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Lost Along The Way by Erin Duffy

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I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars

I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Jane, Cara, and Meg have been best friends since they were kids. They pledged that nothing would ever come between them. When Jane gets married and doesn’t invite her friends, the cracks that were beneath the surface start to break through and the three friends end up drifting apart. When Jane’s husband is arrested for defrauding his clients, she is left alone with no money and no one to turn to. She decides to find solace in her childhood friends but things aren’t they way she left them. Can they rebuild their friendship or is the hurt too deep?

A total chick-lit book, I actually found it enjoyable. It’s not a genre I read a lot of or have much luck in, but I am glad I won it because I did like it more than I thought I would. It’s a story of friendship and how life doesn’t always go the way we plan. Totally relatable in that sense. The characters were well developed and each had their own distinct personalities that made them so much different from the others. You could understand why they were friends but could also understand why rifts would form. Jane is the wild child, Meg is the level headed responsible one, and Cara was actually somewhere in-between in my opinion. I found them all to be likable in their own way, although there were moments when I wanted to reach into the book and shake each one at different times throughout the story. They come together after years apart due to them each having their own problems within their marriages and to heal old wounds that were left to fester between them. A lot of their moments together were them having to admit things they didn’t want to, confront each other over hurt feelings, and ultimately face the life they currently have so they could each make some tough decisions. I liked the fact that the story didn’t end with everything all wrapped up with a pretty little bow. There are still things that each woman has to face that didn’t get resolved because, let’s face it, life is never that easy, but you are left with knowing that they are on the right track and now understand how important their friendship is to each other. The added humor helped to tone down the tale a bit so you don’t end up feeling heavy with emotion since there are people who could relate to each of the characters and their circumstances, especially Meg and Cara.

If you like women’s fiction and are looking for a nice, easy read about friendship and hardships, I would recommend this book.

Total pages: 328, paperback

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Lost Along The Way

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Lost Along The Way

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This entry was posted on July 11, 2016 by in Books I've read and tagged , , .
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