I have to be honest. When I first started Daughters of the Bride, I wasn't immediately drawn into the book. The first fourth of the book seemed to draI have to be honest. When I first started Daughters of the Bride, I wasn't immediately drawn into the book. The first fourth of the book seemed to drag a bit for me. Once we got to Maggie and Neil's engagement party, things started to pick up, though, and I found myself enjoying the book. I love Susan Mallery's to really capture family dynamics in such a realistic way. Rachel, Sienna and Courtney are all so different. Their father's death and their mother's struggle to deal with the aftermath molded each of them in very interesting ways. What I loved the most, though, was their relationships with each other and how that changed and shifted throughout the book, depending on the situation. It rang so true to me and reminded my of my own relationship with my siblings.
More than the familial relationships, I loved that everyone's love life was so different. Each of those relationships were interesting and frustrating in their own unique way. I found myself drawn more to Courtney and Rachel throughout the book, but by the end, I was wanting to know more about what would happen with Sienna. The ending made me smile, but it left me longing for me.
I loved Joyce's relationship with Quinn and Courtney, and I found myself both agreeing with her actions while also being rather aggravated with her. I can't deny that I loved the moment she confront Maggie, though. I can't quite wrap my mind around how I really feel about Maggie. Her intentions with her daughters were good, but I still felt rather frustrated with her, and I think that relationship still feels a bit unresolved, as far as Maggie and Courtney go.
Overall, I really wound up enjoying the book. I wasn't so sure at first, but Susan Mallery won me over in the end. ...more
Best of My Love was such an enjoyable read. I loved how Susan Mallery took what I knew from her writing and her characters and put a different spin onBest of My Love was such an enjoyable read. I loved how Susan Mallery took what I knew from her writing and her characters and put a different spin on it. I love Shelby's experiment of trying to be friends with a guy. It was fun watching her and Aidan get to know each other and learn more about the inner workings of the opposite sex. I really enjoyed their times together, and it was fun to watch them fall in love without realizing it. They both had difficult childhoods, and I liked how they were both able to come to a realization about where their fears of commitment came from since it turned out to be a different place than they both thought. I still can't stand Ceallach, and I feel so frustrated with Elaine because I think it became even more evident how much her allowing her husband's behavior effected her children. I really hope that this will get explored more, but I'm not sure that will happen since Aidan's brothers have gone away. Even so, I really enjoyed this fresh take! It just makes me crave more from Fool's Gold!...more
Susan Mallery never ceases to amaze me and pull all of my emotions. Even when I'm feeling angry or sad, I still loveThe Friends We Keep was fantastic.
Susan Mallery never ceases to amaze me and pull all of my emotions. Even when I'm feeling angry or sad, I still love every minute of it.
It was great to meet new characters and also find out more about characters from The Girls of Mischief Bay.
I was so happy to see where Nicole was at now. I was so angry and frustrated for her in the previous book, and seeing her life moving forward was really nice. I wasn't all that surprised by her hesitation when it came to Jairus, but I was so happy when she finally let her walls down.
I knew Hayley's story would be hard, and I felt so bad for her, but I also understood Rob's frustration and actions because she was being so hardheaded about the situation. I was happy when things finally worked out for them in such an unexpected way.
Gabby was possibly my favorite character. There was just so much going on in her life, and it was so satisfying to see her finally lose her cool and say things that needed to be said because once she finally put her foot down, it felt like things started to get better despite the difficult situation.
I loved the moments between the friends as they each dealt with their own issues, and it was such a satisfying feeling when I put the book down....more
I love Christmas time at Fool's Gold, and Marry Me At Christmas was just the perfect book to shift my mood toward the holidays. Plus, the opening lineI love Christmas time at Fool's Gold, and Marry Me At Christmas was just the perfect book to shift my mood toward the holidays. Plus, the opening line of this book immediately put a smile on my face. Weddings and holidays are just a perfect match for a good read.
Madeline and Jonny were easy characters to like, and their interactions were so fun. They made me smile. I loved how they worked together to plan Ginger's wedding. Jonny was so over the top with his sister in such an endearing way. It's easy to see why Madeline fell for the man behind the acting.
This was a fun, easy read, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. As always, the glimpses of the characters from previous books were there, and it was great to see where many of them were at in life. I think this couple could easily be one of my favorites!...more
I really enjoyed Maya and Del's story. Their established past added an extra element as they got to know each other again. Their chemistry was fantastI really enjoyed Maya and Del's story. Their established past added an extra element as they got to know each other again. Their chemistry was fantastic, and I enjoyed the slow burn of their relationship. It was fun to watch them remember the reasons they'd fallen in love before and seeing those feelings come back to the surface.
I really want to learn more about Del's family. Del's relationship with his brothers was intriguing. I didn't understand his father at all, and I'm not sure how I feel about Elaine either. I loved her relationship with Maya, but her relationship with her own family left me frustrated, so I'm hoping that this will be explored more later on in the series.
After seeing Maya's relationship with Zane in Kiss Me, I was so happy not only to see how their relationship has progressed in a positive way, but to see a nice follow up to Zane and Phoebe's story. I always love seeing those characters from other books and finding out where they're at in life now, but I also really enjoy hearing about new people on town and figuring out how they might end up pairing up later in the series.
And, as always, Eddie and Gladys added to the fun factor. I hope to be half as fun as they are when I'm their age. ...more
Of all the Fool's Gold books, Kiss Me is hands down my most recent favorite. I picked it up, thinking I'd do a little reading before bed, and wound upOf all the Fool's Gold books, Kiss Me is hands down my most recent favorite. I picked it up, thinking I'd do a little reading before bed, and wound up staying up past my bedtime to read. When I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, I put it down, but the next evening as soon as I got home from work, I had it in my hands.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Phoebe is quirky, but kind, and just an easy character to like. Zane was a little harder to read, but I liked him as well. He and Phoebe were so different, but there differences really played well of each other. Phoebe's conversations with the animals always made me chuckle, and Zane's uncanny ability to always catch her at it was cute.
Zane and Chase's relationship was another of my favorites. Chase really messed up, but it was so easy to forgive him because he was so likable. It was frustrating because I understood where Zane was coming from with wanting to teach him a lesson, but, like so many of the characters, I felt like he needed tocut the kid a bit of a break. It was really satisfying when the two of them figured things out.
I also enjoyed C.J, Thad, Lucy and Tommy's story, too. C.J. was frustrating because she was just so understandably bitter, but her relationship with Thad was so strong even through the strain. It was heartwarming to see her warm up to the kids because it was so obvious they needed each other.
The setting for this book was a bit different from other Fool's Gold books. It was odd not seeing so much of the town in this one, but the cattle drive was a fun setting for the story. I missed seeing more of the other characters, but I think Gladys and Eddie's presence more than made up for it. They are always so ornery but so much fun. It was also really enjoyable to learn more about them as well.
Overall, I just thorough enjoyed Kiss Me. I have a feeling this is going to be one I'll be reading over and over again!...more
I'm always excited when a new Fool's Gold book comes out. Usually, I'm really excited to see what's going to happen to a character that was introducedI'm always excited when a new Fool's Gold book comes out. Usually, I'm really excited to see what's going to happen to a character that was introduced in a previous book. Hold Me was a little different from that aspect. Kipling was briefly introduced in an earlier book in the series, but Destiny was completely new to me. At first I was a bit thrown off because I wasn't familiar with her, but this book was a great reminder that these books really can stand alone.
Destiny was such an interesting character. She was so headstrong and had such conviction about what she believed, yet her actions often contradicted that. Her relationship with Starr was really sweet. It was awkward at times, but it was really enjoyable to see the sisters get to know each other.
I liked Kipling, too. He was such a fixer, which could be annoying, but it was nice to see how his first instinct was to solve people's problems. I also found the conflict with his bar, The Man Cave, to be a fun part of the story.
Destiny and Kipling really complimented each other. Even though Destiny wouldn't want to admit it, I think she needed someone like Kipling, who wanted to help fix things.
I did have a few issues with the story, though. Destiny's naivety, in particular. I won't spoil it, but it was a plot point that just bothered me because I found it hard to believe that she would just tell herself that something wasn't possible, when she should have known better, and went on without a second thought.
Overall, this was another great Fool's Gold novel, and there were several characters that I'm hoping to see more of in new books, and it was awesome to see some old characters that hadn't been around for a while. ...more
I've been an avid fan of Susan Mallery for several years now, and she never ceases to surprise me with her books. She creates such wonderful worlds, fI've been an avid fan of Susan Mallery for several years now, and she never ceases to surprise me with her books. She creates such wonderful worlds, full of atmosphere and relatable characters, and The Girls of Mischief Bay are no exception.
This book reminds me a bit of another Mallery book called Three Sisters. Don't get me wrong. The books are very different, but like Three Sisters, Mischief Bay follows three woman, who are all at different stages of their lives, and takes you into their friendship and struggles.
What I really liked about this book is that I found Nicole, Pam and Shannon all very easy to relate to, despite their age difference. I think this is a great book for women of all ages because there's something for everyone.
Mallery is so great at romance that sometimes I forget just how awesome she is at writing women's fiction. There is romance in this book, of course, but at the core, The Girls of Mischief Bay is really about Nicole, Pam and Shannon's friendship, and it is a wonderful friendship.
There were some parts of the plot (namely in Shannon's story) that seemed a little cliche, but I wasn't that bothered by it. There were a lot of moments in this novel that really pulled at my emotions, and I love when a book can really make me feel something, whether it is sad, annoyed or angry, and this novel did that in spades.
I love when Susan Mallery builds worlds--one of my favorites is Fool's Gold--and I'm just as excited about Mischief Bay, and I look forward to reading more about Nicole, Pam and Shannon as well as many of the other characters introduced in this book....more