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The Friendship Club

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"The Friendship Club" by Robyn Carr is a heartwarming tale that explores the unbreakable bonds of friendship among four diverse women facing life's challenges. Centered around celebrity cooking show host Marni McGuire and her friends, the novel delves into the complexities of love, loneliness, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Robyn Carr masterfully crafts characters with distinct personalities and life experiences. Marni, a widow turned TV personality; Bella, Marni's pregnant daughter navigating the complexities of marriage and career; Ellen, Marni's devoted assistant seeking a quiet life after caring for her ill husband; and Sophia, entangled in an abusive relationship. The narrative skillfully weaves their stories, addressing serious issues like domestic abuse and loss with sensitivity.
As the women form an informal friendship club, Carr beautifully portrays the strength that arises when friends support each other through life's twists and turns. The novel is a celebration of the power of friendship, offering a poignant reminder that, even in the face of adversity, having a solid support system can make all the difference.
Carr's storytelling, however, captivates, delivering a compelling narrative that resonates with the realities of modern life and the enduring strength found in genuine connections.
Very grateful to the publisher for this review copy, opinions are my own.

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Perfect for lovers of women’s fiction with a small side of romance. I enjoyed the strong bonds in the story and was rooting for them all. A solid read that would be perfect for a sunny day!

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A read about friends and abuse whether it is emotional or physical. The interactions of the friends and their significant others is great. It is a feel good story.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Publisher and leaving a review by my own choice.

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I always love reading a new book by Robyn Carr, and this one did not disappoint! The Friendship Club tells the story of Marni, a tv chef, her daughter, and two of her employees, who are also friends. I enjoyed reading about the close-knit group, and the women all seemed like people who could be friends of mine. All of the women were well-developed and relatable characters. Thank you, NetGalley and Mira, for the advance reader copy of this great book!

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This new novel from Robyn Carr hits the mark with all women that have or wish to have a group of friends to share ups and downs, go out on the town or stay in and have a glass of wine. From the start we meet four of these women, all of them with different careers, personalities, hopes and dreams:

Marni – A TV personality, she becomes a widow early in life and finds herself cooking on TV for millions of people.

Bella – Marni's daughter, she never met her father but was raised by Marni and is now married, pregnant and trying to reconcile her career as a powerful lawyer, her marriage and what her body is going through.

Ellen – Marni's assistant, has been with Marni for years and all she wants is to live a quiet life after caring for her ill husband for years.

Sophia – Younger than the other three, she engages in an abusive relationship that turns her life upside down.

Through the book we learn how life can throw you a curb ball and how friends and family can help you along the way. As the women form an informal friendship club, they will come to the rescue when they need each other the most.

Although this might look like the perfect beach read, be aware that it touches on serious matters like domestic abuse, gaslighting and losing a partner to illness. If you are triggered by any of these subjects make sure you read it when you feel mentally prepared.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my honest review.

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A beautiful story about new beginnings.
The story is about four women coming together at a tumultuous time in their lives.
They form a bond that will leave them all forever changed.
Dating, marriage, loneliness and love….bring them together.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to review this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

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My initial thought upon finishing this book is I'm so glad it's over. I am huge fan of Robyn Carr and have read everything she has written, but this book was a big disappointment. I found this book boring and repetitive. Scenes from some character's pasts are told and retold. It seems so different than her usual books. I will not be recommending this book to friends or library patrons.

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Marni has her own cooking show. And she is too busy for a new man in her life. However, her pregnant daughter, Bella, is determined Marni needs to start dating. Then there is Ellen. Ellen is Marni’s best friend and colleague. They both have issues with being with someone new right now. Neither are looking for a relationship. But as we all know, that is when a relationship finds you. There is also a sweet young intern, Sophia. Marni is worried Sophia is in a toxic relationship. Marni pulls out all stops to protect her.

Usually when a story has this many main characters, it can get confusing. But Robyn Carr has worked her magic and these characters meld so well together and the storylines intertwine and create an appealing tale.

I especially enjoyed Bella and Sophia. Bella and her pregnant hormones!!! She does not make life easy. And Sophia, she is so mild mannered and polite. So, when she gets into this abusive relationship she truly does not know how to handle it. I love how Marni guides and protects her.

Need a good story about friendship and family…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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Robyn Carr brings us this moderately paced book with an engaging plot involving four women who are different generations but who all suffer from relationship problems. They either don’t have a special someone in their lives, don’t want one but are being pressured to try to date again, have a someone who is not suited to the responsibility of a committed relationship, or just have no luck with men at all. The characters were realistic and entertaining. It was a lighthearted read and a total delight, just as Carr's works always are. Highly recommend!

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The Friendship Club by Robyn Carr is an highly engrossing and superbly written new novel.
Robyn writes a passionate and touching book on friendship, family, mental health, and second chances!
The pace of the book is perfect as you enjoy the development of each character and can't help falling in love with them.
This was an engaging story about new beginnings for a group of friends.
I enjoyed their friendship, love life, family life and all around I enjoyed them.
The characters are so authentic and you feel connected to their stories.
I just loved how they are well designed and authentic, people you can imagine knowing and wanting to have as friends.
This story is all about friendship and relationships and the life lessons are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission.
The Friendship Club is a perfect story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down!
I am always left with a warm and sweet smile after reading one of Robyn Carr’s books and this story did so much more than that!

Thank You NetGalley and MIRA for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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What a great story! While reading the book, I felt like I was part of the club. I love stories with women who have great friends who wholeheartedly support them. The friendships in this one, felt very real and were heartwarming. The stories of each friend in the "club" were interesting. The story switching perspectives worked well and let us get to know each character. I really enjoyed the book. It's a great one to curl up with when you have some time to get lost in it. I received an advance copy from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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This is one of those books that I did not necessarily feel compelled to read daily because the characters and their dilemma stayed with me between reading sessions. It is a moderately paced book with an engaging plot involving four women who are different generations but who all suffer from man problems. They either don’t have a man in their lives, don’t want one but are being pressured to try to date again, have a man who is not suited to the responsibility of a committed relationship, or just have no luck with men at all. I enjoyed getting to know the realistic characters, especially chef and talk show host Marni. She seemed the most realistic and relatable of all of the characters and I really enjoyed her brilliant dialogue with her ex-husband as well as with her pregnant daughter Bella. Marni is wise and sarcastic at the same time, so the parts of the story that featured her were the most addictive for me. The plot did not rush towards a solution for any of the women as it meandered its way through different scenarios and possibilities, entertaining me with the generally serious and at times lighthearted tone. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the setting, but I recommend this book because of the tongue-in-cheek wisdom that it imparts as the story unfolds to a brilliantly satisfying conclusion.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16th CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

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While I’m a huge fan of RC and especially Virgin River, this one just didn’t do it for me. I felt like I had read it before. Kind of repetitive in spots. A good story about friendship. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for this copy for read and review

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Great character development in this book as always ! Such a quick and easy read. Robyn never ceases to write the best books!

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A fantastic story about friendship and strong women! I've been a fan of Robyn Carr books and this is a great story.

Four friends are the main focus in this story - all in different seasons of their lives, they all come together to support each other and it's just an enjoyable book. Marni is the lead character - she's the mother of one character and soon to be grandmother, also re-entering the dating world after a divorce. She's a tv chef and her co-workers and confidantes are the remaining two characters. There could be some triggers with stalking and abusive men, but it's handled in a positive way.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.

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Marni is a syndicated cook show host. She has done well for herself professionally and she loves her work. She had a quick but unhappy marriage when she was young. She had a second marriage that ended in heartbreak, anger, and financial settlements. The first marriage produced her daughter, Bella, who is now pregnant. Bella has been through IVF and although she is a successful lawyer, she is having self doubts and worries about her relationship with her husband.

Marni also has a long time assistant, who is now widowed, after caring for her ill husband and she's quiet, shy, and wants to steer clear of any relationships. There is also a young intern, who is very interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting, although she's working while going to grad school.

All four of the women get along beautifully. Their relationships with men are not exactly welcome and they support each other's lives, hopes, and dreams. They step up to become real friends.

This is a story of women supporting each other, sharing life experiences, and helping each other grow into their ever-changing lives. I wish I'd had a Marni in my life. She is a wonderful, loving role model, but with fears and secrets of her own. A great read.

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“The Friendship Club” by Robyn Carr weaves a compelling narrative of four women navigating the complexities of life and love. The author masterfully brings together characters from different generations, each facing relatable challenges such as toxic relationships, failed marriages, loss of spouse and the trials of pregnancy.

Personally, I resonated with the engaging backstories of these women, finding their journeys relatable. Carr delicately handles sensitive topics with respect, addressing issues like loss, loneliness, and the realities of modern love. This being my first Robyn Carr book, I was captivated by the well-crafted characters and seamless flow of the narrative.

Marni’s character stood out, her independence and resilience drawing me in. As someone who understands the strength gained from overcoming challenges, I appreciated the depth of her development. The book’s underlying message of supporting women in need struck a chord, and I admired how each friend found their unique ways to contribute.

The mature romances, built on friendship, added a delightful layer to the story. Carr’s portrayal of relationships is both realistic and heartwarming. In essence, “The Friendship Club” is a captivating exploration of friendship, love, and the strength found in supporting one another. I’ll undoubtedly be recommending this book to fellow readers, and I look forward to exploring more of Robyn Carr’s work in the future.

Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing for the DRC of this book. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Robyn Carr books never disappoint. A quick read on a Midwest blizzard day. I loved the female friendship, the character development and the family focus. Thank you to MIRA for this advance copy via NetGalley.

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I loved the bond shared by the women in The Friendship Club. It’s a beautiful thing when we love and support each other. Genuine friendship, love, some on the edge of your seat scenes, good food, and overcoming those broken places-it’s got it all.

A special thank you to Harlequin & NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC & review the book.

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This is a great story that focuses on the importance of friendship, especially for women, and community. There is a storyline about domestic abuse that probably needs a disclaimer (which may be there and I didn't notice). Marni is the driving character of the story. Her daughter Bella, her colleague and friend Ellen, and her intern Sophia make up the friendship club. Through this club they find out more about themselves then they realize once they start opening up to each other. Marni is enjoying being single until she's unexpectedly attracted to Sam. Bella is pregnant and having some trouble with her husband. Ellen is enjoying the single life but finds herself drawn to her neighbor. Sophia is in a dangerous relationship. Highly recommend reading this book to see the avenues each woman takes.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for advanced copy, and I give my review freely

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