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The Art of Friendship PDF, ePub eBook I get by with a little help from my friends! Chance brought Kirsty, Clare, Janice and Patsy together fifteen years ago. But friendship has bound them through time. Until now. Over the years, In the small town of Ballyfergus, these four women have shared tears of joy and sorrow, countless glasses of wine and cups of tea. Men have come and gone, children been born and left h I get by with a little help from my friends! Chance brought Kirsty, Clare, Janice and Patsy together fifteen years ago. But friendship has bound them through time. Until now. Over the years, In the small town of Ballyfergus, these four women have shared tears of joy and sorrow, countless glasses of wine and cups of tea. Men have come and gone, children been born and left home. Life has taken them down paths they never expected, but through it all their relationship has endured. But all that's about to change - this year their friendship will be tested as never before as: / Widowed Kirsty falls in love with someone she shouldn't. / Patsy struggles to cope with her beloved husband's redundancy and a shocking revelation from her daughter. / Janice is forced to address ghosts from her past. / Clare takes control of her life, only to discover that her new-found independence comes at a high price. Can the sisterhood survive the strains placed upon it and come through it unscathed? Find out in this warm, emotive tale from a hot new talent, perfect for fans of Cathy Kelly and Maeve Binchy.

30 review for The Art of Friendship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is the first of Erin Kaye's books that I have read, and I will most definitely be looking out for her other novels. A really warm and well written story of four female friends, all living in a small town in Northern Ireland. Each of the characters are very well portrayed, all of them are very different, both in outlook and age but the sense of friendship and loyalty shines through. The story starts on New Year's Eve and follows the four women through the next year of their lives. Every trial This is the first of Erin Kaye's books that I have read, and I will most definitely be looking out for her other novels. A really warm and well written story of four female friends, all living in a small town in Northern Ireland. Each of the characters are very well portrayed, all of them are very different, both in outlook and age but the sense of friendship and loyalty shines through. The story starts on New Year's Eve and follows the four women through the next year of their lives. Every trial and tribulation is covered in detail, with serious issues such as abortion, redundancy and childhood issues covered alongside the everyday matters that blight people's lives. Exploring friendships, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and long held secrets this really is a great read, the perfect book to pick up on a chilly afternoon sitting by the fire.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    I enjoyed this book. A perfect summer read but only problem there is no summer really ;) Yes, I've always loved reading books that are about various women and their friendships. What happens to them and their relationships and how that affects their friendships. Well this was typical a book of that genre. I bought it on amazon.co.uk. Now they have free shipping even outside the UK if you buy over 25 pounds. It was so much fun adding books to my basket. ;). I think this was recommended to me and i I enjoyed this book. A perfect summer read but only problem there is no summer really ;) Yes, I've always loved reading books that are about various women and their friendships. What happens to them and their relationships and how that affects their friendships. Well this was typical a book of that genre. I bought it on amazon.co.uk. Now they have free shipping even outside the UK if you buy over 25 pounds. It was so much fun adding books to my basket. ;). I think this was recommended to me and i read the reviews and decided to give it a go. It was on sale. Glad I bought it. I just wish one thing. With most of these books the ending always has to be good for every woman that's in it. So let's say its about 4 women they mostly end up being happy in the end with a man most of the time in not always.That's the only negative

  3. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Jade

    I bought this book mainly because I felt like I needed some girly frillyness to brighten my spirits a bit since I'm halfway through A-level revision, I was really disapointed as the women in the story face nothing but domestic disasters and misery throughout the bulk of the novel. Also the novel was rather slow paced and I found myself wishing that it would end, but I willed myself to get through it as I hate leaving a book unfinished. However the transition between the different characters live I bought this book mainly because I felt like I needed some girly frillyness to brighten my spirits a bit since I'm halfway through A-level revision, I was really disapointed as the women in the story face nothing but domestic disasters and misery throughout the bulk of the novel. Also the novel was rather slow paced and I found myself wishing that it would end, but I willed myself to get through it as I hate leaving a book unfinished. However the transition between the different characters lives worked really well as it did create some suspense as to what would happen next in their lives and it wasn't at all confusing or disordered as other books that switch from charater to character can be. I wouldn't recommend reading this book, overall I found it rather dull and too drawn out, it didn't leave me feeling anything. But then again I don't really love chick-lit type novels so I could be judging this unfairly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fay

    Maybe I have read too many of these women with children juggling their lives and relationships ... but this one just didn't cut it for me. Fairly slow paced. Explored some important issues I suppose.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Md9999

    A light read. Food for thought on a couple of issues, including teenage children.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    This book tells the story of the lives and friendships of four women over the course of a year. I was drawn to the book because these days, I am interested in reading about friendships. The women in this book go through a lot during the year and their relatiomships, both with each other, their spouses, their children and extended families are all put to the test. I think the author was too ambitious trying to tell four stories of four women and their familial relationships in one book and as a r This book tells the story of the lives and friendships of four women over the course of a year. I was drawn to the book because these days, I am interested in reading about friendships. The women in this book go through a lot during the year and their relatiomships, both with each other, their spouses, their children and extended families are all put to the test. I think the author was too ambitious trying to tell four stories of four women and their familial relationships in one book and as a result compromised on delving into the character and the relationships of each woman. At the end of the book, I felt that there was a lot more to be told of each women's story. Overall, I enjoyed reading the story and as it unfolded it was interesting to see some of what lead each woman to where she was. I just think at the end of the book, I didn't know the women well enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Dayo

    I think like the name suggest it really shows the strengths and weaeskness of friendship both potrayed by us and our friends. I am intersted with the four friends (Kirsty, Patsy, Janice and Clare) each having secrets and the level of them opening up to each othjer. to avoid breaking thjeir friendship and sisterhood. Birds of the same feathers flock but that does not mean they have everything in common. They are different in terms of opinoin, backgrounds, status but they come together to have a s I think like the name suggest it really shows the strengths and weaeskness of friendship both potrayed by us and our friends. I am intersted with the four friends (Kirsty, Patsy, Janice and Clare) each having secrets and the level of them opening up to each othjer. to avoid breaking thjeir friendship and sisterhood. Birds of the same feathers flock but that does not mean they have everything in common. They are different in terms of opinoin, backgrounds, status but they come together to have a sense of belonging. We need friends in our life. One way or another. This books talks of that.Lemmi finish then will tell you mo0re.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    Like most of her books this is set in a fictional town of Ballyfergus . Being from that country and knowing the other real towns mentioned I kept wondering what town or village she was using which threw me a bit That a side it is a great story of 4 women who have been through so much with their friendship over the years. Now each face different trials The ending was a bit rushed and could have been better but that aside it was a great read and once into it i was unable to put down until I finishe Like most of her books this is set in a fictional town of Ballyfergus . Being from that country and knowing the other real towns mentioned I kept wondering what town or village she was using which threw me a bit That a side it is a great story of 4 women who have been through so much with their friendship over the years. Now each face different trials The ending was a bit rushed and could have been better but that aside it was a great read and once into it i was unable to put down until I finished it. have read other books by same author and would read more by her.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan Taylor

    I really enjoyed this books and fell in love with the four main women in the story - you lived their highs and their lows. Wanted that wee bit more from the story but overall loved it and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good 'chick-lit' book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    EJ Reads

    A nice story about friendship and how it gets you through the ups and downs in life. I could sympathize with most of the women. I liked widow Kirsty's story the best, and probably Clare's the least, as there were points I kind of wanted to smack Clare. Lol. But overall, a good story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    A totay engrossing read ! Couldnt put it down

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Nice easy reading in the Cathy Kelly style, just nothing special and have forgotten character names and storylines already...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angela Swindley

    Good storyline. Could happen in real life

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sooze10

    Good book about keeping up appearances and the dynamics of a friendship group. If you liked this then you may like 'The Bridesmaid Pact' by Julia Williams.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Another book by Erin Kaye i could'nt put down, wants you open these books, you can't put them down, another lovely story, well worth a read, very enjoyable..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Jones

    Predictable and a bit wishy-washy but a easy read for summertime

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nada Mostafa

    3.5 !

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Jones

    I really enjoyed The Art of Friendship. It was a nice light read, but the characters were ones to whom I could empathise with.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    Slightly too sentimental for me but a very enjoyable read nonetheless!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Struggling to finish this book, may even go unfinished as it is so badly written!!!!.No depth or imagination to the words. I've never been so frustrated with a book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Great holiday read

  22. 5 out of 5

    R J Martin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dara Doyle

  27. 5 out of 5

    fi fenech

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol Daglish

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liz Pearce

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annette Sheehan

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