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Husbands May Come and Go But Friends Are Forever

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The story takes place in Northern California, in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends—five feisty women wh ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 27th 2009 by Kelso Books
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Jan 09, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever
Author: Judith Marshall
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Elizabeth Reilly Hayden is about to learn the true meaning of love, friendship and loyalty. The Vice President of Human Resources of Tekflex, her job is meaningful, stressful and presently she has to create severance packages for many employees. Hard, not very rewarding but yet, it needed to be done. With the help of her assistant Rita, Elizabeth gets through it. Elizabeth has a special relationship with
Cathy Speight
Jul 11, 2011 Cathy Speight rated it really liked it
This is a moving, but delightful story of six girlfriends, now in their 50s who have known each other since high school. When tragedy strikes one of their close circle, fond memories of the group’s past are awakened. Reminisces of how the six met, how their friendship was forged, their hilarious antics, the navigation through the minefield of boys, men and marriages and many husbands are interwoven into the narrative of the present now shrouded with sadness; these memories are seamlessly knitted ...more
Sandy Wolters
Aug 02, 2012 Sandy Wolters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book: Husbands May Come And Go But Friends Are Forever
Author: Judith Marshall
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit
Length: Approximately 443 Pages

A beautiful book about friendship between women.

I want to preface my review of HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER by JUDITH MARSHALL by stating that this is not a male bashing book. While it does discuss divorce, it also has a wonderful, loving relationship in it.

Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a 60-year-old vital woman that is set in her ways
Kate Brauning
May 15, 2012 Kate Brauning rated it really liked it
Husbands May Come and Go But Friends Are Forever by Judith Marshall is an enjoyable, thought-provoking look at the strength of friendship. The central storyline revolves around the journey to a friend's funeral, but much of the story is told through flashback and memories. Though at times undeniably sad, the story is a positive, hopeful one. Friendships carry on. Love built over decades carries on, in spite of failed marriages, job losses, insecurities, and betrayals. What surprised me about thi ...more
B. Lynn
Nov 12, 2010 B. Lynn rated it it was amazing
What happens when tragedy strikes a group of women over fifty who have been friends since high school? Judith Marshall explores this question and the depths to which friends can go for one another in her debut novel, Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever.

The story centers around Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden, a divorced mother of two, whose
world is rocked when she loses her job, a significant other, and a friend from high school in the same week. She travels to Lake Tahoe with her friends
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although the book doesn’t start with a bang, it slowly begins to draw you in after a few chapters – until you either can’t put it down or constantly find yourself going back for more. The story centres on a group of women just about to hit their sixties, focusing on their friendships and lives together. Elizabeth is the extremely strong and driven main character, who is forced to deal with two major events in quick succession, and the storyline sees how she copes with the situations she now find ...more
Jennifer Walker
Jan 17, 2012 Jennifer Walker rated it it was amazing
It's rare that I come across a book that touches me so deeply as Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever. Not only did I read this 429 page book in three days, something I rarely have the time or desire to do, but I felt myself so enraptured by Liz's world that I couldn't seem to draw myself out of it...and I didn't want to.

This book had me examining my own life, which is an effect few books have on me. Expertly written, perfectly paced, and painfully poignant, this book brought me to
Jul 04, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judith has a way with words that make you feel like your watching a movie as the story unfolds. Its a compelling story about 6 women who became friends in high school and stayed friends their whole lives until tragedy strikes.They gather for the funeral and we see their memories/flashbacks that the story weaves in both the present and the past in a wonderful way making it a "hard to put down" book. Powerful and moving story, very well told, even funny in parts.
Carolyn Waring
Sep 02, 2009 Carolyn Waring rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Carolyn by: The author.
Lucky me! I had the opportunity to read this book pre-publication. What a great debut novel. The protagonist, Liz, loses her job, long-time lover, and dearest friend - in one week! She and her friends - four women she's been close to from high school through menopause - explore the mysterious and untimely death of one of the group. This is a great testimony to the importance of friendship in coping with major life events.
Kate Mathias
Aug 02, 2012 Kate Mathias rated it liked it
This delightful tale about six childhood friends comes to life through the author’s witty and humor filled writing. It is easy to get lost in Liz’s story that is told by flashbacks and memories. Readers will be able to identify easily with one or more of the women’s stories and their trials and tribulations. Judith Marshall delivers a captivating, fast paced story that leaves the reader touched and filled with optimism.--Kate Mathias Author of Worlds Apart
Jul 03, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
I won this book in a drawing and am really glad I did. To me, it was a very sad book, had me crying quite often, but in the next instant it would be very uplifting. This book makes you think about your life and I really enjoyed the ending. It shows that even when things are going bad you shouldn't give up because you don't know what is around the next corner.
Jun 08, 2016 Gina rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, all of us women that have girlfriends will be able to relate to the characters and the roles which many friends will fit in as well as the actions, personalities and true friendship. You'll laugh, giggle, cry and feel for these women that could very well be your best friends. It's definitely a book I share with my friends, sisters and will read again.
Deborah Kramb
Jun 03, 2015 Deborah Kramb rated it liked it
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I wanted to read about long time friendships - but instead read about a bunch of dysfunctional women who are friends.
Aug 07, 2010 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining story about friendships and relationships. Reminded me of my relationships with several of my old high school friends that I am still in touch with.
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