Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery

Title: A Million Little Things
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: B

Genre: Women's Fiction 
Series: Mischief Bay #3
Main Characters: Zoe, Jen, and Pam
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher:  Mira Books
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Sexual Intensity:  mild

Story Overview:
From the bestselling author of The Girls of Mischief Bay and The Friends We Keep comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs 

Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she's ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it's up to her to stop living in isolation.

Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen's widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen's brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe's own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam's flustered, Jen's annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think "alone" doesn't sound so bad, after all.

Friendship isn't just one thing-it's a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery! 

My Review:
This book follows three women as they muddle their way through life and love. All three are in very different places, but they all three have multiple ties to one another which made the transitions from one story to another very smooth and natural feeling. The thing that makes this book a good read is the really interesting characters that Susan Mallery created. 

Pam is the matriarch of the story. She's Jen's mom and a widow. Her husband died and now she spends her life living very fully...she has a group of three friends that she travels the world with, she works out regularly, she volunteers and helps women build business, and is an avid container gardener in her oceanside condo. On the surface it seems as if she has it all together and has an incredible life. 

Her daughter is Jen. Jen is slowly but surely losing it. Her son is Jack and Jen is absolutely sure that something is wrong with him and she does absolutely everything she can to control every single aspect of his life. She's the original helicopter mom. To add more stress to her already out of control life, her husband is an LA cop. She listens to the police scanner regularly. Is it any wonder that she's having panic attacks daily and that she's not sleeping? I had a really hard time understanding Jen. Everyone tells her to chill, but she doesn't get it. But note...omg, I loved that Lucas was the one who finally managed to open her eyes. That friendship was so unexpected, but so vital to my turn-around to loving her part of the story...because for a while, I was worried she was going to ruin this book for me. 

The final in the trio is Zoe. Zoe is Jen's best friend. She also forms a partnership/friendship with Pam over their combined worry about Jen's state of mind. Zoe is a mess. She changed her whole life for a man and then discovered that he wasn't worth it. Now she's fairly isolated and her social circle is almost non-existent. That first scene with her trapped in the attic was awesome. And I did love Mason and his attitude. (In fact all the animals in this book are fairly brilliant characters, too). 

But their lives are entwined as they try to sort them all out and become even more so as the story progresses. I enjoyed the book...there were a few surprises I didn't see coming. There were also some character developments that I didn't guess could happen. It was extremely readable and enjoyable. I liked reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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