A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery

Zoe Saldivar is more than just single-she’s ALONE. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home and her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe accidentally traps herself in her attic with her hungry-looking cat, she realizes that it’s up to her to stop living in isolation.

Her seemingly empty life takes a sudden turn for the complicated-her first new friend is Jen’s widowed mom, Pam. The only guy to give her butterflies in a very long time is Jen’s brother. And meanwhile, Pam is being very deliberately seduced by Zoe’s own smooth-as-tequila father. Pam’s flustered, Jen’s annoyed and Zoe is beginning to think “alone” doesn’t sound so bad, after all.

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

I’m fairly certain that I have yet to review a Susan Mallery book on my blog, so it’s safe to say that I’ve never told you she’s one of my go-to authors for contemporary romance. For me, her books usually leave me with a warm and satisfied, like the feeling you get when you’re curled up in bed with your puppies (or kitties if that’s your preference), a cup of cocoa and doing something pleasurable that makes you happy. And I got the feeling for the most part with this particular book, however not the full effect. I’m not sure why this book didn’t ring as strongly with me as Ms. Mallery’s other books. Although I do have a theory as to why.

A Million Little Things is the third book in the Mischief Bay series, a series that is notable for several features. 1) There is not a single main storyline, but several (typically 3) that are connected and share equal stage time and 2) the drama is deep, deep enough that they warrant book club discussion questions at the end. In this particular novel, we have three storylines that are connected by the fact that two female characters are related (mother and daughter) and third is a good friend to other two (a best friend to the daughter character, to be exact). Our mother character, Pam was one of the stories in the first book of the series and it’s nice to see her again, however, she’s having another moment like she did in the first book and so is her daughter. They both are being rather irrational for a while over different things. It could be argued that since I’m not a mother, I don’t get what a mother thinks or feels, however to me their reactions to things are illogical even though in the end I’m more sympathetic to Jen, the daughter because she is the first to get over her issues and also because SPOILER part of her problem is an imbalance in herself that is fixed so she can thus adapt and make the changes to fix her own problem. Overall, I think Zoe was the best one of the three female leads since she was better at working through her issues then the other two.

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