Library Journal Review
The focus in this fourth installment of -Mallery's "Mischief Bay" series is on Harper, a divorced mom who is trying to keep her business afloat, and her sister, Stacey, who is feeling trepidation about being pregnant at 40 after being career-minded for so long. Their overbearing mother and her impossible standards adds tension to the sisters' already stressful situations, but luckily the men in their lives give them the help and support they need. Sweet and solid, Lucas is Harper's client-turned-friend with whom she becomes romantically involved, but she wonders if their romance has lasting potential. Harper also worries about not being there for her teenage daughter, Becca, who is going through trials of her own. Although the chapters from Becca's POV are heavy on the teen melodrama, Mallery (Girls of Mischief Bay) delivers another character-driven story of female friendships with women who are flawed but endearing. Marking this series is an uplifting tone and complex characters. VERDICT Another compelling, thought-provoking, and big-hearted story from Mallery that will please readers of this series and also can be read as a stand-alone.-Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View P.L., IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Bunny has old-fashioned ideas about what it means to be a wife and mother. Her beliefs put a strain on her relationships with her daughters, Harper and Stacey. Recently divorced Harper has to work for the first time in her life in order to keep a roof over the heads of her and her teenage daughter. She's started a virtual-assistant business that's brought in several clients, including Lucas, a sexy cop in his 50s with a penchant for younger women. Stacey, on the other hand, really only feels at home in her lab, where she is researching a cure for multiple sclerosis, or with her husband. She's six months pregnant and has yet to tell her mother. She's concerned that she won't feel a connection to her child, and even more worried about telling her mother that her husband will be a stay-at-home dad. Though the story feels a bit too long and the ending a bit too rushed, fans of Mallery's Mischief Bay series (beginning with The Girls of Mischief Bay, 2015) will enjoy this fourth entry, which explores the congenial relationship between the sisters and the growing relationship between Harper and Lucas.--Milone Hill, Nanci Copyright 2018 Booklist