Prather’s Pick: A mischief bay novel
May 5, 2015
Susan Mallery is the featured author in the May/June 2015 "Writer's Digest." According to the magazine's interview with her, Mallery has written more than 100 novels. Imagine! Her genre is romance, and her novels are so popular that she is a New York Times bestselling author.
Among her novels are those from the Blackberry Island trilogy, including the popular "Three Sisters" title; the Fool's Gold series, with a new title out soon; and a brand new Mischief Bay series. This week's Prather's Pick is "The Girls of Mischief Bay," the first in the new series. It is published by MIRA Books (2015).
As the book opens, the reader meets three women. Nicole Lord runs Mischief in Motion, a Pilates studio. She is married to Eric, who has just quit his job to fulfill a lifetime dream — to write a screenplay. Their son Tyler is almost 5. The conflict here is that Eric spends all of his time in his office writing or attending workshops and meetings with other writers, sometimes forgetting to pick up Tyler from school and leaving Nicole to do all of the work around the house, plus run her business.
Pam Eiland is the oldest of the three women. Her children are grown, her husband runs a successful business and Pam has plenty of time to herself. She carries their funny little dog, Lulu, around in her bag. Lulu is described as a weird-looking Chinese crested dog with a pretty-much naked body except for tufts of white hair on her head, by her ears and on her lower legs and tail. Because she doesn't have any hair, Lulu wears clothes and has a fantastic wardrobe. This funny little dog also has many health problems.
Pam has a great marriage, but she struggles with where she is in life. Does she need a face-lift? Does she need Botox? Do she and John need a retreat to bring excitement back into their relationship?
Shannon Rigg has focused on her career, and she has a VP position at her firm to prove it. However, now Shannon wonders if she has made a mistake. She has missed out on having a husband and family. Shannon meets Adam, a great guy who already has children. Maybe she can have it all — but again, maybe not.
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Typical of everyday life, there's plenty of conflict and raw emotion in this novel — even a little humor — and throughout it all, the three women support one another. One of the women faces a devastating change in her life, bringing all three of them even closer together. If you enjoy reading romance novels, this one is for you.
I purchased "The Girls of Mischief Bay" in softcover for about $14.95. You can find the book wherever there's a display of recently published books or with the new books at the Craig Moffat County Library.