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Nur wenn du mich liebst: Roman

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,646 ratings  ·  129 reviews
This powerful novel explodes the bonds women forge, the nature of friendships and the meaning of unconditional love.

Looking back, it seemed like paradise: lives filled with the blessings of friendship, marriage, children and career. Over twenty years, four women friends shared everything through good times and bad, and together they faced the challenges of life and love h
478 pages
Published 2003 by Weltbild (first published 2001)
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It's always the quiet ones, people say.
4 women who live on Grand Avenue become friends when their children were little. They met in the park in that neighborhood. They had parties together, chatted about everything and just enjoyed each other's company. Their husbands got along with each other. But, everyone had a secret. Yes, they chatted about almost everything but one woman had a secret she wouldn't tell anybody. So, when one of the husbands thought the other 3 women knew about the secret, he
This was a great book overall. It started out as a random meeting at the playground...4 women with 4 daughters close to the same age, all living on Grand Avenue. They bond and stick together through the years, through the good and the bad, and through the secrets they each have that come to light towards the end. One of them is horribly murdered, by someone you would not expect, and the result tears the friendship apart. Be forewarned, this book is also disturbing as it deals with domestic viole ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Henni rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maria
Bag på denne bog er det er trykt: "advarsel! denne bog er umulig at lægge fra sig!"
De har ret - jeg læste den samme dag jeg købte den - kun afbrudt af en fodboldkamp, bogen var derved skyld i at jeg kun fik 4 timers søvn den nat, men det var det værd.

Det er en rigtig god bog om fire kvinder, og deres yderst forskellige liv, efter at de tilfælding mødes en dag og bliver veninder igennem de næste mange år.

Det er helt sikkert ikke den sidste bog jeg læser af Joy Fielding.
I wasn't more surprised after reading any other book. when you actually start reading this, you just can't get over, and it's story to read in one night. those jumps in time are sometimes confusing, but it's good written, and oh my gosh - that twist in the end.. i mean, those twistes, they were more. i was thinking that there would be happy ending - thank you mrs Fielding for surprising me.
I like how Fielding intertwined the lives of four very different women, but was upset with the prologue giving away huge details for the ending.
This book reminded me a little bit of Mary Higgins Clark, and in a good way! I really enjoyed reading this book, in fact I found it hard to put down. It contained all of the elements that I feel like really makes a book good - friendship, unique characters who aren't above all the normal "life" problems all of us have, a little bit of romance, murder, some violence...just a great, well-written book.

I like the ending, I felt like it was the perfect way to end all of the women's stories. However,
I picked this book up on a whim from our "shared" book shelf in the break room at my work. I had never read Joy Fielding but had heard of her so figured I would give it a go thinking it would be a fun, easy chick lit kind of fast read about good friends. I like these kind of books every now and then. Hmmm, this is soooo not that book.

There was not one redeeming character in the whole story. Every character was tragically flawed and in ways that in no way made them romantic or sympathetic, more l
Es gibt ja dieses berüchtigte Literaturgenre namens “Starke Frauen”. Ihr wisst Bescheid – die Protagonistin ist zwar tough in jeder Hinsicht, findet sich aber trotzdem zu fett und sinkt zum Happy End schmachtend in die Arme von Prinz Charming. Bei diesem Buch läuft das alles ein bisschen anders – alle Protagonistinnen hatten bei der Männerwahl kein so glückliches Händchen und leiden mehr oder weniger unter ihren Partnern. Sie nehmen ihr Leben nicht oder nur sehr zögerlich selbst in die Hand, sin ...more
Buku ini berkisah tentang persahabatan 4 orang perempuan yang tinggal di Grand Avenue: Susan, Chris, Barbara dan Vicky. Mereka bersahabat sejak anak mereka masih kecil hingga dewasa. Dua dari mereka meninggal dunia, salah satunya dibunuh dengan kejam.

Ceritanya biasa saja menurut saya, tidak ada yang istimewa. Tapi persahabatan antara 4 perempuan mengingatkan saya pada saya dan sahabat-sahabat saya. Entah kenapa angkanya selalu 4 :)

4 ketika SMA: sebenarnya kami berlima, tapi salah seorang dari ka
Contrary to what the title suggests, this book is not another "Sex in the city", but rather "Desperate Housewives" only even more dramatic. From the first pages we know that one of the characters will be murdered.

What we have here are the stories of four women interwoven to give the reader the deepest insight into their work, family and intimate life. We can observe how marriages become nightmares, hopes turn to catastrophes, dreams lose the chance to come true and happiness falls slowly to piec
I could not agree more with the previous poster who stated the beginning of the book doesn't match the end.

This books story line was ridiculous - it was random story lines and the climax of the book (if I can even call it that) came near the end and turned the storyline into a WHOLE different topic??? WTH? Made no sense. The story line that you think is the basis of the book just ***POOF*** practically disappears. The ending has so little to do with the beginning and end. It is like Joy Fielding
Awalnya nggak tertarik lihat buku ini. Eh, lagi dijual murah. Penasaran aja mau coba beli satu judul. Lahh, ternyata asyik juga, langsung deh beli 3-3nya (yang diterjemahin emang baru 3 judul ini). Yang ini berkisah persahabatan 4 orang istri-istri, dengan beragam latar belakang, beragam karakter, beragam profesi. Di kemudian hari ada sebuah kejadian yang menguji persahabatan mereka, dan satu orang yang berkhianat.

Wah, Joy Fielding "pencerita" ulung. Saya baca novel setebal 400 halaman ini sekal
Schmaltzy I guess but I always seem to like books about a group of female friends, each with her own baggage, doubts, issues, etc. I did have a laugh when the successful lawyer takes 2 parking spaces to protect her Jaguar while thinking at least she wasn't driving a "luxury wannabe(s) with delusions of if it mattered whether someone took a nick out of their sides."
Apr 16, 2009 Christie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Christie by: Melissa Klinger
This book is about four young women who live on Cincinnati's Grand Avenue, who by chance become fast friends after meeting in the neighborhood park. Barbara is a regal ex-beauty queen whose focus on her appearance exposes her inner emptiness. Vicki is intense and driven; her energy and savvy propel her legal career past those she has hurt along the way. Practical and steady Susan makes a career as a spokesperson against sexual harassment after unfairly losing her job. And Chris is on the fringe ...more
"Grand Avenue" by Joy Fielding was definitely not one of my favorite books. It took me weeks to get through it, which is very unlike my nature when it comes to Joy Fielding's works. Usually her stories are quite gripping and suspense-filled, but I was just annoyed and repulsed with Tony, one of the characters in the book, until almost 3/4 of the way through it.
Then, finally at the very end, the story started to get interesting, but it just fizzled out in the end, and I didn't quite like her end
Vriendinnen tot in de dood is mijn eerste Joy Fielding, maar zeker niet mijn laatste! My goodness, wat een fan-tas-tisch steengoed boek! Zijn alle boeken van Joy zo boeiend geschreven? Ik zou willen, dat ik iedere week zo'n boek las, zég! Het boek gaat over 4 vriendinnen met ieder hun eigen problemen die ze met elkaar delen, waardoor ik even dacht in een chicklit verzeild te zijn. Toch voel je op iedere bladzijde heel sterk het beklemmende broeïerige sfeertje en heeft het boek ook zeker diepgang ...more
This book is the story of 4 women living in the Cincinnati area, and really validates the old adage that no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Domestic violence, illness, extra-marital affairs and difficult children are all dealt with by the author. A quick and compelling read.
I can just never say enough about this author. Her books are compelling page-turners!!

"Looking back, it seemed like paradise; lives filled with the blessings of friendship, marriage, children, and career. For twenty years, four friends-Chris, Barbara, Susan and Vicki-shared everything and faced the challenges of life and love head on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the strange twists of fate and circumstance. Now, she must sift through the past to discover exactly what went wrong, how dreams turn
Maria M. Elmvang
Apr 30, 2009 Maria M. Elmvang rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria M. by: Henni
I went into this book thinking it would be something The Saving Graces by Patricia Gaffney (which I LOVE), and I think that's why I ended up being somewhat disappointed by it. The Saving Graces is a heartwarming, life-reaffirming novel about friendship, Grand Avenue... not so much.

From the very beginning you know that it's going to end badly, but not how or why, which makes for discomforting reading. The label on the back says, "Warning! You won't be able to put this book down till the last page
I both loved and hated the book. Four very different women that cared for each other who ended up in places they (and readers) didn't expect. While the plot and characters angered me, I couldn't put it down.
Jordan Petersen
Good book over all. The last 1/4 of the book was a like a murder mystery which I really enjoyed! The only things I didn't like was the cheating on spouses and the sexual details between spouses, lovers, etc.
Jennifer Theiss
Any book set in your hometown is exciting to read. This book is set in mariemont and cincinnati and the story is wonderful. I loved it!

"Looking back, it seemed like paradise: livesfilled with the blessings of friendship, marriage, children, and career. For twenty years, four friends -- Chris, Barbara, Susan, and Vicki -- shared everything and faced the challenges of life and love head-on. Now, one sits alone to ponder the strange twists of fate and circumstance. Now, she must sift through the past to discover exactly what went wrong, how dreams turned to nightmares as friendships faded and lives were destroyed.... " (Fro
NO. NO. No. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOOOOOOO! Zero. Okay, I listen to recorded books most of the day while I paint. Apparently your average CD player is not up to the task. I'm burning out one after another. So, sometimes I have to get tapes. Usually there's not much of a selection at the library so I'll just grab anything I'm not familiar with. Enter Joy Fielding, Grand Avenue. This did not present as a likely fave but, good God Almightly, I was not prepared for anything so ...more
Intense story of four friends--two end up dead, one murdered.
I enjoyed this book, though at times I found the jumps in time a bit large. I wanted to hear a bit more about what was happening at the time, not zoom to the future and get a summarised, alightly bleached and less emotive recount of the situation. The domestic violence instance was a bit harsh, but I suppose that was keeping with the reality of the story. Barbara annoyed me a lot and I never really understood her daughter, who played a big part in the end. I enjoyed the other daughters, even tho ...more
Virginia Albanese
ok book when need a distraction.
“If life is choices we make, as my mother once told me, then too much of life is spent bemoaning these choices. Too much time is wasted on regret. We can do nothing with the past but acknowledge and accept it. It is over. Done with. It is gone.”

This isn’t so much the sort of book that I would usually think is great, but I have to say that it is because it evoked great emotion in me. It made me sad, happy, indignant, hopeful, even amazed.

I wasn’t especially fond of the characters, but even so, I
i love this book
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n
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