The Friends We Keep (Mischief Bay – 2) by Susan Mallery
(Excerpt from Goodreads) After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can’t wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband’s crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.
Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.
Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn’t as painful as it should’ve been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time’s the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?
This is the second book in the Mischief Bay series but don’t worry, you don’t need to read The Girls of Mischief Bay first. This story is about Gabby, Hayley, and Nicole. Gabby’s twins girls are about to start school and she cannot wait to go back to work. But it seems that every times she tries her husband is needling her and siding with her step-daughter instead of looking at the big picture.
Then there is Hayley. She desperately wants a baby and can get pregnant. The problem come trying to carry to term. She is obsessed with having her own baby and can’t see what her husband is trying to tell her. Finally, there is Nicole. She has just divorced her husband and finds someone else that is new and exciting.
This is a good story about three women with different events going on in their lives. I had a different opinion for each woman. I felt for Gabby, here she is ready to get out and work again but it seems that Andrew just doesn’t want her to be anything but stuck in the house with the kids. And the issues with the step daughter and ex, all I’m going to say is she is a better person than me.
I admit that I lost my patience with Hayley. She is just so obsessed with having a baby that she doesn’t see anything else and comes across as selfish. I’m sorry to say that Nicole’s story didn’t really interest me that much. This is a good story and I think a lot of people will like it. If you like contemporary romances you will like this book.
I received The Friends We Keep for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.