The Friends We Keep
About the Book:
After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can't wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband's crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own.
Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost.
Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn't as painful as it should've been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time's the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love?
...and they all lived happily ever after. Given that the book is classified as "women's fiction" and is written by Susan Mallery, that can't be any great spoiler. I enjoy books about groups of women whose lives intertwine and Mallery did a good job with this one. She also showed that there is more than one way to get what you want in life.
The women were true friends to each other and I enjoyed joining them for their long conversations where they figured out what was wrong with themselves and others. I liked the way they learned to stand up for themselves and their needs without ignoring the needs of those around them.
It is mentioned that non-marital sex takes place, but we aren't watching.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B+