The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 RomanceFiction

About The Book

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!


My Thoughts

Sometimes the only thing you need in your life is a good friend to push your boundaries!
This is the story of two friends: Ellen Fox and Unity Leandre, they’ve been friends since they were young so when there’s a problem they can trust each other for help. But this time it’s not an easy problem, they both have frozen their personal life for a long time and the only way to defrost their hearts is with a bold list to fulfill before the end of the summer. Will they break all their imaginary walls and be free or will stay frozen in the past? It’s time to discover it, ready?
I read this book while I was on holidays and I’ll admit that I looked more at the book than the landscape, it was so addictive! You can expect that this will be a happy book, so possibly a happy ending, but it’s not the end that matters in this case but how both characters try to conquer their fears and break the walls to be better persons. It was an interesting way to put the reader on the same situation and make them realize how they can change and try to improve their own life.
I loved this story, the friendship between both characters and how they try to make the things on their list even if they are scared to make them, because as you can expect some of them are “easy”: skydiving, tattoo… but letting your son to meet his father or trying to overcome the death of your husband are not so easy. They are hurtful and with a long bag of emotions included. That’s why the Friendship List is made, to help Unity and Ellen change, but in the end the change has to be from the inside, we’ll see if they are ready for it!
If you are looking for a happy, deep and emotional read, this is your book, it will give you the trip of the summer. Ready?


About The Author

SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.