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Between Friends

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  8,686 Ratings  ·  456 Reviews
Debbie Macomber tells the story of a remarkable friendship--and tells it in a remarkable way. "Between Friends" is a story in which every woman will recognize herself...and her best friend.The friendship between Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski begins in the postwar era of the 1950s. As they grow up, their circumstances, their choices--and their mistakes--take them in vir ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published November 17th 2008 by Mira Books (first published 2002)
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I have been recently chatting with some GRs friends and talking about stories from a different historical era. I love romances that take place during modern times and from the past but I wanted to try something unique and a far cry from I usually read. And,oh my, did I find it with Debbie Macomber’s BETWEEN FRIENDS.

Female friendships are plush terrain for imagination and this narrative was the journey of two women told in an epistolary format. Notes, letters, diary entries, announcements, recei
Jan 29, 2008 Bea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any woman who has a best friend
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Jun 03, 2008 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, womens_fiction
Whoever wrote the blurb on the back was right.. I did recognize myself and my best friend in this book. She was the one that married right after high school and started her family soon after. I was the one who went off to college. My friend and I aren’t as close as Lesley and Jillian, but those familiar feelings were still there. I really liked the addition of newspaper clippings and bumper stickers and such to the letters. Macomber did an excellent job conveying the feeling of each year as our ...more
Glenda L
Aug 06, 2012 Glenda L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books that Debbie Macomber has written. I loved the letter format and all the history of our country since 1948. Since I was born in 1942, all this brought back memories and made me think what I was doing in those years. Great book!!!This was an ARC copy.
Mar 24, 2013 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Debbie Macomber. But I got out of the habit of reading her books as I got caught up in reviewing books to purchase for the school library. Recently, my book club chose Debbie as an author pick for our February read. We all chose a different book to read. I actually chose God's Guest List (which I will be reviewing later), but Between Friends was one of the many I picked up on a impulse sweep through the library.

This is a quick easy read about a life long friendship. The story is
Katherine Coble
I was in the mood for an epistolary novel and this one topped a lot of people's lists. Sadly, while it was ok as far as stories go it was bad as far as epistolary novels go. The story is told via correspondence. Most of the entries were from one of the two main characters but there are occasional letters from secondary characters or the occasional walk in.

And there's the problem. In an epistolary novel each character should have her own voice. That's pretty much the entire point of an epistolar
Jul 12, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First things first - EVERY woman needs to read this book.  It's that good.  Lesley and Jillian seems so real, their triumphs and tragedies so authentic, their friendship so wonderful, that every woman will be able to relate to this novel.  The idea of telling the story through primary-source material was unique and made for a quick read.  Despite the lack of narrative, the characters became very real.  I loved Nick.  I loathed Buck.  And through it all, I cheered for Lesley and Jillian.  I had t ...more
Sep 12, 2008 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I rate this book a 10+. The way the author wrote this book was interesting. It's all letters and Journal and DIary enteries. It is really good. It's about a friendship of Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski in the postwar era in 1950. As they grow up, their circumstances, their choices-and their mistakes-take them in virutally opposite directions. Lesley gets pregnant and marries young, living a cramped life defined by the demands of small children, not enough money, and unfaithful husband. Jillia ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books written differently -- one reason I liked the Guernsey book so much. It was in the form of letters between various characters. This one is letters, diary entries, excerpts from newspapers, notes passed in class, etc. and I really like something different in the light books I read.

This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Usually, as I read a book, the closer to the end I am, the faster I read. Not this one. I didn't want it to end.

The story to two girls/women and thei
Teresa Grubbs
This book follows two best friends, Jillian and Leslie, from the time they meet in elementary school up until they are women in their 50's who have endured marriage, divorce, miscarriages, births, widowhood, and breast cancer together. You follow their separate lives and their close friendship through correspondence. Great book!
Apr 24, 2014 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between Friends is the 68th stand-alone novel by popular American author, Debbie Macomber. It details the friendship of two women born in the same year in Pine Grove, Washington, over some fifty years. Lesley Adamski and Jillian Lawton have been friends since grade school and continue to support each other as they deal with everything that life dishes out to them, including, but not limited to: births; weddings; loss of parents, siblings children, lovers and spouses, and the attendant funerals; ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Loralee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the lives of Jillian Lawton, the only child of a prominent judge and Leslie Adamski, the oldest daughter in a struggling family that lives "on the wrong side of the tracks." Despite the social and economic differences, they become best friends in first grade.

This book is told in a series of letters, newspaper clippings, diary and journal entries, and eventually e-mails. It shares how each girl's choices as a teenager has an impact on her life. Despite the different choices they
Feb 07, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a compilation of letters sent mostly between two friends. Jillian and Lesley grew up in the state of Washington. It is also letters that they sent to friends, boyfriends, parents and then children. The chapters are divided up by years, beginning with 1948 through to about 2002. I felt an emotional connection between the women in this book, as I walked with them through the best and worst times in their lives. The only way I can describe it is finding a box of letters in the attic o ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and really enjoyed the way it was written, notes, journals, texts announcements and advertisements - different and really easy to pick up and put down. However, because I was on vacation, I kept reading. The women are portrayed as great friends as they were in this book,
yet have gone on very different paths in life, I get it and love it!
The two main characters have been friends since grade school so the story starts there and just
goes right through their life.
Enjoyable, laught
Karen Benson
Dec 29, 2010 Karen Benson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the format of letters, phone calls, emails, dialog and other epherma. There was a huge range of emotions from happiness and heartbreak, and since it spanned over 50 years, it was a bit nostalgic for me. I really enjoyed the "history" bits as well.

I read a lot of Debbie Macomber, but I think this was my favorite. It would make a good bookclub selection lending itself to a lengthy discussion, especially for groups in their 50's & 60's.
Kate Jesson
I usually really enjoy the light sweetness of Debbie Macomber's books. This one is no different. My only complaint was the way she tried to work current events into the letters. It seemed forced, and some of the dates weren't accurate (She put Haley's comet in 1988 at one point). Other than that, it was a light, quick read.
Misty Mayfield
Probably closer to a 2.5. There were moments I liked but it felt like the author had an almanac next to her while she was writing and made sure to include as many historical events as she could. I don't know a single person who writes about presidential elections or floods in the Midwest in their journal the way these 2 characters did. It detracted from the story for me, rather than added to it.
Unless you truly hate epistolary novels, if you are a woman who has ever had a best friend and/or someone who lived through at least 20 of the years from 1960 to 2002, you must read this book. With at least a handful of tissues at the ready!
Aug 11, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a USO while we were in some airport - it was just sitting there and I decided to give it a home. I'm so glad I did - I LOVED this book. I would have given it 5 stars, but I was really upset by the ending. I think it could have had a little bit of a better close to it.
Oct 01, 2011 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently enjoying this book. She's right in her review that it is so much like my own life over the years. I like the way she's written t his one - as letters. Different from her usual style but still an easy, enjoyable read.
Cara Ellis
Jul 27, 2015 Cara Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this!

Love the journey through these two woman's lives... Makes me think of my friends that I have had in my life and how I cherish them.
Susan McClary
Dec 14, 2008 Susan McClary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Mccomber is one of my favorite authors. This book is as wonderful as her other books. It is a must read
Jan 01, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, I loved, I mean LOVED this book. It was a history lesson and a lesson on human nature, friendship and love. Great book!
May 12, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber is a great storyteller. Entertaining, easy reads for relaxing.
Aug 31, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women, baby boomers
Recommended to Joanne by: Katie
I read it in less than 24 hours and it made me cry more than once. It's a walk down memory lane for baby boomers. Best of all, it's about the power of friends.
Nancy Hubbard
Jan 09, 2013 Nancy Hubbard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in less than 12 hours. I truly enjoyed the story of enduring friendships.
Echo Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2017 Echo Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, loved the letter/email style writing through the whole book, heartwarming!
Nov 10, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have always thought that the phrase "women's fiction" was somehow a slight (or not so slight) put down of the kind of stories that women find enjoyable or meaningful. While it is certainly not a universal fact that all women like to read stories about family, relationships, and friendships, it is certainly true that much of the fiction marketed to women as women's fiction is just that. I have mixed feelings about the type of novel that is labeled "women's fiction". Like any other genre, some i ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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