Sunday, April 10, 2011

Crazy Book Tours Book Review: Friday Mornings At Nine

Friday Mornings at Nine
Author: Marilyn Brant
Title: Friday Mornings At Nine
Publisher: Kensignton Press
Publish Date: Oct 1, 2010
Review Copy From:  Crazy For Books Tours
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Every woman remembers her firsts: Her first kiss. Her first lover. And her first time contemplating an affair...

Each Friday morning at the Indigo Moon Café, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara meet to swap stories about marriage, kids, and work. But one day, spurred by recent e-mails from her college ex, Jennifer poses questions they've never faced before. What if they all married the wrong man? What if they're living the wrong life? And what would happen if, just once, they gave in to temptation...

Soon each woman is second-guessing the choices she's made—and the ones she can unmake—as she becomes aware of new opportunities around every corner, from attentive colleagues and sexy neighbors to flirtatious past lovers. And as fantasies blur with real life, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara begin to realize how little they know about each other, their marriages, and themselves, and how much there is to gain—and lose—when you step outside the rules...

Review:  Friday Mornings At Nine wasn't quite what I expected. Each woman in the story was hitting a crisis point in their marriages. As the story started it was hard to believe that any of the ladies would stay in their current situations.

Brandt writes from three different point of views in this novel, and each woman is vastly different from the others. The only thing they have in common is a dissatisfaction with were they are in their lives.

She really does a great job showing her readers why the women are in the state that they are in. She also shows how they grow and come to terms with their relationships, even if the end results aren't what the reader would expect.

This book isn't about happily ever afters. If it was, Jennifer, Bridget and Tamara would have either found new loves or stayed happily with their husbands, but that isn't the case. Marilyn makes these women real. The feel hardships. They make mistakes, some that they regret. None of them are perfect, but that's why the reader is drawn to them.

They all harbor, hopes and dreams that they cast aside years earlier for marriage. Marilyn takes you on their journey of self discovery.

Of the three women, Jennifer is the one who surprised me the most. She seemed more comfortable in her marriage and yet, when the story was ending, her marriage still wasn't good. I wished a little more for Bridget because she was the mousey one of the bunch. As for Tamara, the outcome there was what was expected.

I found this book hard to put down. Once I got wrapped up in the characters lives I didn't want to put it down. The only thing that bugged me was that she left some loose ends with Jennifer. I would have liked to have seen her situation resolved.

Rating: 4 flowers


heavenisabookstore said...

I really like the sound of this book, even though you weren't thrilled with it I will have to look into it. Thanks!

The Mistress of the Dark said...

It's a really good book, I just wanted a bit more closure at the end. The characters are fantastic.

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