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 Susan Mallery!
Mallery's third Mischief Bay novel allows readers to witness what happens when friendship and family collide. Zoe Saldivar gave up her old life for an ex and now she's trying to determine what she wants in her life, love, and career. Isolated and bored by working from home, she even feels distanced from her best friend, Jen Beldon. Jen's incessant worrying, constant dread, and nonstop hovering over her 18-month-old son, Jack, is pushing away her loved ones, including her mother, widow Pam Eiland, and her husband. Pam is content with her life of friends, family, and travel, and has no plans to bother with dating again, but she can't help but play matchmaker with her son, Steven, only to have it backfire. The three women have to learn how to navigate their emotions and confront reality when the ties that bind start to unravel. When the lines between characters' relationships become hazy, the plot becomes more complex, showcasing Mallery's talent as a storyteller. The women develop as the novel progresses, becoming fleshed-out characters readers will care about.
Good Read with Many Surprises
I enjoyed the book. I realized I am the same age as Pam, but could relate to all the female characters. I thought I knew what would happen between the characters, but was surprised by the unexpected twists and turns. All these twists and turns in the storyline kept me involved and intrigued in the outcome and made me want to read faster, so i could see what was going to happen. I am sad that I finished. I am ready to move to Mischief Bay.
Women's Constant Crossroads
Three women at three different crossroads in their lives. Family and friendships are challenged, expanded and utlimately the result is a new beautiful and realistic story by Susan Mallery.
Very contemporary "A Million Little Things" happen everyday in our lives that change us, annoy us, reward us or simply prevent us from taking a moment to see how truly strong and wonderful we are, as women. This book explores women and the men in or around their ever evolving world. Our excuses and motivators are questioned in a very modern approach.
In the end exploring mothers, sisters, lovers, and friends through our heroines, Zoe, Jen and Pam, motivates us to think, while being delightfully entertained in turning each page of this lovely story of three. The writing is clean and the images are crisp. The best part truly was the varied reactions from each on the same issues. So true to so many of our families and relationships. Each is valued and distinct. Emotions, reactions and words can unite us or divide us. Loved going on this journey with these ladies. Hope you do too!
Wonderful story of love and friendship
A Million Little Things takes us back to Mischief Bay, CA. We get catch up Pam and her daughter Jen, and we meet Jen's friend Zoe. All three of these women are facing new issues in their lives. We join these three as they deal with love, family, careers, and friendship. Will they make it through to the other end by helping each other and reaching inside themselves?
This is a great story full of love, humor, joy, sadness and most importantly friendship.
You do not need to have read past Mischief Bay books to enjoy this book, Mallery gives enough background for a new reader to jump right in. I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down. Fans of Mallery's work will will love this as well. Please do note I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.