Do you remember Abba and Fleetwood Mac? And do you remember the best friend who said she'd always be there for you? A coming of age novel about a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by their choices. It is 1974 and the summer of love is finally drawing to a close. The flower children are starting to realise that you cannot survive ...
Do you remember Abba and Fleetwood Mac? And do you remember the best friend who said she'd always be there for you? A coming of age novel about a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by their choices. It is 1974 and the summer of love is finally drawing to a close. The flower children are starting to realise that you cannot survive on peace and love alone. Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the secondary school social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world", Tully Hart - the girl all the boys want to know - moves in across the street and wants to be her best friend. Tully and Kate became inseparable and by summer's end they made a pact to be "best friends forever". For thirty years Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship, jealousy, anger, hurt and resentment. Tully will follow her ambition to find fame and success. Kate knows that all she wants is to fall in love and have a family. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and a mother will change her. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart. But when tragedy strikes, can the bonds of friendship survive? Or is it the one hurdle than even a lifelong friendship cannot overcome?
Excellent read...Kristin did not let me down on this one...the book was in excellent conditon
Jul 8, 2011
I liked the book, I had read it before but liked it enough to read it again
Sep 29, 2009
Outstanding story of friendship
Living in Scotland, I had never heard of Kristin Hannah when I picked it up while visiting my family in Olympia, Washington. I was drawn to the story description of life-long friends between two women. As someone who gets together with a dozen friends from my college days in the 70s, every year for a "Girlfriend Break," it held meaning for me. It was a revelation when I started reading it to see that the two women not only grew up in the 70s, but in Seattle! I loved it, and hated to see it end in such a tragic way. I plan to recommend it to my sister, mom and all of those girlfriends of mine. I also look forward to reading another book by her.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-10-22 Hannah (On Mystic Lake) goes a little too far into Lifetime movie territory in her latest, an epic exploration of the complicated terrain between best friends-one who chooses marriage and motherhood while the other opts for career and celebrity. The adventures of poor, ambitious Tully Hart and middle-class romantic Kate Mularkey begin in the 1970s, but don't really get moving until about halfway into the book, when Tully, who claws her way to the heights of broadcast journalism, discovers it's lonely at the top, and Katie, a stay-at-home Seattle housewife, forgets what it's like to be a rebellious teen. What holds the overlong narrative together is the appealing nature of Tully and Katie's devotion to one another even as they are repeatedly tested by jealousy and ambition. Katie's husband, Johnny, is smitten with Tully, and Tully, who is abandoned by her own booze-and-drug-addled mother, relishes the adoration from Katie's daughter, Marah. Hannah takes the easy way out with an over-the-top tear-jerker ending, though her upbeat message of the power of friendship and family will, for some readers, trump even the most contrived plot twists. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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