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The Friendship List - two women's quest for emotional growth.

The Friendship List is an enjoyable, feel-good book providing a needed break from dark, psychological thrillers; police procedures and deep, literary and historical fiction. Author Susan Mallery is one of the best in the genre.


Ellen Fox and Unity Leandre, both 34 years old, are best friends and serve as each other’s support system. Ellen has been raising her 17 year old son as a single mother having gotten pregnant in high school. Unity has been a widow for three years. They are both emotionally stunted.


Ellen's son is starting to look at colleges. She overhears him changing his plans to go away to school believing that Ellen would be devastated if he left her alone. Ellen doesn’t want her son to give up his dreams for her. Unity can’t move on with her life after losing her husband. She sleeps in his childhood bedroom surrounded by his memorabilia. Neither of the two women date. They finally decide it’s time for a change. They come up with a list of challenges for each to do to help get them out of their ruts.


There are no great surprises in The Friendship List. Each woman enters romantic relationships that thrill and terrify them. It is the strong bond of the two women that ultimately helps them through the ups and downs of their quest to finally start living.


This is a light, easy read that will leave you smiling. Enjoy it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Contemporary Women's Fiction / Romance.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020.


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