Monday, September 19

Here's to Friends by Melody Carlson



This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Here’s to Friends
David C. Cook (September 1, 2011)
by
Melody Carlson


Once upon a time in a little town on the Oregon coast lived four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever.

Decades later, they're all back home in Clifden and reinventing their lives, but the holidays bring a whole new set of challenges. Abby’s new B&B is getting bad reviews and husband Paul is acting strange. Still grieving for her mom, Caroline is remodeling the family home, but boyfriend Mitch keeps pressuring her to go away with him. Artist Marley, distracted by a friend's family drama (and a touch of jealousy), can't find her creative groove. And Janie’s drug-addicted daughter has just appeared up on her doorstep! When a long-planned New Year's cruise turns into a bumpy ride, they learn once again that, in your fifties, friends aren’t just for fun—they're a necessity!

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards. And her "Diary of a Teenage Girl" series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Here’s to Friends, go HERE.

I am a huge Melody Carlson fan, and have loved every book of hers that I have read so far. I had never heard of the Four Linda's before, and Here's to Friends is number four in the series.

I wish I could say that I honestly loved this story from beginning to end. Each of four main characters have lots of friends and family, and it was overwhelming at times. I agree that the concept of four little girls (all with the same first name) meeting in grade one and maintaining their friendship into their fifties is inspiring, but ...

At times I felt there were too many characters and maybe I needed to start with earlier books to really appreciate the entire story. However, I was satisfied with how everything finally came together, and recommend that readers begin with earlier books before reading Here's to Friends.

Disclosure: This book received courtesy of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, in exchange for my honest review.

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