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Friends - And Then Some: A Novel

Debbie Macomber Classics
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (232 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

One of acclaimed author Debbie Macomber’s classic novels, this is a tender story of two people daring to be more than “just friends.”

Lily Morrissey knows exactly what she wants in a husband: a big bank account. Not that she’s greedy or shallow; she just needs the security for herself and her beloved grandmother. But husband-hunting is harder than she expected, especially with her best friend Jake in the way. In fact, Jake - who would be perfect for her if he weren’t so committed to everything money can’t buy - is becoming downright distracting, with those jade eyes and that disarming grin.

All Jake wants is the freedom to sail his boat, write his stories, and live life on his own terms. Then his best friend tells him she’s going groom shopping. But Jake can’t imagine life without Lily or bear the thought of her in another man’s arms. How can a rootless guy living a no-strings existence and a woman looking for someone she can count on both get what they need? By letting their hearts choose love.

Praise for Debbie Macomber

“No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.” --Chicago Tribune

“The reigning queen of women’s fiction.” --The Sacramento Bee

“It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters.... When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.” --BookPage

©1986 Debbie Macomber (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Ummm

So, I hate to really slam a book, because I know an author puts a lot of work into his writing. That said, this is awful. The story is unimaginative and frustrating. I lost count of how many times I scoffed at the heroine, telling her to stop apologizing for getting upset at the ‘hero’ for his bad behavior.

Lily is a piano player at a fancy hotel, scrimping to support herself and her grandmother. She has grand plans of landing herself a rich man to give her everything she’s ever dreamt of. Jake is a sullen cab driver, part-timing it as an author. Lily and Jake have been friends for over a year, getting along smashingly (apparently; we never actually see them getting along) until one fateful night when they kiss in the dark. Jake likes Lily’s friendship, and he knows he can’t make her dreams come true, so he spurns her. Sort of. And that’s why the book is awful.

The entire book is about Jake playing hot and cold, kissing Lily and immediately getting mad at her for the kiss. Meanwhile Lily is hurt each time, but pretty much stalks Jake, is awful to the two lovely men she does date, and wants nothing more than for Jake to hurt her again. Which he does. Again. Aaaand, then again.

***Spoiler***
I listened to most of the book at 2.5 speed, skipping through most of the second half. I just wanted my hea, for Pete’s sake. Sadly, even the ending was awful. You’ll never guess. He spurns her again. Surprise. So, there was a happy ending, but who knows if it’s an ever after, because the book ended so abruptly my mouth actually fell open. What the??? So disappointing. Fight -> kiss -> the end.

I have read Ms Macomber’s books before, and often find them a bit sappy and slow, but her writing is solid. Sadly, this one should have been chucked in the bin before it got past page 1.

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  • Jan
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 10-04-19

Friends - And Then Some: A Novel

Friends - And Then Some: A Novel another book from Audible escape that I just cannot listen too.

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So disappointed

I was so pleased to see that there was a book by Debbie Macomber in AE, because she is a great writer and her stories are always relaxing and cheerful.

I can not finish this one. So many things wrong. The two main characters do not interest me at all. Lily is looking for a rich husband. Oh, I think, she must need money for a life-saving operation for her grandmother. Nope, she wants to be able to travel to France and not have to buy secondhand clothes. Ick.

The whole thing about her wanting a rich husband at any cost is an enormous turnoff. The rest of the story, with its inconsistencies and lack of depth, is just confirmation that it is not for me. Even as easy reading while I drive, it doesn't work.

Phrases like "there would be so many wealthy men at the party!" and "All she wanted was to meet a rich man" are not romantic. I'm paraphrasing because I can't remember.

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formulaic

formulaic and only mildly entertaining. the main female character was a materialistic bitty and not very likeable. the main male character was clueless and juvenile.

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Didn't finish and I finish everything

I didn't like this book. The male lead character is kind of a jerk and the female lead is simpering and annoying. The narrator made the female lead sound vapid and just dumb. The story wasn't very developed although there was room to expound on the interesting grandmother. I was so annoyed I quit listening to it. I usually finish everything, so...

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Not A fan of the story!

When I sampled this story I was intrigued by the friendship and wanted to see how they relationship changed and developed as the story went. But I find it lacking. I expected more and just got a vague story with rushed confessions and actions, not a fan of rushed stories. Performers were good... can’t expect more when the story lacks.

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Not one of her best

I am not sure if this is the story line or the narrator that makes this story so hard. The narrator reading the book, each sentence is that , a sentence, You can hear her pronouncing each syllable of each word, I am trying to complete the book, I have been a Debbie Macomber fan for 30 years, but this book is hard. I will be listening for the reader in other books, if she is the narrator, i will have to pass. Not sure I will even finish this one, I will be away for the next week and I didn't feel that i could start a new book until i return or i would have deleted this already

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An enjoyable listen

I am enjoying Debbie Macomber's classics. They are great stories to listen to or read. I enjoy the characters and the interaction between them. I thought they were kind of comical when they didn't realize they had feelings for each other. It was obvious to everyone but them. I liked their chemistry and their friendship. I think that is important for people to be friends first, that's what solidified their relationship. It was delightful to listen to the narrator once again. I really do like listening to her read. I would recommend both the author and narrator to anyone who enjoys romance stories.

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It was okay

I liked it, but was not amazed by it. But it is a nice story

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