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The Girls of Mischief Bay

(Mischief Bay #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10,127 ratings  ·  1,059 reviews
Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there's a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she's never seen. He won't even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time at her Mischief Bay Pilates studio. Can she say enough is enough without losing the man she loves?

Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Mira
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Glen Not sure how strict your standards are, but I'll do my best from what I recall. Profanity is minimal to nonexistent. Sexual content is present but not…moreNot sure how strict your standards are, but I'll do my best from what I recall. Profanity is minimal to nonexistent. Sexual content is present but not explicit or dominant. No violence. The story is about women approaching middle age, dealing with problems that show up mainly in that stage of life, so probably not of interest to most high-schoolers.(less)

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Three women, three stages of life:

Pam, at 50, has successfully reared three children. But now she’s feeling old, and wondering if she should get a facelift, and how she can get some spice back into her marriage.

Shannon, about to turn 40, and CFO of an international company, is the epitome of the successful businesswoman, but she’s wondering if maybe she’d like a husband and a child.

Nicole, 30, has been married for six years and has a five-year-old son, but her husband quit his job to write a
Susan Crowe
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won't go over what this book is about, you can read the back of the book and find that out. I will say this, What a great book! I have cried over many books in my time, but this one had me SOBBING! Snot sucking sobbing! I felt everything these three women felt. I'm just blown away by Susan Mallery's writing. I have all three books from her Blackberry Island series and have never read them. They are definitely on the short TBR list now. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm Reluctant to Write This, February 25, 2015

This review is from: The Girls of Mischief Bay (Kindle Edition)
I know I am in the minority with my feeling for this initial book in this new series. I almost feel as if I need to apologize for how I feel about it.

This book is wonderfully written with thoroughly fleshed and well rounded characters. I agree that these women are the types that I could see being friends with. However, as entertainment value they left something to be
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicole, Shannon, and Pam are three friends that are thrown some unexpected curve balls in life with only their friendship to help keep them afloat. Nicole’s husband has quit his job unexpectedly to pursue his dream of being a screenwriter leaving her to care for their child, the household and still maintain her full-time job. Shannon has dedicated her life to her career, sacrificing anything and everything especially romance, but when she goes on a blind date she finds herself rethinking her pri ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I did not win this book on Goodreads First Reads. I am a member of the Susan Mallery Review Crew and this book was sent to me to review. "The Girls of Mischief Bay" should have been named, "Welcome to a Big Old Slice of Life" because everyone can probably relate to any one of the main characters, Pam, Shannon, and/or Nicole. Everyone probably knows someone who has been through what these women went through or has been through it themselves. I, mostly, identified with Nicole and I'd tell you why, ...more
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Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2015
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This isn't what I would consider a romance. It's a contemporary story about friendship with some romance but not in the traditional sense of following the relationship of a main hero and heroine. What it is is a story about three women, Nicole, Shannon and Pam, who through their friendship, weather some very rough seas together.

One thing about Nicole, Pam and Shannon that sets them apart from what might be called the typical friends story is their age difference
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about love and friendship. Nicole, Shannon and Pam are all friends who met through Nicole's exercise business. Each one is at a different stage in life. Nicole is a thirty year old fitness instructor with a husband and a four year old son. Shannon is a single woman, forty years old, with a successful career. Pam is a fifty year old, stay at home mom, with a husband and three grown children. Each of them is about to experience some major changes in their lives and it's their friendship ...more
4.5 stars

Loved it! I've been craving another heartfelt series from Susan Mallery. I loved the first two books in her Blackberry Island series (not so much the last one) and The Girls of Mischief Bay has a similar feel ... warm and real.

For me, friends are the family you choose for yourself, the strength and security that true friendship brings is a beautiful thing and you can see how true this is for Nicole, Shannon and Pam.

30 year old Nicole with her oxygen-bandit narcissistic husband, Shannon
Kirsten "keep calm there are only 5 days left"
For some reason, this was the last of the Mischief Bay books Catherine and I read, yet it was the first written. I also thought it was among the best. (I liked A Million Little Things best, really.)

Susan Mallery writes very engaging women and REAL problems. Sometimes I think the men are over-the-top clueless (as in Eric, what a jerk!). The center of this story was Pam and what happens to her. As I'd read the follow-up books first, I kind of knew, but it was no less emotional for me.

I've really
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Mallery definitely kept me on my toes with this one. There were more that I few times where the unimaginable happened, yet in a very real & emotional manner. This was real life. Readers easily experience the joys and sorrows alongside the characters. The novel itself does start out a bit slow as you get to know the characters, which is typical for the first novel in a new series, but as you get to know the characters it really lets fly. Mallery has developed a fantastic plot that combines the em ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2015, chick-lit
While this book started out slow for me, I loved the friendship between all 3 women. Even better was that each one of them were different ages and at different places in their live, yet their friendship kept them strong.

Each one of the women faced problems and turned to her friends. I thought they each gave great advice, whether they were in the midst of trauma or just needed to vent. I'm happy to see where Nicole and Pam are in their lives and what they survived. With Shannon I'm on the fence,
Harlequin Books
"Mallery’s series debut is an emotional lesson in triumphs and tragedies told in her iconic eloquent style. She breathes life into her three genuinely unforgettable stars and crucial co- stars. Her exceptional handling of the climactic hard knocks and joyful events, and her tiny canine co-star, rocked" (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars).
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This story just did not grab me. While it was very well written 9 (after all it is Susan Mallery) I never identified with any of the characters. I will be interesting to see what other think.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. he book was just released.

Every once and a while I am wrong about things and there were two things I was mistaken on about this book from the beginning. The first was I thought I had read other works by Susan Mallery however when I go back and check I did not see any. Perhaps it is because I see her name everywhere I just assumed I had? T
Kristen Anderson
Feb 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I love Susan Mallery. I've read many of her books, including all of the Fool's Gold books. I pre-ordered this one and was very excited about the new series. Until I started reading it. And ohmylanta I did NOT like it. It had very little of the sass and humor I find in her other books. Most of the characters set my teeth on edge. The only character I truly enjoyed was Shannon- I wish the book had devoted more time to her. I started out enjoying Pam's arc until the character was hit with a tragedy ...more
Rachel Pines
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Every element of this book was a cliche. The plot, the situations and, worst of all, the dialogue. I kept reading bc I was sure it would turn around (based on the reviews), but it rode every last cliche into the sunset. Worth skipping.
I don't find too many really good books about adult friendships, women who have each other to make it through the tough times, such as multiple miscarriages, marriage where the passion has gone, sex boot camp, dating someone with children, first time grandparent, making work one's priority and rising in a world of business that's generally a "man's world." This book covered so much.

There are three friends: Nicole, Shannon, and Pam. They are decades apart in age, which is a little bit unusual. Pa
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The Girls of Mischief Bay is book one in the Mischief Bay series by Susan Mallery. Three friends Nicole Lord, Shannon Rigg and Pam Eiland who though their lives were perfect. However, this was not the case. Cracks were starting to form in their perfect lives. The readers of The Girls of Mischief Bay will follow these three friends to see what happens in their lives.

The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first book I have read of Susan Mallery, and I did enjoy it. I like Susan Mallery portrayal of her
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1) by Susan Mallery.

Genre: Romance/Women's Fiction/Contemporary

So. Have you ever read a book that you felt like was three books in one and you wished that the author had just written three separate books? That is definitely this book here.

I don't know if this latest series by Ms. Mallery means that she will not be writing anymore books based on the Blackberry Island series or not, but I hope she does since I am not a fan of the Fool's Gold series and thi
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I can’t wait to read more of Susan Mallery’s books!
Nita Kohli
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A more like 3.5 stars :)

I really enjoy books that focus on family and friendship aspects of human life. I love to read how friends or family are there for each other in both good and bad times. My inclination towards these kind of books made me pick up The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery.


The book has three main characters - Nicole, Shannon, Pam - and a reader gets to read the point of view of each of these characters and look through the life of each one of them. Nicole runs a gym (Pi
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was ok, not great. Too much repetition and the characters and their circumstances were more stereotypical than real to me. It was an easy read and I always like stories about women and their friendships, but this one didn’t grab me.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first book in a new series by Susan Mallery and to be honest I wasn’t sure after starting it if I would continue to read it, but I am glad I did. This book takes you on a journey of three women who are not only different in age, but they live very different lives.

Nicole’s husband Eric decides to quit his successful career to write a screenplay without speaking to her to beforehand which I thought was out of line. Being married things should be discussed as partn
The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first book in a new series by Susan Mallery. As I read on into the book I began to really enjoy it and followed each of the three main characters with interest as their stories played out. Three women who are friends - Nicole, Shannon and Pam. Nicole is in her thirties, Shannon is almost forty and Pam is fifty. I wonder why it is called The Girls of Mischief Bay, these are women - not girls!

Nicole teaches pilates and works hard in her business and loves her young
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery is a 2015 Harlequin MIRA publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Susan Mallery does it again! A trio of diverse women meet through a shared Pilates class and form a close bond.

Pam, Shannon, and Nicole couldn't be any different. Pam is the stay at home wife and pet parent to Lulu, Nicole is going through a confused state in which her dependable husband has pulled a 180, and Shannon
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching story of three ladies

I liked meeting shannon Pam and Nicole. They are each at different times of life. Can't wait to catch up with them soon.
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2015
The Girls of Mischief Bay is the first in a new series by Susan Mallery. I am a big fan of hers and I think that most fans will like this book. The story features three women who are at different stages and ages in their lives, yet they have a deep and loving friendship that helps them make it through the tough times. For me, this was a much heavier book than I was expecting. I think that is why that even though I liked it, I didn't love it.

What I did like about the story was the friendship betw
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book follows the story of three women in the town of Mischief Bay. Nicole is struggling to support her family while her husband follows his dream of writing a screenplay. She's also dealing with the distance growing between her and her husband. Pam is in her fifties and is tired of her boring and predictable life. Her kids are out of the house and it's just Pam and her husband John doing the same things day in and day out. Then there's Shannon who is single and the CFO of a very affluent co ...more
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