Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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by Lisa Verge Higgins
     
 

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TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT EUROPE:
1. Explore foreign cultures
2. Sample outstanding food
3. Desperately flee impending personal crisis

Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they'd dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of

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TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT EUROPE:
1. Explore foreign cultures
2. Sample outstanding food
3. Desperately flee impending personal crisis

Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they'd dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of resurrecting shattered dreams.

But when her next-door neighbor, Judy, starts a slow slide into a personal crisis, and another friend, Becky, receives shocking news about her future, Monique realizes that Lenny's legacy could be a gift to three women in desperate need of a new perspective.

Whisking her friends away on adventures from London to Paris, from Monaco to Milan, she is determined to follow the bucket list to the letter-until one eventful evening knocks the three friends off the beaten path. Caught up in adventures of their own making, they begin to understand: Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find what you're really looking for.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Readers who lose themselves in this wonderful book will be rewarded with the discovery of the value of true friendship."—Kirkus Reviews"

Do not miss this rich celebration of friendship - its power to heal, to fulfill, and to put life's adventures into perspective. This book is as comforting as a cup of tea with your best friend."—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Return to Willow Lake"

Higgins writes with grace and humor, reminding us to hold tight to the ones we love."
—- Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

"The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is a lovely novel with moments of deeply moving insight into what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a friend. Read it and share it with your own friends-you'll be glad you did!"
—- Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Beachcombers on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship"

Full of humor, love, and life lessons, this is an uplifting and satisfying novel that lingers long after the last page."
—- Elizabeth Noble, bestselling author of The Reading Group and The Girl Next Door on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship"

[A] happy reminder that life is all about taking risks."
—- Publishers Weekly on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

Susan Wiggs
"Do not miss this rich celebration of friendship - its power to heal, to fulfill, and to put life's adventures into perspective. This book is as comforting as a cup of tea with your best friend."
Kirkus Reviews
A novel about friendship. Higgins creates a compelling story of three middle-aged women traveling through Europe and facing challenges and fears. When Monique's husband was dying of cancer four years earlier, he created a "bucket list," not for the two of them to check off together, since he knew he did not have the time, but for her to complete alone. She puts it off, fearing it would somehow symbolize her moving on, and she is not ready to do that. What inspires her to finally take the trip is the news that her friend Becky has a degenerative eye disease and is going blind. Monique wants Becky to get a first and last glimpse of castles in Europe. When her only daughter, Keira, refuses to accompany her mother on this trip, Monique invites another friend, Judy, to go with them. Judy remembers backpacking around Europe as a free-spirited young woman before returning to the U.S., settling down with a loving husband and raising five children, who are about to leave her an empty nester. The bucket list of activities turns out to be the inspiration for these three to love and help one another face and deal with losses and fears. Readers who lose themselves in this wonderful book will be rewarded with the discovery of the value of true friendship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455500314
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
957,016
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Higgins writes with grace and humor, reminding us to hold tight to the ones we love."
—- Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

"The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is a lovely novel with moments of deeply moving insight into what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a friend. Read it and share it with your own friends-you'll be glad you did!"
—- Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Beachcombers on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

"Full of humor, love, and life lessons, this is an uplifting and satisfying novel that lingers long after the last page."
—- Elizabeth Noble, bestselling author of The Reading Group and The Girl Next Door on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

"[A] happy reminder that life is all about taking risks."
—- Publishers Weekly on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

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Meet the Author

While studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry, RITA finalist Lisa Verge Higgins penned twelve romance novels under her maiden name. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, an attorney, and their children.

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Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It feels as though you are traveling along with these women while they find themselves again. It was a nice relaxed book, you could vision the scenes as they unfolded through the words, and laugh along with the characters. I have never been to Europe but now I know what to expect. The Bucket List of adventure takes the women, neighbors: Monique, Judy and Becky through Castles, walking off cliffs, Paris catacombs, eating at a restaurant with no lights and a lot more. Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder was not only a journey of fun, but it was a journey of them learning about themselves, growing friendships, and the growing they had to overcome with their decisions of the present. I would recommend this book and add this author to my Must Reads!
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”  Elbert Hubbard  Becky, Judy, and Monique are neighbors, friends, and every day morale boosters for one another.   They worry over their children and while Becky is still handling school age catastrophes, both Judy and Monique are dealing with that awful empty nest.  Each one has a unique set of circumstances to their lives but they have each other’s back.  For four years, Monique has mourned her husband’s death and lamented over the bucket list he had come up with for her.  There were times Monique looked it over but more times when tears just hit the paper it was written on.  When unexpected news hits one of the friends Monique decides it is time to transfer the bucket into a pitcher and start watering the flowers of adventure.  The friends take off on a trip through Europe following the directions on the list that seems to be at  times odd if not downright location peculiar.  Monique keeps coming back to question why did my late husband want me to see this. There is more than one bad decision when the veer off the itinerary and some frantic exchanges of where are we now.  However, while the path they are taking is not completely clear, the destiny is a blazing neon sign that keeps saying move on.  Lisa Verge Higgins captures the essence of every woman, who they are, and how every change affects the beat of their heart.
RandyLRB More than 1 year ago
While Monique's husband Lenny is dying of cancer, the two of them compile a bucket list of things to do together. Unbeknownst to Monique, the items are things that Lenny would like her to experience after his death. Some are things that she left behind when they married, and some are things that she may need to do to move on. Four years later, while experiencing personal crises, Monique and her friends set off to Europe to fulfill Lenny's wishes. Each woman confronts her fears with the support of the others. A beautiful and realistic story of female friendship, this novel highlights the need for a loving support system. It is alternately sad, yet uplifting, with welcome shots of humor. The writing is lyrical and graceful, with wonderfully descriptive passages. I have long been a fan of this author, but I think that this novel is my favorite by far. A gorgeous and poignant read about love and loss, taking chances, and moving on. A novel to savor, and I highly recommend it.