The friendship club

Robyn Carr

Book - 2024

"Celebrity cooking show host Marni McGuire has seen it all. She's been married--twice--and widowed and divorced. Now in her midfifties, she's single. Happily so. She just needs to convince her pregnant daughter, Bella, of this fact. And maybe convince herself, too. Especially after Marni's efforts to humor her determined daughter result in a series of disastrous dates that somehow prompt Marni to wonder if maybe the right man for her is still out there after all. Similarly single, Marni's best friend and colleague is confident she's content without a man, but both older women soon find themselves leading by example as the young intern on their show appears caught in a toxic relationship, and Bella reveals her o...wn marriage maybe isn't built to withstand the stresses of the baby on the way. Suddenly, all four women find themselves at a crossroads, each navigating the challenges of dating, marriage, loneliness and love. Thankfully, they have each other to lean on. The realities of modern love are far from easy, but there's no better group to have in your corner than friends who will lift you up, no matter what, and hold fast in the face of any storm." --

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Subjects
Genres
Domestic fiction
Romance fiction
Published
Toronto, Ontario : MIRA [2024]
Language
English
Main Author
Robyn Carr (author)
Item Description
Includes an excerpt for What We Find (pages 307-330).
Physical Description
330 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780778311881
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Review by Booklist Review

With two streaming television series, Virgin River and Sullivan's Crossing, Carr definitely has a following. This stand-alone novel will offer her fans the same supportive, talented, and kind characters they expect, individuals standing up to abusers and doing their best to make their community a better place. In Breckenridge, Nevada, a suburb of Reno, a syndicated cooking show filmed in Marni's real kitchen has brought several women together. Marni is soon to be a grandmother, courtesy of her daughter, Bella, an attorney. Reclusive Ellen, a fellow chef and co-producer of the show, is befriended by her neighbor, a former firefighter with big dreams. Sophia, the daughter of an agricultural scientist, is a college student interning with the show and caught in what may be a harmful relationship. In the course of a few months, they band together with new men in their lives to protect Sophia and embark on new adventures. Along the way, Carr delves into domestic violence, contemporary agricultural trends, food trends, and wildfires. Readers looking for a good story with relatable characters will be well pleased

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The middling latest from Carr (A Family Affair) follows a Nevada celebrity chef and her friends across the rocky terrain of their love lives. Marni McGuire, 57, has nurtured her culinary empire for decades. Twice married--first to an abusive man who died, then to a husband she divorced for infidelity--she's reluctant to look for love again. Ellen, her business partner of 20 years, shares the sentiment after spending many years caring for her late husband following his debilitating aneurism. Both women are surprised to connect with new men in their lives: Ellen with a retired fireman who's working to start a food truck for families displaced by tragedies, and Marni with a farmer and professor who's the father of her intern Sophia. The women, including Marni's pregnant daughter, rally around Sophia when she reveals she's being stalked by her ex, a situation that gives Marni an opportunity to share a story of her own abuse. While the characters are charming, the story goes in circles and rehashes points that have already been covered. Carr occasionally finds momentum, but stalls too many times to keep the reader on board. This one never takes flight. (Jan.)

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