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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. This honest look at marriage examines the challenges, heartaches and sacrifices along with the joy in discovering what it means to be a wife, mother, friend, lover…and most important: your true self.

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 ...

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. This honest look at marriage examines the challenges, heartaches and sacrifices along with the joy in discovering what it means to be a wife, mother, friend, lover…and most important: your true self.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The prolific Carr (A Summer in Sonoma) explores the implosion of the marriages of four women with painful secrets living in the same neighborhood, in this juicy deliberation on getting your groove back amid domestic chaos, hormonal imbalance, and crushing depression. Within a matter of months, the rock-solid marriage of Gerri, a social worker, and her husband Phil, a public defender, cracks under the weight of an old infidelity; divorcee Andy takes on Bob, an unlikely lover, who teaches her about the beauty of “wanting what you have”; New Age dilettante Sonja loses her mind but finds her balance; and mysterious B.J. moves into the neighborhood hoping to hide a hideous past. Carr expertly juggles the drama of these richly drawn female characters—and the men and kids who, improbably, sweetly adore them. The women are instantly recognizable—outwardly comfortable and secure even as they privately battle demons. It’s here that the author lingers for a closer look—at domestic abuse, gay children, spouses, mental illness, lagging libido, extramarital affairs, grief, and parenting troubled teens. It’s tricky terrain, but Carr leads with confidence, and the path, though familiar, is fresh and inviting. (Apr.)
Library Journal
New York Times best-selling author Carr (The Newcomer) explores the nature of love and strength of friendship in four women as they deal with devastating changes to their families. Andy falls for the contractor remodeling her kitchen after tossing out her cheating second husband. Sonja's whole world collapses when her husband decides that he has had enough of her crystals, pot, and meditation lifestyle. Gerri struggles with keeping her busy career and three-teenager household in balance while dealing with the fallout of discovering her husband had an affair. And BJ is definitely hiding something. While the timing of these situations is just a bit too coincidental to be believable, the fast-paced prose, strong female characterizations, and multiple third-person points of view keep the action moving. The protagonists are believably flawed and, although there are no easy answers, each works to ground herself as unexpected consequences of her actions reverberate. VERDICT Realistic family drama lovers and those who enjoy strong female perspectives will be rooting for these four friends to get their happily-ever-afters.—Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L., MI
Kirkus Reviews
In a Marin County neighborhood, four women help each other amid marital strife, personal crises and life-altering epiphanies. For years, Mill Valley, Calif., neighbors Gerri, Andy and Sonja have started most of their days with a brisk walk, but one early spring morning, Andy has had enough with her younger second husband, and she skips the walk and throws him out. It is a loud, angry event, but it is a long time coming, and it sets off a series of surprising upheavals in the lives of her friends. Gerri takes an unplanned trip to her husband's office in San Francisco, and a conversation with his co-worker makes her question everything she knew about her marriage. Sonja, dedicated to New-Age strategies for health and wellness, is thrown off balance by Andy's marital strife, then spirals into life-threatening depression when her husband leaves her. As each woman deals with her own personal crossroad, they are collectively drawn to newcomer BJ, who has never shown interest in socializing before but becomes the fresh new pair of eyes that notices change at crucial moments and steps in to help when help is most needed. Hugely popular romance author Carr (The Wanderer, 2013, etc.) steps into women's fiction territory with this quietly powerful exploration of friendship, marriage and midlife crisis. The characters are realistic and compelling, facing life after 40 with grace, courage and a fierce interpersonal loyalty that is convincing and inspiring. The storyline sounds familiar, yet Carr handles the plot and characters with a deft hand and enough unique twists that we are invested in the characters' well-beings, and we are touched by their struggles, especially since we see each of them at their best and their worst. A thought-provoking look at women of a certain age and the choices they make when they realize their lives aren't exactly what they expected—or thought they were.
From the Publisher
"Carr's new novel demonstrates that classic women's fiction, illuminating the power of women's friendships, is still alive and well." -Booklist on Four Friends

"A thought-provoking look at women...and the choices they make when they realize their lives aren't exactly what they expected-or thought they were." -Kirkus Reviews on Four Friends

"Carr's gift for writing lovably flawed heroes and heroines is evident on every page."

-Publishers Weekly on The Homecoming

"An engaging romance that is sexy, funny and intensely touching."

-Library Journal on The Chance

"The captivating sixth installment of Carr's Thunder Point series (after The Promise) brings up big emotions."

-Publishers Weekly on The Homecoming

"In Carr's very capable hands, the Thunder Point saga continues to delight."

-RT Book Reviews on The Promise

"A touch of danger and suspense make the latest in Carr's Thunder Point series a powerful read."

-RT Book Reviews on The Hero

"With her trademark mixture of humor, realistic conflict, and razor-sharp insights, Carr brings Thunder Point to vivid life."

-Library Journal on The Newcomer

"No one can do small-town life like Carr."

-RT Book Reviews on The Wanderer

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778316817
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 161,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at

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Gerri Gilbert answered the door in gray sweats with a tear in the knee, hem on one leg falling down and a gray T-shirt under her black hoodie. Her short, dark brown hair was spiking every which way from bed head. She held a cup of coffee in her hand; her eyes were slits and there was a snarl on her face. "You're five minutes early. Again. We've been over this. Can you please not be early? I value every minute in the morning."

Sonja Johanson put a finger to her lips, shushing Gerri. The sun was barely over the rooftops and she didn't want to wake the house. Sonja wore her salmon sweats, white T-shirt and salmon hoodie, her silky, shoulder-length mahogany hair pulled back in a neat clip.

She backed away from the door and pointed down the street. Gerri stepped outside for a better view. A big pile of clothing, books and what appeared to be miscellaneous junk was on the Jamisons' lawn. Right at that moment their friend Andy appeared in the doorway of her house and with an angry cry hurled the tower to a desktop computer atop the pile.

Andy disappeared into the house and Bryce Jamison backed out of the door wearing business attire that was not fresh, his shirtsleeves rolled up, his collar open, his tie hanging out of his pants pocket and he sported an even worse case of bed head than Gerri. He held a packed duffel bag. "You're fucking crazy, you know that?" he yelled into the house. He turned and stomped past the pile toward his car in the driveway.

"And you're fucking through here!" Andy screamed out the open door. Then she slammed it.

"I think Andy might be coming to the end of her rope," Sonja said gravely.

Gerri's response was a short burst of laughter. "Ya think?" she asked.

"Should we do something?" Sonja asked.

"Oh, hell no," Gerri said, pulling her front door closed. She put her coffee cup on the brick planter that bordered dead flowers and bent to stretch. "It's for them to work out. Or finish off."

"Should we ask her if she's walking?"

"She's not walking today," Gerri said. "Let's get this over with." Gerri started off down the street at a brisk pace.

Just steps behind her Sonja asked, "What do we say?"

"Say nothing. Do nothing."


Gerri looked over her shoulder. "Nothing," she repeated.

Sonja came up beside her. "We should see if she's all right."

"We should give her time to finish throwing things, if that's what she's doing. I'll check in with her before I leave for work."

Sonja tsked. "I tried to talk to her about the relationship quadrant of her house-it's all torn up and the feng shui is a disaster. She's all out of balance. Now look."

Gerri stopped in her tracks. She looked at Sonja. "That's exactly why you'd better stay away from there today. You know how she feels about all your woo-woo stuff. If you pull any of your feng shui, chakra or karma bullshit today, you're going to end up on top of that pile."

"But something could have been done about that!"

"For God's sake," Gerri said impatiently, walking again. "It was destiny."

Ahead of them, about half a block away, a small, lean woman came out of her house, also wearing sweats. She stopped to stretch on her front walk. She was still stretching as they passed and Gerri called, "Morning, BJ." But Sonja added, "Wanna walk with us today, BJ?"

"Thanks, but I need the run," she answered, waving them off.

When they had cleared the house Sonja said, "She's making an awful lot of bad karma, the way she acts."

"She wants to run," Gerri said. "Quit asking her. I'd run if my knees wouldn't collapse."

"But it's unfriendly," Sonja said.

"Some women don't want girlfriends," Gerri pointed out. "I think she's been clear, and not unfriendly. Just private."

"Don't you think that's pretty suspicious?"

"No, I think it's private. Are you going to talk the whole time? Because if you are, I might risk permanent paralysis and just run with BJ."

"Little grouchy this morning? I bet you had liquor instead of chamomile before bed last night."

"Shut up, Sonja," Gerri said.

The 6:00 a.m. power walking had been going on for almost two years; Sonja had initiated it. She was the health guru, the motivator, often the pain in Gerri's butt. It was Sonja's profession. She was a feng shui consultant and home organizer who did personal color charts and something she referred to as life reading, which was like a mini study of your past, present and goals with the objective of total balance and personal success. Additionally she was a vegetarian, novice herbalist, part-time yoga and meditation instructor and impossible perfectionist. Gerri had an entire shelf dedicated to books given to her by Sonja on everything from studying your body's pH to gliding through menopause on herbs-books stubbornly left unread.

Gerri and Andy had been neighbors and good friends for fifteen years, since before Andy threw out her first husband. They were both now in their late forties while Sonja had just scored the big four-oh. When Sonja arrived in the neighborhood a few years ago, Gerri and Andy welcomed her and immediately grew bored with her naturalist and metaphysical leanings. However-and it was a big however-when someone was sick or hurt or in trouble, it was always Sonja who came forth with anything from a massage to a casserole to transportation to, well, whatever was needed. When Gerri had been brought to her knees by a killer hemorrhoidectomy Sonja was there, drawing the sitz bath, making broth, administering pain meds and, of course, she was armed with the perfect, natural, gentle laxative. Gerri had learned you just don't give the right laxative enough credit until you find yourself in that position.

Still, she could be tiresome as hell.

After three miles in just under forty-five minutes, Gerri sweating like a boxer and Sonja glistening attractively, they separated. Gerri entered her house noisily. "Everyone up?" she yelled into the house as she wandered into the kitchen.

Phil was sitting at the table with coffee, newspaper strewn around and his laptop open, going through email and checking the news. "They're up," he said. "More or less."

The Gilbert kids were thirteen, sixteen and nineteen. Boy, girl, boy. "You're supposed to make sure they're up, Phil."

"I did," he said without looking up. "I do every morning."

She trudged up the stairs and started throwing open doors. "Get up! Don't make me late!" Then she backtracked to her shower and wondered why the hell Phil couldn't accomplish one simple task-get the kids out of bed while she was out walking. Despite the fact she was planning to go in late today, it annoyed her. But lately everything annoyed her because she was doing the menopause drill and she was often testy.

She let the water run over her naked body, cool water to lower her body temperature. At the moment all she wanted in life was to feel level. Even. She'd always had a short fuse but lately she was positively electric and could burst into flame anywhere, anytime. She'd been trying on bathing suits one day and when she made her purchase, she'd flared up so bright she thought the clerk would call security to frisk her for stolen goods. Talking to the mayor at a fund-raiser one night, great balls of perspiration had begun to run down her face. She'd started sleeping naked because of the night sweats and when Phil rolled over, found flesh instead of flannel and began to grope her, she'd mutter, "Don't even think about it."

When she was out of the shower, dry and cool, she had one of those reprieves that came regularly-she felt perfectly normal, sane and in control. Then came the inevitable guilt-she should be fined for ever snapping at Phil. She didn't know of a husband who pulled his weight as well as Phil. She knew of no family in Mill Valley in better balance, and that was as much because of Phil as Gerri. While Andy was throwing her husband's clothes on the lawn, Phil was doing his morning chore, trying to get the kids up. It wasn't his fault they pulled the covers over their heads, as teenagers did.

By the time she was putting the finishing touches on her face and hair, she was wilting again, her makeup melting off her face as fast as she put it on. She flipped on the little fan that was now an accessory in her bathroom.

When she got back to the kitchen, Phil had gone to work. Jed, her nineteen year old was racing for his car to get to class on time while Jessie and Matthew were arguing over whose turn it was to take out the trash. "Just get in the car," she said. "I'll take care of it myself." After dropping them off at their schools, she called her office. Gerri was the supervisor of case workers with Child Protective Services. She said she had a family situation to resolve and would be a little late. Then she drove back to the neighborhood, but parked in Andy's drive.

Andy didn't answer the doorbell, so Gerri knocked and then rattled the knob. "Come on, Andy," she yelled. A few long moments passed before she saw a shadow cross over the peep hole and the door opened slowly. Andy's curling, shoulder-length black hair was clipped up off her neck, a few tendrils escaping, and her face was a combination of ashen and blotchy from crying. Gerri glanced over her shoulder at the pile on the lawn and said, "Have a little tiff?"

Andy turned and walked back into the house, past the living room into a kitchen that was torn apart, under construction. That would be the relationship quadrant of the house. Andy sat in the breakfast nook where there was a cup of coffee. She rested an elbow on the table, her head in her hand and groaned. "Go ahead. Say it. Say I told you so."

"I'm not feeling that mean at the moment," Gerri said. She went into the disastrous kitchen, grabbed a coffee mug from the sink and quickly washed it. The cupboards had all been emptied of their contents and would soon be ripped off the walls, replaced with new. Gerri poured herself some coffee, then joined Andy at the table. "Must've been a good one."

"Same crap," Andy said. "Out all night, comes home smelling like a whore, lots of excuses about some account executive sitting too close to him at a marathon meeting and smelling him up. No phone call. And apparently they serve booze at those meetings."

"Hmm," Gerri replied, sipping her coffee.

"There's a new twist this time. I spent most of the night hacking into his email account and read all the romantic little notes he's been sharing with some woman known only as Sugarpants."

"Sugarpants?" Gerri repeated, forcing herself not to laugh out loud. "Jesus, that's subtle."

"Erotic emails. Dates being set up. Steamy postmortems on the dates. Do you think if he'd hit me over the head with a naked woman I would have come to my senses sooner?"

"Well, you've suspected."

"God, why didn't you stop me? I must have been out of my mind!"

Gerri just reached out and gave Andy's upper arm an affectionate stroke. As she recalled, Andy couldn't be stopped.

Andy had been the divorced mother of a fifteen-year-old son when she met Bryce a few years ago. He was younger by ten years, sexy and eager, possessing at least eight of the ten requirements to deliver instant happiness to a forty-four year old woman. He made her feel young, beautiful, desirable. Bryce was good with Noel-they were like a couple of kids together-one of the few men she'd dated who had taken to her son quickly, easily. He had a good job in pharmaceutical sales, though it required considerable travel. She fell in lust with him and for a while there was an orgasmic glow all around her.

Andy was far from straitlaced, but she wouldn't live with Bryce because of Noel, a touchy and vulnerable teenager. Plus, there was the matter of an ex-husband and his wife to contend with-Andy didn't want anyone making an argument for custody under those circumstances. And of course, she was in love with him, so she married him.

Bryce quickly emerged as immature, selfish, short-tempered, inconsiderate, in no way prepared to cohabit and, indeed, had no experience in cohabitation. He knew exactly how to treat a woman to get into her pants, how to send her to the moon night after night, but couldn't share the day-today workload or be accountable to a partner. He didn't like being questioned about where he'd been nor could he say for certain when he'd be home. The relationship with Noel deteriorated; Bryce became exasperated by the noise, mess and back talk associated with teenage boys. This had the effect of turning Andy, who was by nature a humorous and agreeable woman, into a demanding, suspicious, resentful nag. They were like water on a grease fire. Everything was always about those buttons-you push mine and I'll push yours.

Bliss hadn't lasted even a year for Andy, but she'd hung in there for three. She'd been talking about a separation and divorce for two years now and whenever she'd get close, two things stalled her out. One, Bryce knew how to turn on the charm when he wanted to and he could treat her to short periods of good behavior laced with hot sex. And, two, it just isn't easy to be forty-seven and acknowledge yourself as a woman who had twice failed at marriage.

"You're going to be late for work," Gerri said. "Let's pull it together."

Andy shook her head. "I called in divorced," she said. "I need a day or two. I have to get my bearings, pack up his stuff, call the lawyer, close the joint accounts."

"This is really it, then?"

"I was through a long time ago. There were just times I thought divorcing him might be more painful than living with him." She blinked and a tear rolled down her cheek. "I guess I'm beyond that now."

"You'll be all right," Gerri said gently, earnestly. "You were all right before-you'll be all right again."

"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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Exceeded my expectations!

    This book surprised me because it wasn't what I call the "usual" romance books. I absolutely loved the characters and the conversations, interactions. The way they all worked through their conflicts was realistic. I also really appreciate the friendship development of the four women - having close women friends is something I've only recently been privileged to have as a fifty-something woman. I couldn't stop reading the book ... had many late nights! Thank you Robyn!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

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    They were three suburban queens, and they had the perfect lives.

    They were three suburban queens, and they had the perfect lives. But when each Gerri, Andy, and Sonja's lives begin to crumble before their very eyes—as if the entire neighborhood is falling apart—these three women discover that life in paradise isn't so grand after all.

    Gerri's realization that she has an imperfect marriage is startling because her husband was the one person she could always depend on. She and Phil were the power couple of Mill Valley; it was never part of the equation for him to slip. Andy's marriages were never so secure, but it doesn't mean her most recent divorce is any less heartbreaking, and it certainly doesn't mean she won't survive the aftermath. Sonja's entire system of belief and lifestyle collapses when her husband tells her he can't tolerate her anymore, which pushes her to the brink of sanity—with indeterminable hopes of coming back. The new girl on the block, the closed-off but well-meaning BJ, never had the perfect life—never had the privileges of the upper middle-class—but when she enters the other three women's radar, her fresh perspective and sobering background help everyone find the strength to piece their disintegrating lives back together again.

    What's so extraordinary about a book like Four Friends is that it isn't completely innovative but it still absorbs you completely; it isn't groundbreaking or terribly thrilling—in fact, it's very contemporary, very domestic, very everyday—and that's just the thing: it's for everyday women, a story whose emotional relevance everyone understands.

    Each of the four women's subplots combine with the others smoothly, creating a comprehensive, clear picture of not only the individual struggles, but also the overarching friendship. It's impossible not to get involved in the lives of these outwardly "normal" women, because their stories are so personal, so real. It makes for the best women's fiction; it brings to light issues that the everyday woman—if not you, then at least your best friend, or your sister, or mother, or daughter—faces regularly or has faced before.

    Robyn Carr writes with a confident hand, creating lovable, vibrant characters and an engaging plot. Even in its normalcy, the storyline is anything but boring! I love just how interesting everyone from the book is. There are so many amazing secondary characters introduced—the children, the mothers-in-law, and so on—that I wish each of them had had equal screen time (page time?), but most of the novel revolves around Gerri.

    All four women will undergo life-changing mental, physical, and spiritual transformations in the wake of their seemingly impossible-to-win battles, and although it might put them through hell, it guarantees they will emerge from it all—perhaps, even stronger than they were before.

    The magic of Four Friends is that these four women face what everyone faces in middle adulthood: menopause, abuse, divorce, unfaithful spouses, wayward children, heartless exes, distant lovers, and unexpected acquaintances; but it comes with encouraging and empowering anecdotes on the importance of family, companions, and of course, friends.

    Pros: A feel-good novel that sends you on an emotional roller coaster // Gerri is an incredibly lovable, incredible human character; I admire her so much! // Each of the women's stories is told in perfect harmony and balance // Fluid, easy to read; well-written and stylistically conversational // Includes both R-rated romance and G-rated sentiment // Taking a glimpse at these four lives is fascinating; you will become immersed!

    Cons: Most of the characters are two-dimensional. They're likable and interesting but I wish Carr would have gone into more depth with them // Ending feels rushed, messy, and like a quick fix

    Verdict: Four Friends is one of those books that overflows with love, in all of the familial, romantic, and companionable sense. It's a cozy story about family and devoted, symbiotic relationships, but also possesses scorching chemistry—the kind of fire that genuine love never loses—and emotional upheaval with which everyone will be able to sympathize. Robyn Carr fans will be pleased with her traditional "feel good" style and sharp characters, but should definitely expect something different with her newest novel. Four Friends goes beyond the usual romance formula in acknowledging the resilience of the human heart in times of deep personal turmoil, as well as highlights triumph amidst chaos thanks to the power of simply having one other.

    Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read that will be worth your while; highly recommended.

    Source: Complimentary copy provided by publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Little Bird!).

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

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    I loved this book. There were many ups and downs and struggles a

    I loved this book. There were many ups and downs and struggles along the way, but the storyline was perfect and the relationships between the women was dynamic. Great story, Great characters. Can't wait to read what Ms. Carr comes up with next!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book easy to keep tract of everyone loved

    I really enjoyed this book easy to keep tract of everyone loved all their stories for some reason i think my favorite was Bob.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    I enjoyed it very much!

    I enjoyed it very much!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Love all Robyn Carr books.

    For women of a certain age this story is great. Some of us have been where these ladies went but did not get as lucky. Liked the storyline and felt characters were well developed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    I love Robyn Carr,love her books but this one wasn't along her u

    I love Robyn Carr,love her books but this one wasn't along her usual writings, it took me a little bit to get into it, however I did like it. I think Gerri had the right attitude but it drug on too long in my opinion. I liked the changes the women went through and I liked how deeply they cared for each other, friends like that are rare and worth having.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Really enjoyed this book.

    This book was a fast read. It was very believable and I even learned a few things.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    New to this author.

    Enjoyable read! First book I read by this author, will definitely read other books by her as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    Great Look into Life

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great synopsis on how we hide what is really going on inside us and let others see something different. The characters were people you could be friends with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

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    My review: There are many reasons why I loved this book! It's

    My review:

    There are many reasons why I loved this book!
    It's mature.
    It deals with realistic conflicts.
    It's well written and it is very engaging with characters who deal with problems that are common in real life. Therefore, also easily relatable.
    It flows.
    It's unoriginal. Yes, I loved it because the story is unoriginal and I will explain later what I mean with that. Bear with me and you won't be disappointed.
    It's humorous, sharp and gut-wrenching.
    (Just to name few reasons...)


    Four Friends by Robyn Carr deals with the lives of four friends: Gerri, Andy, Sonja and BJ.

    Gerri, whose marriage has always been solid, accidentally finds out, that her husband had an affair for several years ago. She has always been sure on her husband and these news devastate her. She kicks out her husband Phil and besides dealing and explaining the situation to her kids, she also struggles with hormonal changes due to upcoming menopause and it doesn't help, that her friends are facing some serious issues. Gerri has been the anchor for her friends and the fact that she finds about her husband's affair, she suddenly has to learn how to put together the pieces.

    Andy has had several relationships and usually with men who do not suit her. The last relationship was with the younger man and after breaking up with him, she founds out, that a man whom you can lean on, might come from a place you don't expect it to come from. She meets a middle-aged man who has average looks, who has not a lot of experience in the sexual explorations... and who yet is the man Andy has missed in her life. He is stable, seemingly boring, but sweet and reliable and very good in bed.

    Sonja is a total flower-power-new-age-type of woman who believes in alternative medicine, healthy lifestyles and she takes them to an extreme. When her husband George leaves her from one day to another announcing that he is through with all this weirdness, she loses it... badly.


    As I mentioned in the beginning of my review, there was a lot to like.

    First, I enjoyed tremendously, that Robyn Carr wrote about people who are mature, around 30-50 years old. It's a nice change to read about lives and issues of grown-ups. What made the reading even more compelling were the issues and topics the book dealt with. I have personal experiences with couple of topics touched in the book and I think the author did a great job with describing both the situations and the emotions.

    Second, I mentioned, that I like that the plot is unoriginal. And when I say unoriginal, I mean that it deals with real issues of real people and there is nothing new in relationship problems, like cheating, breaking up, finding new love, solving problems, having a breaks-down and I think it was very well written. You recognize things from your own life and you cheer for the characters because you know and understand, what it means. The writing was really really good and the characters both lovable and relatable and that made the reading very engaging. Even thought there was no serious action, it was not a boring reading, it was awesome! It was beautiful, touching, gut-wrenching and funny! The writing absorbs you and makes Four Friends a page turner.


    Besides the writing, I loved the characters.

    Gerri was by far my favorite, even though all 4 women were interesting. Gerri was a woman successful with her professional career, a loving and good friend and a nice person. I loved how the author developed Gerri who was split between the wish to forgive and her anger. I loved how she went extra miles for helping her friends. Gerri is a woman you would love to have as your own friend.

    I also liked Gerri's husband Phil. I loved the dynamics between Gerri and Phil and it pained me that he cheated on her, even though it was years ago. I ADORED how Phil worked for getting Gerri back and loved his patience with Gerri. I think they suited, balanced and complimented each other very well.

    I think Andy's and Bob's relationship was a cute one. When Gerri and Phil dealt with serious problems, then Andy's and Bob's story is really a cute one compared to the other story. It's a match which doesn't seem to work out, but it does and it does it surprisingly good.

    Sonja was probably the character I could least relate to, at least in the beginning of the story. She was beyond weird for me and I could understand why George left her. And then as story developed, I realized how deep in denial Sonja was. I grew on her, a lot.


    I think the characters and the writing itself were the things which made this book so fascinating to me. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014


    I did not like Gerri.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

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    Four Friends are about to face life alternating situations and t

    Four Friends are about to face life alternating situations and the one thing they can all rely on is each other. 

    This is not your typical romance from Robyn Carr. The struggles are real and heart felt. The characters are about to face the most difficult times in their lives. Through Carr's writing, we are given a front row seat.

    Four Friends is a heart warming and sometimes sad tale...a story of friendship, life transforming journeys and the four woman that face it together. 

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    Posted January 18, 2015


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    Posted January 4, 2015

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    Posted December 23, 2014

    Add me. ;-) I am a 17 year old girl

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    Posted December 13, 2014


    Hi Angelheart! It's me, Rainpelt! Can i join FriendClan? :D

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    Posted December 13, 2014


    Gtg my bday party is starting.

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    Posted December 13, 2014


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