bookends by Jane Green
After recently finishing one Jane Green book (Summer Secrets), I went to shelf that one and found this one that I picked up at a sale years ago…. with a title like that, how I could pass on it? ~Sheila
Catherine, Simon, Portia, and Josh were the inseparable four during their college years. Catherine (Cat) always the side kick who blended well with the rest enjoyed her cozy life and circle of friends and like her comfy sweater, she was happy with things just as they were. Simon (Si) was always looking for love with just the right guy but love – true love for whatever reason eludes him. Portia is tall, slender and gorgeous. She is used to getting whatever she wants with just the blink of an eye but carries a coldness within her. Josh wishes he could win Portia’s heart but has more or less given up on that dream.
Then one fateful night of poor choices and damaged egos breaks the group apart and Portia finds herself left behind.
Years later Josh is married to the delightful Lucy. Cat and Si are still very single… Cat happily and Si not so much. The four get together frequently for dinners and talks. When Portia suddenly arrives back in their lives, her appearance unleashes events that threaten to push apart the friends. At a time when Cat is starting to believe in love again she instead has to deal with her old friend and the damage that can be done when trust is not an option.
Score another one for Jane Green! bookends was a delightful read and surprised me when I found out that bookends is actually the name of a book store within the book. Well hello good story! I enjoyed spending time with this group of friends as they lived out their dreams and their worst nightmares. I find that it is a bonus when a book makes you wish you knew the characters in real life and that is what bookends did for me.
Jane Green once again surprises me with a fun light read with real life issues. In bookends you will get it all – the fun, the pain, the reality of living in today world… the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s good to have good friends to help get you through.
Jane Green fans do not miss this one. If you liked Summer Secrets, I think you will enjoy bookends as well. Jane Green will be an author I keep an eye on.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 27, 2003)