The Friendship List Susan Mallery 


The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

Paperback published by Mills and Boon 6th August 2020

One summer can change your life.

Single mom Ellen Fox  missed out on a lot, but she wouldn’t change a thing —until she overhears her son saying he can’t leave for  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.Ellen’s best Unity vows to help, creating a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, to support Ellen, but not because she need to change!

Both women The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re doing fine. But somewhere along the way Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, and filled with humor, heartache and perhaps the odd regrettable tattoo.


The Friendship List is a perfect feel-good read for anyone who has ever wanted the courage to change, or written a bucket list. This is the perfect book I recommend.

I first became a fan of Susan Mallery after watching a book that she had written that was turned into Christmas film, Marry Me At Christmas. After the film I read the paperback You Say It First. 

I thought that The Friendship List was absolutely fabulous reading about the friendship between two best friends.

What I liked reading is how the story is filled with heartache, humour and of course romance.

Why I adored reading The Friendship List it took me back when I was single parent, remembering how hard it is to pay for everything like school uniform.

Ellen Fox who teaches at a high school, is a single parent, who is struggling to pay for her son Cooper college fees. She is thinking of taking an extra job in the evenings to help her son go to UCLA. For a room and board at UCLA the total cost would be sixty -four thousand dollars. Ellen’s idea is marrying someone with money. If Ellen’s son Cooper goes to Stanford he might get a partial scholarship, that could go toward a room and board.

Widow Unity is Ellen’s best friend and she will help Ellen, as Ellen helped Unity, when she married Stuart, by sewing on glass beads by hand on Unity’s wedding dress. Since Unity’s husband died she is very thankful for her own business, as it gives her something to do every day.

With Ellen worrying over money she is determined to send her son Cooper to UCLA college, but she over hears a conversation with Cooper telling his best friend that he can’t go to college as his mom needs him and he should stay at home and get a job.

I loved the friendship between Ellen and Unity, they really help each other in every way that can. And that’s what best friends do they stick together no matter what.

My favourite line: Ellen hovered just to the side of the door, figuring she didn’t get all that much opportunity to eavesdrop….

My special thanks to @MillsandBoon for sending me an early proof copy ahead of publication. 💕 #gifted




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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Critics have dubbed Mallery “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!” It’s no wonder that her books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list.

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society.

Find Susan Mallery on Twitter @SusanMallery

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