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Four Friends

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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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
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Originally posted on The Book Nympho

I decided to try this story simply because it seemed to be a larger extension of the contemporary fiction aspect of Robyn Carr's Thunder Point series, which I am enjoying immensely. My instincts were dead on as Four Friends is quite the masterpiece.

The story centers around three friends who live in the same neighborhood, actually on the same street. The fourth emerges later as she's relatively new. In the space of a few weeks, their contented lives are comple
Feb 09, 2014 Ana rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I have to admit that it took me a while to actually start this book. Just wasn't in the mood for it I guess, but once I did make it through the fist chapter I could hardly put it down.

Anyway, this is a story of four friends:

Gerri always considered her life to be happy, and other than her work, smooth sailing. And then she found out her husband had an affair six years ago, and it seems so fragile, her life, kids, and especially marriage.

Andy, Andy hasn't had much luck with men. After 2 f
Apr 19, 2014 Lonny rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
I always look forward to a new Robyn Carr book; I'm a great fan of her Virgin River books, but this stand alone novel fell flat for me. Too much drama, too many unlikely coincidences, and worst of all, a main character who I was unable to sympathize with because I simply didn't like her. The only characters I cared about were Bob and his dog!

I saw a review that compared this book to The House on Olive Street, also written by Carr. I didn't care for that book either - from now on I'll stick to Ca
Three women, neighbours and friends, find themselves facing marriages that are falling apart. Then a neighbour who moved in 12 months earlier but has always avoided any overtures of friendship steps in and through simple acts of kindness manages to bring them even closer and mover them towards healing.

Gerri has always relied on the rock solid partnership she has with her husband. Even if their sex lives aren't what they were they are partners in every sense. Then she discovers that five years e
♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
May 09, 2014 ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥ rated it really liked it
4 stars!

It's so weird to read about a book where one of the main MCs has the same name (almost) as you. Weird. Very weird. But still enjoyable.
Jun 30, 2014 Gayle rated it it was ok
This book is ridiculous.

This is the first Robyn Carr book I've read. I was excited to read this book because I've heard that Carr is a good writer and I was looking to spice up my reading selection. That being said, this book was not good.

My favorite character was Beau...a dog. Every other main character was over the top. Carr tried to convey their personalities so much so that they all came off as being on the extreme end of their personality spectrum. She tried to paint Sonja as the crazy one
Mary Strand
Mar 03, 2014 Mary Strand rated it it was amazing
An absorbing, fascinating read about four complex women with problems: Gerri, Andy, Sonja, and BJ. Gerri is the glue and the rock of the bunch and the heart of the story. Sonja begins as a woman who's too perfect (as the other women think, too) and who goes off the rails spectacularly. She also refinds the rails in spectacular, wonderful, unexpected fashion. I got a major kick out of her. BJ has a heckuva secret, and Andy is the sort of woman who goes after what she wants ... and tosses what she ...more
May 11, 2014 Cyndi rated it did not like it
Dead on arrival. Every once in a while a book comes along that is so boring it is excruciating to read. This was one of them. I got to page 200 and asked myself why I was torturing myself with such a snoozefest. I didn't care about the characters or the plot (was there a plot?), and I found myself siding with all the ex-husbands--I'd be running away from these women if I could. I will say, however, that I could see this getting turned into a movie starring aging Hollywood actresses--Julia Robert ...more
Jackie Lane
Aug 26, 2013 Jackie Lane rated it it was amazing
Okay, I am such a Carr fan and will read anything she writes.

This book is so different than her series book, but I still enjoyed it.

This was the story of 4 friends and how their seemingly perfect lives implode and how they deal with it.

Gerri thought she had the perfect marriage, only to find that Phil had cheated on her years before. I was so disappointed in Phil, but loved the parts where Gerri was speaking to his mother and how she sided with Gerri. I also enjoyed how Gerri was kind of the rin
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

After being encouraged to read a Robyn Carr novel, I feel mostly let down that the hype from friends wasn’t exactly all that I probably should have felt.

My biggest pet peeve is using coarse language to express emotions to excess; there are many other wonderful words that can be used to achieve the same result without causing the reader to either wince or roll their eyes after a while.

Gerri’s treat
Mar 15, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Robyn Carr ever since Virgin River ... And I'll always be a fan. But Four Friends is nothing like the nature-filled, adventurous, romantic tales of Virgin River or Thunder Point.

Four friends is about four neighborhood women, each in a different phase in life, each with struggles, and each with strengths. They bring each other wine, pull each other out of bed to join the daily morning walks, and save each other's lives. Literally.

The more I think about this book, the more am
Sharon Redfern
Mar 22, 2014 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous book! Four women in the same neighborhood find themselves in crisis one after the other. First Andy kick outs her cheating sleazoid husband. Then, Gerri discovers that her perfect marriage isn't so perfect after all. She is forced to look at what her perception of the perfect marriage is and why she and her husband are having problems. The third woman, Sonja, is a free spirited new ager whose husband leaves her flat and repudiates her entire values system causing her to have ...more
Mar 01, 2015 KatLynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robyn Carr is a wonderful story teller and writes the kind of women's fiction that I enjoy, offering situations that most women can relate as well as providing a romance. Here she brings to life the tale of four unique women and the difficult challenges each will come to face within the confines of their marriage.

I quickly became immersed as Carr brings to life each of their situations. The adversities they face are offset perfectly with triumphs and laughter. And while certain aspects of the p
Jan 12, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Interesting book - a little different from what I've read by Robyn Carr. The writing is wonderful, character development perfect and held my attention throughout.
May 16, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
I hated that this book was over. I enjoyed getting to know the four women and I'm sorry this isn't a series like Virgin River where I get to keep going back.
Feb 12, 2014 Karielle rated it really liked it
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"[Andy]. Short for Anastasia.... Know what it means?"
"Can't say I do."
"One who will rise again," she said.
[Bob] gave a friendly nod. "And of course you will."
She took a deep breath and sighed heavily. "I just hope it's not again and again and again."

They were three suburban queens, and they had the perfect lives. But when each Gerri, Andy, and Sonja's lives begin to crumble before their very eyes—as if the entire neighborhood is falling apart—these three women discover that life in paradise isn'
Mar 24, 2017 Bettie rated it liked it
Too much romance for me - not my favorite genre. On the other hand, it's a good story about women and friendships.
Mar 21, 2017 Suze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

FOUR friends, four neighbors - women that probably wouldn't have been friends except for geography. The story was a little tedious to me.
Robin Malone
Apr 09, 2014 Robin Malone rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Katie at Little Bird Publicity/ the author Robyn Carr, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

When I was offered the opportunity to read “Four Friends”, I didn’t have a single clue who Robyn Carr was or what her writing style was like. It was only later, when I was talking to my mom about this amazing book I had just read and she became so excited, telling me she'd read over a dozen or so of Robyn Carr's books, did I realize this was someone well known.

Dec 30, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

I really enjoyed Four Friends, I think because I identified with aspects of all of the characters. And I envied the strength of their friendship. But each of their stories had resonance for me. This is not a story where you get swept away on the tides of romance, Four Friends is a quiet story about women you would like to go out with for one of their early morning power walks.

This is a story about, obviously, four friends. But it’s also the story of four ma

Title: Four Friends
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Four Friends" by Robyn Carr...

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"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 does
Mar 25, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
Geri and her husband Phil are very busy, with two full-time, all-encompassing careers (she works for Child Protective Services and he is an assistant district attorney) and three teenage children. They don't always have time to do everything they want, but they have a solid marriage- or so Geri believes.

Andy is Geri's best friend and is on the verge of her second divorce, this time from a hot younger guy. Her son is Geri's son's friend, but he has been very distant lately, something she attribut
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 2 out of 5

I loved this book! If you are like me you read romance for escape. When I read a book I want to read the fantasy, the feel-good, hot, sexy lives of fabulous people. I admit there has been times that I've wondered what it would be like to read about a real marriage. Would it be boring? Would it be too dull with the day to day chores? How on earth could a writer spice it up enough to make it an enjoyable read? Robyn Carr has answered all of these questions and she did it
May 03, 2014 Dottie rated it it was amazing
This uplifting tale of four friends, who are balancing careers and families, prove once more why I am such a fan of author Robyn Carr. Taken from my review at

This is the story of four friends and neighbors in their forties, who are each facing upheaval in their lives as they try to balance their careers and families. These women find they must come to terms with themselves before they can find happiness or successfully resume their roles as mothers, wives and friends. Althoug
Jan 01, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robyn Carr's Four Friends is a beautiful novel about four women whose close friendship becomes a saving grace as they are each faced with life altering decisions.

Gerri, Andy and Sonja are long time neighbors whose lives fall apart right around the same time. Andy's second marriage to a younger man comes to a dramatic end just as Gerri learns devastating news that leaves her questioning her twenty four year marriage. Sonja has worked hard to find peace and tranquility in her life, but when her hu
Tea Time with Marce
Mar 27, 2014 Tea Time with Marce rated it really liked it
From my blog

4 1/2

This was a great friendship story, highly recommend if you have a book club of close friends or want a reminder to appreciate the friends you have. I enjoyed each character and following their lives, they all had a special voice, all very different which we made it easy to follow. Robyn Carr's writing style reminded me of a favourite author, Kristin Hannah. This wasn't emotionally painful, just genuine female heartache with family, career and friend life. I didn't identify with
4.5 stars

*Shock horror* this is my first Robyn Carr novel, my friend Karen who guest reviews here loves Carr's Virgin River and Thunder Point series but I've just not found the time to start despite her encouragement. I know, I know I'm missing out. Four Friends has a similar feel to Susan Mallery's Three Sisters, my favourite in her Blackberry Island series. Where the things I love ... family dynamics, friendship, in particular the strength in womens' friendship come together in a way that feel
Feb 28, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it
Robyn Carr has the ability to see how people fit together and understand the intricacies of their relationships. Her new book Four Friends does just that. Four women that live in the same neighborhood form a bond. Each person carries their own insecurities and strengths into the relationships. For me, watching a woman crumble under the weight of life and then seeing her rise up above the weight and become stronger is self affirming.

Gerri a mother, a wife and a social worker feels that the whole
Feb 11, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it
Four Friends
Robyn Carr

What it's all about...'s about four friends and the lives they lead. These four just happen to live in the same neighborhood.

My thoughts after reading this book...

When we first meet these women they are up at 6 ish and power walking. However...soon everyone's lives begin to change and even crumble. Andy finds out her husband is cheating, Gerri finds out her husband has cheated, Sonja falls apart because her husband doesn't want to eat nut meatloaf any more and B
Mar 26, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Marriage, friendship with all their quirks

I love Robyn Carr - her series books and her stand-alone tales. "Four Friends" reminds me of my favorite Carr book, her first one "The House on Olive Street." Strong, engaging women with lots of drama in their lives tell us each of their individual stories.

Carr always makes me feel like I want to be in the middle of her books, making friends with her characters. She does people so well, allowing the reader to see all their quirks, good and bad. Well deve
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