between friends book coverReviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Friends since childhood, Ali and Cora are each other’s confidants and shoulders to lean on when the going gets tough. They are also joined together by an unusual bond: when Ali and her husband Benny were having trouble getting pregnant, Cora donated her eggs and is the biological mother of their 15-year-old daughter Letty. Letty always knew the truth – thanks in part to the framed magazine excerpts about the arrangement – and having children of her own has always been the last thing on free-spirited Cora’s mind.

Diagnosed with a potentially fatal hereditary condition, Cora returns to the States after teaching seminars across the globe and dreads the difficult conversation with her best friend. Ali has a revelation of her own: she has kept the remaining embryos frozen and is finally ready to try for another child. Overshadowing their dueling news is Letty, whose reckless behavior lands her in hot water time and time again. The incidents have Benny reeling and drive a wedge between the couple, with Cora stepping in to pick up the slack and provide the support that Letty so desperately needs. Are three parents too many or is it just what Letty needs to survive her difficult adolescence and emerge unscathed?

Between Friends by Kristy Kiernan hits all the right notes – it’s dramatic without being overly so, it’s heartbreaking without being sappy, and above all, it’s unpredictable. Sixty pages from the end, I was convinced that I had the rest of the novel figured out. I could not have been more wrong. Kiernan’s talent is most apparent in her ability to create characters and situations that are true to life, and in life, there isn’t always a perfect ending.

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