{Book Review} Four Friends by Robyn Carr

18668375Title: Four Friends
Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Pages: 384
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
How did I get this book: Review Copy
Format: e-Book
What made me want to read it: I fell in love with the cover.
Blurb:
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 them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it’s time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealin—it’s transforming.

Andy doesn’t have a great track record with men, and she’s come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth 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.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. Ultimately, they’ll discover what it means to be a wife, mother, lover, friend…and most important: your true self.

Review:
Four Friends by Robyn Carr is a delightful masterpiece of contemporary literature. The story follows the lives of four neighbors turned friends that struggle to maintain balance with all the obstacles that life throws their way. Touching on sensitive social topics like infidelity, mental illness, and domestic abuse Carr weaves the multiple storylines together seamlessly to create a heartwarming and emotional read.

Gerri, the oldest of the ladies, is a counselor for CPS and is married to a district attorney. She struggles with her identity as a woman going through menopause while trying to juggle her work load and her family. She is the one everyone goes to for advice and the one that everyone looks up to because they think she has it all figured out. Gerri’s world is completely thrown off kilter when old secrets come to light and is left wondering if she can salvage what’s left of her marriage. I couldn’t tell if I liked Gerri or not. Although, I could empathize on her situation with her husband, I would get frustrated by her stubbornness and unwilling demeanor to move on. I get it, it’s not easy to let go of that kind of betrayal, but I would think as a counselor she would have been more willing to talk things out. I wasn’t too keen on how petulant she came across about what she discovered, or how it took about 90% of the book for her to realize how selfish she was in her way of thinking about the state of her marriage.

Andy, the teacher, seems to always been chasing her Prince Charming only to discover he doesn’t exist. I really like Andy, although her constant search for love is a bit adolescent. Out of the four ladies, Andy is my favorite because she shows the most growth maturity-wise. She eventually learns that love may not always come in a perfect package with a rock-hard six pack.

Sonja, the New Age guru of the bunch, is fun-loving and bubbly. Her sweet, positive, and bouncy demeanor hides a ticking time bomb ready to detonate. When her perfect world falls apart, Sonja gives into a deep and dark depression. Her back story is very heart-wrending and I cried right along with her.

BJ, the new kid on the block, is very quiet and keeps to herself. She’s trying to overcome her dark past and build a better future for her and her kids. Her secret completely threw me for a loop, you’ll see what I mean when you read it. I did not expect it at all, and of course it made me cry. I like that she comes out of her shell to help Sonja battle her inner demons.

Four Friends by Robyn Carr is an uplifting tale about friendship, and love. An in-depth look at adulthood without the rose-colored glasses, Four Friends touches on menopause, infidelity, depression, domestic abuse, and divorce. Overall, an intriguing and satisfying read. It will definitely bring out the FEELs in a major way so be prepared with some tissues. If you are looking for a good contemporary women’s fiction read I recommend this book.

Notable quotes/parts:
“But isn’t it terrific when you’re with someone who can bring out your best self? I think that’s the sign of a true friend, when they make you feel better when you’re with them than you ever had a chance of feeling without them.”

“It’s so hard,” Andy said. “When you don’t have anyone.”
“Yeah, I know,” Gerri agreed. “Yet it’s harder when you have the wrong one.”

Rating: 3 Stars

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