Monday, 10 August 2020

Blog Tour: The Friendship List by Susan Mallery*

 

'One Summer can change your life…

As a single mum, Ellen Fox missed out on a lot, but she wouldn’t change a thing. Then she overhears her son saying he can’t leave home to go to college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

To help, Ellen’s best friend Unity creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too. Only to support her friend, not because she needs to change. She’s a perfectly fine thirty four year old widow, who socialises at an old people’s home!

For both women, The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re doing just fine. But somewhere between ‘wear a bikini in public’ and ‘have sex with a gorgeous guy’, Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, and filled with humour, heartache and perhaps the odd regrettable tattoo!'

This is not the first book I have read by Susan Mallery and it will not be the last. In the past I have read her Buchanans Series as well as the Bakery Sisters Series, both I would highly recommend. So when I was asked if I wanted to participate in a Blog Tour for her latest book, I jumped at the chance. 

This book consists of 27 Chapters (+ an Epilogue) and tells the story of Ellen and Unity. They are both on a journey, for different reasons but also have their similarities. They are the kind of best friends that we all want our friendships to be like. There for each other no matter what, and really can't stand it when you have an argument. 

The main theme of this book is friendship as well as a personal journey that the characters embark on. However there is an underlying theme of romance which brings an extra something to an already amazing book. Throughout the book the point of view switches between the main characters, giving the reader an insight into their personal journeys and the things they are fighting to change. During these periods the readers get to see how Single Mum Ellen and best friend Unity personally handle the challenges that can crop up. 

This book will leave the reader wanting to write their own list or simply give them courage and drive to fulfill their bucket list. Whether the list is made or still needs to be written, this book will give you the courage to make the changes or simply step out of your comfort zone. 

The book is well written and the character interactions are brilliant. This book is the prime example of a feel good read, that the reader can easily do in one sitting if they choose. The book will leave the reader wanting more from the author and checking out other books they have written. 

Overall this is the type of book where the reader quickly falls in love after the first chapter. The kind of book that brings on an internal debate because you want to read and finish this book because it is so good. However at the same time you want the book to last forever. You can see what I mean and get your hands on a copy HERE.

Until Next Time

Emma

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