Friday, March 11, 2011

The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship by Lisa Verge Higgins

Summary from Goodreads

Rachel Braun was the inspiration to her group of friends, the one who lived each day to the fullest - and the one whose life was cut tragically short. Upon her untimely death, Rachel left letters for her three best friends challenging them to face their biggest fears.

Sarah, an international relief worker, must travel half way around the world to track down the only man she ever loved. Stay-at-home mom Kate must confront her fear of heights by skydiving and soon finds that her new hobby is affecting her once-tranquil marriage. And Jo, a media mogul voted "least likely to breed," is given the most terrifying assignment of all: caring for Rachel's orphaned and grieving little girl.

Even as these women mourn Rachel's passing, her legacy lives on and their lives are enriched by a friend who, in many ways, knew them better than they knew themselves.

My Thoughts

Looking at the cover of this book I was expecting a light chick lit type of book but there was much more to this book. Before Rachel dies, she leaves each one of her friends a letter asking them to do a special task. Each one is different and each one takes the recipient out of her comfort zone and will really test each woman in ways even I didn't see coming. Rachel wanted to help each woman grow and help them even if she could no longer be there. The characters are well developed and the story flowed wonderfully. I was worried it might be choppy and jump around a bit being about three women going in different directions but it was written very beautifully. I loved how Rachel was very much a part of the story even though she wasn't really there. I loved the book. If you like to read books about friendships than I think you will enjoy this book.There is a reading group guide included. It would be a great book for a book club. These women are so different and there would be much to discuss.

I received this book for my honest review from the publisher


  1. This sounds really good and has been promptly wish-listed!

  2. I also thought this would be a light chick lit book, but it sounds wonderful! Adding it to my TBR pile.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful read! I will also add it to my TBR list.

  4. I wondered about this one. I loved the cover but wasn't sure about the book itself. But, thanks to you, I'm adding it to my TBR list.

  5. I was under the same misconception when I first saw this cover, but reading the reviews makes me think it belongs on my own reading shelf.


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