The hilarious and heartwarming new book from bestselling author Susan Mallery about friendship, love… and a list that will change your life!
‘Join the girls for an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry!’ – Rebecca Raisin Author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop
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!
‘What are you waiting for? Grab your bestie, and pen your very own friendship list!’
‘The Friendship List by Susan Mallery is the type of book you’ll be laughing and crying over with the gang at book club!’
Rebecca Raisin Bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Teashop
Fabulous, fabulous and fabulous!
Ellen and Unity are best friends but when Ellen overhears her son saying that he doesn’t want to go to college because she doesn’t have a life, her and Unity decide to come up with a list of things that they should do to convince Ellen’s son that he can leave her and maybe help Unity move past the death of her husband 3 years previously. What follows is almost a coming of age book where both Ellen and Unity learn about themselves and start to work out what they want
I liked both Ellen and Unity and they are so clearly best friends and the one they turn to if they need anything, the kind of friend we all wish we had. They are also able to start to push each other into making changes and I loved the idea of a friendship list to challenge yourself.
One thing that is on both of their lists is to be with a sexy man and Ellen already has a male friend called Keith who she is willing to break the rules to be with when they are on a road trip. I really enjoyed seeing Keith and Ellen’s relationship develop, they both sort of know what they want and the reader can almost predict what may happen before it happens to them!
Unity is introduced to Thaddeus by her friend and his grandmother who is also determined to see her move on from her perpetual grief. Unity and Thaddeus’ relationship is so different to Ellen and Keith’s and it takes them a lot longer to understand what they want. Although their first date was skydiving (indoors) which I’m not going to lie sounds pretty awesome and seemed like a great way for them to break the ice and get to know each other in a safe setting
I’m not going to lie, at times I mixed Ellen and Unity up especially when they with their men and it took me longer than it should have to get them straight in my head
I did absolutely love the idea of a friendship list however and I think that it has made me consider what I would want to do to push me out of my comfort zone so here’s an example of some of mine:
Get my ears pierced (again)
Get a tattoo
Go to a nightclub
Meet a fabulous man who I can fall in love with
Continue with therapy to make sure I’m getting better and in the right place
Travel, at least round the UK but also aim for round America, Russia (I’ve always wanted to go on the trans Siberian railway!) Australia and possibly Italy
What would yours be?
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a different kind of romance with huge character development and the strength of best friends
AM 🐾 x