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Review: That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

4-friendsBook description: Best friends tell each other everything… right?

Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated…

On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.

Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love – but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.

When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

An emotional and uplifting tale of love, secrets and the importance of having a best friend.

My review:

The story centers around two bestfriends, Sam and Louise, who had been together since they were very young and also involves the people around them, especially those who are working alongside them at the market stalls in Hedworth. Each of them have their own set of issues to go through: Sam with her ailing marriage, and Louise with her own love life and also her daughter, Charley.

Seeing that this is the first time I’ve ever read Marcie Steele’s writing, I have to say that it is quite enjoyable. The pacing is just nice, not too slow but not too fast either. The characters were believable, each with their own flaws and sometimes they are annoying that it just grates on my nerves. However, that is the best thing about this book. That is life and it’s the characters that really made the story.

Out of all the storylines, I love the storylines about Louise, Charley and Matt the most. I was kind of annoyed with Louise at times but I do understand where she was coming from. She had Charley when she was very young and did not have a chance to live a full life. For someone like her, it’s bound to be hard. And I really feel for Charley! I want to hug her so much because essentially she is a good kid, but was just misguided with peer pressure and whatnot. I like that the issue of cyberbullying was touched here but I wished that the way it was dealt with was shown in more details. Lastly, Matt. Oh how I wished there was more about Matt in this. He deserves it! We hardly ever get any backstory of him and Louise in the book, just a smattering here and there and frankly, for me that is not enough. But oh well, even with those little bits of him is enough to make me love him.

As for Sam and her husband Recce’s storylines, I wished that the ending wasn’t as it was. We hardly every see Sam trying. All we ever see in the book was Sam not wanting to go back home, dreading to be in her husband’s presence at home, but doing almost nothing to tackle the problem.

Having said that, this is still a pretty good book and I would recommend it to someone who likes their chic lit with a little more heart instead of just straight up fluffy.

I received the ARC from the publisher, Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.

My rating: 4/5 stars

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