Recommended by: I found it in my TBR closet.
From the Back Cover (courtesy of bn.com): Debbie Macomber tells the story of a remarkable friendship — and tells it in a remarkable way. Between Friends is a story in which every woman will recognize herself . . . and her best friend.
The friendship between Jillian Lawton and Lesley Adamski begins in the postwar era of the 1950s. As they grow up, their circumstances, their choices — and their mistakes — take them in virtually opposite directions. Lesley gets pregnant and marries young, living a cramped life defined by the demands of small children, not enough money, an unfaithful husband. Jillian lives those years on a college campus shaken by the Vietnam War and then as an idealistic young lawyer in New York City.
Over the years and across the miles, through marriage, children, divorce and widowhood, Jillian and Lesley remain close, sharing every grief and every joy. There are no secrets between friends . . .
What I Liked:I liked the style of this book. The story is told through journal entries, newspaper clippings, letters, memos, and emails through the course of 50 years. I’ve never read a Macomber story written in this style before, and it was a nice change.
I love the emotions of this story. It’s been a time since I’ve cried over a book. But, this book is just so emotionally charged ~ there were quite a few times, I just couldn’t help it. Macomber’s stories are usually pretty heart-felt, but wow.
I also liked the inclusion of major historical events in the book. Everything from Civil Rights, JFK, presidential elections, etc., etc., were included. It made me connect with the main characters even more.
What I Didn’t Like: Ok, I know I’m from a different era than the main characters in this book ~ but I completely did not like the relationship between Lesley and her husband, Buck. If someone treated me the way he treated her ~ I’d be gone. And I’d damned sure would have never married him. So I have to wonder, in this particular situation, is she strong…or is she spineless?
Another small thing, is I would have liked to have seen the relationships that the women built in the 90’s explored more. It seemed like the last 50 pages or so, Ms. Macomber was in a rush to finish the book. Journal entries, etc., skipped large amounts of time, so I almost felt like I was cheated out of knowing something.
Verdict: Despite the small things I didn’t like, I loved this book and would rate it as Excellent.
Question: Romances play a back burner to the friendship that was shared between these two women. So, that got me to wondering. Do you have a best friend, and if so how did you meet him or her? Is your best friend also your longest friendship, or have you been blessed enough to meet others who’ve touched your life along the way?