A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay Series #3)

A Million Little Things (Mischief Bay Series #3)

by Susan Mallery


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From the bestselling author of The Girls of Mischief Bay and The Friends We Keep comes a twisty tale of family dynamics that explores what can go terribly, hysterically wrong when the line between friendship and family blurs…

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.

Friendship isn't just one thing—it's a million little things, and no one writes them with more heart and humor than book club sensation Susan Mallery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778330912
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Mischief Bay Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. Visit her at www.SusanMallery.com.

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A Million Little Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice summer read. Kept me wanting to read more!!!!
CowboysRule1 More than 1 year ago
Once again Susan Mallery delivers a great read. The story of friendship and family and how they are important in our lives. Loved the stories of Pam, Jen and Zoe. Didn't want to put down and stories were very relatable and filled with emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not what I was expecting. I read everything Xusan Mallory writes, but this one was a favorite!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A boring read. Easy to put down and walk away. Too many stories and none of them deep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! In fact, I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to keep reading to see what happened with Jen, Zoe & Pamela. Susan Mallery did a terrific job of telling all 3 women's stories individually, yet was able to seamlessly weave them together too. It speaks of friendship, family, love and some heartache. I had read the previous 2 Mischief Bay books so I was familiar with the place and the people. Pamela was featured again like in the first book, so it was nice to see how what had happened with her character. I really hope that there might be another. Regardless, i would recommend this for a great summer beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and characters ! I loved the ending too !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a MUST buy book!!!! All your senses and emotions will be engaged as you read this amazing book by Susan!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A Million Little Things is a story about family and friends, loving and living, and all the challenges women face in today's society. With three women in focus who throughout the story confront the variety of the demands of life from career choices to dating to child rearing to marriage to losing your spouse and everything else imaginable in between the story has something, most will relate to. The characters challenged me while reading the story because it is so life-like and their actions at times thus flawed, to understand their reasoning and opinions took patience and broadmindedness that I lacked with some issues. It took me awhile to get into the tale, but once it opened up to me it was an emotional experience. Zoe Saldivar had more courage than she gave herself a credit for. At the crossroads with her career and future, she seeks for the possibilities, takes chances, and isn't afraid to ask for help. She has the patience and broadmindedness that I seemed to lack with her friends. Her relationship with her dad is honest and open like all her relationships were, I enjoyed the banter between the father and daughter, often making me smile. Zoe and Steven's chemistry and connection were easy, there were no quibbles even though there were obstacles on their way. They were genuine and sincere with each other in the big and small things, the straightforward honesty and dignity they handled things with were delightful, there was a sense of effortless bonding between them that told about the contentment they had with each other. Jen and Pam, the mother-daughter duo, took turns to rattle my patience. Jen grew on me, her change, development in the story is the most remarkable one with the found medical conditions, that no one had paid attention to before, helping her to calm down. The troubles and anxiety she has to go through until she finds her footing again were raw and rough. I grew to like and understand her better as the story unfolded, I admired her willingness to stand up for her mother and speak up when needed. Pam was the opposite, the more I found out about her, the more her opinions and views were revealed, the more I resented or disliked her, and she never really won me over again. Her sincerity was lacking in my eyes. Life is hard, there are many bumps in the road and obstacles in our way as we try to find our place in the society and peace in our minds. To have friends and family to stand by you and help you face both the difficult and the joyful times lightens the load and makes it easier to move forward. A Million Little Things is what life is all about, those tiny ripples in life that make the waves that move life forward ~ Four Spoons
Buzboo2LM More than 1 year ago
A Million Little Things - a million touches on the heart. Back to Mischief Bay, CA with A Million Little Things. We get caught up on Pam, her daughter Jen, and we are introduced to Zoe, Jen’s friend. They each are facing new concerns in their lives. As we journey along watching and feeling how they each handle them through friendship, love, and family. This is a great story of the different parts to friendship and family and how they all connect through “A Million Little Things”. Please read to find out how they together or separately find their way. Susan Mallery continues to write in a way that will pull you in to her stories no matter which book of hers you decide to start with. Happy reading. Looking forward to a “Million” more!
Ciliciaw More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the this series and continues the story of three women and their families. While I enjoyed this book I was so disappointed in the way Pam acted in this book. I know she thought that she was protecting her son but she came across as judgmental and a witch with a B. In the other books she was so understanding but in this one she came off really bad and I felt that she wasn't justified and her "apology" was false. I loved how Zoe stood up to her and wrote her that letter. Jen was another wonderful character written. I felt for her but she did push things a little far. I have heard stories about women like her so she came across as genuine. I'm glad she decided to get the help she needed and you could she her growth. This was a very emotional story about friendship and family. I voluntarily wrote a review for copy of the book.
BidotSrq More than 1 year ago
Three women at three different crossroads in their lives. Family and friendships are challenged, expanded and utlimately the result is a new beautiful and realistic story by Susan Mallery. Very contemporary "A Million Little Things" happen everyday in our lives that change us, annoy us, reward us or simply prevent us from taking a moment to see how truly strong and wonderful we are, as women. This book explores women and the men in or around their ever evolving world. Our excuses and motivators are questioned in a very modern approach. In the end exploring mothers, sisters, lovers, and friends through our heroines, Zoe, Jen and Pam, motivates us to think, while being delightfully entertained in turning each page of this lovely story of three. The writing is clean and the images are crisp. The best part truly was the varied reactions from each on the same issues. So true to so many of our families and relationships. Each is valued and distinct. Emotions, reactions and words can unite us or divide us. Loved going on this journey with these ladies. Hope you do too!
Jamiers55 More than 1 year ago
Another great by Mallory!! This story makes you feel all the emotions of friendship, love and life. It's things that really matter in life they make you smile or even chuckle to yourself.you feel the stress between friends, the love argue relationship between mom and daughter you want happiness and a good read this is it. Friendship and books are a million little things
bookworm224 More than 1 year ago
A Million Little Things takes us back to Mischief Bay, CA. We get catch up Pam and her daughter Jen, and we meet Jen's friend Zoe. All three of these women are facing new issues in their lives. We join these three as they deal with love, family, careers, and friendship. Will they make it through to the other end by helping each other and reaching inside themselves? This is a great story full of love, humor, joy, sadness and most importantly friendship. You do not need to have read past Mischief Bay books to enjoy this book, Mallery gives enough background for a new reader to jump right in. I loved this book and had a really hard time putting it down. Fans of Mallery's work will will love this as well. Please do note I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.
Evarista More than 1 year ago
I am a long time Susan Mallery fan and A Million Little Things simply reinforces my love for her writing! In A Million Little Things, Mallery beautifully illustrates the dilemmas many women face today. Zoe Saldivar works from home and has recently split from her boyfriend. She has also lost her best friend, Jen Beldon, to marriage and the birth of an adorable baby boy. Jen is wrestling with both the struggles and overwhelming love of new motherhood and her husband's risky job. Jen's widowed mom, Pam Eiland, is working on creating a new life for herself and befriending Zoe is part of this new life. She and Zoe quickly form a warm friendship that is challenged by Pam's new love interest.
Zoe, Jen, and Pam are wonderful, modern, complex, rich characters the will keep you engaged in their stories throughout Mallery's wonderful book. I found all three women's stories relatable and compelling. Zoe, Jen, and Pam are your mom, your sister, and your best friend. I truly loved these characters and felt vested in their lives.
A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery is a rich, compelling story about the lives of three complex and loving women. You will love Zoe, Jen, and Pam. Mallery is brilliant at creating compelling, evocative characters!
Cgrono More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Susan Mallery. She did not let me down with this Mischief Bay. The characters are strong women with flaws like everyone else. I could relate to Jen because my friend's daughter had a similar problem with one of her children. I was curious how Pam and how she handled dating since a few of my friends are in the same situation. I love the progression of the relationships that her characters have with each other. It would be a wonderful world if everyone had such a strong support system like the characters in this book, for all the millions of little things that one encounters in their everyday life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute must read! I love how Susan Mallery grabs her readers and keeps them hooked for more! Its amazing how realistic she keeps her characters, I never feel like I am reading something someone made up, they are always very realistic and relatable. When I finished the book I felt as though I had witnessed this story in real life. Pick up a copy today and I promise youll be hooked!
Ashley_90 More than 1 year ago
A Million Little Things, Susan Mallery's newest Mischief Bay novel picks up and makes you feel as if you've never left. That being said, you don't have to have read the previous novels to pick this book up, but if you have you are coming home not only to familiar friends such a Lulu the puppy fashionista but experiencing a whole new generation of family. In this novel you get to know Pam's children while encountering new friends. This story is really about relationships, and like the title suggestions, there is not just one kind, relationships are made of a million little things. They make relationships that transcend decades, relationships that transcend generations, and relationships just beginning. Characters make some difficult decisions, come to new realizations, and grow within themselves as well as with each other. This type of character evolution is something we've come to expect from Mischief Bay and Mallery doesn't disappoint. I don't want to give too much away so I'll leave it with this warning, I read this in one day, be prepared to get sucked away to Mischief Bay.
Laurie_M More than 1 year ago
Susan Mallery writes a very heartfelt story in which the I as the reader felt I was in the story. The story is realistic- the worry and stress of a first time parent, a mom of adult children who wants the best for her children- if it is misguided and hurts rather than helps, and of a woman who is trying to find herself. I really enjoyed this story as I can relate to it and I highly encourage you to read it and form your own opinion- the time it takes to read with be worth it!
HsuLeeNY More than 1 year ago
ARC - I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest! Loved the book! What can I say? Susan Mallery did it again. Book 3 is good as book 1 + 2. I loved the storytelling. How all the relationships + friendships are connected somehow. Zoe is alone, but being alone is not the end of the world. Pam is discovering "new" love. Jen is letting go + living life. 3 strong women who are learning the ups + downs of "having/living" a life. Kudos to Susan Mallery!
TRATLE More than 1 year ago
I love Susan Mallery’s stories, but, her most recent book, “A Million Little Things” just wasn’t on par with my expectations. The book revolves around three separate, yet intertwined stories set in Susan’s fictional town, Mischief Bay, CA. This is the third book set in Mischief Bay and blends a few new characters into the lives of people introduced in the first two books. One of the story-lines focuses on Pam, the widow first introduced in “The Girls of Mischief Bay”. I cried when Pam’s husband, John died in the first book, but was happy to see her bounce back as a solid friend, great mother, and a strong mother-figure to other Mischief Bay residents in "The Girls of Mischief Bay". The second story centers on Pam’s daughter, Jen. Jen is another character first introduced but not well developed in the earlier books. Ms. Mallery sets the stage for the main story when she introduces Zoe Saldivar. Zoe is a new Heroine, who happens to be best friends with Jen and considers Pam not only a friend, but a surrogate mother. Zoe is the most likable and consistent of the three heroines. From the beginning, Jen is difficult to like, but she grows the most by the end of the book. Sadly, by the end of the book, Pam morphs from a wonderful and lovable widow to least likeable of the three women. In contrast, Ms Mallery created wonderful heroes for each story-line. Pam’s son Steven showed a strength of character rarely found in someone his age. After his father’s death, Steven refocused his priorities and assumed responsibility for the family business. Pam, recognizing superior qualities in her son, decided he perfectly suited for Zoe and encouraged a relationship between the two. Following an unexpected turn of events, Steven’s integrity and strength became evident as he fell in love, stood by Zoe and defied his mother to do what he felt was right. Interestingly, Jen’s husband is not the dominant male in her story. Rather, Lucas, her husband’s partner on the LA Police Force is the focused hero in Jen’s story. Lucas, someone Jen dislikes but must accept, turns out to be the catalyst that helps Jen become a stronger (and more likeable) person. Finally, Zoe’s father, Miguel, proved to be another great addition to the men of Mischief Bay. Miguel, a reformed “player” showed great depth as he forged a friendship/relationship with Pam and supported Zoe through life’s challenges. The three male leads proved to be wonderful characters. They complimented likeable Zoe and made up for the less-than-likeable Pam and Jen.
Elissa Johnson More than 1 year ago
Another great story by Susan Mallery. I love that I was able to identify with each of the three women in book, even though they are at different stages in their lives. Their support for one another, even during times of adversity, is truly inspiring and what we all hope for in a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LIFE...Love, Independence, Friendship, Endurance. We don't know how our life will play out but friendship and family is so important! We all have an important role to play and this book encapsulated the bond of the humans spirit! Wonderful read!! Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Daisy24 More than 1 year ago
A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery is the newest woman's fiction book by the author. As in her other woman fictions books this one also has three characters with story lines of their own that overlap with each other. I enjoy Susan's Mallery's style of writing and am a long time fan. This book was just ok for me . The stories were interesting but not gripping. For Susan fans it is a good read but not her best.
kathleennichols More than 1 year ago
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book*** Any book written by Susan Mallery is an excellent read. The Mischief Bay series has quickly became a favorite of mine. The world/community created by Ms. Mallery for her Mischief Bay residents is rich and detailed as are each of her main characters. You don't have to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this book. You might however want to go back to the other two books after finishing this book. It will enrich your reading of any future books in this series. What each of the friends have had to endure and help each other through will add a layer of understanding and appreciation for each of them. Most individuals will find themselves wanting to finish the book in one session and while some will I'm sure there are a number of you out there that won't be able to but that's OK too. This book is about growing, learning, loving, persevering, compassion, and the myriad of other life experiences we all have to face at one point or another in our own lives. These women are there for their friends whatever the issue and whatever they are themselves going through. They might not have the answers for the problem one of them is facing but they are willing to listen and offer a shoulder to cry on if needed. I'd love to live in Mischief Bay and have friends such as these ladies are to each other.