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Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths.

Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on.

Emily, the college drop-out, now has three children that have beco
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Paperback, 327 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Createspace
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Read, Run, Ramble
Circle in the Sand is a wonderful tale of friendship and the things that can pull friends together, but also push them apart.

Jax, Emily, Sage, and Ned have been best friends since they were kids (yes, you read that correctly, Ned), but can their bonds remain strong through the struggles life throws at each of them? Life is different as an adult and secrets are harder to share.

Ned is somewhat an enigma in the story, but he fits in quite perfectly as the pieces all start to fall together. The stor
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Heather -
Jan 06, 2014 Heather - rated it it was amazing
Circle in the Sand
Publication Date January 7, 2014
By Lia Fairchild
Pages 327 paperback
5 Stars
I want to thank Give Me Books for the advanced copy of this book for my honest review.
Synopsis:
Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths.

Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on.

E
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Jessmc
Sep 01, 2015 Jessmc rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the multiple narrator, when it is done well. It is done very well in this book. Each character, Jax, Ned, Sage, and Emily had their own voice which made them all interesting to read.

I like the idea that your family is who you make it out if. Not all blood relatives are real family, and sometimes friends become more of a family than you expect. These four friends are the perfect example. Lifelong friends that pick up immediately where they left off no matter how long it's been.
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Donna Fasano
Mar 07, 2014 Donna Fasano rated it it was amazing
Friends are the family you choose for yourself. It's a wonderful saying… and it's true. CIRCLE IN THE SAND is a book that perfectly captures this idea. By the end of the book, I knew this circle of friends; I understood them; I empathized with each and every one. I could see bits of me in them, and I fell in love with them. This would be a perfect book club book because, I think, each reader will identify with a different character, and that would certainly churn up a lot of lively discussion. ...more
Jane Hunt
Jan 20, 2014 Jane Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Circle in the Sand is an extraordinary story about ordinary people. The idea of childhood friends keeping their friendship alive as their lives took them in different directions appealed to me.

I like the writing style which gives a first person perspective from each of the four main characters Emily, Jax, Ned and Sage. The informality allows you to connect with the characters immediately so you feel less that you are reading the
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Heather
Jan 21, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I received it in return for an honest review. It was my first Lia Fairchild book. I have not read a lot of contemporary, so it was a new genre and a new author, but I am so glad I read it. I really liked that you hear the stories through the four main characters, and the past and present is explored. I also loved how strong and real the relationships in the book felt. My impression of each character changed as I read more of the book because I learned more about ...more
Shirley Worley
Jun 03, 2016 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
This lighthearted and engaging story revolves around four life-long best friends and their gallant struggle to maintain their collective relationship as they travel different paths in life. As each person copes with relationships, family, demanding jobs, and missed opportunities, their desire to remain as close as adults is proving to be a challenge. Twists and turns abound as each person wrestles with their own secrets and an aging grandmother passes along important life lessons she regrettably ...more
Shellys♥ Journal
Circle in the Sand tells the story of four long-time friends(Jax, Sage, Ned and Emily) as they revisit their bonds and friendship during 30 something crises of discovering who and what they really are. Each of them, in their own way, stands on a cross road of choices that will impact them for the long term. Are they bold enough to step out and beyond and push through the barriers that are holding them back?

I found this book to be a nice, light Chick litty/women's fiction read. The plot pulled me
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Clare O'Beara
Mar 15, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it liked it
Shelves: america-romance
This lively modern lifestyle story is mostly set in San Diego, with surfer dudes, barbecues and balmy air. A brother and sister and two lady friends have been close for twenty years, and they share troubles and some - but not all - of their secrets.

Circle in the Sand is not a typical romance but has romantic aspects and will appeal to people who like reading depth of characterisation. The tensions are emotional rather than arising from action. I found that the switching between characters for e
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Lia Fairchild
May 22, 2015 Lia Fairchild added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Sue1958
Sep 08, 2014 Sue1958 rated it really liked it
** I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author for my honest review**

I have read a couple of Lia Fairchild's books before so I was eager to read this one.
I could tell from the blurb it was one that would interest me, so got stuck in.

At the beginning I had to stay with it as I need to piece who was who together and what was what, but it all soon came together like a good jigsaw puzzle making up a lovely picture.
I found it a very easy pleasant read, I chuckled, and in some places felt
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Maria
Jul 25, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it wholeheartedly. On the surface, it's a story about friendship that has lasted over many years, but underneath, it's so much more. As a high school teacher I often read young adult "coming of age" books, but this is the first time I have encountered such a novel centered around adults. Each of the characters is well developed and each faces a life decision. The beauty of this novel is that Fairchild addresses each in an organic manner so that none of it ...more
Jim
Apr 13, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
The characters make this story special. I quickly became attached to them, and soon fell in love. The love that the characters have for one another is heartwarming. Each character has a unique personality, with good and bad traits, that allows them to quickly become real in the mind of the reader.

The story is also heartwarming. I enjoy when everything falls into place. Not in a predictable way, but in a way that feels right when the story is fully told. When you take the reader on a journey ful
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Shandra Torbett
Jan 31, 2014 Shandra Torbett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
-A Journey Through All Stages Of Life - One Everyone Should Take!-

I would like to start by saying that I feel privileged to have gotten the opportunity to read this book. It's rare that a book perfectly encapsulates a life, much less five of them, and it's a precious, beautiful experience to feel as if one has taken a journey with both the author of a work as well as with their characters.

Circle in the Sand was very much a journey for me.

I entered into reading this book with no set expectations,
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Colleen
Jan 07, 2014 Colleen rated it really liked it
I just finished an advanced reader copy of a new book by Lia Fairchild called Circle in the Sand. She is a new author for me so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was feeling daring.

Turns out this book was well worth the risk! With the chapters being told from the point of view of the different characters it really allowed me to understand and connect with each of them.

I really loved how the author portrayed the complicated progress from simple childhood friendships to friends with separate l
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Linda
Aug 22, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circle in the Sand is at its basic a contemporary women’s fiction told through four points of view. Jax, Sage, Emily, and Ned have had a lasting friendship from childhood through to adulthood each leading very different lives, but always connected. Each character is introduced individually in present time and we are given flashbacks of defining moments in each of their lives. Each character is well defined and their journeys are realistic and their situations are believable and vastly different. ...more
Jennifer LaFon - Book Bitches Blog
4.5 stars!

Are you looking to read a realistic book about people you can relate to?? Then this is the one!! Not all books need to have a tragic moment, swoon-worthy scenes, or an extremely inflated HEA. Sometimes it’s ok to just read about the things you live day after day. Friendship being one of those things. This story is about a long standing friendship between four people. Friendship isn’t just about the good times, either, it’s about dealing with the bad and sad times, too. Circle in the Sa
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Jessica Fay
Feb 03, 2014 Jessica Fay rated it liked it
Circle in the Sand is an adorable story where childhood friends grow into adults and the struggles that they all face in their own lives while trying to remain the closest best friends. Emily, Jax, and Sage were inseparable, promising themselves as kids to always be together. 20 years later they try to remain connected even though life has pulled them all in different directions.

Jax always goes out of her way to help those less fortunate, chairties, helping the poor, even taking in college stu
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Circle In The Sand is a nostalgic, tug-at-your-heart-strings, feel-good type of read. It’s nostalgic in the sense that while reading this amazing life journey amongst four lifelong friends, you can’t help but reminisce and think back to your closest lifelong friends. The similarities the characters have to your life, the experiences, etc… Circle In The Sand makes you feel. It’s real life. Every situation in this book is relatable, something either ourselves
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Amy
Jan 06, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
* I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

a bittersweet story of friendships and family!

When I started reading this book I was a little confused by the character that started it off
"where does he fit into all this" "what's his story" but the more I read the more I started to understand and all the pieces started to fall perfectly into place! The characters Jax, Emily,
and Sage are three very different girls on different paths in their lives but they have one thi
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BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Nov 20, 2014 BooksandBeyondFiftyShades rated it really liked it
When four lifelong friends Emily, Sage, Jax, and Ned reunite, things just seem different. None of the friends are on the path that they believe they would be on when they were younger. Emily has a family, which causes her massive amounts of stress. Sage works at a bank and a promotion that she desperately wants does not seem to be in her future. Jax is a jack of all trades, working at a tattoo shop, volunteering at a soup kitchen, and renting her rooms out in her mother’s house to strangers. ...more
Mia
Jul 22, 2014 Mia rated it really liked it
This book is the one literature lovers are constantly looking for…It’s the one that satisfies their needs for a good book..

Circle in the sand practically screams quality from the first page..It is sensational…If you’re looking for beauty, then this is it..

The book is written by multiple POVs (Ned, Sage, Jax and Emily)..When I saw that, I have to admit I was very wary, since it’s a tactic that rather does the authors harm than good. But this is not the case with Lia and I was very happy about tha
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Cathy Speight
May 08, 2014 Cathy Speight rated it really liked it
I’m no stranger to Lia’s writing. She’s a multi-faceted writer who can turn her hand to contemporary fiction, crime thrillers, chick lit and short stories.

This was a story about four people, bound by a long-standing friendship, a friendship that's tight and unbreakable. Adulthood and circumstances has meant four very different paths have been followed, but the binds that tie can never be broken. The four are Jax, Sage and twins Emily and Ned. We catch up with them at a time when each has reached
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Deb
Mar 04, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book ever by Lia Fairchild but it won't be my last! ...I won ‘Circle in the Sand’ therefore I had a clean slate & am a very open-minded person, but this exceeded my expectations! ... In my own words, this is my honest review as an avid lover of fiction with contemporary romance and drama! ... Make sure you have time to read this coz you won’t want to put it down once you get started!

I would say if you like books by Luanne Rice, Nancy Thayer or Elin Hilderbrand (just to name
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Beccie
Apr 30, 2014 Beccie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was asked to read and review “Circle in the Sand” by Lia Fairchild. I really enjoyed this story that revolves around 4 friends. The chapters are told from the alternating pov’s of Emily, Sage, Jax, and Ned. The story reminded me a lot of watching an extended episode of Friends (which is still my favorite TV show). I like how Lia had a little mysterious secret going on and it kept me reading to see if my hunch was correct...(it was)! I think there’s at least one of these characters that any ...more
Jeff LaFerney
Jan 07, 2014 Jeff LaFerney rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced reading copy...maybe so Lia Fairchild could get a feel for what a male reader would think. I've read three of her other books, so I wasn't afraid to dive in and test the waters. This book is heavy on characterization, but Fairchild is a master at developing outstanding characters. One man and three women, best of friends since childhood, have reunited to tell their stories. Each takes a turn narrating, so I was able to get to know the characters inside and out. It's a ...more
Bibi Paterson
Jan 21, 2014 Bibi Paterson rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of the story; four points of view, four friends each at a crossroads in their lives and the potential for their friendship to move in very different directions.

The story flows very well with each character bringing their own spin on events, both past and present, ensuring that the tale moves at a good pace. By the end of the book I felt like I was part of the circle and my only disappointment was that I wanted to know more about each character and I wanted them to be my frien
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Melanie Adkins
Jan 09, 2014 Melanie Adkins rated it really liked it
Ned, Jax, Emily and Sage have been friends for twenty years. They are family. As they got older though they did grow apart. Trying to recapture the closeness they had before, they learn new things about each other. It's tough for them to come to grips with it all and in time they will. Sage's grandmother gives them all a new perspective when looking at life. Will they learn the lesson Sage's grandmother wants them too?

This is an easy read. A fantastic story and characters that are well defined
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Carter Ashby
Jan 12, 2015 Carter Ashby rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming character study revolving around four very well-drawn, realistic characters. I can't imagine anyone reading this and not being able to relate to at least one of the characters. For me, it was Emily. If you're a mom, you're going to thoroughly relate to Emily. Sometimes it was like I was reading my own biography.

My favorite quote is from Jax: "This is what I live for--the opportunity to meet an interesting soul. It's the reason we're on this earth: to love,
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Brandi
Jun 25, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I recieved a free copy in exchange for honest review.

A group of 4 friends have endured many of the trails and changes that come with life. Follow along with Sage, successful career woman who may have money, but feels like she is missing something special in her life; Jax, free spirit who has a big heart and big secret; Emily, Mommy over achiever who looks to be in control of it all, but is compensating behind closed doors; and Ned, twin to Emily and over all good guy who loves his "girls" and wo
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