Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: "The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship"

The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
By Lisa Verge Higgins
Copyright 2011
Hachette Book Group
Adult Fiction

Oh what a fabulous find this book was!  Highly recommend this one to any reader who appreciates a friend, has an unrequited love, or has ever lost someone important to them.  Higgins does a fabulous job of tying together the lives of four friends who each bring their own experiences and circumstances to the table. 

When Rachel is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she does what she thinks best by giving a last request to each of her friends.  As the friends determine how to accomplish the tasks given to them, they find out some amazing things about themselves, but they also find out more about Rachel and who she was as a person.

Jo is faced with demons from her past as she turns her whole world upside-down to take over where Rachel left off.  A true rags to riches girl, Jo has to become a person she never thought she would be.

Sarah was my favorite character in the book.  The free-spirited Doctors Without Borders nurse who lives her life in the third world has spent 14 years longing for a man she once had a brief fling with.  When forced to find out once and for all if there is still any connection, she comes to a surprising realization.

For Kate, doing something to re-ignite the spark in her marriage has been an impossibility.  When Rachel tasks her with stepping well outside her comfort zone, Kate realizes she has more inside her than she ever thought possible.

This book would be great for a book club, or just a fantastic vacation read.  It was written with such love and care, it was easy to fall in love with every single character.  I was sad when I got to the last page. 

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