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More Than Friends is a moving, unforgettable story of friendship, love, and forgiveness—a classic from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky.

The Maxwells and the Popes have been friends forever. The women were college roommates, their husbands are partners in the same law firm, their kids have grown up next door to each other, and the two families share both v
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ebook, 496 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1992)
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Dinjolina
This author made a big crime while writing this book:
The crime of a stupid premises.
The premises that tells us Sam and Take had sex but did not want to have sex with one another. Sam imagined his wife and Take Grady.
Sorry, what?
Yeah, that’s what I said.

"I made love with you, but it was her body I used."
Annie struggled with that thought. It didn't make sense. "But how?
There's no confusing the two of us. Her body's nothing like mine."
"I wasn't looking. So help me God, I didn't see a thing. I was o
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Booklover
Completed this book must say i really did'nt get how can Sam get turned on n have sex with Teke n what a pathetic unbelievable reason though i was doing it with her but i was thinking of you ohh get lost lost will you,Teke less said better she knows she is betraying her best friend ,she made the first step n her reason she was thinking of her first love "Grady" ohh please you wanted to get laid you should have caught a stranger n had sex with him thinking him to be Grady but screwing with your b ...more
Dwayne
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Infidelity, being the ultimate betrayal, is terribly difficult for any couple - let alone family - to face. So imagine if it happens to two very close-knit families: The Maxwells: J.D. and Teke, their children Leigh, Jana and Michael. And the Popes, Sam, Annie, and Jon and Zoe. It all begins one afternoon when Sam and Teke loses themselves in a moment of passion. Worse, Michael walks in on them and runs away, only to get hit by a truck, which results in a com
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Kristen
This book was about 100 pages too long and tedious at times. Like many of the other reviewers I had a tough time wrapping my brain around the "I accidentally had sex with your best friend but I was thinking of you" premise. I don't know how I expected it to end but after a lot of whining a it seemed fat bandaid was slapped on the families and everyone was happy. Not her best.
Helen
I found this one in a yard sale!
I feel like I'm not enough experienced for books like this. Maybe I'll read it again when I'm older, and maybe, my perception of situations like this one will be different. But in the meantime....This is the way I see it:

More than friends tells the story of two couples, Sam and Annie Pope, and J.D and Teke Maxwell. These two couples share everything, but Sam and Teke gave the word "share" a whole new meaning.

Long story short: Sam won a big case (he's a lawyer) a
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Jen Rice
i picked up this book as it was a recommended author similar to jodi picoult, who i have been reading a lot of lately and really enjoy. this book just didnt do it for me. the complete basis of the book wasnt believable. while the aftermath was interesting, i just couldnt get past the event itself. there wasnt enough build up to make me believe it.
Dawn
This is a story that explores how making the wrong decision in a moment of emotion can change the fabric of your life in a dramatic way. An interesting way to look at the subject of infidelity and make you realize how easy it may be to slip with the right circumstances. I did think the guy got off too easy though.
Robin Byrd
This might be my all time favorite book. I could see alot of realness in this book on how my family would react to situations...it was intense, but funny in parts too....yet it shows that there are many,many things that can happen to families that can be over come...loved this book.
Brooke
I read this book a few years ago and decided to read it again (I was out of new stuff on my shelf!). This is book has adult themes and sexual situations. That being said it is another great Barbara Delinsky read. It is a bit dated which shows up at times but the story is well developed and characters are easy to relate to. This story looks at the ramifications of infedelity on two families who have been close friends. I enjoyed watching how the story unfolded and seeing how varied the choices th ...more
Jessica Wirth
I'm giving this a 2 because it was PAINFUL to listen to. Yes, I listened to this rather than read it. The story was okay. Nothing that was particularly moving or will stick with me, but not horrible either. I would NOT recommend ever listening to a book read by Barbara Rosenblat! Four words - MANAGE YOUR SECRETIONS, SILENTLY! It sounded like she was moving spit around in her mouth and every swallow was audible. Whomever approved the distribution of that narration obviously didn't listen to it fi ...more
K.
I enjoyed this audiobook, although it wasn't what I expected: It's definitely women's fiction rather than romance. It does include "renewal" of the love in a long-term marriage, but I didn't consider it had "romantic" elements so much as personal journey stories. Regardless, it was entertaining and engrossing enough to bond to the characters and want to know how all their lives ended up. Got this one off of my "friends" bookshelves (sort of a "concensus" look/see). Thanks buddies! :)
K.
Helen Gaye Brewster
Thank goodness for the overflowing paperback bookshelves at my local Goodwill! That's where I can pick up some guilty-pleasure reading for the porch swing for $1.99! The cover of the book reads, "Their lives were changed forever when they discovered they were...More Than Friends." And, that just about covers this deliciously cheesy romance about two families that have been friends since the parents all met in college. They have made their lives together in homes with backyards that meet, bought ...more
Jennifer
TRASH! read while my sister sleeps by Barbara Delinsky and LOVED the book within the first few chapters it was like reading a trashy
Harlequin novel..didn't finish book
Carrigan Fox
I had a VERY difficult time with this book. I have a hard time sympathizing with characters who cheat on their spouses.
JoDee
Pure soap opera, unbelievable coincidences, unrealistic outcomes.But if soap is what you like, then its not bad.
Renee Lentz
Such a ridiculous plot, this would not happen in life. I'm sorry. Too unbelieveable.
Angie
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Dinique Brooks
When I saw this book in the library, I opted to check it out because the blurb claimed it was all realistic and stuff. I mostly regret it.

In my experience, stories that deal with cheating/infidelity are never truly realistic enough when it comes to this thing. Because you have the betrayed spouse/significant other have something wrong with them. Like they were cheating the whole time too. Or they're actually scheming to murder their wayward spouse in the near future. Or some other stupid cop out
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Beth
I've enjoyed other books by this author, so wanted to give this a shot, despite the mediocre reviews and ratings. In the end, it was --- meh. There were too many characters, and not enough development for some of them. I still can't tell you which kids belong to Sam/Annie and which to JD/Teke, and honestly, I didn't really care about any of the kids as they were irrelevant and/or annoying. JD was a jerk, the story seemed to go on and on in terms of people not forgiving other people for various t ...more
Kristen
(Barely three) After reading the first 25 pages I almost put this book down because I disliked one of the story lines so much. But, I decided to give it a shot and see where the author went with it.

The main characters are Sam, Annie, Teke (Theodora) and J.D. They have been friends since college. Sam is married to Annie. J.D. is married to Teke. Both couples have kids similar in age and have done just about everything together. They seem to be a picture perfect family (of sorts). Maybe a little t
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Rachel Brand
Initially I thought that the premise of this story was a bit flimsy and unbelievable - the husband from one family spontaneously has an affair with a wife from another - but as I progressed with the book I got sucked into the lives and emotions of the characters and found myself understanding their actions and feelings. Delinsky really has a skill with making you believe in her stories and characters, even here in one of her earlier novels. She seems to be making the cross-over from romance to " ...more
Macpudel
This 1993 Barbara Delinsky book is her best early work I have read. Centered on two families that are intertwined by two decades of close friendship, the events of one fateful afternoon blow apart each of the relationships between and among them. And, by the way, other reviewers, was the catalyst action "realistic"? People have messed up relationships in so many different and shocking ways that I was willing to accept the events as written. Besides, we hardly know the subjects when the events oc ...more
Jen
The Pope & Maxwell families are tied together like family.

J.D. Maxwell & Sam Pope work are partner's at J.D.'s family law firm.

Teke Maxwell & Annie Pope have been best friends forever.

Jana, Michael & Leigh Maxwell are very close with the Pope children (Jon & Zoe).

They go on vacations together and even live next door to each other. Yet, on one day their lives change forever.

Sam & Teke make love in a moment of passion, and 13- year old Michael Pope walks in on them. Michae
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Loretta Loebs
Easy read. I enjoyed it.
Jarah
I liked the book. Not one of her best but it was good none the less. I thought the story line was very similar to The Pact by Jody Picoult. It seemed like one or the other read the other authors book and thought they could improve it a little. I would take this over The Pact anyday. I don't think they addressed the issue of infidelity appropriately, you don't just accidentally have sex with your best friends husband/wife.That being said it was a nice way to pass my time and it did have a happy e ...more
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I generally enjoy Ms. Delinsky's books, but this one had me on edge. The cheating just about did me in. These people are all close friends and they aren't swingers. One bad thing after another happens and I'm just so upset over it. The pain caused by betrayal was a bit too much for me and the collateral damage just made me sad. Since this is a contemporary romance instead of the spank books I'm reading, it just didn't do it for me. Not what I'm looking for when reading romance.
Stefanie
Incorrect page count. Actual page count of 484 pages.

A little too romance-y for my taste. I prefer more of a novel with well developed characters and plots and less of a Danielle Steele type book.

Enough characters (various levels of development) that kept me interested even when the romance angle made me want to barf.

A solid 2.5 stars for me, so I rounded up to 3 stars. If you like romance books, you'd probably like it. If you don't, I wouldn't recommend it.
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