Andy, Sonja and Gerri are neighbours, close friends and
observers of each other's relationships. With over twenty
years of stable marriage to her credit, Gerri has seen
divorces come and go. Now it's Andy's turn to dump her
second husband, a ten-years-younger philanderer. FOUR
FRIENDS continues as Kelly, an office assistant going
through her own troubles, unwittingly spills the beans
about Gerri's husband's past affair, long since ended.
That's what Gerri gets for trying to help....
I'd read Robin Carr's books set in Thunder Point and Virgin
River but this is a new standalone setting, which is a
great idea for new readers who don't want to jump in way
down the line of a series. Sonja is unflaggingly positive
and helpful with offers of chamomile tea, carob and
chakras, when all Andy wants to do is fling her husband's
stuff on the lawn. Sonja's husband seems to be tiring of
wheatgrass, candles and spa music too. Well, he is a man.
Gerri, confronting her husband Phil, gets the confirmation
she really didn't want and feels too betrayed to be
rational. The whole neighbourhood seems to be hitting the
skids, one lady remarks.
Phil is actually a level-headed man, accepting the blame
instantly and hoping he can be forgiven - the past is the
past. Their kids and his wife are his priority - but the
two-income couple are still as crushingly busy as ever,
which caused the initial problem. Another decent guy is
Bob, fitting kitchen cabinets over a series of evenings in
Andy's home. His wife left and he misses having someone to
talk with so Andy and he chat about life. Another lady,
BJ, has avoided getting too familiar with the three
friends. Now, seeing that they don't have perfect lives
after all, she begins to reach out and offer help.
Eventually she's the fourth friend.
If you want to read about motherhood putting stress on
marriages; hot flashes and rediscovering libido at fifty;
getting a breakdown after a husband leaves; Robin Carr
paints a wry story of why marriage at this age may not be
all we expected and yet could repay our efforts. This is
an adult romance story of mature relationships and of
teenagers going their own ways almost unnoticed. By the
end we can see new beginnings and we realise that these
FOUR FRIENDS are ordinary women coming to terms with issues
which to them are extraordinary. This is a fine read.
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
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
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.