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Between Friends by [Harper, Jenny]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Length: 320 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Though Jenny Harper was born in India and grew up in England, she lives in Edinburgh and loves Scotland and all things Scottish. Her Heartlands series is contemporary women's fiction with bite: complex characters facing serious issues. She is married to former MSP Robin Harper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (11 Feb. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0191ODPPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Between Friends is a contemporary Women's fiction read set in Edinburgh. Three friends; Marta, Jane and Carrie have been friends for a long time. When an old flame comes to Edinburgh for the arts festival their friendship is tested to the limits.

Jane is married to Jake, he's currently unemployed, she'd like a baby. Carrie is a career women and likes to be in control of her relationships. Jane is married to Neal and has three children and a busy chaotic life, yet all this is turned upside down when Marta invites Tom to a surprise dinner and offers him a place to stay.

Tom is Jane's ex and he's Carrie's ex and he's about to cause a rift for Marta too. Old wounds are opened, new wounds are made and Tom believes he can carry on as he pleases while others suffer.
I enjoyed how each women worked through her insecurities and found the strength to pull together in the end.

This is a book about the strength of relationships, with a feel good ending.
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Marta, Jane and Carrie. Three women who have been friends from school. They now live in the same city but have very different lives. One is the mother of three children, another a career woman and the third holding down a job in tourism while still hopeful of conceiving a child. The one thing which has held steady over the years is their strong bond of friendship…until the day Marta sees someone from long ago walk into the small cafe where she is having coffee. Actor Tom Vallely, a handsome, charismatic man who has just hit forty, has a shared history with all three women. Currently starring in an Edinburgh Fringe production he is in need of somewhere to stay. Kind hearted Marta offers him her spare room and invites him to a dinner party she has already arranged with Jane and Carrie. What Marta is unaware of is what happened between her two friends and Tom. Connections which they have both kept secret from her and each other over the years.Quite innocently she has just let a fox into the hen house…

Tom’s arrival is like a pebble being tossed into a pool. The ripples spread, affecting every aspect of the women’s’ lives. Marta is unaware of the nature of his history with her two friends. As they both desperately try to keep the past away from the present she finds Tom’s presence affecting her own relationship with husband Jake. Tom’s return inevitably forces secrets to the surface. He is quite the most unpleasant character I have ever met in a book. He’s arrogant, selfish and a bully. He is totally unscrupulous in his dealings with the three women – in his dealings with anyone actually! Breezing through life he takes advantage of his good looks not only to take what he wants but as a sexual predator using women and casting them aside once their usefulness is at an end.
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This book goes to show that you can be friends for years but still have secrets that will rock the relationships to the core and all trust can be ripped apart.

Three ladies, Marta, Carrie and Jane met at school, nothing spectacular about any of them just your normal women living life to the best of their ability. All at fairly different stages, one married with three kids, one the aspiring career woman and one longing for a baby.

They all live in Edinburgh and seem to take each other for granted until the fateful day that Marta bumps into Tom, a blast from the past who seems to be down on his luck so she invites him to stay in the spare room for a while. It slowly unravels that all the women have a connection to Tom unbeknown to the others .. how far can he play them, what havoc can he wreak and will he succeed in ruining potentially all of them.

This is easy to read, plods along at a steady pace, the characters are well written but I’m not sure I would want to be friends with any of them. It’s a fascinating look at how love and friendship if treated correctly can indeed be a wonderful support if you work together as one force instead of pulling apart.

Thanks to the author and Brook Cottage Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
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When Marta invites aspiring actor and old friend Tom to stay for a week, little does she realise what an impact it will make on so many lives.

I really enjoyed reading Between Friends. I thought the characters were believable and well rounded, although I thoroughly detested Tom from the beginning and he brought out very negative reactions in me as a reader to the point where I would have liked to meet him and slap his face! I found the way Jenny Harper uncovered the back stories of Carrie, Jane and Marta very skilful so that I felt I knew them well and I cared about what happened to them.

The setting of Edinburgh worked extremely effectively so that while there was continuity of place for the action, there was also a variety of setting to engage the reader. Reading ‘Between Friends‘ has made me want to visit the city for myself.

The plot romps along and I enjoyed the twists and turns along the way. There are also some big themes entertainingly explored such as friendship, loyalty, love and relationships of all kinds, including those within families and marriages. It would spoil the plot to reveal too much more about some of the issues raised in reading Between Friends, but all three women have their own demons to face too.
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