My Very Best Friend
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From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, to a journey of discovery, Cathy Lamb’s poignant novel tells of two women whose paths converge with unforeseen results—and reveals the gift of connection, and the challenges that can change everything for the better…
Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, and remains a mystery to her fans. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. And then there is her very best friend, Bridget, who lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. Bridget, whom Charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. Hurt by the silence, an opportunity arises to find answers—and maybe much more.
Charlotte must finally return to Scotland to sell her late father’s cottage. It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. But her plans are slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. And as she is drawn deeper into the community she thought she’d left behind, Charlotte learns not only more about her dear friend, but about herself—and discovers a new and unexpected path.
My Very Best Friend
After reading "Julia's Chocolates", and "Henry's Sisters", I found this book very disappointing. It was so predictable, almost becoming a cliche. My expectations were much higher.
Scottish setting not the only change
I enjoyed the book but it has a different feel than Cathy Lamb's others which I have loved. I pre- ordered the book. I love Scotland but the setting didn't help me love the story. I missed characters who were more eccentric or heroic than the Garden club ladies. All of the characters in Henry's Sisters are in my memory as are the chair artist, the heroic grandmother who designed sexy lingerie and the rich and sexy furniture designer. My Very Best Friend covered important topics although a bit out of date, as Charlotte's clothes. They gave us characters with quirks and stories to tell and who grew in the telling but it was too much a romance novel in the Scottish hills for me.