Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Friendship List” by Susan Mallery, HQN Books, August 4, 2020
Susan Mallery, the author of “The Friendship List” has written an entertaining, intriguing, memorable, and thought-provoking book. The genres for this book are Women’s fiction and contemporary fiction. There also is some humor and romance. The novel timeline for this novel is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes the characters as complex, complicated, and confused.
Ellen Fox is a teacher and single mom of a teenage son that will be entering his senior year of college and is thinking of college. Ellen is really surprised to hear him saying that he doesn’t want to go too far away from home because he doesn’t want his mom alone.
Unity Leandre is a young widow and Ellen’s best friend. Unity’s husband died in service to his country, and Unity still is mourning him after several years.
The two friends sit down and write a list of challenges, that bring them out of their comfort zones, so they can look like they are living their lives to the fullest and making changes. Is there a possibility that women can and want to change? What will happen if they do change and meet the challenge list?
This is a witty, heartwarming, memorable, and thought-provoking story. I appreciate that the author describes the importance of family, friends, taking chances, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this enjoyable book.