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To My Best Friends [Kindle Edition]

Sam Baker
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Praise for To My Best Friends:

‘You’ll need someone to discuss it with as soon as you’ve turned the final page, and make sure you have tissues to hand.’ The Independent on Sunday

‘Conceptually brilliant and exceptionally moving.’ Rachel Johnson, The Lady Magazine

‘I cried buckets, this book is amazing’ Melissa Hill (Author)

“a bittersweet tale of friendship, frocks and very modern families." **** The Sun's Buzz magazine

"A warm, wise page-turner that has the wit of Sex And The City and the emotion of P.S. I Love You." Red (Top ten beach reads – august issue)

"An exploration of the power and pitfalls of female friendship, it's both funny and moving." The Culture Edit, Net-a-porter.com

“Heartfelt."**** Star

‘To My Best Friends is smart, poignant and real.’ Heat

‘I finally got round to reading the book (not for want of trying) and love it.’ Lauren Laverne

‘a warm, inspiring story about love, friendship and letting go.’ Good Housekeeping

‘an emotional, life-affirming novel about the power of female friendships.’ Grazia

‘There aren't many books that can make me properly sob, but this is one of them. Cleverly structured, To My Best Friends is a grown-up tale of love and loss that got me thinking about the complicated nature of female friendship, with all its joys and sorrows. Sam Baker's writing is humane and life-affirming’ Jojo Moyes

‘Sam Baker has written a glorious hymn to one of the strongest, yet most underestimated loves in life – that of the woman for her girlfriends. You will love this book, I promise ’ Allison Pearson

‘really engaging and entertaining, a really good read’ Jane Fallon

‘A gorgeous indulgence of a novel. Full of friendship, flirting and frocks. It’s irresistible’ Adele Parks

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Nicci Morrison was always the first of her friends to do everything…

But she wasn't meant to be the first to die.

Saying goodbye is never easy, but at least Nicci has one last chance to make a difference before she goes. She’s decided to leave letters giving her most treasured possessions to her closest friends.

To her single friend Mona she bequeaths her husband David, little knowing her best friend found The One a long time ago…To childless Jo, Nicci leaves the care of her three-year-old twin daughters. Jo however is finding it hard enough to cope with the fortnightly arrival of her stepsons. To Lizzie she leaves her garden. But while Lizzie is loyally tending Nicci’s plants, the parts of her own life that are in desperate need of attention are falling by the wayside.

But Nicci didn’t always know best, and she couldn’t
have imagined the changes and challenges her letters set in motion for the loved ones she’s left behind.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1309545461
  • Publisher: Harper (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YD5WJI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Hampshire, Sam Baker studied politics at Birmingham University. She has been editor of Just Seventeen, Minx, Company and Cosmopolitan in the UK, and is now editor-in-chief of Red. She lives between Winchester, Hampshire and central London with her husband, the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and has one step-son.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, engrossing, moving - a real treat 1 Jun 2011
By Sukie VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Nicci Morrison has always been the lynch-pin holding her best friends - Jo, Lizzie and Mona - together. She, along with her husband David and twin girls, is the centre of their circle of friends, loving to have everyone around her for Sunday dinners and big occasions, and not shy of dishing out advice about fashion, relationships and anything else at the drop of a hat. So when she dies tragically young, her best friends are cut to the quick and mourn her loss. But Nicci, being Nicci, has already anticipated this, and leaves them each letters containing the most unusual bequests.
To childless Jo, Nicci leaves the duty of mothering her little girls. To unhappy Lizzie, Nicci leaves the care of her neglected garden. And to Mona, Nicci leaves the duty of loving her husband David...

'To My Best Friends' is well-written and full of spot-on observations about friendship, love and family. The plot structure is clever and original, and every character has an interesting, well-thought-out storyline. I loved the fashion reminiscences that stylish Nicci's wardrobe of clothes threw up, along with the depths in Nicci's character that were gradually uncovered. All in all, a great read, and thoroughly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally smart, absorbing read 14 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
So many parallels with real life: this novel is inhabited by believable characters you feel you know after just a few chapters. An absorbing storyline which surprised in ways that were emotionally satisfying. I stayed up too late to continue reading; I was late for work the next day in order to finish it. And days later the characters are still in my head. Reading it was a beautiful, heart-wrenching experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beachreadtastic! 31 May 2011
By Angel TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you are looking for the perfect holiday read, you've come to the right place. This book asks, and answers a question that most women will understand "Do you ever know your best friends as well as you think?". The story involves the friends of the deceased Nicci who has bequeathed her most precious possessions, namely her garden, her children and her husband to her best friends, Mona, Lizzie and Jo.

I found that Nicci was as real a character as I've come across in novels of this genre, despite it being clear from the very first few lines of the book that she has died. Totally stylish and seemingly having it all in her life, once she has died, her three friends and also her husband David will find out that they didn't know as much as they thought they did. Whilst grieving, and going through the wardrobe that is the catalogue of her life, it's revealed that there is more to her, and as life starts to go on they will realise there is a reason each of them has been entrusted with the area they have as, beyond the grave, Nicci seems to be directing things her way.

This book, despite some of the subject matter inevitably being rather sad, is a light and interesting read. I found all the characters believable and the dialogue was very real. There were moments of humour and the portrayal of contemporary family life in the various households in this book rang very true. Though I didn't find the direction the plot took that surprising, it was satisfying and the book was well paced and written throughout.

I really enjoyed this book and will probably read it again - recommended, this is I should think set to be one of the must-buy holiday reads of this year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Friends Forever 31 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Sam Baker creates real characters - that could be your best friends too, I'm sure. The concept of this story is really original. Nicci Morrison bequeaths her most treasured people to her best friends, the friends that have taken her through thick and thin. The friends that she trusts because they represent stability. Of course this has its drawbacks, that was what Sam intended and it made for a genius twist. It encompassed love and loss and how friendship can get you through most things, no matter how hard they are to deal with.

To My Best Friends, as you can imagine, is as good as getting a group of your best girls around, opening the wine and dips and having a good old girlie gossip. It's fun, original and fresh. The characters are really rounded, nothing out of the ordinary, which makes them so likeable. But, for me, it was Sam's knowledge and love of fashion that made the book extra special. Dipping into memories to tell us about the different fashions gone by was a great idea and enabled me to recognise Nicci as a character too. I also liked the way that Sam so easily got inside the heads of her male characters. The emotion, from both sexes, spilled out way beyond reading between the lines.

My only criticism is that I didn't want the book to end and could quite easily have continued in the lives of Mona, David, Lizzie and Jo, and their kids. Which I always find is the best compliment I can give.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tell your Friends about this! 24 May 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The book begins with a very poorly Nicci starting write her letters to her friends, and so the book does start with a fairly depressing tone. Soon after this, it cuts to Nicci's funeral and aftermath so for a few pages there really isn't anything that happy about it which was odd yet I was strangely compulsed to keep reading. Due to Nicci dying so early on, we don't get to know her as a character at all, only through the memories of her friends, which are interspersed throughout the present day story, and are flashbacks relating to certain items of Nicci's clothing that are special to her, and I really loved the way Baker approached this style of telling Nicci's story. It was also a look back at the other characters too, which was interesting comparing them to their current personas.

The other 3 female characters were easy to follow because they were all so different. Yes, they are all Nicci's friends but that is where the similarities end really - Mona is a single mum, working hard to provide for her young son whilst hiding a huge secret from her friends, one she knows they won't approve of. Lizzie is married but very unhappily so, and desperately wants to have children. Jo is a step-mother, something she loves, and the accountant for Nicci's clothing shop but she really wants a child of her own with her husband. I love how Baker weaves all these stories together, the characters were all very likeable, and had their own problems to deal with, as well as the passing of their best friend. It affects them all in very different ways which I think was a realistic representation of such an event, and as such you can sympathise with the women and how they all deal differently with how life turns out after Nicci's death.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story but nobody is perfect!
I found this book slow moving at the beginning because not a lot seemed to happen. It did get more interesting and in the end I quite enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Skaty Katie
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
One of those books that must have sounded really ace and romantic in the authors head but in fact was dull and boring. Sorry. Not my thing.
Published 16 months ago by Grace-Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it..... A must read!
I loved this book. It was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad. I agree with other reviews that it took me a little while to sort the characters out in my head, but once... Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by Tilly Tompkins
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
took me a few chapters to get into but when i got who was who i couldn't put it down
Published on 17 April 2012 by Roxitini
5.0 out of 5 stars For every woman who has had a good girl friend
I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first Sam Baker book I have read. The way Nicci's three best friends (and her husband) cope with her loss, and the peculiar legacies that she leaves... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by Jill Besterman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! Highly recommend
I settled down to this book with a glass of wine on a Friday night and became totally immersed in the world of Nicci, Jo, Lizzie and Mona. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Pollo
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit weak...
This is the first book by Sam Baker that I have read - it is a very easy read, the characters all interact very well but you never really get to know them. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Janine Routley
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Love
I just finished 'to my best friends' this is the first book in years i have not been able to put dwn. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by newbookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Initially I found To My Best Friends hard to get into but I persevered and it was certainly worth it. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by RM Brown
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