‘Frances Metcalfe was not the type of woman who enjoyed large parties, especially large parties where you had to dress up in a costume. Given the choice, she would have stayed home and pierced her own nipples with dull knitting needles, but fund-raisers for Forrester Academy were not optional. Despite the thirty-thousand-dollar tuition fee, the elite private school’s coffers needed regular infusions of cash.’
The opening made me giggle and there were other times when I giggled, but this book is not a comedy.
Frances doesn’t have any friends. She has a child with difficulties and his behaviour at his elite private school has made it even more problematic.
Her only friend is Kate Randolph, a knight in shining armour. Her friend not only gives Frances confidence, Kate’s son Charles helps France’s son, Marcus become less a social pariah.
So everything is ticking along nicely, and of course this is when the wheels start to come off.
Both Frances and Kate have dark pasts, some darker than others.
As the past comes to light this friendship unravels and questions as to whether it can continue are raised. Ethical issues are raised and the reader begins to question whether they would remain friends with the information that is brought to light.
This was an easy read and I would classify it in the chick lit genre. While an easy read I did not particularly like this book. It was a little bit too contrived and I’m not a big fan of chick lit.
If you are looking for an easy, quick read then this is the book for you.
Author: Robyn Harding
Genre: Chick Lit
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2018
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