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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758234627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234629
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brant falls into the sophomore slump with this tale of three friends struggling through boring patches in their marriages. Tamara, Bridget, and Jennifer meet every Friday morning to discuss their mundane lives, the only hint of spice being the fantasy man each has her eye on. For Jennifer, it's college flame David; for Bridget, it's Dr. Luke, the dentist she works for; and for Tamara, it's Aaron, her younger next-door neighbor. After confessing to their crushes, the women agree to share what happens with the objects of their affection. This potentially steamy premise never picks up heat, though; it's difficult to tell the women apart, as their dull marriages and individual story lines are barely differentiated, and for a group of gossiping friends, they're awfully withholding. This is a disappointment considering the promise Brant showed in According to Jane.
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"Marilyn Brant's sophomore effort...is a brilliant character study of three very different women..."
--Manchester Books Examiner

"Readers will sympathize with women who feel stuck in their lives and don't know what to do next..."
--Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Friday Mornings at Nine is the perfect example of a book by an author whose writing just gets better and better. In her second book, Marilyn Brant's prose is superb..."
--Chicago Books Examiner

"Emotionally packed, it's hard to put down...this book was as much about friendship as it was about what goes on behind the closed doors of marriage...A highly recommended women's fiction read."
--Kelly Moran, award-winning author/reviewer

"Marilyn Brant masterfully writes on the intricacy of female friendship in a carefully crafted, entertaining and yet philosophical look at love, marriage and family."
--Megan Snider, Write Meg reviews

More About the Author

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in "Fiction & Literature" in 2012), all women's fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She's also a #1 Kindle & #1 Nook Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel. THE ROAD TO YOU, a coming-of-age romantic mystery (October 2013), was a Top 100 B&N Bestseller. Her novella "All About Us" was included as part of the new-adult romance anthology, ALL I EVER WANTED (January 2014). PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET (July 2014) is her latest release.

As a former teacher, library staff member, freelance magazine writer and national book reviewer for Romantic Times, Marilyn has spent much of her life lost in literature. She received her M.A. in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago, dabbled in both fiction and art at Northwestern University, studied the works of Austen at Oxford University and is a Lifetime Member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her debut novel won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 and a number of awards since -- including the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice, the Booksellers' Best and the Aspen Gold.

Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. When she isn't rereading Jane's books or enjoying the latest releases by her writer friends, she's working on her next novel, eating chocolate indiscriminately and hiding from the laundry.

Visit her website: www.marilynbrant.com

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen Dale Harris on September 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved Friday Mornings at Nine. I think every woman will identify with the three heroines - Bridget, Tamara and Jennifer. These friends aren't stock characters or cardboard cutouts. Their lives felt totally real, each fresh and unique thanks to Brant's eye for detail. In her hands, the premise -- three friends flirting with the idea of having an affair -- rises well above cliche. This story isn't about infidelity. It's about the choices we make, about the truths we share with our friends, and the secrets we keep -- sometimes even from ourselves. Neither preachy nor predictable, Friday's had me turning the pages, both laughing and reaching for tissues, until that final satisfied sigh. Afterward, like me, you'll probably be left with an irresistible craving for toasted chocolate chip muffins. A small price to pay, though, for the reward of such a thoroughly enjoyable read!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Ramer on September 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Indigo Moon Café on Friday mornings is the meeting place for three women. Outspoken Tamara, introverted Jennifer and nurturing Bridget have been repressing their own needs to take care of their families. But as their children are getting older and more independent, their lives are changing, too.

Tamara's husband is cold, and now that her son is in college she's noticing her young neighbor could warm her nicely. Jennifer loves her husband, but she never got over her first love who is in her life again. Bridget, whose husband makes her feel like wallpaper that carpools and cleans, enjoys her new job - especially the hunky dentist who shares her passion for cooking and gourmet food.

Men are involved in all their conflicts, but the book isn't about the men. It's about finding themselves again, it's about being first in their lives. And at the heart of the book, it's about friendship.

I loved Brant's first book, According to Jane, but this was even better. It has more of a grown-up feel, with women friends at turning points of their lives. The characters - women, men and families - felt like people I know, and it was fascinating to watch their stories unfold. I never knew what was going to happen.

Brant's writing has a Jane Austen feel that lets us see beneath the characters' surfaces. I'm a big fan of Austen's, and now I'm a huge fan of Brant's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MoranReviews VINE VOICE on November 15, 2010
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Author Marilyn Brant worked as an elementary school teacher, a library staff member, a freelance magazine writer and a national book reviewer before becoming a full-time novelist. According to Jane is her first novel, which won the prestigious 2007 RWA Golden Heart Award. Her next novel, The Grand European, is set for release in October 2011. Marilyn resides in Illinois with her husband and son.

This novel explores three women who contemplate wanting more outside of their marriage. Bridget, in a marriage with children, begins to feel an attraction for her boss, and though loves her husband, feels he just doesn't notice her anymore, nor allows her to explore her interests, like cooking. Tamara, in a marriage of convenience which has long grown bitter, begins feeling a sizzling attraction for her younger neighbor after her son goes away to college. Jennifer, though in a committed marriage with a man she loves, begins to feel regrets about her first love when he recently resumes contact for a college reunion. Exploring marriage, friendship, and being true to ones self is always shaky ground.

I was riveted to this author's first book, and this one didn't disappoint. Emotionally packed, it's hard to put down for all the sordid details and what ifs. This author writes with a very narrative voice, which usually makes for a detached read, but she really pulls it off and captures your attention. What intrigued me most was this book was as much about friendship as it was about what goes on behind the closed doors of marriage. Does anyone really know someone? Do we even know ourselves? Will we have the courage to go after what we want when presented with the options? This isn't a book about infidelity, and the author was very careful not to go that route or cross that line. A highly recommended women's fiction read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bielman on September 29, 2010
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I adored Marilyn Brant's debut book, According to Jane, and couldn't wait to get my hands on this, her second novel. She didn't disappoint. I immediately fell in step with the three women she writes about and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Friday Mornings at Nine is so well written, so engrossing, that I felt as though I was there in the story. The women are characters you root for and sympathize with, and each one carries a trait so relatable, that you'll wish you could meet them for coffee on Friday mornings. This is a book about friendship and honesty (with yourself and others) and real-life love, and it's layers of emotion stayed with me long after I'd finished the book. Ms. Brant captures the complexity of a woman's life so beautifully, it's a novel I highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Badran on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
After reading Brant's debut novel, According to Jane, I knew Friday Mornings at Nine would be a great read. It certainly delivered because Brant's style of writing made you feel right there at the café with the three women while discussing their experiences and challenges. Also, throughout the novel, I was looking forward to what would happen next for each of the women. Definitely recommend...
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