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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Movie-Optioned Book Reviewed by Wendy Thomas

Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever
By Judith Marshall

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Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-9825046-0-4

Reviewed By Wendy Thomas Of

In an updated and timely story reminiscent of The Big Chill, this touching and poignant narration of mature women, friends since high school, who come together over the death of one of their group will remain with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Six young very different girls met in high school and at one birthday party decided to form a pact of “no secrets” between them. They remained friends throughout adulthood weathering the storms of divorces, abuse, financial instability, and ultimate success always with brutal honesty and love toward each other.
Liz, the narrator of the story is in turmoil. Her perfect boyfriend has taken a job and asked her to move with him from California to New York. Unwilling to leave her job in corporate Human Resources, as well as her friends, the decision of whether to commit to Sam is made even more complicated when after years of service she is laid off after her company acquires another company making her job redundant. With grown children who have left the house, Liz finds herself, for the first time in her life, anchorless and adrift with no definite destination in site.
The accidental death of Karen, the adventurous risk taker of the group takes them all by surprise as they begin to question their lives, mortality, and what is really important in life.
Skillfully written, this story moves at a steady pace slowly unfolding to give us more and more insight into these convincing and highly likeable characters. The dialog is well done and the characters utterly believable from Gidge the gum-snapping smart aleck who uses her humor as a barrier to others to Jo who through the help and support of her friends found the confidence to escape an abusive marriage.
A touching and realistic story that presents strong characters as credible, thoughtful, and at times frustrated women, this book is spot on. Anyone who has married, had children, or who has struggled with a relationship will be able to relate.
Intelligently crafted, Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever is one of those books you just want to sit down with a glass of wine and have a conversation about it with your friends.
The book was recently optioned for the big screen.

~Reviewer Wendy Thomas lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and six children, ages 9-17 She has been published in various regional magazines and newspapers. She writes a weekly column, Simple Thrift for the Nashua Telegraph.

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