Book Review: Four Friends by: Robyn Carr

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Publication Date: March 25, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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 revealin—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.

Review: Mill Valley: An affluent neighborhood where things aren’t always as idyllic as they appear on the outside. Andy is done with her cheating no-good husband, kicking him to the curb and not feeling the least bit sorry about it. Sonja’s husband has decided he can’t live with her New-Age-y control over his life and leaves. Gerri finds out her husband had an affair years ago and is thrown in a tailspin of hurt and anger. BJ is new to Mill Valley, but she has a hidden past she’s trying to overcome. These four women have a lot of struggles to work through, but together these four friends are growing stronger.

FOUR FRIENDS is a good beach read, with strong and realistic characters. Some things I had trouble relating to just because I am much younger than the characters in the story, but I did feel kinship with their struggles. FOUR FRIENDS is a quick read and I easily became involved in the plot, wanting to know what happens next for everyone. My favorite characters are Sonja and Bob, plus Beau the dog! Bob is the carpenter fixing up Andy’s house and he’s very down to earth. Sonja is New Age-y, but her heart is in the right place most of the time. I really liked seeing Bob and Andy grow closer and their relationship blossom, just like I enjoyed Sonja’s path to recovery. Life is full of ups & downs and FOUR FRIENDS illustrates that beautifully without being saccharine.

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