Sunday, December 23, 2012

Here's to Friends

Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: David C. Cook
September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6491-1
Genre: Women’s fiction

Once upon a time in a little town on the Oregon coast lived four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever.

Decades later, they're all back home in Clifden and reinventing their lives, but the holidays bring a whole new set of challenges. Abby’s new B&B is getting bad reviews and husband Paul is acting strange. Still grieving for her mom, Caroline is remodeling the family home, but boyfriend Mitch keeps pressuring her to go away with him. Artist Marley, distracted by a friend's family drama (and a touch of jealousy), can't find her creative groove. And Janie’s drug-addicted daughter has just appeared up on her doorstep! When a long-planned New Year's cruise turns into a bumpy ride, they learn once again that, in your fifties, friends aren’t just for fun—they're a necessity!

HERE’S TO FRIENDS is the fourth book in Ms. Carlson’s The Four Lindas Series. This book does not stand alone. Readers will want to read As Young As We Feel, Hometown Ties, and All for One first before starting this story, so they are not completely lost.

Ms. Carlson is a very prolific author, with the ability to write in many different genres. I like some of her books a lot more than others, and this series wasn’t one of my favorites. Maybe because the characters are so much older than I am, I just couldn’t completely relate.

The book is well written, and engaging, the characters facing realistic struggles. I probably could relate to Marley best, as sometimes real life does affect the creative groove. Fans of women’s fiction and women in their mid-fifties or older might enjoy HERE’S TO FRIENDS or this series. $14.99. 320 pages. 

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