Feb 4, 2011

The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship by Lisa Verge Higgins

What makes a wife a lover?
For Kate, the spark went out of her marriage long ago but her husband doesn't seem to notice. Their role as parents consumes their lives so they need to rekindle the romance they once shared.

What makes a woman a mother?
For Jo, a high-powered career has led her to believe that she doesn't have a single maternal instinct. When an orphan unexpectedly enters her life, she is forced to confront her own unhappy childhood and the walls it has built around her heart.

What makes a man the love of your life?
For Sarah, home is the steamy jungles of Africa while the man of her dreams waits in the air-conditioned confines of Los Angeles. Her longing for this man from the past is blinding her to a new love standing right in front of her.

What these women all have in common is a friend with a generous soul, an irrepressible spirit- and a serious illness. In her final letters, Rachel raises one last question: What makes a friend live in our hearts forever?


While studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry, RITA finalist Lisa Verge Higgins penned twelve romance novels under her maiden name. THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP is her first foray into mainstream women's fiction.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, an attorney, and their children.


The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is the story of four independent women connected as best friends, each totally unique, but joined together as with an invisible string. Their lives change drastically when one of the four dies from cancer.  On her deathbed, Rachel wrote letters to each of her friends challenging them to do something totally out of their comfort zone.

From the overwhelmed car-pooling soccer mom, to sky diving, to the jungles of Africa, and the streets of India, and so much more ... this book is filled with adventure, heartbreak, stretching the limits, and finding out what is really important in life.

This story is about amazing friends willing go to the ends of the earth to support each other, in the good times and the bad times. A great story that inspires me to put a little more effort into my own relationships, I highly recommend this book!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship through Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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