Thursday, March 27, 2014

Four Friends by Robyn Carr

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair the damage. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey for Gerri and her family is more than revealing—it's transforming.

Andy doesn't have a great track record with men, and she's come to believe that for her a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth, ordinary contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja's lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he's through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity. 

Miraculously, it's BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

Kritters Thoughts:  Four friends who are also neighbors and each have very large personal hurdles that with the help of each other they will be able to overcome and find the best solution for themselves.  Cheating husbands, deep depression and a sordid past all take hold of these women and they must figure out what lies next - I won't reveal who had to deal with what to keep a little bit of surprise to the book.

The one thing that I had a hard time swallowing was that each neighbor had such big drama all at the same time.  I had to remind myself often that this was fiction and it was nice to see how each of them could help the others in their own personal ways.  

On the other hand, I absolutely adored how the wife of the cheating husband handled the situation - it felt so real.  She wasn't completely forgiving, but you could see her heart change.  

I liked reading a Robyn Carr book that wasn't tied up in a long series and was just put together all in one book.  If you know Robyn Carr, she definitely included a little steaminess in this book which I think worked perfectly with the characters who partook!  Definitely a romance, but with female relationships taking center stage.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 11 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.



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