BY JENNY HARPER
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release Date: 11 February 2016
Publisher: Accent Press
They thought he belonged safely in the past. His return threatens everything.
Marta, Carrie and Jane have been friends since they were at school in Edinburgh. Now one is bringing up her family, another is desperately trying for children of her own, and the third is focused on her career – and each takes the support of the others as a given.
But when generous Marta offers out-of-luck actor Tom temporary shelter, her act of kindness sets in motion a tsunami of destruction. Marta’s marriage comes under threat. Timid Jane is haunted by the secret she has been hiding since she last saw Tom. And ambitious Carrie finds herself at the mercy of a man who can ruin her career.
Only by pulling together can the friends rid themselves of this menace. But is Tom too clever at sewing mistrust?
Marta, Jane and Carrie. Three women who have been friends from school. They now live in the same city but have very different lives. One is the mother of three children, another a career woman and the third holding down a job in tourism while still hopeful of conceiving a child. The one thing which has held steady over the years is their strong bond of friendship…until the day Marta sees someone from long ago walk into the small cafe where she is having coffee. Actor Tom Vallely, a handsome, charismatic man who has just hit forty, has a shared history with all three women. Currently starring in an Edinburgh Fringe production he is in need of somewhere to stay. Kind hearted Marta offers him her spare room and invites him to a dinner party she has already arranged with Jane and Carrie. What Marta is unaware of is what happened between her two friends and Tom. Connections which they have both kept secret from her and each other over the years.Quite innocently she has just let a fox into the hen house…
Tom’s arrival is like a pebble being tossed into a pool. The ripples spread, affecting every aspect of the women’s’ lives. Marta is unaware of the nature of his history with her two friends. As they both desperately try to keep the past away from the present she finds Tom’s presence affecting her own relationship with husband Jake. Tom’s return inevitably forces secrets to the surface. He is quite the most unpleasant character I have ever met in a book. He’s arrogant, selfish and a bully. He is totally unscrupulous in his dealings with the three women – in his dealings with anyone actually! Breezing through life he takes advantage of his good looks not only to take what he wants but as a sexual predator using women and casting them aside once their usefulness is at an end. He trades on Carrie and Jane’s fear of discovery to get what he wants. It’s not until they find themselves in possession of something they can use against him that they begin to fight back. But before they can do that they have to open up and be completely honest with each other…
A great book, well rounded believable characters, I couldn’t put it down.
A great five star read…
I would like to thank Brook Cottage Books for a complimentary copy of Between Friends in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT JENNY HARPER
Jenny Harper lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, though she was born in India and grew up in England. She has been a non-fiction editor, a journalist and a businesswoman and has written a children’s novel and several books about Scotland, as well as four full length novels and a novella in The Heartlands series (set in Hailesbank), and two short stories that have appeared in anthologies. Between Friends is her fifth full length novel.
Jenny writes contemporary women’s fiction with bite – complex characters facing serious issues.
What they say:
‘An engaging and delightful read. Jenny Harper is a most gifted storyteller.’ Alexander McCall Smith
‘Page turning and thoroughly entertaining. I loved it!’ Katie Fforde
‘The most beautiful love story that I have read in a long while. Amazon review of People We Love
‘This was a fun, heart-warming but also emotional story that had me thinking about the characters long after I’d finished it.’ Amazon review of Maximum Exposure
‘Ms. Harper has created a fully populated, very human and recognizable world.’ Amazon review of Face the Wind and Fly
‘There is everything I like about a novel in her writing: family, relationships, current affairs … things the author seems well versed in. I loved the Scottish settings, and could visualise many of the locations in the book …’ Amazon review of Loving Susie
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