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With A Friend Like You – Fanny Blake. – Blog Tour …

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Back of the book : 

Beth is in supreme control of her life family, with a stellar career and her house an oasis of calm. Her closest friend, Megan, is very different ; yet somehow she swims through the chaos of her family with ease. While they could not be more different, Beth and Megan have a genuine friendship built on years of laughter, tears and a true understanding of each other.

But when Beth’s daughter reveals a surprising secret, recriminations and misunderstandings develop into a full-blown row and then a simmering feud. As the two women square up to do battle in the London suburbs, there’s everything to play for …

What I think : 

Beth is married to Jon, they have two daughters Ella and Amy. Beth is a very organised person, everything has a place and everything should be in it. She has a top job as a lawyer.

Megan is a lot more laid back and lapsidaisical, she’s a teacher at the local school.

Beth and Megan have been friends for years, they have been through everything together. They’re really close, more like family than anything else. When Beth’s daughter Ella tells her some unwanted news, she does the only thing she has always done, she turns to Megan for extra support. However when Megan reveals that she may already know about Ella as she told her about it a few weeks ago, and didn’t tell her, Beth takes it very hard and they fall out over it. Then things get even worse when it comes out that this ‘problem’ also concerns Megan, Beth can’t believe how things have gone so wrong, and can’t believe how Megan has let her down.

Will the two women ever be able to put their differences aside long enough to sort things out or will they never speak again … ?

This is a story about the stresses that modern women have to go through and how they cope with every day life, and how when the chips are down they battle through to the other side. I must admit this is the first Fanny Blake book that I’ve read. I found it very enjoyable. I could identify with the characters, however I didn’t like Beth’s character very much to start with. I felt she was only thinking of herself and what she wanted for her and not actually what her daughter wanted. Once she got over the shock though she did become a better person and came through for her daughter. Megan on the other hand, I did feel sorry for because she was stuck in the middle of Beth and her daughter and was trying to do the right thing by both of them.

This is a wonderfully written story with some really strong characters, that shows some of the twists and turns that make up family life.

I give this book a well earned 8/10.

Published by Orion on 13/08/15.

A very big Thank you to Lucy Richardson at Orion Publishing for the review copy of the book.