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Four Friends
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Four Friends

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride

Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her children, she realizes it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it's transforming.

Andy has come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her, she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja's New Age pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it's BJ, the newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.
Look for What We Find by Robyn Carr, a powerful story of healing, new beginnings and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing. Order your copy today!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride

Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her children, she realizes it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it's transforming.

Andy has come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her, she questions everything she thought she wanted in life.

Sonja's New Age pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity.

Miraculously, it's BJ, the newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.
Look for What We Find by Robyn Carr, a powerful story of healing, new beginnings and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's long been missing. Order your copy today!

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    Gerri Gilbert answered the door in gray sweats with a tear in the knee, hem on one leg falling down and a gray T-shirt under her black hoodie. Her short, dark brown hair was spiking every which way from bed head. She held a cup of coffee in her hand; her eyes were slits and there was a snarl on her face. "You're five minutes early. Again. We've been over this. Can you please not be early? I value every minute in the morning."

    Sonja Johanson put a finger to her lips, shushing Gerri. The sun was barely over the rooftops and she didn't want to wake the house. Sonja wore her salmon sweats, white T-shirt and salmon hoodie, her silky, shoulder-length mahogany hair pulled back in a neat clip.

    She backed away from the door and pointed down the street. Gerri stepped outside for a better view. A big pile of clothing, books and what appeared to be miscellaneous junk was on the Jamisons' lawn. Right at that moment their friend Andy appeared in the doorway of her house and with an angry cry hurled the tower to a desktop computer atop the pile.

    Andy disappeared into the house and Bryce Jamison backed out of the door wearing business attire that was not fresh, his shirtsleeves rolled up, his collar open, his tie hanging out of his pants pocket and he sported an even worse case of bed head than Gerri. He held a packed duffel bag. "You're fucking crazy, you know that?" he yelled into the house. He turned and stomped past the pile toward his car in the driveway.

    "And you're fucking through here!" Andy screamed out the open door. Then she slammed it.

    "I think Andy might be coming to the end of her rope," Sonja said gravely.

    Gerri's response was a short burst of laughter. "Ya think?" she asked.

    "Should we do something?" Sonja asked.

    "Oh, hell no," Gerri said, pulling her front door closed. She put her coffee cup on the brick planter that bordered dead flowers and bent to stretch. "It's for them to work out. Or finish off."

    "Should we ask her if she's walking?"

    "She's not walking today," Gerri said. "Let's get this over with." Gerri started off down the street at a brisk pace.

    Just steps behind her Sonja asked, "What do we say?"

    "Say nothing. Do nothing."

    "But..."

    Gerri looked over her shoulder. "Nothing," she repeated.

    Sonja came up beside her. "We should see if she's all right."

    "We should give her time to finish throwing things, if that's what she's doing. I'll check in with her before I leave for work."

    Sonja tsked. "I tried to talk to her about the relationship quadrant of her house-it's all torn up and the feng shui is a disaster. She's all out of balance. Now look."

    Gerri stopped in her tracks. She looked at Sonja. "That's exactly why you'd better stay away from there today. You know how she feels about all your woo-woo stuff. If you pull any of your feng shui, chakra or karma bullshit today, you're going to end up on top of that pile."

    "But something could have been done about that!"

    "For God's sake," Gerri said impatiently, walking again. "It was destiny."

    Ahead of them, about half a block away, a small, lean woman came out of her house, also wearing sweats. She stopped to stretch on her front walk. She was still stretching as they passed and Gerri called, "Morning, BJ." But Sonja added, "Wanna walk with us today, BJ?"

    "Thanks, but I need the run," she answered, waving them off.

    When they had cleared the...

About the Author-
  • Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women's fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at www.RobynCarr.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 3, 2014
    The prolific Carr (A Summer in Sonoma) explores the implosion of the marriages of four women with painful secrets living in the same neighborhood, in this juicy deliberation on getting your groove back amid domestic chaos, hormonal imbalance, and crushing depression. Within a matter of months, the rock-solid marriage of Gerri, a social worker, and her husband Phil, a public defender, cracks under the weight of an old infidelity; divorcee Andy takes on Bob, an unlikely lover, who teaches her about the beauty of “wanting what you have”; New Age dilettante Sonja loses her mind but finds her balance; and mysterious B.J. moves into the neighborhood hoping to hide a hideous past. Carr expertly juggles the drama of these richly drawn female characters—and the men and kids who, improbably, sweetly adore them. The women are instantly recognizable—outwardly comfortable and secure even as they privately battle demons. It’s here that the author lingers for a closer look—at domestic abuse, gay children, spouses, mental illness, lagging libido, extramarital affairs, grief, and parenting troubled teens. It’s tricky terrain, but Carr leads with confidence, and the path, though familiar, is fresh and inviting.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2014
    In a Marin County neighborhood, four women help each other amid marital strife, personal crises and life-altering epiphanies. For years, Mill Valley, Calif., neighbors Gerri, Andy and Sonja have started most of their days with a brisk walk, but one early spring morning, Andy has had enough with her younger second husband, and she skips the walk and throws him out. It is a loud, angry event, but it is a long time coming, and it sets off a series of surprising upheavals in the lives of her friends. Gerri takes an unplanned trip to her husband's office in San Francisco, and a conversation with his co-worker makes her question everything she knew about her marriage. Sonja, dedicated to New-Age strategies for health and wellness, is thrown off balance by Andy's marital strife, then spirals into life-threatening depression when her husband leaves her. As each woman deals with her own personal crossroad, they are collectively drawn to newcomer BJ, who has never shown interest in socializing before but becomes the fresh new pair of eyes that notices change at crucial moments and steps in to help when help is most needed. Hugely popular romance author Carr (The Wanderer, 2013, etc.) steps into women's fiction territory with this quietly powerful exploration of friendship, marriage and midlife crisis. The characters are realistic and compelling, facing life after 40 with grace, courage and a fierce interpersonal loyalty that is convincing and inspiring. The storyline sounds familiar, yet Carr handles the plot and characters with a deft hand and enough unique twists that we are invested in the characters' well-beings, and we are touched by their struggles, especially since we see each of them at their best and their worst. A thought-provoking look at women of a certain age and the choices they make when they realize their lives aren't exactly what they expected--or thought they were.

    COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2014

    New York Times best-selling author Carr (The Newcomer) explores the nature of love and strength of friendship in four women as they deal with devastating changes to their families. Andy falls for the contractor remodeling her kitchen after tossing out her cheating second husband. Sonja's whole world collapses when her husband decides that he has had enough of her crystals, pot, and meditation lifestyle. Gerri struggles with keeping her busy career and three-teenager household in balance while dealing with the fallout of discovering her husband had an affair. And BJ is definitely hiding something. While the timing of these situations is just a bit too coincidental to be believable, the fast-paced prose, strong female characterizations, and multiple third-person points of view keep the action moving. The protagonists are believably flawed and, although there are no easy answers, each works to ground herself as unexpected consequences of her actions reverberate. VERDICT Realistic family drama lovers and those who enjoy strong female perspectives will be rooting for these four friends to get their happily-ever-afters.--Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L., MI

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    February 15, 2014
    Four women living in an affluent neighborhood near San Francisco come together through exercise and care for each other through relationship tragedies and triumphs. Andy, Gerri, and Sonja often see BJ, the standoffish new neighbor, running in the early mornings when they do their fitness walk around the neighborhood. Soon their marriages come undone. Andy, mother of a 19-year-old, throws her sexy younger second husband out with all his stuff. Gerri, a social worker with three teenage kids, has always had a model marriage with her husband, an assistant district attorney, until she discovers he had an affair. Perky Sonja, holistic practitioner of feng shui, yoga, and various new age activities, is left by her husband and suffers a psychotic break that her friends don't realize is major until BJ alerts them. As secrets and frailties are exposed, the four find acceptance and support, drawing on each other's strength. Prolific Carr's new novel demonstrates that classic women's fiction, illuminating the power of women's friendships, is still alive and well.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

  • RT Book Reviews on The Hero "A touch of danger and suspense make the latest in Carr's Thunder Point series a powerful read."
  • Library Journal on The Newcomer "With her trademark mixture of humor, realistic conflict, and razor-sharp insights, Carr brings Thunder Point to vivid life."
  • RT Book Reviews on The Wanderer "No one can do small-town life like Carr."
  • RT Book Reviews on Angel's Peak "Strong conflict, humor and well-written characters are Carr's calling cards, and they're all present here....You won't want to put this one down."
  • RT Book Reviews on Forbidden Falls "This story has everything: a courageous, outspoken heroine, a to-die-for hero and a plot that will touch readers' hearts on several different levels. Truly excellent."
  • Library Journal on the Virgin River series "Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber "The Virgin River books are so compelling-I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more."
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