Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

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Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

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Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: I didn't think I was going to like it - but then I just couldn't put it down. A great holiday read.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 432 Date: April 2011
Publisher: Arrow
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0099557746

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Rachel Miller and Darcy Rhone had been friends forever. Rachel was the older by just four months, but it was Darcy who sailed through life getting everything that she wanted. Rachel might have reached her teens first, got her driving licence first and then gone on to become an attorney, but on the eve on Rachel's thirtieth birthday Darcy is the one who is having a whale of a time, with her glamorous PR job and very presentable fiancé. Rachel is very obviously still single – and then an ill-considered birthday fling puts everything in jeopardy and – to cap it all - she begins to realise that her friendship with Darcy might not have been all she thought.

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada tells us that this is a heroine we'll root for. Well, I'm afraid that I didn't. I wanted to tell her to apply her lawyer's brain to the situation and pull herself together. At one point I very nearly reminded her that a man who marries his mistress creates a job vacancy. Then I realised that I was so involved with this woman and her rather complicated life that I was trying to give her advice. What's more I couldn't put the book down.

I wasn't too far into the book before I'd decided how it was going to work out. Well, it was obvious, wasn't it? Actually, it wasn't. The more I read, the less certain I was and I really didn't know how it was going to work out until the last few pages. Friendships, relationships all seemed to stagger on despite all the evidence being that they should collapse. But then, that's what happens, isn't it? There's a love story in there, but this is really all about friendships and the way that they can be abused.

It's a good story. It's deftly written and the fact that Emily Giffen was an attorney means that she really knows what she's talking about when she describes Rachel's job. It's classy stuff and despite the fact that this really isn't my sort of book I'm just wondering where I could pick up the sequel…

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

If this book appeals then you might like to try Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs and The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes.

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