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Best Friends (Romantic Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

Consuelo Saah Baehr
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Special Note: Many of my readers have voiced objection to the ending of this book. I value my readers and their feelings. I heard their disappointment and made a decision to change the ending.

Three convent school girls make a promise to care for each other. They go their separate ways, grow into womanhood and try to find love and happiness until a mad man's actions bring them back together to fulfill their childhood promise. Old money, secrets, revenge, suspense, illicit love, women hurling toward a predetermined destiny.

Praise for Best Friends:
Editorial Review:

"Consuelo Baehr is a very talented novelist. She not only writes lovely prose, but she keeps you turning the pages, heart thumping, to see what will happen next." Rona Jaffe, author of The Best of Everything and Class Reunion

“Worth curling up under the covers with.” The Washington Post

“A pleasure to read . . . fascinating, extraordinary women…I wished they were my best friends.” Susan Isaacs, author of Compromising Positions, Shining Through

“Plenty of sex … It’s a good read.”
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It was unlikely they would ever meet. Yet fate brought them together first as naïve schoolgirls . . . then as complicated women facing events that would alter the shape of their lives forever.

NATALIE– betrayed by her first love and consoling herself with the richest husband in America who is both powerful and dangerous.

SARA – buried her ambitions until a blazing passion reminds her of all she has given up. Her suburban security is about to be shattered by a new job and a passionate affair.

MIRANDA – exotically beautiful, dangerously trusting and driven by her own sexuality. She is in love with a famous screenwriter whose scenario doesn’t include a wife.

Three women with little in common . . . except a pledge made when they were children when they knew nothing about what life would bring . . . a pledge they will be called upon to keep.


Product Details

  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Consuelo S. Baehr; Seventh Edition edition (September 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042RV8PS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Friends January 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Best Friends by Consuelo Saah Baehr is the story of three girls who meet while attending St. Mildred's academy for girls. As most young girls do, they make a promise to each other to remain best friends no matter what, until things suddenly change when Sara unexpectedly has to leave the school because of her father's passing. The book jumps ahead to tell the separate stories of the three women who did not keep in touch as promised and how they have grown on their own as strong women. Even though all three women have certainly had their share of heartache, their lives are still intertwined even though they may not realize it at the time. Best Friends is written in such a way that you are pulled in and can relate to the circumstances in at least one of the women's stories, if not all three. This book reminds us about the value of friendship and how even though friends may spend years apart, they are still willing to sacrifice everything to help a friend. You will experience friendship, love, pain, and loss along with Natalie, Sara, and Miranda from the beginning to the heart wrenching end! Best Friends does contain adult material best suited for mature audiences that are ages 18 and over.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical read June 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Best Friends was not your typical feel good story or a familiar story of triumph. The story was however semi typical of life that is to say that we all deal with crap, make poor choices and attempt redemption or make promises we can't keep but come through on in the end. My assumption is that the author identifies with the writer in Sara, the heartbreak and deceit in Natalie and the strength in M. I think she wrote the story that Sara had not.

I found it to be an interesting read. Some of the negative reviews are accurate, however the info they are looking for is not needed for the story line. The book does leave you curious as to what's next for about a minute, but you soon realize you can answer most of your own questions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parallel Lives March 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For a book entitled "Best Friends," the main characters spend the bulk of the book having little to do with each other. Other than attending the same school as children, they spend their adulthoods leading completely separate lives. The two who do reconnect are friendly acquaintances, at best.

All three women are interesting, well characterized and each story is compelling on it's own - there is just very little overlap until the climax and, at that point, you wonder why they're suddenly so devoted to each other after years of indifference.

All of the men, on the other hand, both the heroes and the villains, are incredibly undefined. They do things for plot purposes, then stop doing them, then do them again without much rhyme or reason. We don't know why any of the women love the men they do, or why the men do/don't love them back.

That said, for a .99 cent Kindle book, "Best Friends" was a fun, soapy read, well worth your time and money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Turning Pages April 8, 2011
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I am a big fan of Ms. Baehr's writing. She has a way of drawing readers into the story and not letting them go until the last page.

The three women in Best Friends met and became best friends at their boarding school. They promised to stay best friends forever and then, as they grew up and left school, they lost touch with each other.

The story followed each of the women as they led their separate lives. Rich details describing the setting and the well-drawn characters made me feel really involved in what was happening. The women didn't always make the best decisions, especially about men, but I cared about them. The men in their lives were very much secondary characters, but knowing what I did about the women and their backgrounds, I was not really surprised with their choices in boyfriends and husbands.

Eventually the three found each other again, though not in the way I'd expected. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil things, but when I reached the final few chapters I simply could not stop reading.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of your time even for free February 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book I was intrigued by the three main characters. But there was little character development for the three protagonists throughout the entire book while even the most minor characters (a nurse at a hospital), were explained in detail. The writing style and dialogue were clipped and several times I had to re-read sentences to comprehend what was happening.

None of the characters were likable. NONE. The book was disappointing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 6, 2011
By jlb
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The book started off okay, but I quickly lost interest in the characters. The writing just meandered along with aimless direction, and when I would put the book down and come back to it later I often forgot who was involved/connected to whom. The "friendship" that connects the main characters is very underexplored, and it's more a fairly boring snapshot of three lives wandering in and out of each other's. I wouldn't waste your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I scarcely know what to say about this book. When I came to the end of the story I had come to dislike every character in it...even some of the children. It began as a tale of three girls in a private school together and how they came to be connected with one another and then skipped ahead to look at their lives as adults. Having lost touch through all of those years, their stories once again merge together in a rather bizarre way. The books looks at the frailties of women - their hopes and dreams, unfulfilled desires, their marriages and lives as mothers. There are no happy endings in this book for anyone. It tended to jump around a bit and there were times I felt confused about what was happening to who. Despite all of the negativity, I liked the book well enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very touching story
truly enjoyed the story of three woman who met as girls and had parallel lives and then brought back together again in a very different twist of fate.
Published 2 months ago by diane giles
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality in fiction.
I loved this book. It rang true on so many levels. Sad, beautiful. Tragic. I couldn't put it down. The ending startled me, but it shouldn't have.
Published 4 months ago by Kate Arnone
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad writing good story
The writing was terrible. It jumped around without warning and it was hard to keep up. The plot was good. Kept me reading. The punctuation was horrible. And the ending just ended. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD!!
This is a good product! I would give it a an "A" ! I love it !I would recommend it to everyone!!
Published 9 months ago by Terri L Poynter
3.0 out of 5 stars good writing
I liked the story but the author never made me feel the supposed connection they had as children or adults.
Published 9 months ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Three friends. A boarding house. Three disrupted lives. Three sisterly bonds, broken by schools end. How do they turn out. What happens to your friends after school is over. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nan19805
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow
I thought this book was difficult to follow at the beginning. There were so many different characters whose lives were intertwined and the author was constantly skipping back and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sarah Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
I like it when authors know the back story of every character. As it turns out I don't like it when authors share that back story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Karen B. Jung
4.0 out of 5 stars Choices...We're All Forced To Make Them
Best Friends is well written and the characters are fully fleshed out. The story is about how friends can drift apart and also how they can act when they're suddenly brought back... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ~DJ Faz~
1.0 out of 5 stars didnt get halfway through.
This book I bought because the description sounded decent and the first couple of reviews that showed up said it was a pretty good book so I thought I would try it out. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Snowe
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Consuelo Saah Baehr was born in El Salvador to French/Palestinian parents. At age five she joined her father and five uncles in Washington, D.C. where they ran the prestigious boutique department store, Jean Matou, a favorite of Bess Truman and Jackie Kennedy. Convent boarding schools came next and George Washington University. After college she began writing advertising copy for the Macy Corp. Marriage and three children followed and the writing was silent until a stunning Op-Ed piece in The New York Times brought a flurry of offers from book publishers. The result was the personal memoir, Report From The Heart (Simon & Schuster). Four novels followed: Best Friends (Delacorte/Dell); Nothing To Lose (Putnam's); Daughters (Delacorte/Dell) and 100 Open Houses soon to be a Kindle original.
Daughters, a historical family saga set in pre-war Jerusalem, has been translated into 15 languages. It was published as a Kindle book in late August.

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