Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review for The Friends We Keep by Jane Green

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley

The Friends We Keep is the warm and wise new novel from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.

Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man.

Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with at university, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause.

Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy.

By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with each other and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness… until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything.

The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it's never too late to find a place to call home.

My Thoughts…

The three friends, who met in college, have withstood time.   They’ve each moved on, led separate lives, and have now come back together.   While keeping in touch with each other throughout the years, they kept secrets from each other.   After 30 years, they are back together and reliving their lives. 

The style of writing in this book is perfect.  I love that it starts with a short blurb about the present and then it goes back and starts with Evvie, Maggie, and Topher meeting and moves forward from there.   Knowing their past, their history helps to better understand the present.   I love how open, accepting, and understanding they are of each other.  They accept each other’s quirks, they are open to each other’s lifestyle choices, and they love each other entirely.     Their relationships are the type that is made to last miles apart, changes in lifestyles, and forever.

Everything about Jane Green’s book is wonderful.    She writes a story that pulled me in, kept me turning pages, and left me wondering what was next for these three.    I recommend picking up your own copy and enjoying these engaging characters.

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