From number-one New York Times best-selling 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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Well written, and we'll read, with good character development.
This was my first Robyn Carr novel, and I definitely enjoyed it.
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Title: Four Friends
Author: Robyn Carr
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Four Friends" by Robyn Carr...
"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."
What I liked about this novel....
This was a beautiful, well absorbing amazing story of four women Gerri, Andy, Sonja and BJ who were all rather a complex bunch as it is discovered that it looks like the whole neighborhood was falling about. You will find one of the ladies are just too perfect( a control freak)...definitely one that made me laugh out loud, another one(new to the neighborhood) who has some dark secrets that has her just wanting to keep to herself, another friend who was working on her second divorce, however, was she the one that goes after and get what she wants in the end?... and then last one seems to be the friend that had it all but did she really? What will happen after she finds out that her husband had had an affair some years ago? So, her marriage isn't as solid as she thought. This was one captivating read about a friendship and with a little of it all showing 'support, tough love, humor, sarcasm' and in the end you get a wonderful well written story. Didn't these women have the perfect lives? What will happen after they discover that some of them didn't have the perfect life after all? Counseling? Now, I will not talk to much about these ladies men other than say they were all some interesting men ...Phil, George, and Bob. You will just have to read "Four Friends' for yourself to see what all is up with them!
This author really gives the reader a story with of these four women's subplots that do combine so smoothly that will give the reader a great description of each of these ladies struggles and realness of the friendships. It's a beautiful read as you will see each of the ladies under go such a life changing experience from 'mental, physical, spiritual awakening where in the end will become even more stronger than they were in the beginning...with issues such as 'menopause, abuse, depression, infidelity, divorce, unfaithful spouses, out of control children, abuse, heartless exes, keeping secrets to new friendships. In the end will these women get the importance of family, companionship and friendships. I will only say to get it all you must pick 'Four Friends' this author.
This is definitely one of those reads that if you are reading or listening to it will keep your attention and you will find it hard to put down until the end. It was quite a interesting read where you see these four strong women find their way from a dark time in their lives. Would I recommend? Yes!
Absolutely. The characters are very real. They are dealing with real life issues in life, love and parenting. The ladies are there for each other and support each other during difficult times and to celebrate during the successes as true friends do.this story made me think, really think about my blessings, my relationships with my family and friends. I am a better person for having listened and thought about this story. I value each relationship all the more.
BJ asserting herself with the ladies to look in on Sophie as she was spiraling downward in self destruction. She was fully aware and observant of another lady in trouble.
This is my first
No, I needed to think about each issue as it was presented.
Definitely! Excellent friends storyline! Excellent narrator!
Very difficult to say who was my favorite character; they all had their own unique qualities. As a whole they made one great family neighborhood!
This book left me wanting a sequel now!!! When I can become a part of the characters in the book I have been drawn in emotionally. I think it made me laugh not cry; heartwarming!
I began Four Friends being my first read by Robyn Carr. Wasn't long I became a fifth friend joining in the lives of four totally unique friends all with different problems in their households yet supporting one another because they were what friends "should be"!! How do they solve their family problems? There are many positives written on how they did this soaking me into their reality of life. Husbands, boyfriend, son struggling with identity-it's a book one doesn't want to put down and when the end comes I was salvation for another sequel! Easy read..need to escape the world go into Four Friends world you won't be sorry!! Please Robyn write a sequel!!
Enjoyed the four different main characters. Each one is facing their own set of problems and you will be absorbed in the journey. Lots of words of wisdom, and good insight into helping these girls deal with their personal problems. Felt like each of these girls were a case history right out of a therapist's patient files. Would continue reading about their lives if Robyn Carr does a series.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I saw a lot of my myself in Sonia and Geri and was excited to recommend the book to my teenaged daughter. However, the needlessly detailed descriptions of the sexual relationships detracted from the story and made me cringe at the thought of my daughter listening. I felt I could have been just as engaged with the characters without knowing *every* detail of their sexual encounters, and this painstaking detail didn't seem to fit the flavor of the rest of the story.
The characters were highly believable, and the story, while somewhat predictable, was intriguing. The narration was better-than-average but not outstanding. All in all, an enjoyable listen, but I'm not sure I'll rush to get another from this author.
I was about to begin this review with" At about three-quarters of the way through this audio book, I find I can't stand another second of it.", then thought I really ought to check how far I am through this interminable story. With almost six hours remaining, I am halfway through. It just felt far longer.
Four Friends is the story of neighboring 'women that run' (as opposed to 'ladies who lunch') experiencing crises in their marriages at the same time. Not far fetched- it happened to me and a few friends about ten years ago and yet- and yet- there is nothing in this book to propel me through the endless analysis and self analysis that are the meat on the bones of a rather thin and uninteresting story.
The story almost seemed a primer for families in crisis; a self help book in disguise, as though the accomplished Ms Carr successfully saved her own marriage and wanted to show people how it's done (and how it's not done).
Of course Four Friends is well written, the characters reasonably three dimensional and narrator Therese Plummer, also quite accomplished, but there is too little story and too much prescriptive literature.
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I enjoyed the story of these women and their relationships, but I really hated the narrator's multiple voices - I would have preferred different voice actors for different parts. Some of her voices were so annoying it was distracting. And the sex scenes were sooooo cheesy - could have very easily left them out and not hurt the story line one bit.
The exploration of infidelity within a strong marriage.
Ick - probably not
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