March 31, 2014

Four Friends by Robyn Carr

I received a review copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Description: 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.

My Review: I've been enjoying the Thunder Point romance series by Robyn Carr, so I wanted to try out something else that she has written. In a Robyn Carr novel I expect to get flawed, realistic characters that I can relate to, and Four Friends definitely delivered. While I normally gravitate toward romantic stories, I did enjoy the focus on female friendship in this novel. Carr fleshed out each character individually but also demonstrated the strength of their bonds as they supported one another through difficult situations. The four women were all very honest with one another and looked out for each other--they didn't just say what they knew their other friends would want to hear.

Four Friends was slow-paced and character driven, which is a type of book I tend to enjoy. If you like contemporary women's fiction about friendship and love, you should give this one a try!

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