Four Friends by Robyn Carr

four friends

  • Title:  Four Friends
  • Author:  Robyn Carr
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Published:  March 2014 – Harlequin MIRA
  • Source:  Publisher

My take:  From time to time Robyn Carr writes straight Women’s Fiction. She’s one of my favorite Romance authors but I’ve enjoyed her other novels as well.

In Four Friends we meet, well, four friends whose lives are about to change. The novel opens with Andy tossing her husband’s things on the front yard while her friends wait for her to join them on their regular early morning walk. She’s had it with his refusal to keep their marriage vows – so marks the end of her second marriage.

Sonja, the meditation and yoga loving friend, soon hears her husband say he can’t take her controlling ways anymore and he’s leaving.

Gerri, the friend who seems to have it all – great husband, kids, job – is shocked by information unwittingly revealed to her that will change life as she knows it.

And then there’s BJ, the new neighbor on the block who ignores the other three – until she doesn’t. She’ll become important to them all in ways they never expected. And they’ll do the same for her.

I really enjoyed Four Friends and I think women of a certain age will as well. I liked how Carr addressed, in a relatable way,  the issues being experienced by the women. They all find themselves reassessing and redefining what’s important. I think many readers will be able to see a bit of themselves in one or maybe more of the friends.

I think Four Friends would provide good discussion for a book group. There’s a readers’ guide included at the end.

11 thoughts on “Four Friends by Robyn Carr

    • Hi Kathy,

      Ooops! Confession time is it? I’ll come clean straightaway and let you know that I am of that certain age as well. I think that I most resemble Sonia, only without the yoga and meditation!! I am a bit of a control freak … There, now I’ve said it!



  1. Hi Mary,

    Robyn Carr is a new author to me, however I do think that I might enjoy this style of straight fiction writing, over the seriously romantic novels she seems to turn out on a regular basis.

    The synopsis puts me in mind of a good Maeve Binchey or Patricia Scanlan novel and if ‘Four Friends’ is half as good as their equivalent stories, then I am in for a treat.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, you are always so objective.



    • Yvonne, I’ve read most of Maeve Binchy’s novels but haven’t read a Patricia Scanlan book. Is there one you’d recommend?


  2. I think I would also enjoy this one Mary – I’ve only read Carr’s Christmas themed books, but did enjoy them.


  3. I just finished this. At first I had difficulty relating to some of the women but over time became invested in their stories. I especially liked Gerri’s story.


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