When I was approached to read Four Friends by Robyn Carr, I jumped at the chance. I’ve only read Virgin River by Robyn Carr but I remember enjoying it immensely. I wanted to give Robyn Carr another chance and so I took the opportunity to read it.
I enjoyed Carr’s writing style quite a bit. She has a light and fast clipped pace. The book did drag in a few places but as soon as I would get close to being distracted, the perspective would change and catch my interest again. I enjoyed the characters but couldn’t really relate to them. I’m 29 and don’t have children. My husband and I have been together for ten years and married for seven. Gerri, Andy, and Sonja are in their forties with the perhaps the exception of BJ. I don’t know that her age was ever discussed. These women have their careers and lives together except, apparently, where their marriages are concerned. I enjoyed the characters but just couldn’t really connect to them. It was one of those situations where I felt like I was reading about someone rather than being right there with them.
My other issue with Four Friends is that you sort of have to suspend belief to get through the first quarter of the book, or at least I did. If you are in any kind of relationship, you know that you have issues that come up. Some are the big ones; those life changing issues. Mostly though they are little things that are easily surmountable. The big ones will either strengthen your relationship or sink it. It was a little hard to believe that within three days the three friends are all staring divorce in the face. They all went from being happy in their marriages to everything falling apart and things looking pretty grim. If you can get past that, you’ll most likely enjoy the book. I had a few times where I laughed out loud. I enjoyed the warm fuzzies I got after finishing the book but it isn’t a book that’s going to stick with me for forever.
This book is meant for readers who enjoy the the depths and nuances of female friendship; for readers who enjoy strong women who deal with their trials and come out the other side better people. While this book didn’t rock my socks off, I’m going to continue to read Robyn Carr’s novels. She writes with a whit and pace that I can really appreciate.