Tuesday 4 August 2020

The Friendship List - Susan Mallery || Blog Tour

   [ ] Dance till dawn 

[ ] Go skydiving

[ ] Wear a bikini in public

[ ] Start living

Two best friends jump-start their lives in a summer that will change them forever…

Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream 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.

So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What’s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband’s childhood bed?

The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re just fine. But somewhere between “wear three-inch heels” and “have sex with a gorgeous guy,” Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos.

I was so looking forward to this, a story about friendships and living your best life. I think at some point or another all of us have becoming complacent in life and could do with a change.Well Ellen and Unity are the real epitome of that. 

Ellen is a single mother, having raised her son since she was 17 on her own. Its always been the two of them against everyone else. That has been fine, she has never needed to have her own life. However, one day she over hears her son talking to his friend about how he cannot attend his dream college because he cant leave his mother. She needs to prove she is fine alone and has her own life. 

Unity is a widow, and is struggling to get past the loss of her husband three years ago and still sleeps in the childhood bed of his, but lately - more and more people are telling her she needs to change, start dating again, move on and put herself out into the world.

Unity and Ellen have been best friends forever, but when the pair come to blows over each of their issues, its the catalyst for The Friendship List. A chance for the pair to do things beyond their comfort zone and prove to others that they are fine. Something that starts as fun, soon allows feelings into the mix.

I really enjoyed this, it was friendship - realistic friendship, with its flaws, honesty and real bonds. Unity and Ellen were both stronger than they believed and i loved getting to discover them as they pushed themselves. I loved watching the changes ahead of them but also as they battled with their feelings about their old lives and their new ones. A wonderfully honest, uplifting read that is a real story of transformation.

I was gifted an e-arc for the review.

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