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Is it ever too late to take charge and live your life on your terms? A light-hearted and emotional novel about family, friendship and coming to terms with your past. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Amanda Prowse. Life for school friends, Melissa, Steph and Eilis, hasn’t quite worked out the way they once imagined it might. Melissa may be professionally success Is it ever too late to take charge and live your life on your terms? A light-hearted and emotional novel about family, friendship and coming to terms with your past. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Amanda Prowse. Life for school friends, Melissa, Steph and Eilis, hasn’t quite worked out the way they once imagined it might. Melissa may be professionally successful but inside she’s a mess of insecurities. Steph is lonely and lost, balancing the fragile threads of family life and walking on eggshells around her philandering husband and angry teenage daughter. Finally, Eilis, a hardworking A&E doctor, utterly exhausted by the daily pressures of work and going through the motions with her long-term partner Rob. It’s crunch time for all the friends... What readers are saying about FRIENDS LIKE US: 'A very enjoyable and emotional read. One of those books that I could not put down' 'heartwarming and heartbreaking' 'The jacket caught my eye and the story didn't let me down.' 'Perfect escapism on a dreary day' 'an emotionally uplifting story of the power of friendship and togetherness through the bleakest of times and how ultimately good triumphs over pain.'


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Is it ever too late to take charge and live your life on your terms? A light-hearted and emotional novel about family, friendship and coming to terms with your past. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Amanda Prowse. Life for school friends, Melissa, Steph and Eilis, hasn’t quite worked out the way they once imagined it might. Melissa may be professionally success Is it ever too late to take charge and live your life on your terms? A light-hearted and emotional novel about family, friendship and coming to terms with your past. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Amanda Prowse. Life for school friends, Melissa, Steph and Eilis, hasn’t quite worked out the way they once imagined it might. Melissa may be professionally successful but inside she’s a mess of insecurities. Steph is lonely and lost, balancing the fragile threads of family life and walking on eggshells around her philandering husband and angry teenage daughter. Finally, Eilis, a hardworking A&E doctor, utterly exhausted by the daily pressures of work and going through the motions with her long-term partner Rob. It’s crunch time for all the friends... What readers are saying about FRIENDS LIKE US: 'A very enjoyable and emotional read. One of those books that I could not put down' 'heartwarming and heartbreaking' 'The jacket caught my eye and the story didn't let me down.' 'Perfect escapism on a dreary day' 'an emotionally uplifting story of the power of friendship and togetherness through the bleakest of times and how ultimately good triumphs over pain.'

30 review for Friends Like Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This follows three women who get back in touch after college days after a chance meeting by two of them. Melissa, Steph and Eilis all have major life challenges going on which they keep quiet- but as they gradually build old friendships they use each other to release their problems and look to move on. They are also in charge of organising a huge reunion for their old class. There are many relationship issues and health issues explored here- family and romantic. The three are looking for more ou This follows three women who get back in touch after college days after a chance meeting by two of them. Melissa, Steph and Eilis all have major life challenges going on which they keep quiet- but as they gradually build old friendships they use each other to release their problems and look to move on. They are also in charge of organising a huge reunion for their old class. There are many relationship issues and health issues explored here- family and romantic. The three are looking for more out of life and have realised that it is there to be taken- they do not have to live with these pressures hanging over them. I loved their friendships and the family issues. Another book set in Ireland and they always seem to give an added element to a story. It is in turn heartwarming and heartbreaking- you feel every emotion alongside them.. New romance also provides hope and dreams for the future, A really lovely book. With many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sky

    Friends like us follows the story of three school friends who are reunited as adults. In their new round friendship they help each other to find the strength and courage they need to face the struggles they are each dealing with and to move forward with their lives. A nice easy summer read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Jackson

    A really lovely read, can highly recommend this to my Auntie Lyn and my usual ladies❤️

  4. 5 out of 5

    Agi

    2.5 stars. I requested "Friends Like Us" when requesting other book from the publisher Aria - the title, the cover of this book and the synopsis have caught my eye and I thought, why not? I like stories about friends reuniting and love to follow their different life stories so I was sure that nothing can go wrong with this book. So "Friends Like Us" concentrates on the lives of three women who have lost contact and now, under the pretext of organizing the reunion, they start to see each other agai 2.5 stars. I requested "Friends Like Us" when requesting other book from the publisher Aria - the title, the cover of this book and the synopsis have caught my eye and I thought, why not? I like stories about friends reuniting and love to follow their different life stories so I was sure that nothing can go wrong with this book. So "Friends Like Us" concentrates on the lives of three women who have lost contact and now, under the pretext of organizing the reunion, they start to see each other again, and in this time their lives change extremely. There are big challenges for them, many changes and they start to learn to support each other again and lean on each other again. Though, to be absolutely honest, somehow I didn't feel this strong bond that was supposed to exist between them. Melissa, Steph and Eilis must deal with infidelity, illness, death, problems at work, tricky teenagers and in between of course some of them meet gorgeous strangers, some of them discover that old love never dies, some of them change from being a doormat into a confident women. Sadly, it was not a book that I can say I haven't read before - I missed originality and freshness, and I had a feeling that I've read many such stories before. Add to this the fact that in my opinion the author focused on many things that were not at all relevant to the plot, that were not significant, making the book drag on incredibly. Probably, if I read this book not as a reviewer reading hundreds of books a year only a "normal" reader, I'd enjoy it much more, as there was actually nothing wrong with it, for me it only lacked in originality and I spent more time on skipping paragraphs than actually reading and the plot just didn't drawn me in, as well as I didn't feel a real connection to the characters. The plot and the events were also tad too predictable - you could feel in what direction each of the subplots is going to continue. I was all the time waiting for something to happen, for something to surprise me but unfortunately, it was all "I've been there, I've seen it all". Also, mostly, the story dragged on but somewhere at the end some of the events sped up very sharply, which confused me very much and left me with a feeling that I missed something. Also, the friends met again because of the reunion and I was expecting the story to revolve around the organization of it, about maybe revealing some secrets from the past, but it turned out that it's going to go in a very different direction. I'm not saying it's a bad thing but then why to emphasize the reunion so much? Also, the characters felt too clichéd for my liking and the way they acted and reacted was too obvious and too predictable. I wanted to love this book and I wanted to rate it much higher, unfortunately it wasn't able to keep my attention and, as I have already mentioned it before, I quickly started to skim reading it, without a feeling that I'm missing something. However, the writing was really nice and I am sure this story will find its fans. For me it was sadly too predictable and too clichéd and I missed the surprise effect. But if you are looking for a light, not demanding read then be sure to check "Friends Like Us". Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Geraghty

    Great read!! Friends are so important, the story was really well written and the characters are real Friends come in all shapes and sizes Where would we be without them To friendship ,😊

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire Carr

    Feel good reading A beautifully written story about life, family and the importance of friendship. You will love the three main characters and there stories, each with a happy and uplifting end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Demei

    Friendship, love and betrayal. A quick easy read for one of those “ I need lifting up” days. The situations the characters were in was a little drawn out and could have been more condensed but overall not a bad read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matilda

    Not a review just my random thoughts. I’ve had this book in my trb pile for at least 4 years. No idea why I never read it until now but I’m glad I did. Everyone needs to have the friendship like the girls in Friends like us. I will admit that there were tears and all the feels.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia Doherty

    I really enjoyed this book and read it over a few days. A typical chick lit. Lots of romance, a few frustrations and it all works out fine in the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amelia R Reagan

    Very funny a f satisfying. I like to recommend this book to my friends. I know they will be thankful and. will enjoy it as much as I do.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nena

    This book was good until i past the halfway point, that's where it became clique/predictable/unrealistic. Couldn't wait to finish it. This book was good until i past the halfway point, that's where it became clique/predictable/unrealistic. Couldn't wait to finish it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janettef

    I loved this story of three friends reuniting after a ten year gap. Found the characters believable and their stories real.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Fairly predictable and fluffy, but with a bit more substance than most chick lit. I enjoyed the characters, and they weren’t as basic as usual for this genre. A good, easy read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Wood

    Good Good but a bit confusing at times. Enjoyed the story in the end though as I like this author. Thanks

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Enjoyable I do love a happy ending and this one neatly tied things up in the end. An enjoyable escapism with fun characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Chick lit light but cute

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connie Bonsiero

    This book was excellent. It shines light on the fact that you only see what people want you to see about them and everyone has "secrets." The characters were very likable and down to earth. This book was excellent. It shines light on the fact that you only see what people want you to see about them and everyone has "secrets." The characters were very likable and down to earth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I love a good chick lit novel. Emily Giffin, Lauren Weisberger, Mary Kay Andrews, etc. When I saw this on Netgalley I was instantly drawn to it because of the lighthearted description and lovely cover. Superficial, I know. Turned out to be fitting as this book was a tad superficial. I just wanted to be drawn in a little bit more. I didn’t feel a true connection with the characters. Three friends from high school reunite to plan their twentieth high school reunion. Melissa, Steph and Eilis meet se I love a good chick lit novel. Emily Giffin, Lauren Weisberger, Mary Kay Andrews, etc. When I saw this on Netgalley I was instantly drawn to it because of the lighthearted description and lovely cover. Superficial, I know. Turned out to be fitting as this book was a tad superficial. I just wanted to be drawn in a little bit more. I didn’t feel a true connection with the characters. Three friends from high school reunite to plan their twentieth high school reunion. Melissa, Steph and Eilis meet several times to plan things but that is not actually relevant to the plot. Instead the book focuses on the unraveling of the three women’s lives. All of them are facing heavy issues in their lives and the lean on each other for support. Divorce, infidelity, angsty teenagers, work woes, death and more all try and drag the girls down. Told alternately from Melissa, Steph and Eilis point of view works nicely. You get an intimate glimpse into all their lives and the book flows well. Even though they are dealing with some heavy subject matter, it is still has an overall lighthearted tone. There are many sweet moments between the girls and O’Gorman was able to capture the power of true friendship. While it definitely had its good moments, it was slightly clichéd and predictable. All that said, I did like the book, I just didn’t love the book. It is a nice, easy summer read though. If you’re looking for a book that is breezy and fluffy this might be for you. Full review can be found on www.novelgossip.com

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is an incredibly difficult book to rate. My ‘ratings’ veered from 5 stars to 1 star depending on the development of the plot and characters. There were some brilliant scenes and then there were some that were utterly clichéd and predictable. But life IS predictable at times, and although I did roll my eyes in a couple of place, I think I will re-visit this book again. I am going to go with Goodreads own ratings - I liked this book. There is a lot that is good in it, and the characters are b This is an incredibly difficult book to rate. My ‘ratings’ veered from 5 stars to 1 star depending on the development of the plot and characters. There were some brilliant scenes and then there were some that were utterly clichéd and predictable. But life IS predictable at times, and although I did roll my eyes in a couple of place, I think I will re-visit this book again. I am going to go with Goodreads own ratings - I liked this book. There is a lot that is good in it, and the characters are beautifully written and I was engaged throughout, even when I knew full well what was going to happen. My only real quibble was that the domestic violence was ‘lessened’ as if it was of little real importance, and that is something that should never be allowed to happen.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    Old school friends Steph, Melissa and Eilis meet up by chance after many years and try to take up where they left off - at first they seem to all be great but as the get back into the relationships they find out that their lives are not as perfect as they make out - they all have their own issues and the support of each other really helps them The story is set in Ireland and I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for all of the Irish authors and the down to earth way stories are told and the communi Old school friends Steph, Melissa and Eilis meet up by chance after many years and try to take up where they left off - at first they seem to all be great but as the get back into the relationships they find out that their lives are not as perfect as they make out - they all have their own issues and the support of each other really helps them The story is set in Ireland and I must admit I am a bit of a sucker for all of the Irish authors and the down to earth way stories are told and the community and warm feeling that you get from them. This one is very light hearted and easy to read so would recommend it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an independent review. Three old school friends reunited. Each with problems in their life, they find strength in each other and the courage to sort out their lives and move on. This is a good strong story of friendship. Each of the three female characters are portrayed very well and I really felt like I knew them. A very enjoyable and emotional read. One of those books that I could not out down. 4.5****

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC for my honest review. When it comes to fiction, I look for books that involve me completely —whether it’s because of the beautiful writing, the power of the story, or the characters, and in a perfect book it’s all three. This book has the potential to be a great chick lit, but it needs editing and streamlining the characters and their lives to better capture the emotion the author is trying to project.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Well written book of three women struggling with different but equally difficult issues. It was nice to see how these friends pulled together to help one another. It's not as light as the blurb or the cover implies but that isn't a bad thing. O/Gorman has a nice style and is a good storyteller. This would be a good beach or travel book, although I read it inside my house on a hot hot afternoon. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Well written book of three women struggling with different but equally difficult issues. It was nice to see how these friends pulled together to help one another. It's not as light as the blurb or the cover implies but that isn't a bad thing. O/Gorman has a nice style and is a good storyteller. This would be a good beach or travel book, although I read it inside my house on a hot hot afternoon. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I loved this book, its about 3 friends and their very different lives. They first went to school together and then meet up as adults when their school is arranging a reunion. The three main characters were very likeable and remind me of people I know. For me, a sign of a good book is when I can't wait to get back to it and I really don't want it to end. At times I had tears in my eyes and really cared about what happened to them. A great read and I will look out for other books by this author. I loved this book, its about 3 friends and their very different lives. They first went to school together and then meet up as adults when their school is arranging a reunion. The three main characters were very likeable and remind me of people I know. For me, a sign of a good book is when I can't wait to get back to it and I really don't want it to end. At times I had tears in my eyes and really cared about what happened to them. A great read and I will look out for other books by this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Thank you so much Aria, and Netgalley for allowing me to review xx This was a very lighthearted chick lit book. Enjoyable, with nice characters. An easy read too. I liked it, I felt I knew the characters and this book was one of this books that gave me a little smile. All in all, very enjoyable. My blog : https://thereadingshed.wordpress.com/ Thank you so much Aria, and Netgalley for allowing me to review xx This was a very lighthearted chick lit book. Enjoyable, with nice characters. An easy read too. I liked it, I felt I knew the characters and this book was one of this books that gave me a little smile. All in all, very enjoyable. My blog : https://thereadingshed.wordpress.com/

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    3.5 stars. I liked this book and most of the characters. I thought the storyline was very predictable and found the constant mention of drinking tea a bit annoying. I enjoyed that the chapters changed and focused on each of the girls, sometimes frustrating me to want to keep reading more about what was going on that I almost jumped ahead!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan M. Aldrich

    Enjoyable This was a good book. I could relate to different areas in each of the friends lives. Nice to see true friendship being written about and it doesn't always lead to stabbing each other in the back. Enjoyable This was a good book. I could relate to different areas in each of the friends lives. Nice to see true friendship being written about and it doesn't always lead to stabbing each other in the back.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Toni J Beacock

    A feel good If you can get over the spelling mistakes have a read. It is light hearted and funny tinged with sadness. A nice story to read over the winter months.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna Boultwood

    Great read, funny, moving and so true to life!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    this was a good book. the guy was SOO painfully obviously gay. I hated that story line! the rest of it was okay

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