“Four Friends” by Robyn Carr

 photo f2393dc0-807e-429c-b2f9-c68fa2ea5bb8_zpsb5bfd123.jpgFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. Ultimately, they’ll discover what it means to be a wife, mother, lover, friend…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 them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it’s time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it’s transforming.

Andy doesn’t have a great track record with men, and she’s come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth 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.

I received a copy of this book from Katie at Little Bird Publicity/ the author Robyn Carr, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

When I was offered the opportunity to read “Four Friends”, I didn’t have a single clue who Robyn Carr was or what her writing style was like.  It was only later, when I was talking to my mom about this amazing book I had just read and had the following conversation, did I realize this was someone well known.

Me: “I just read this amazing book, you have to read it when you get the chance! It’s about these four friends and they go through all these life changing events and I cried and well it’s just really great, I can’t explain how great it is, you just have to read it.”
Mom: “Ok honey.  Who’s it by again?”
Me: “A woman named Robyn Carr.  I need to read some more of her…..”
Mom: “Oh my goodness!!!  Do you know who she is!!!??”
Me: “Yeaaah. I just said…Robyn Carr.”
Mom: “No! I mean do you KNOW who she is!!??  She’s my favorite author!!! I’ve read maybe 20 of her books or so.  Oh give me a second.  Let me look, I have a list around here of all her books I’ve read.”
Me: “Ok. So you know of her then?”
Mom: “YES!!  I told you I’ve read several of her books.”
Me: “Are you sure you have the right person? Her name is Robyn Carr.”
Mom: “Yes! Her name is spelled R-o-b-y-n C-a-r-r right?”
Me: “Yes”
Mom: “Here it is!  Let’s see, I’ve read ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Angel’s Peak’, oh that was a good one, ‘Never Too Late’, that one was good too..”
Me: “Ok, I get it.  You like her books.”
Mom: “She’s my favorite. Can you get me an autograph?”
Me: “No Mom…I don’t KNOW her.  I just read a book of hers.”
Mom: “Oh. Well I do that all the time.”

That all being said.  My mother and I have something in common.  We both love Robyn Carr and her writing. Now onto the book.

Gerri was the one I could relate to the most.  She’s been married for 25 years, has kids and has what she thought was the perfect marriage.  Even though she’s still in love with her husband, they fell into the same rut that many marriages fall prey too.  Too busy to have sex or in her case, menopause.  I’m only 40 and I struggle to keep our sex life above water for those two reasons. But my husband speaks up about it, where Phil didn’t really say anything. So when Gerri finds out he cheated on her 7 years prior, it blind sides her.

Now some could say it was 7 years ago, water under the bridge.  No, it’s not.  What people forget and what Robyn Carr expressed in her writing was, whether it is 7 years or 7 days ago, the fact is, it was NEW to Gerri and it hurt like hell.  How can she get past this? Why didn’t he ever say anything? Did she do something wrong? WHY DIDN’T HE WARN HER HE WAS THINKING ABOUT IT!!??

Andy is Gerri’s best friend and neighbor.  She was married once and he was a cheating douche bag.  She then married a younger man.  He was sexy, fit and oh so wrong for her.  But he was delicious man candy and she convinced herself she could be happy with him.  Wrong.  Another cheating douche bag.  Now she’s going through her second divorce and wondering what she’s doing wrong and if she’ll ever find true love.  She strikes up a friendship with her carpenter, Bill, and  begins to discover some things about herself.  She’s been going after the wrong men all this time.  What if she changed things up for once?  But is it too late for her?

Sonja is the eccentric one.  She is into tofu, feng shui, meditation and all the other things that are off the regular beaten path.  She takes it upon herself to care for everyone around her.  If someone is sick, she has an herb for that.  She loves her husband George maybe too much.  But she knows he appreciates everything she does to keep him healthy and happy.  Then one day she finds out everything she’s done to keep him with her, has in fact driven him right out the door.  When he leaves her, she questions everything in her life and she doesn’t know how to cope.  But with her two best friends losing their minds and in the middle of their own crisis, who can she turn to?

BJ is the newcomer to the neighborhood.  She’s lived in the neighborhood for almost a year, but Gerri, Andy and Sonja know nothing about her.  They’ve tried to include her in their morning power walks, but BJ chooses to run, literally and figuratively, keeping her distance from them.  But unbeknownst to them, she’s been watching and when she sees one of them needing serious help, she’s the first one to bring it to everyone else’s attention.  Through that common ground, she begins to open up a little bit, but there are deep dark secrets she must keep hidden from everyone.  Her and her children’s lives depend on it.

My Final Thoughts:  This book was freaking wonderful! I loved it.  It is the most real life book I’ve read, I think EVER.  Each of these ladies go through things that many people do every day.  Some can cope, others can’t.  Robyn Carr takes us through the break ups, break downs and the rebuilding of all these women’s lives.  Each and every one of them has something that everyone can relate to.  This is THE book that all women should read.  It’s simply amazing.  You go through everything with them.  The smiles, tears, laughter, feeling worthless, and finding your true worth. You go along with them realizing what’s worth fighting about, fighting for and when you should give up and move on.  It’s also about taking a hard look at yourself in the mirror and seeing our own imperfections.

Robyn Carr has not only gained another fan for life, but she’s also given me something my mom and I can share together. That alone is priceless, but this book was truly a special gift.

~Robin Malone
 


 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 10
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 50

Rating –5 Perfect Stars!