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The Friendship List por Susan Mallery
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The Friendship List (edição 2021)

por Susan Mallery (Autor)

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Título:The Friendship List
Autores:Susan Mallery (Autor)
Informação:HQN (2021), Edition: First Time Trade, 416 pages
Colecções:romance to read
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Sweet book. Interesting issues but a fun easy read. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 4, 2021 |
The Friendship List by Susan Mallery was enjoyable, but not quite what I was expecting. I'm a huge fan of Mallery as she writes great characters and engaging stories. I liked the premise of the story: Unity and Ellen are good friends, both clearly stuck in a rut, and have written a list to shake up their lives.

This is definitely chick-lit - it's easy to read, light, and packed with both good humor, and a lot of sex (at least, for Ellen, a woman who has been pretty much celibate since she was a teen mom). Her character felt the most uneven and almost unbelievable at times.. Unity's situation was harder to relate to, but one I could be sympathetic with, as I can imagine how hard it is to move past the loss of her husband.

But when the senior community kicks you off their pickle ball team, and there goes your social life of sorts, you've clearly been in more of a rut. Unity was in a deep, deep hole.

Ellen's story moved at breakneck speed, getting a makeover, shedding the saggy clothes and getting a new wardrobe, and falling into a relationship with her best friend - which also means lot and lots of sex. She has 17 years of making up to do, and she clearly isn't wasting any time. Unity's story unfolded a little more slowly, and I was rooting for her. Letting go isn't easy.

The personal growth stories weren't limited to Ellen and Unity, either. Their romantic interests also saw a bit of growth; Ellen's Keith comes to grips with the fact that his daughter is growing up and will soon be an adult, while Unity's Thaddeus learns that life doesn't always fit neatly into your "plan".

The novel is laugh-out-loud funny at times, and infuriating at others. The side characters were especially strong. I loved Ellen's son Scott - he's a well grounded kid. Dagmar, Thaddeus' aunt and Unity's confidante, was simply a hoot. I want to be her when I grow wiser.

Three-and-a-half stars for this one. I enjoyed it, but the main characters were just too uneven and unbelievable at times for me. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
Entertaining fluff that would make a good beach read. I liked the idea of two middle aged women making. List of items for the other to make them be more adventurous and brave. Wish the book had more of that snd less of other stuff. ( )
  JRlibrary | Feb 12, 2021 |
This was just OK. I knew where it was going about a quarter of the way through, and that predictability made it boring. I was determined to finish just in case the author decided to get creative. But no - the irritating characters ended up with unbelievable "happily ever after" lives. Yes, it's chick-lit, but flat, uninspired chick-lit.

Two 34-year-old best friends challenge each other to improve themselves and revamp their apparently empty lives. One is an unmarried single mom, the other a widow - both are rescued by hunky (author's term) guys who are amazing sex partners for their respective new girlfriends. Regardless of the author's attempts, the book's message seems to be if the sex is good, life is good. And marriage will solve all problems.

The novel's premise sounded entertaining, but this was not a fun read. It contained annoying and immature characters, unrealistic behavior, and two gratuitous recipes at the end. I can't recommend this book. ( )
1 vote PhyllisReads | Oct 15, 2020 |
Perfect read for the beach...quick, engaging, easy to pick up and get lost in. I love friendship stories, the background, the dynamics. In that respect, I felt this was an honest look at two lifelong friends that grew up together and are more like sisters.

Ellen is a single Mom who got pregnant at 17 with son Coop. Unity is a widow, who was raised by Ellen’s parents after her own died. I enjoyed the friendship between the women, but separately, I found them both about annoying and somewhat immature, as they wallowed in self pity, blaming, basically, Ellen’s parents for everything. Both women are relatively young, early 30s, and closed off from the outside world looking for something more in a small area, refusing to look at the bigger picture.

Loved the idea of the list, each women challenging the other to try new experiences. This part of the story got lost somewhere around the middle of the book. I really expected to bond with and relate to the characters, But sadly couldn’t. I enjoyed all the other characters, especially Dagmar. I felt all the characters were more realistic than Ellen and Unity. I am no prude, but there were far too many graphic sex scenes, which seemed to dominate the middle of the book.

Thanks to Ms. Mallery, Harlequin and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Aug 31, 2020 |
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