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“There’s no bigger name in women’s fiction than Barbara Delinsky.”

Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

 

A beloved classic from Barbara Delinsky, More Than Friends is a powerful and unforgettable story of friendship, love, and forgiveness, emotionally vibrant and populated with truly memorable characters. “A first-rate storyteller” (Boston Globe) whose New York Times bestselling no
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by William Morrow (first published 1992)
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Dinjolina
This author made a big crime while writing this book:
The crime of a stupid premises.
The premises that tells us Sam and Take had sex but did not want to have sex with one another. Sam imagined his wife and Take Grady.
Sorry, what?
Yeah, that’s what I said.

"I made love with you, but it was her body I used."
Annie struggled with that thought. It didn't make sense. "But how?
There's no confusing the two of us. Her body's nothing like mine."
"I wasn't looking. So help me God, I didn't see a thing. I was o
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Booklover
Completed this book must say i really did'nt get how can Sam get turned on n have sex with Teke n what a pathetic unbelievable reason though i was doing it with her but i was thinking of you ohh get lost lost will you,Teke less said better she knows she is betraying her best friend ,she made the first step n her reason she was thinking of her first love "Grady" ohh please you wanted to get laid you should have caught a stranger n had sex with him thinking him to be Grady but screwing with your b ...more
Dwayne
Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-copy
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Infidelity, being the ultimate betrayal, is terribly difficult for any couple - let alone family - to face. So imagine if it happens to two very close-knit families: The Maxwells: J.D. and Teke, their children Leigh, Jana and Michael. And the Popes, Sam, Annie, and Jon and Zoe. It all begins one afternoon when Sam and Teke loses themselves in a moment of passion. Worse, Michael walks in on them and runs away, only to get hit by a truck, which results in a com
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Kristen
Jan 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about 100 pages too long and tedious at times. Like many of the other reviewers I had a tough time wrapping my brain around the "I accidentally had sex with your best friend but I was thinking of you" premise. I don't know how I expected it to end but after a lot of whining a it seemed fat bandaid was slapped on the families and everyone was happy. Not her best.
Dawn
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that explores how making the wrong decision in a moment of emotion can change the fabric of your life in a dramatic way. An interesting way to look at the subject of infidelity and make you realize how easy it may be to slip with the right circumstances. I did think the guy got off too easy though.
Jen Rice
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i picked up this book as it was a recommended author similar to jodi picoult, who i have been reading a lot of lately and really enjoy. this book just didnt do it for me. the complete basis of the book wasnt believable. while the aftermath was interesting, i just couldnt get past the event itself. there wasnt enough build up to make me believe it.
JoDee
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pure soap opera, unbelievable coincidences, unrealistic outcomes.But if soap is what you like, then its not bad.
Helen
Oct 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this one in a yard sale!

More than friends tells the story of two couples, Sam and Annie Pope, and J.D and Teke Maxwell. These two couples share everything, but Sam and Teke gave the word "share" a whole new meaning.

Long story short: Sam won a big case (he's a lawyer) and was really exited, so he went to find his wife to share his "excitement" with her. But his wife (Annie) wasn't home. Guess who was home instead? Teke.
Teke was feeling nostalgic about a guy from her past, and when Sam
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Brooke
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a few years ago and decided to read it again (I was out of new stuff on my shelf!). This is book has adult themes and sexual situations. That being said it is another great Barbara Delinsky read. It is a bit dated which shows up at times but the story is well developed and characters are easy to relate to. This story looks at the ramifications of infedelity on two families who have been close friends. I enjoyed watching how the story unfolded and seeing how varied the choices th ...more
Jessica Wirth
I'm giving this a 2 because it was PAINFUL to listen to. Yes, I listened to this rather than read it. The story was okay. Nothing that was particularly moving or will stick with me, but not horrible either. I would NOT recommend ever listening to a book read by Barbara Rosenblat! Four words - MANAGE YOUR SECRETIONS, SILENTLY! It sounded like she was moving spit around in her mouth and every swallow was audible. Whomever approved the distribution of that narration obviously didn't listen to it fi ...more
K.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I enjoyed this audiobook, although it wasn't what I expected: It's definitely women's fiction rather than romance. It does include "renewal" of the love in a long-term marriage, but I didn't consider it had "romantic" elements so much as personal journey stories. Regardless, it was entertaining and engrossing enough to bond to the characters and want to know how all their lives ended up. Got this one off of my "friends" bookshelves (sort of a "concensus" look/see). Thanks buddies! :)
K.
Robin Byrd
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my all time favorite book. I could see alot of realness in this book on how my family would react to situations...it was intense, but funny in parts too....yet it shows that there are many,many things that can happen to families that can be over come...loved this book.
Jennifer
Sep 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
TRASH! read while my sister sleeps by Barbara Delinsky and LOVED the book within the first few chapters it was like reading a trashy
Harlequin novel..didn't finish book
Carrigan Fox
I had a VERY difficult time with this book. I have a hard time sympathizing with characters who cheat on their spouses.
Collette
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my kind of story.
Renee Lentz
Mar 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such a ridiculous plot, this would not happen in life. I'm sorry. Too unbelieveable.
Janet O
Ms Delinsky's books I either really like or not so much. This is a not so much. In More Than Friends, the female characters were weak while the male characters were just too much for me.
Stephanie
Was a good read overall. I was disappointed when the story started with where the author was going with the characters but the ending was wrapped up nicely. I would recommend this book.
Chris
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate Teke... kills the story
NanC
Entertaining but sort of unreal...
Ellie
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Kept your interest as to what would be the characters reactions and decisions.
Had universal themes of love, commitment, honesty, perseverance.
Cary Morton
Review originally posted to Author Unpublished

I had to stop and think a long time about what I was going to say about More Than Friends by Barbara Delinsky—a lot more time than I usually set aside to mull over a book. If you go into this book expecting to find a steamy, heartwarming romance… you aren’t going to find it. Classifying More Than Friends as a romance is a bit of a stretch. Yes, romance is a theme that runs throughout the book… but the book isn’t about romance. This is a story of hear
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Stephanie
Seriously this book didn't make me feel anything but anger and disgust. Yes people make mistakes but the reason behind the affair was rediculous and the characters were shallow and unsympathetic.

Annie and Teke were college roommates, their respecive spouces Sam and J.D. have been friends since childhood and work together at a law firm. One day Teke and J.D.'s son Michael witnesses Teke and Sam getting intimate and feeling betrayed runs into the street and gets struck by a car putting him in a co
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Angie
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel Brand
Initially I thought that the premise of this story was a bit flimsy and unbelievable - the husband from one family spontaneously has an affair with a wife from another - but as I progressed with the book I got sucked into the lives and emotions of the characters and found myself understanding their actions and feelings. Delinsky really has a skill with making you believe in her stories and characters, even here in one of her earlier novels. She seems to be making the cross-over from romance to " ...more
Kristen
(Barely three) After reading the first 25 pages I almost put this book down because I disliked one of the story lines so much. But, I decided to give it a shot and see where the author went with it.

The main characters are Sam, Annie, Teke (Theodora) and J.D. They have been friends since college. Sam is married to Annie. J.D. is married to Teke. Both couples have kids similar in age and have done just about everything together. They seem to be a picture perfect family (of sorts). Maybe a little t
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Jenn
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dinique Brooks
Apr 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Hm... I'm unsure what happened but my previous review has disappeared. So! New one.

This is the first book of Barbara Delinsky that I've forayed into. It's probably going to be the only one. Because as first impressions go? This was shit. So much shit.

Reading this book was the jump point into me steering clear of the majority of chick lit from now on unless extensive research is done first. And I just don't mean the basics. Because when I read the premise, I just knew there was going to be cheati
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Liz McComas
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Beth
I've enjoyed other books by this author, so wanted to give this a shot, despite the mediocre reviews and ratings. In the end, it was --- meh. There were too many characters, and not enough development for some of them. I still can't tell you which kids belong to Sam/Annie and which to JD/Teke, and honestly, I didn't really care about any of the kids as they were irrelevant and/or annoying. JD was a jerk, the story seemed to go on and on in terms of people not forgiving other people for various t ...more
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“The good news was that the newspaper he had ordered was right at his door as promised. The bad news was that he had forgotten to buy milk for his breakfast. So he dumped the cereal back into the box, swept the overflow into the sink, and put second best, a bagel, into the toaster while he read the paper. He was barely past the first page when the toaster started to smoke. He pushed up the handle; the bagel stayed down. Smoke continued to curl toward the ceiling, setting off the fire alarm. Swearing broadly, he silenced it by knocking it down with the handle of the mop that had come in so handy the night before.” 0 likes
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