International bestseller Jill Mansell delivers an enchanting, feel-good tale about the power of friendship never before published in the U.S.
Isn't life more fun in the fast lane?
When bored housewife and mother Camilla Stewart impulsively invites her old schoolfriends for dinner, she hardly imagines that the evening will shatter her comfortable existence. But Roz Vallender and Loulou Marks are no ordinary guests. Roz is a stunning and self-assured TV presenter, while the reckless Loulou owns Vampires, the trendiest wine bar in town.
When they reveal that Camilla's husband Jack has been playing around, Camilla determines to make some changes. With a little help from her friends, she soon finds out that life in the fast lane is a lot more fun--and the future still holds plenty of surprises.
Praise for Jill Mansell:
"[A] true page-turner."Harlequin Junkie for Sheer Mischief
"Mansell's books are must reads."Night Owl Reviews Top Pick 5 Stars for Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
"[Mansell's] skillful balance of heartbreak and joy will stay with readers long after they finish the book." Publishers Weekly for Three Amazing Things About You
"[A] beautiful mix of heartbreak, humor, and redemption that is sure to delight..."RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for You and Me, Always
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About the Author
Lucy Rayner is an award-winning British actress who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in a number of theater productions and films, many of which have screened at festivals around the world. She loves to tell stories and has narrated many wonderful audiobooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2.5 Stars This tale about three women who start out as high school friends is quite a long, at times wild, and very angst filled ride. Of the three main characters, only Camilla is truly likeable although Loulou is zanier and much less intentionally cruel that Roz, who causes herself and everyone a lot of misery. When Camilla discovers Roz has been having an affair with her cheating husband, her life comes to a screeching halt. Determined to come out of her housewife shell, Camilla sets about with Loulou’s help to make major changes in her life. Being caught up in the whirlwind and seemingly vacuous pool of the rich and famous, Camilla manages to maintain her innate goodness despite those around her. Loulou is still crazy in love with her Scottish ex-husband and he with her, but every time they get together, one of them makes a spectacular mess of it. Roz seems to get off on being rich, a famous television personality, and every man’s desire with no bother for the consequences. Each of these women have a series of interconnected adventures and misadventures that reminded me of a soap opera much of the time. It’s hard to find likeable characters in this story especially any men of quality. In some defense of Roz and Loulou, they had very detached, uninterested parents who set the stage for much of their daughters’ faulty behavior. Most of the train wrecks in their lives are of their own doing although in Camilla’s case, it’s those around her whose cause most of her pain and turmoil. At 610 pages this book, which had been previously released several year ago, will take readers on quite an emotional journey wondering if these people will ever wake up and make better choices. The cultural references give it a dated feel which would have been helped by the book being presented as taking place in a particular time period. It is the type of book that can suck in the reader keeping one wanting to know what will happen and, at times, cringing when it is evident the big bad is coming. Try the sample to see if this story is your cup of tea. It reminds me of a lot of Women’s Fiction these days that can be emotionally overwrought so I can see why it was republished as such.
This was a well-written, entertaining book. Three school friends meet up again later in life in unexpected ways. After reuniting all of their lives change in ways none of them had planned. I enjoyed this book and would read others by this author.
Fast Friends was first published in Britain in 2006. It is now being published in America by Sourcebooks, a company that is releasing many novels by this excellent writer of women's fiction. The Fast Friends are Camilla, Loulou and Roz who first met when they were in school. Now older, but not necessarily wiser, their lives intersect in this almost 500 page novel. This is a story of three women who want to find lasting relationships but experience missteps, tragedy and heartache along the way. At the beginning of the novel, Camilla lacks confidence and is too eager to please her husband. When she discovers that he has been involved in an affair with one of her friends, her world falls apart. Camilla's struggles and joys are one narrative thread. Another story line is that of Loulou and Mac. Loulou is the owner of a wildly successful bar/restaurant. She makes a critical decision about her business and her beliefs as the story unfolds. Loulou's relationship with Mac has been complicated for many years. She wants to be with him but becomes involved with others and not so happily. Will their relationship work out? Third is Roz who is a successful TV host. She, too, has many romantic calamities and has let the one she most cared for get away. That would be Nico, a rock star. Their story together may not end happily. Overall, while I enjoyed this novel, it was my favorite by this author. At times, I felt that the book was a bit too long. Also, it seemed to me that there were too many unplanned pregnancies. However, if you like Jill Mansell, you will certainly want to give this one a look. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!
I received and ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Fast Friends by Jill Mansell was originally published in 1991 but I think this rerelease has been updated as it was not until I was doing my review writing research that I found this out and the story did not feel dated at all. Camilla Stewart, Roz Vallender and LouLou Marks were roommates in school and in the present day have mostly lost touch. Camilla unexpectedly runs into Roz while shopping and they visit LouLou at her restaurant/bar. This leads to Camilla inviting them to a dinner party she is hosting which turns out to be an unmitigated disaster as at the party it’s revealed that Roz has been having an affair with Camilla’s husband. Their 3 stories continue to interact over the course of several years and no one tortures her heroines better than Jill Mansell before giving them a HEA. A very enjoyable read, quite steamy. Publishing Date January 1, 2019 #FastFriends #JillMansell #NetGalley #Sourcebooks
Fast Friends is a captivating tale about three English women who find each other after being separated for over a decade. It had been fifteen years since the girls were in college together and their lives had drastically changed. Loulou owned a bar and had been married and divorced twice, Ros was a famous TV star, and Camilla was married with two children. Although all three friends were quite wealthy, none of them were truly happy. And by the time they did find their HEA, they were bruised, scarred and humbled. Fast Friends is crafted with raw emotion, character growth, and over-the-top drama. Betrayal, jealousy, and infidelity, are the main evils that drive this story. Relationships can be messy and often trigger insecurities and hurtful behavior. But, marriage, partners, and love are treasures worth fighting for. Although Fast Friends is not my favorite book by Jill Mansell, it’s still a compelling and entertaining read. Thank you, Sourcebooks- Landmark and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Camilla, Roz, and Loulou met at boarding school. The peacemaker of the group, Camilla, worked hard to get Roz and Loulou to get along. Both of them possess strong Type-A personalities which led to frequent disagreements. Fifteen years later, Camilla is a stay-at-home mum to two children and married to Jack. The man constantly treats Camilla with disdain which lowers her self-esteem. Now, Camilla suspects that Jack is having an affair. Roz is a successful TV presenter and Loulou owns a classy wine bar. Camilla wants so much to see her two friends again so she invites them to a dinner party along with a few neighbors. The meal is delicious and the neighbors are impressed that she is friends with these two well-known women. But when Camilla realizes that Roz is the woman with whom Jack is having an affair, she blows her top. Loulou takes Camilla home with her for a couple of weeks where she lets her cry out her anger, hurt, and frustration. Then, she sets about doing a makeover for Camilla. First, she loses some excess baby weight, gets a new hairstyle, makeup, and new clothes. Next step is to work on building up her self-esteem. Loulou is angry with Roz for having an affair with Jack but she says she didn’t know he was Camilla’s Jack. She also thinks that Roz owes Camilla an apology. The story continues with the lives of Camilla, Roz, Loulou and the wealthy and famous people they know. There are marriages, divorces, more marriages, babies, jealousy, death, grief, and happiness. I was impressed with how the author managed to maintain each character’s personality while allowing them to grow and mature. I did not realize that this is a reprint from the original book published in 1991, but it’s certainly worth sharing the story again. I wanted to spank some of the characters while cheering others on. For a book that’s nearly 500 pages, it certainly draws you in and you don’t want to miss a thing. Well done, Jill Mansell. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.