of summer What transpires guarantees changes in each women that extend far beyond the list.I enjoyed reading this humorous look at friendships and relationships that enhance and push us in life These women, in my opinion, initially act much older than their stated ages Having said that, each has experienced tremendous challenges in their lives created by circumstances beyond their control The characters are well developed and the story engaging and show insecurities that many women also experience I recommend this story to fans of women s fiction and humour.Thanks to Edelweiss and Harlequin for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here Two close friends who arelike sisters, realize that they may be stuck in the past with their dead and failed relationships so they make a pact to make changes This is an extremely well plotted story with much laughter, tears, growth and a heavy dose of reality that will have you not only entertained, but thinking about your own life and where you are headed The relationships are well written and not only do the characters share a strong bond, but you will find yourself bonding with them Two close friends who arelike sisters, realize that they may be stuck in the past with their dead and failed relationships so they make a pact to make changes This is an extremely well plotted story with much laughter, tears, growth and a heavy dose of reality that will have you not only entertained, but thinking about your own life and where you are headed The relationships are well written and not only do the characters share a strong bond, but you will find yourself bonding with them as well An interesting twist on the sisterhood of friendship that will have you turning pages quickly as you enjoy and strive to find out what happens next I received this as an ARC from Netgalley I ve not read anything by this author before She writes well her prose flows and the characters are brought to life in a few well chosen phrases However, I am clearly in a minority here as I can t give it 5 stars The story of two 34 year old friends who challenge each other to get out of a rut after Ellen overhears her son say he can t go to college and leave her because she has no life is a great way of starting the action However, I found Ellen I received this as an ARC from Netgalley I ve not read anything by this author before She writes well her prose flows and the characters are brought to life in a few well chosen phrases However, I am clearly in a minority here as I can t give it 5 stars The story of two 34 year old friends who challenge each other to get out of a rut after Ellen overhears her son say he can t go to college and leave her because she has no life is a great way of starting the action However, I found Ellen and Unity utterly both unbelievable and largely unsympathetic characters Pregnant at 17 Ellen hasn t dated or had sex since, dresses in clothes that are 2 sizes too big has a platonic friendship with her son s coach Keith and apparently has no idea her life is lacking 17 years she s done nothing When she finally decides to change her behaviour is beyond naive No 34 year old woman in this day and age could be as stupid as Ellen was The way she treated Keith initially and then once they had embarked on a sexual liaison was simply unbelievable She goes from having had sex once, never having seen a penis to being some hot, up for everything siren in a matter of hours Her fashion makeover after 17 years also seemed ridiculously easy Her friend Unity is a widow and is still living as if her husband was alive She literally does not want to move on sleeps in her husband s old bed, wears his old T shirt, and spends her time with over 60s She absolutely rejects advice from friends and only at the very end of the book after she has treated Thaddeus abysmally does she realise her need to change As her friend and Thaddeus great Aunt Dagmar says she behaves as if no one else in the world knew what loss was I totally get loss and grief but this was so utterly over the top as to be ridiculous Quite frankly the ease with which she and Ellen got over their row after Ellen overheard Coop talking to Luca stretched the bounds of credibility too far for me I loved Keith and Thaddeus, Lissa and Luca, Coop, Dagmar they were fabulous characters But Ellen and Unity not so much Not for me, I m afraid I simply adore Susan Mallery books and THE FRIENDSHIP LIST is just another reason why I do.Single mom Ellen is looking at her life changing Her teenaged son is off to college soon and she s having a hard time her BFF Unity lost her husband a few years ago and is still stuck in her grieiving.Together, they devise a list of things they have to do to start moving forward with their lives.Here s a hint some of those things involve men This book was sweet and funny and sad and emotional everythi I simply adore Susan Mallery books and THE FRIENDSHIP LIST is just another reason why I do.Single mom Ellen is looking at her life changing Her teenaged son is off to college soon and she s having a hard time her BFF Unity lost her husband a few years ago and is still stuck in her grieiving.Together, they devise a list of things they have to do to start moving forward with their lives.Here s a hint some of those things involve men This book was sweet and funny and sad and emotional everything you want women s fiction to be.Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me a sneak peek.5 well deserved stars

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    The Friendship List Epub ¼ The Friendship PDF/EPUB Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change What s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband s childhood bed The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they re just fine But somewhere between wear three inch heels and have sex with a gorgeous guy, Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos. 5We re doing this.We are We need to Stars I absolutely devoured this book Susan Mallery is in general a winner for me, but I am not a massive fan of what is termed Women s Fiction. The book may have been lumped into that category due to the characters being mid thirties and having a lot of life experience under their belts, but for all that to me, it still readcontemporary romance than WF Not living your life is a dumb ass way to spend your day Mainly because it wasn t all 5We re doing this.We are We need to Stars I absolutely devoured this book Susan Mallery is in general a winner for me, but I am not a massive fan of what is termed Women s Fiction. The book may have been lumped into that category due to the characters being mid thirties and having a lot of life experience under their belts, but for all that to me, it still readcontemporary romance than WF Not living your life is a dumb ass way to spend your day Mainly because it wasn t all doom and gloom The humor had me laughing, and I absolutely loved Ellen, Unity, Keith Thaddeus All unique, interesting likeable characters with different backgrounds and diverse lives It just felt like a complete read, everyone was integral, the story lines all played out with each other perfectly, and nothing was rushed or overdone If this is what the authors WF titles are like I ll be readingof them in the future Maybe change was possible Maybe she was going to be just fine. Total winner, I have nothing derogatory to say, if you are looking for a romance where the adults have a bit of mileage under their belts, this is definitely one I urge you to try.ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review This is a romance chick lit The cover does not really fit the book I really enjoyed the book, but it was not what I was thinking Ellen and Unity are trying to get over something big that happen in their lives that has made them not date or have sex in years a lot of years During this book both of them gets over everything and starts dating again I have to say I really love Ellen, but Unity I really did not love The characters are super developed, and the plot was fun Some of parts of th This is a romance chick lit The cover does not really fit the book I really enjoyed the book, but it was not what I was thinking Ellen and Unity are trying to get over something big that happen in their lives that has made them not date or have sex in years a lot of years During this book both of them gets over everything and starts dating again I have to say I really love Ellen, but Unity I really did not love The characters are super developed, and the plot was fun Some of parts of this book is a little draw out I was kindly provided an e copy of this book by the publisher HQN Books or author Susan Mallery via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that This book is schedule to be release on August 4 2020 Please note that I received this via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.Well this was really good I enjoyed the two main characters Ellen and Unity and their list I also felt frustrated with both of them while still rooting them on I also really liked the epilogue we got in the end I think Mallery typically does not include those in her romance novels Both of the heroes Thaddeus and Keith were great though I wanted to shake Keith a lot especially when it concerned his Please note that I received this via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.Well this was really good I enjoyed the two main characters Ellen and Unity and their list I also felt frustrated with both of them while still rooting them on I also really liked the epilogue we got in the end I think Mallery typically does not include those in her romance novels Both of the heroes Thaddeus and Keith were great though I wanted to shake Keith a lot especially when it concerned his daughter I thought that all of the plot lines were realistic and I think that Mallery did a great job of capturing teenagers who shocked gasp actually do have sex It was nice to see parents in this one talking about it as a known thing along with discussing safe sex and making sure that they are enjoying it and ready Ellen and Unity are long time best friends in their mid 30s They love their sleepy little home town and are content with their lives However, Ellen overhears her 17 year old son is scared to leave home for college since he thinks his mother needs him too much Unity is still in love with her dead husband who passed away 3 years prior to the start of the novel People have been patient with her, but now even her grief counseling group is telling her she needs to move on ASIDE FROM ME Girl she needs tobadly When the two friends have a falling out, they both separately realize that they need to move past things in their lives They settle on having separate lists that they will accomplish over that summer with the winner getting an all expenses paid weekend spa trip with the loser So I actually really did like Ellen and Unity both Even when I wanted to shake them both Ellen had cold fish for parents, so after getting pregnant as a teenager she really didn t do much besides go to school and take care of her son She hasn t had a romance since that time and is scared to lose her son I did love that she realizes that and takes steps to make sure that he is moves on from her though Unity, woo boy She got kicked out of a grief counseling group Honestly at first I thought Mallery wanted us to dislike her since she was so obtuse about things When she was rude about Ellen s problems, I didn t like her much But she started to grow on me She s stuck in her past and doesn t know how to move on from it I know some romance readers don t like romances with widows or widowers, but I think Mallery did a great job with this character.The heroes in this one have some..pizzazz I think I can say that Thaddeus s backstory was unexpected Think Magic Mike Keith was kind of stupid about things here and there, but in the end showed he was a very good dad Though he was pretty invasive with his daughter s privacy.The writing was really great and the dialogue was crisp I loved the secondary characters like Dagmar, Cooper Ellen s son and Lissa Keith s daughter The flow worked nicely and I found myself rushing through this one The ending was pitch perfect and we get to see a Happily Ever After HEA for both characters The only reason why I didn t give this 5 stars was that I did not quite the initial connection between Unity and her hero It just didn t work, but then it did and I loved it Other than that, things were fantastic Life is meant to be lived Change may be necessary A bucket list is always a great place to start So, it goes but first Ellen must convince her son she has a life separate from his so he can move on to college.Unity her bestie decides to help Ellen move out of the comfort zone by creating a list of things to do while also changing her own course in life.Selling a family home, marrying a coach , wanting to have children oh it s all GOOD So GOOD Ellen keep in mind hasn t dated since her teen Life is meant to be lived Change may be necessary A bucket list is always a great place to start So, it goes but first Ellen must convince her son she has a life separate from his so he can move on to college.Unity her bestie decides to help Ellen move out of the comfort zone by creating a list of things to do while also changing her own course in life.Selling a family home, marrying a coach , wanting to have children oh it s all GOOD So GOOD Ellen keep in mind hasn t dated since her teen years when she became pregnant and Unity is stuck in a rut of widowhood and not feeling good enough.The story isn t all perfect as the hardships are present but the characters learn to let go and let loose and be happy.Whatcan one ask for than a beautiful sunny day and this great read Plenty of depth with Susan Mallery who always gives her readers something grand and this one is no different a great rhythm a novelty idea combine to make a beautiful melody Straightforward and at times fanning myself steamy romance The friendship list, or actually a list of challenges each woman made for herself to get out of their respective ruts, was a cute backdrop to the story, but overall it wasn t a main plot point Mostly, this is a story about Ellen and Unity breaking free of their fears about love and moving forward in life and learning how to be strong independent women.I really appreciated the portrayal of the teens in this story, and the humorous i Straightforward and at times fanning myself steamy romance The friendship list, or actually a list of challenges each woman made for herself to get out of their respective ruts, was a cute backdrop to the story, but overall it wasn t a main plot point Mostly, this is a story about Ellen and Unity breaking free of their fears about love and moving forward in life and learning how to be strong independent women.I really appreciated the portrayal of the teens in this story, and the humorous incidents involving them and their parents handling the situations It is realistic although Keith s over the top statements regarding his daughter and coming after guys with a gun is pretty silly and honestly very outdated and refreshing overall.I liked Ellen s story better than Unity s, mostly because I couldn t identify with Unity s situation and her actions, statements, and decisions made me irritated Bless her friends for sticking by her even though she acted so bizarrely, because I don t know if I could have been that gracious In the end, I liked her growth and how she finally matured as a woman rather than remaining stuck Let me just give props for the swoony male love interests Fans self again Wooo baby Great summer read Then you ll be able to say you re fanning yourself due to the heat and not because the book is making you, ahem, overheated I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own Can two best friends change their lives over the course of one summer, even when their friendship is tested Ellen Fox is a single mom whose life is just fine No she has never dated since having her son, who is a year away from going to college But she has always felt that she has had true contentment However, after overhearing his concerns for her well being, she wonders if he will seek whatever future he deserves.Unity Leandre is Ellen s best friend Unity is a young widow who still hasn t Can two best friends change their lives over the course of one summer, even when their friendship is tested Ellen Fox is a single mom whose life is just fine No she has never dated since having her son, who is a year away from going to college But she has always felt that she has had true contentment However, after overhearing his concerns for her well being, she wonders if he will seek whatever future he deserves.Unity Leandre is Ellen s best friend Unity is a young widow who still hasn t been able to deal with the loss of her husband, even with attending a grief group Unity is not overly concerned with her life, however She wants Ellen to step out of her comfort zone so she devises a list of challenges for Ellen Will Ellen go along with Unity s suggestions What about Unity Will she attempt even a few things she put on the list for Ellen What a lovely story This book did a great job at making me feel like both Ellen and Unity could be my friends They both soon found chances for romance, but in neither case they were without challenges For Ellen, she soon finds her good friend, a coach at the high school where she teaches, could be farthan that Meanwhile, they both are parents of teenagers, so although they seek and find ways to draw close together, they must deal with what is going on with their kids.Unity does meet someone, and he is too sexy for his own good While drawn to him, Unity must deal with the fact that she still misses her husband desperately, and she must find a way to deal with those painful feelings and memories, all while figuring out that she deserves happiness and a future, especially since at 34 years of age, she really wishes that she was a mother.I adored this story As mentioned, I felt that I could relate to both women, albeit on different levels I always wanted to be a mother and was blessed with a large family, so I understand how much Unity wanted that in her life With Ellen, I could relate to her dedication to her son, to the exclusion of her own needs So although I didn t face their issues in my own life, I sensed and connected to the deep emotion behind their feelings.I have read a couple of other books by Susan Mallery and have come to enjoy her writing style I enjoyed how she enjoyed making an emotional story about two friends bethan a bit sexy, dealt with the woes of parents of teenagers, and bringing readers to a happy conclusion.Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review This is my honest opinion I love to read a book about strong female friendships and this is certainly the case in The Friendship List Ellen is a thirty something single Mom whose son is about to enter his last year of high school She is quite happy with her life she enjoys her work, her friends and her son who has turned out to be an amazing kid She overhears her son remark to his friend that he won t be applying to colleges away from home He explains that his Mom would be lost without him, that he s all she has T I love to read a book about strong female friendships and this is certainly the case in The Friendship List Ellen is a thirty something single Mom whose son is about to enter his last year of high school She is quite happy with her life she enjoys her work, her friends and her son who has turned out to be an amazing kid She overhears her son remark to his friend that he won t be applying to colleges away from home He explains that his Mom would be lost without him, that he s all she has This conversations forces Ellen to re examine her current life is she as happy as she could be She knows she doesn t want her son to miss the experience of living in a college residence because of her.Unity is a thirty something widow having lost her husband three years ago She has built a successful business as a handyman, and enjoys socializing with the seniors she meets while working for them But she just can t move past the loss of her husband In fact, she has inherited her husband s childhood home and chooses to sleep in his childhood bed.The women decide that in order to challenge each other to move outside of their comfort zone they will develop a list of tasks to be completed by the end of summer What transpires guarantees changes in each women that extend far beyond the list.I enjoyed reading this humorous look at friendships and relationships that enhance and push us in life These women, in my opinion, initially act much older than their stated ages Having said that, each has experienced tremendous challenges in their lives created by circumstances beyond their control The characters are well developed and the story engaging and show insecurities that many women also experience I recommend this story to fans of women s fiction and humour.Thanks to Edelweiss and Harlequin for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here Two close friends who arelike sisters, realize that they may be stuck in the past with their dead and failed relationships so they make a pact to make changes This is an extremely well plotted story with much laughter, tears, growth and a heavy dose of reality that will have you not only entertained, but thinking about your own life and where you are headed The relationships are well written and not only do the characters share a strong bond, but you will find yourself bonding with them Two close friends who arelike sisters, realize that they may be stuck in the past with their dead and failed relationships so they make a pact to make changes This is an extremely well plotted story with much laughter, tears, growth and a heavy dose of reality that will have you not only entertained, but thinking about your own life and where you are headed The relationships are well written and not only do the characters share a strong bond, but you will find yourself bonding with them as well An interesting twist on the sisterhood of friendship that will have you turning pages quickly as you enjoy and strive to find out what happens next I received this as an ARC from Netgalley I ve not read anything by this author before She writes well her prose flows and the characters are brought to life in a few well chosen phrases However, I am clearly in a minority here as I can t give it 5 stars The story of two 34 year old friends who challenge each other to get out of a rut after Ellen overhears her son say he can t go to college and leave her because she has no life is a great way of starting the action However, I found Ellen I received this as an ARC from Netgalley I ve not read anything by this author before She writes well her prose flows and the characters are brought to life in a few well chosen phrases However, I am clearly in a minority here as I can t give it 5 stars The story of two 34 year old friends who challenge each other to get out of a rut after Ellen overhears her son say he can t go to college and leave her because she has no life is a great way of starting the action However, I found Ellen and Unity utterly both unbelievable and largely unsympathetic characters Pregnant at 17 Ellen hasn t dated or had sex since, dresses in clothes that are 2 sizes too big has a platonic friendship with her son s coach Keith and apparently has no idea her life is lacking 17 years she s done nothing When she finally decides to change her behaviour is beyond naive No 34 year old woman in this day and age could be as stupid as Ellen was The way she treated Keith initially and then once they had embarked on a sexual liaison was simply unbelievable She goes from having had sex once, never having seen a penis to being some hot, up for everything siren in a matter of hours Her fashion makeover after 17 years also seemed ridiculously easy Her friend Unity is a widow and is still living as if her husband was alive She literally does not want to move on sleeps in her husband s old bed, wears his old T shirt, and spends her time with over 60s She absolutely rejects advice from friends and only at the very end of the book after she has treated Thaddeus abysmally does she realise her need to change As her friend and Thaddeus great Aunt Dagmar says she behaves as if no one else in the world knew what loss was I totally get loss and grief but this was so utterly over the top as to be ridiculous Quite frankly the ease with which she and Ellen got over their row after Ellen overheard Coop talking to Luca stretched the bounds of credibility too far for me I loved Keith and Thaddeus, Lissa and Luca, Coop, Dagmar they were fabulous characters But Ellen and Unity not so much Not for me, I m afraid I simply adore Susan Mallery books and THE FRIENDSHIP LIST is just another reason why I do.Single mom Ellen is looking at her life changing Her teenaged son is off to college soon and she s having a hard time her BFF Unity lost her husband a few years ago and is still stuck in her grieiving.Together, they devise a list of things they have to do to start moving forward with their lives.Here s a hint some of those things involve men This book was sweet and funny and sad and emotional everythi I simply adore Susan Mallery books and THE FRIENDSHIP LIST is just another reason why I do.Single mom Ellen is looking at her life changing Her teenaged son is off to college soon and she s having a hard time her BFF Unity lost her husband a few years ago and is still stuck in her grieiving.Together, they devise a list of things they have to do to start moving forward with their lives.Here s a hint some of those things involve men This book was sweet and funny and sad and emotional everything you want women s fiction to be.Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me a sneak peek.5 well deserved stars "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Friendship List
  • Susan Mallery
  • 09 October 2018
  • 1335136967