Review: That’s What Friends Are For

That's What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele     4 stars

Having read and enjoyed Stirred With Love I was thrilled to get an advance copy of this from Netgalley and Bookouture (thanks!). This is quite different from Marcie’s other book in that the characters have all known each other for years. We meet them at a tricky point in their lives, Sam’s marriage is not as it seems, Louise is out every weekend trying to distract herself from the fact that she is not happy being single and her relationship with her teenage daughter is not as good as it used to be. The return of someone from their past leads to a lot of change and turmoil for both Sam and Louise and for their relationship, as well as for their friends and family.

Although there are a lot of characters in this book the way it is written means that there is no confusion over who is who or what they are doing, which can sometimes occur in books with multiple significant characters. All of the characters are well-written and Louise and Sam’s characters both develop as the story progresses. I enjoyed this book and read it in two days which is unusual for me. All in all this is a really good book which shows that even the best of friends keep secrets and you never know someone as well as you think you do. Definitely a book worth reading.

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