Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated…
On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.
Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love – but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.
When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.
That’s what Friends Are For by Marcie Steele has to be one of my favourite chick lit books this year. Marcie manages to bring her characters to life, so you almost believe you know Sam and Louise personally, foibles and all. To begin with I did get confused by the number of characters that we are introduced to, but thankfully by about half way through the book I was able to keep track of who was who. The central characters to that’s What Friends Are For, are Sam and Louise, I loved the relationship between them, it’s very typical of “real best Friends”. The dialogue is refreshing and humorous adding to the credibility of the book, and it’s not just a “fluffy” chick lit read, it’s got substance.
There are various plots running through That’s What Friends are for infidelity, friendship, love and secrets, and I’m sure many of us can relate to this book due to the very credible plots. As friendships become strained and truths are told, you get more drawn into the world of Sam and Louise, and the friends that surround them. Louise’s struggle as a single parent to her daughter Charle was especially poignant, as was Charlie’s struggling with cyber bullying. That’s What Friends Are For has plenty of drama with dashes of humour thrown in to keep the reader enthralled to the very last page.
I really enjoyed That’s What Friends Are For, it’s heartwarming and endearing, and kept me entertained to the last page. Marcie Steele is super talented in my eyes she is able to write chick fiction with flair, but also writes absorbing books as her alter ego Mel Sherratt, a rare combination, and I will continue to wait for her next books in both genres with baited breath.
5☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me
Publishers: Bookouture 11th Dec. 2015