Friday Mornings at Nine

Friday Mornings at Nine

by Marilyn Brant

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ISBN-13: 9780998396453
Publisher: Twelfth Night Publishing
Publication date: 03/25/2018
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women's fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato. Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com

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Friday Mornings at Nine 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
A weekly coffee clutch, three friends and a loaded question "what if we married the wrong man?", the three find themselves at a crossroads as they examine that question, it's implications and the solutions, and all of a sudden Friday Mornings at Nine take on a whole new meaning. Ms. Brant gives us three women, friends who are very different in some ways and made from the same mold in others. She brings us her story line that could be easily overheard at any Starbucks or Seattle's Best coffee houses in the country or for that matter around the world. The author digs deep into emotions as she has her three protagonists examine their lives through new eyes and as this is happening her audience will experience the same gut wrenching emotions because the mirror she's using goes deeper than skin deep and the answers are just as hard as the questions. The three protagonists give stellar performances as they show us the good, bad and ugly of their lives. Her other characters from the co-stars to the bit parts are all essential to the telling of the story and all fit nicely in their places. This is not a romance but there are love stories entwined through out the novel. We get a good dose of family drama from the adults and child's prospective. I felt the dialogue could have flowed more easily and if it had the distractions of having to re-read a few sections could have been avoided, it didn't disrupt the enjoyment of the read just made for a few distractions. So if you like your novel with more substance, you will enjoy this one., if you like family drama this is right up your alley, if you like exhibiting emotions while you read be prepared to run the gamut on this one.
Seaside_Book_Nook More than 1 year ago
This book was great from beginning to end. I loved the three ladies (and the men in their lives) and their journey through the fall/winter. This is the perfect book to read while wrapped up in a blanket by fire (or on the beach). Without giving away too much, I am so happy where all three ladies ended up at the end of the book. Even though they are experiencing the same issue at different points of their marriage/family and end up making completely different choices from each other, the book has you wanting more until the very end. Oh how I wish I had a Friday morning coffee group! I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read other books by Marilyn Brant.
Maria_Geraci More than 1 year ago
This wonderful followup to Marilyn Brant's debut novel, According to Jane, does not dissapoint! Tamara, Bridget and Jennifer meet every Friday morning at the Indigo Moon Cafe for coffee and gossip on their surburban lives. One day, Jennifer tells her pals that she's been in contact with her college sweetheart and this sets the plot in action. Soon, all three women are wondering if the lives they are living are the ones they're meant to have and begin to ask themselves the eternal question: is the grass really greener on the other side? I have to say, of all the characters, Tamara was the one I was most rooting for. Her only son has just left for college and she's stuck in a loveless marriage with a man who seems to ignore her. I so identified with her empty nest syndrome! This book is excellently written and all three stories end with an entirely satisfying conclusion. This is women's fiction at it's best!
KarenDaleHarris More than 1 year ago
I loved Friday Mornings at Nine. I think every woman will identify with the three heroines - Bridget, Tamara and Jennifer. These friends aren't stock characters or cardboard cutouts. Their lives felt totally real, each fresh and unique thanks to Brant's eye for detail. In her hands, the premise -- three friends flirting with the idea of having an affair -- rises well above cliche. This story isn't about infidelity. It's about the choices we make, about the truths we share with our friends, and the secrets we keep -- sometimes even from ourselves. Neither preachy nor predictable, Friday's had me turning the pages, both laughing and reaching for tissues, until that final satisfied sigh. Afterward, like me, you'll probably be left with an irresistible craving for toasted chocolate chip muffins. A small price to pay, though, for the reward of such a thoroughly enjoyable read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Chicago suburb of Glendale Grove, every Friday morning at nine the forty-something trio (Jennifer, Bridge and Tamara) meets at the Indigo Moon Café. Over coffee, each laments about their boring unsatisfied lives while knowing their friends are always there for them. On one particular coffee session, Jennifer tells her startled two BFFs that she wonders if she married the wrong man. Each considers that revelation and wonders about the one who got away. Should they find that particular hunk and cheat on their spouses? As the threesome considers affairs, they begin to wonder if that is the only way out from the suburban rut because each knows they are being unfair and selfish towards their family. This is an engaging look at suburban moms although their response to nuking their way out of the rut is not quite what Palin had in mind with her hockey turned grizzly mommas. Each of the lead trio is different but represents a slice of suburbia. Character driven, readers will enjoy the coffee mommas as they travel similar yet different roads seeking seemingly elusive happiness. Harriet Klausner
erlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I loved Brant's first book, According to Jane, but I thought Friday Mornings at Nine was even better. It has more of a grown-up feel, with three friends in their forties at turning points of their lives. The Indigo Moon Café on Friday mornings at nine is the meeting place for three completely different women. Outspoken Tamara, introverted Jennifer and nurturing Bridget have been repressing their own needs to take care of their families. But as their children are getting older and more independent, their lives are changing, too. Tamara's traveling lawyer husband is cold, and now that her son is in college she's noticing her young neighbor could warm her nicely. Jennifer loves her husband, but she never got over her first love who is emailing her, hinting that he'd like another chance. Bridget, whose husband makes her feel like wallpaper that carpools and cleans, enjoys her new job - especially the hunky dentist who shares her passion for cooking and gourmet food. Men are involved in all their conflicts, but the book isn't about the men. It's about finding themselves again, it's about being first in their lives. And at the heart of the book, it's about friendship. The characters - women, men and families - felt like people I know, and it was fascinating to watch their stories unfold. I never knew what was going to happen. Brant's writing has a Jane Austen feel that lets us see beneath the characters' surfaces. I'm a big fan of Austen's, and now I'm a huge fan of Brant's.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Review For: Friday Mornings at Nine, by Marilyn Brant ISBN: 9780758234629 Publisher: Kensington Books Author Marilyn Brant worked as an elementary school teacher, a library staff member, a freelance magazine writer and a national book reviewer before becoming a full-time novelist. According to Jane is her first novel, which won the prestigious 2007 RWA Golden Heart Award. Her next novel, The Grand European, is set for release in October 2011. Marilyn resides in Illinois with her husband and son. This novel explores three women who contemplate wanting more outside of their marriage. Bridget, in a marriage with children, begins to feel an attraction for her boss, and though loves her husband, feels he just doesn't notice her anymore, nor allows her to explore her interests, like cooking. Tamara, in a marriage of convenience which has long grown bitter, begins feeling a sizzling attraction for her younger neighbor after her son goes away to college. Jennifer, though in a committed marriage with a man she loves, begins to feel regrets about her first love when he recently resumes contact for a college reunion. Exploring marriage, friendship, and being true to ones self is always shaky ground. I was riveted to this author's first book, and this one didn't disappoint. Emotionally packed, it's hard to put down for all the sordid details and what ifs. This author writes with a very narrative voice, which usually makes for a detached read, but she really pulls it off and captures your attention. What intrigued me most was this book was as much about friendship as it was about what goes on behind the closed doors of marriage. Does anyone really know someone? Do we even know ourselves? Will we have the courage to go after what we want when presented with the options? This isn't a book about infidelity, and the author was very careful not to go that route or cross that line. A highly recommended women's fiction read. Kelly Moran, Award-winning author of SUMMER'S ROAD and WHEN THE LEAVES STOP FALLING
bwightman on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I received this book as a part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. It's the story of three middle-aged women who decide to shake up their lives a little bit. Each of them wonders if the decisions they've made in the past were the right ones, and each follows her own path to find the answer. The book was a quick read, and entertaining, and I can definitely see myself wanting to continue following the lives of these three women. It's not a book I'd typically pick up on my own, but I found it enjoyable nonetheless.
kpeavley on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Had a very hard time finishing this book. Having lived in Chicago for many years I was looking forward to reading this book. I was disappointed and had a hard time concentrating on it. The characters were not unique, some of them ran together. The story moved slowly. Just couldn't connect with them. It centered on three middle aged women who meet for coffee every Friday. Two are married and have similiar lives. The third is single and seems kind of bitter. They all kind of wonder 'what if' about their lives. It was okay.
chutzpanit on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I am not going to lie, I stayed up late to finish this book but more for morbid curiosity than really loving the book. The book centers around 3 women who aren't necessarily the best of friends but do meet once a week for coffee and discussions. One day, one of them asks the question what if the one their with is not necessarily the one they are supposed to be with.This of course sets off a storm of events. I really loved reading about Bridget and Jennifer, mostly because their stories were the most compelling. Tamara's story and her character just sort of annoyed me. I got two very different vibes from her-one when the girls were all out to coffee as sort of the loud-mouth, does her own thing, beats to her own drummer and then at home, up until nearly the end, a timid housewife who really didn't vocalize what she wanted but played mind games.Overall, the book was a good read. Not my favorites but definitely worth reading.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Wow! This is a new style of book for me! I have always wanted to read Jane Austen novels and/or Jane Austen styled writing, and that is what this novel is like. If this is how Jane Austen like novels are, then I'm hooked for life! Marilyn Brant really brings lovable, mid-forties women, and pulls them into the plot line perfectly. The reader is instantly hooked and, through some wishing and hoping, some laugh-out-loud moments, the reader will be taken on a whirl wind ride through this chick lit novel,and set down at unexpected places. Jennifer, Bridgett and Tamara are 3 totally opposite women, but are the best of friends. Each has their own struggles and tales to tell, but, at some point, they all share the hope and want for similar things. Their Friday morning meetings at their designated coffee spot, really brings life to the story, where they sit and tell of each ones new issues. Definitely a good plot line! The sad thing about this book, is I haven't read Brant's first novel, According to Jane. I am definitely hooked on Brant's novels now and will make the effort to go back and read it,as well. Friday Mornings At Nine is worthy of 4 stars and high recommendations to all the women out there who are looking for a good, curl-up-with-a-book read. Well done, Brant!
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing 10 months ago
After having read (and adored) Marilyn Brant¿s debut novel, According to Jane, I couldn't wait to dig into her sophomore novel, Friday Mornings At Nine. Featuring three friends who have started to question the direction their lives have taken. Did they marry the right man? Was exchanging their hopes and dream for carpools and laundry duty the correct path? I enjoyed this journey of self discovery for these three 40 something women. With the POV alternating between three main characters, I was impressed with the author's ability to give each character a unique voice. I also loved that the wit and sarcasm I enjoyed so much in According to Jane was also present in Friday Mornings at Nine's dialouge. This is a great book! I recommend giving author Marilyn Brant a try.
MissWoodhouse1816 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. There is one part of me that really, really loved it. I was instantly drawn in by the rhetoric and writing style, so much so that I began reading it during finals week! (That's a big no-no for a lit major who is already swamped with required reading.) I also enjoyed the honesty and candor that Brant's characters displayed throughout the book. I could understand and connect with what they were thinking and feeling even though their lives are nothing like mine.That said, there was an angle to it that I didn't enjoy, and that was mostly the way that the story reached a happy ending. Without being too spoilery, the book ends happily, but I did not always enjoy the twists and turns that Brant took in order to get to that ending. These elements make it very difficult for me to recommend the book to people I know personally. However, it is an excellent book overall and well worth spending some time reading it.
UnderMyAppleTree on LibraryThing 10 months ago
An old boyfriend from Jennifer's college days reconnects with her by email. It's been over 18 years since she last saw or spoke to him and now she is a happily married mom. Or is she? Every Friday morning at nine Jennifer meets at a local cafe with two of her friends to talk about their lives and share the latest gossip. This time Jennifer tells them about the emails and wonders aloud if maybe she married the wrong man. A 'what-if' discussion follows and the girls agree they would think about who they would have an affair with if they would ever consider having an affair. Not that they ever would or so they tell themselves. The book is written in alternating chapters from the point of view of each of the three women. We get to know each of them and their stories. They are three very different types of women and at times I wondered what made them come together as friends. This is not my usual type of fiction but I found it enjoyable, entertaining and a quick read. I read this as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. When I choose this book I thought it would have a little more depth and also I thought I would enjoy the setting in Chicago, my home town.
CSMcMahon on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really wanted to love Marilyn Brant¿s Friday Morning¿s at Nine. I liked the concept of a group of friends getting together weekly for coffee discussing their lives. I even liked the premise of ¿What if we married the wrong man?¿ and ¿What if we are living the wrong life?¿. But this book just fell flat to me. Each Friday morning, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara meet at the Indigo Moon Cafe in suburban Chicago for coffee and to catch up on each other¿s lives. They all appear to be in some sort of a rut, and one day Jennifer posses the ¿what if¿ question. This leads each of the women exploring a different road. Jennifer reconnects with a former love from College, Bridget flirts with a colleague from work and Tamara gets to know her younger neighbor down the block. The explorations lead to dramatically different outcomes. This book didn¿t really work for me. I didn¿t feel a connection between the characters. I couldn¿t quite understand why they continued to meet each Friday because they didn¿t appear to be all that close of friends. I also found myself having a hard time keeping track of the difference between Jennifer and Bridget¿s families. The plots involving their children were a bit of a distraction. They seemed to be dropped in and the story quickly moved on from them. I¿m not sure if its because I¿ve never been married, but I found myself having a hard understanding why Tamara stayed married to Jon. He treated her horribly in the beginning of the book. He warmed up a bit, but I find it hard to believe that two people could be married for nearly 20 years and live like that. I also found the character of Aaron to be a bit too perfect. I felt like this book was a bunch of pieces to a puzzle they were thrown together but didn¿t quite fit. This book wasn¿t terrible, it was a pleasant enough read but it isn¿t something that I could envision myself reading again. I heard good things about the author¿s first book, According to Jane, so I think I¿ll give her another try.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
For years, Tamara, Bridget and Jennifer have a standing date for coffee every Friday morning at nine. They talk about everything, including children, husbands, work and sex.As the book begins, they've each reached a sort of crossroads and are hesitant about choosing a direction. Tamara's son Benji has just left for college, her husband is constantly away on business and she has a very attractive neighbour who works from home; Bridget has started back to work part-time, and finds herself attracted to her boss; while Jennifer whose husband and kids take her for granted, has received an email from her college sweetheart.Feeling frustrated, they make a pact to find out who they really want to be with by stepping out of their comfortable routines. They say they're not intending to have affairs, just know themselves better, but each of them wonders to herself if an affair is really what she's considering.The story follows each of them, separately and together, as she explores herself and her situation in life. This description makes it sound like a self-help book, but it absolutely is not. It's an interesting, absorbing story of three women who are not afraid to test the limits of their relationships with their husbands and families in order to learn what they really want from their lives.Reminiscent of Marge Piercy, this is definitely a women's novel, topical and thought-provoking.
dhaupt on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A weekly coffee clutch, three friends and a loaded question ¿what if we married the wrong man?¿, the three find themselves at a crossroads as they examine that question, it¿s implications and the solutions, and all of a sudden Friday Mornings at Nine take on a whole new meaning.Ms. Brant gives us three women, friends who are very different in some ways and made from the same mold in others. She brings us her story line that could be easily overheard at any Starbucks or Seattle¿s Best coffee houses in the country or for that matter around the world. The author digs deep into emotions as she has her three protagonists examine their lives through new eyes and as this is happening her audience will experience the same gut wrenching emotions because the mirror she¿s using goes deeper than skin deep and the answers are just as hard as the questions. The three protagonists give stellar performances as they show us the good, bad and ugly of their lives. Her other characters from the co-stars to the bit parts are all essential to the telling of the story and all fit nicely in their places. This is not a romance but there are love stories entwined through out the novel. We get a good dose of family drama from the adults and child¿s prospective. I felt the dialogue could have flowed more easily and if it had the distractions of having to re-read a few sections could have been avoided, it didn¿t disrupt the enjoyment of the read just made for a few distractions.So if you like your novel with more substance, you will enjoy this one., if you like family drama this is right up your alley, if you like exhibiting emotions while you read be prepared to run the gamut on this one.
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