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Between Friends

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A comedy of village customs, manners, marriages and affairs. Past experience leads Tessa to suspect that her husband is having another affair, and a chance remark over mid-morning coffee indicates that things may be even worse than she thought. By the author of The Quiet War of Rebecca Sheldon.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Transworld (first published February 1st 1994)
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Apr 14, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Women have very complex relationships with those around them. Especially the other women in their lives.

We marry men, we raise children, but it's our relationships with our friends that help keep us rooted to this earth.

What would you do to keep those roots healthy? What would you do to save them?
Jan Bailey
Feb 08, 2016 Jan Bailey rated it liked it
An enjoyable light read with pleasant characters. Rather stereotypical of village life at times - the nouveau riche would-be squire type, the newcomers who try to take over etc. If you are a WI member it'll drive you mad that Ms Rowntree didn't do her research properly and has WI meetings weekly as opposed to monthly!
Feb 09, 2016 Evie rated it liked it
Ok, but you find yourself asking, 'why?'
Teresa D
Terribly British,very stiff upper lip !
Jayne Charles
Aug 02, 2011 Jayne Charles rated it liked it
Not a bad book, but a bit over-studied, and a bit careful. There were flashes of superb writing - the scene at the crematorium, and the scene where Rose calls at what was the cottage where she grew up, but what is now just someone's hallway, spring to mind in particular. The plot itself was a llittle bit Woman's Weekly, perhaps - not chick-lit but not quite Nobel Prize for Literature either. Somewhere in between.
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, read-2004
Tessa and Maddy are peacefully drinking coffee, when a chance remark turns Tessa's world upside-down. The book follows her thoughts as she decides what to do, as well as following the lives of local folk in the village. Very moving with a little humour now and again. Recommended.
Aug 27, 2012 Eleni rated it it was amazing
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I would have smacked a certain skank around and divorced the husband - dropping both from my life. Tess is MUCH too kind and forgiving.
Michele Kallio
Mar 12, 2012 Michele Kallio rated it liked it
BETWEEN FRIENDS is a delightful social comedy set the fictional village of Wychwood, England.
Joyce Dunlop
Nov 08, 2012 Joyce Dunlop rated it it was amazing
I love this book and like to re-read in the autumn.
Jun 12, 2009 Michele rated it liked it
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British Aga-saga story set in a village.
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Kathleen Rowntree was born in Northumberland, brought up in Lincolnshire, studied music and English at Hull University and is now living with her husband in Oxfordshire. She taught for some years before she began to write. When asked what her novels are about she usually replies with one word: 'relationships'. Her explorations of human foibles and tangles lead reviewers to use words like sharp, sh ...more
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