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Monday, 18 January 2016

That's What Friends are for by Marcie Steele

Best friends tell each other everything… right?

Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re still just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated …
Sam loves running her market stall with Louise by her side. They’re right at the heart of the community – and always one step ahead on local gossip. But Sam’s marriage is in a bit of a rut, and handsome stranger Dan has her wondering if the grass might be greener …

Louise is the life and soul of every party, but she’s hiding a broken heart, and worries about her beautiful but secretive daughter Charley. All she wants is someone to love – but could Mr Right be just around the corner?

Just when Sam and Louise need each other most, they suddenly have reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all. Can the two best friends put the past behind them, and help each other find love and happiness again?

An emotional and uplifting tale of love, secrets and the importance of having a best friend.

Title:               That's What Friends Are For
Author:           Marcie Steele
Published By: Bookouture
Date:               11th December 2015
Link:               UK: Amazon US: Amazon

My Review

This book was very much about real people and real life with no sugar coating. I must say in the beginning I was slightly confused with all the characters but they did all fall into place and they were relevant to the story.
I really enjoyed the book even though some of the characters were not immediately likeable and made mistakes in their lives, it showed that there were consequences for these bad choices and I did warm to them more throughout the story. I also really enjoyed the way the author explored the relationships between different characters, there was a focus on Louise and her teenage daughter. Louise had fallen pregnant at eighteen and was determined that wouldn't happen to her daughter but made the mistake of not listening to her when she was being bullied and also failed to take responsibility when she found out that some of the bullying was because of her behaviour.
I think the book really focuses on the complexities of life and love. The peer pressure faced by teenagers, the loneliness of a single mum who can't see what's under her nose, the sad demise of a marriage and the secrets that a friend will keep to protect a friend. I loved how everyone came together to help out and showed what the true meaning of friendship is.

Huge thanks to Bookouture for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Marcie Steele
I'm Mel Sherratt but I also write under the name of Marcie Steele. I'm a romantic at heart and have always wanted to write about characters who were not necessarily involved in the darker side of life. Coffee, cakes and friends are three of my favourite things, hence Stirred with Love for my first book writing as Marcie Steele. My second, That's What Friends are For, will be published in December 2015.

As Mel, I write crime thrillers, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch - or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer's Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Mandasue Heller, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all seven of my crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 20 and I've had several number ones.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter. You can find out more at my website or I'm on Twitter at @writermels

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