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The Girls' Weekend [Kindle Edition]

Jaci Byrne
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Following the success of her debut novel, ‘Best Friends and Bastards’, Jaci Byrne is proud to offer her latest novel, ‘The Girls’ Weekend’. A born storyteller, Byrne once again writes an entertaining novel exploring the depths of love, friendship, loyalty, jealousy and grief.

Ever since they met in their first year of High School in the late 1960’s and named their group, ‘The Blonde Babes,’ Jasmine, Jane, Sandi and Carla have remained the best of friends.

In adulthood, over the years, they have celebrated their continuing friendship at their annual girls’ weekend away together.

However, all that comes to an end in March 2006, when through the events of the weekend away on Australia’s Gold Coast they begin to realise that none of them is who or what they have seemed in the past.

As an affair begins, a marriage ends, and dramas with a runaway child unfold, their friendship explodes and each of the four friends is forced to choose sides.
And one of them will become the ultimate betrayer...

Product Details

  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jaci Byrne (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You call these people friends? June 20, 2012
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If the characters can't find anything about each other to like, then how can you expect the readers to like them?

I'm sorry to say that this book was very amateurish. All of the background information was given at the beginning. The author wrote the thoughts of every character in a scene instead of writing a scene from the perspective of one character and then showing the other characters' thoughts through their actions or words. When we know what everyone thinks, there's no tension in the story.

The story lines were also implausible. For 90% or more of the book, two of the characters are self-centered and bitchy, then suddenly they become forgiving and reasonable. Sure, this happens in other books, but it's the result of character growth, which isn't shown in this story. The characters are exactly the same for the entire story and then suddenly, they change.

One character's son is living in a cult. She finds him there, he won't leave with her. She goes home and tells her husband and he gets mad at her for looking for the son. So, for several months, she does nothing to find her son. But, one day her husband and one of the other friends goes to get him and they are able to get him out of the cult in a day. Really?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Forced myself to finish May 30, 2012
By alivals
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This book really dragged on for me. The characters were superficial and unbelievable, although Jasmine and Carla were the most likable. The book was a cheesy soap opera and I found myself laughing in disbelief at the plot line, it was ridiculous at some points. I would not recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my time in reading this May 21, 2012
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I could not get into this book. The characters are not engaging at all, and several are downright annoying. The plot was basically four completely self-absorbed women sitting around carrying on conversations with themselves while drinking champagne. I will delete this one from my Kindle account for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read... June 11, 2014
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Like watching a chick flick! I read it last summer and then again this summer. Perfectly captured the personalities present in every circle of girlfriends...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Kindle Book so far September 16, 2013
By yilbit
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I loved this book. Not your average story! I was constantly filled with anticipation of what would happen next! The author continued to surprise me with with twists that I didn't expect to happen. Great read for those that love a little mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read December 1, 2012
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Wasn't what I expected. But did help pass time. Ladies were kind of unrealistic at times. However, I was forced to smile occasionally.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Girls' Weekend July 14, 2012
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I agree with most of the other reviews - do not waste your time with this book. The story is choppy and does not engage the reader, the characters are not enjoyable. I forced myself to read 8 chapters, should not have wasted my time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time!!!! June 22, 2012
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The characters were shallow , the plot unbelievable and the entire book was a waste of my time. I finished the book hoping the end was going to make it worth my time- it did not. If these women were friends then no one needs enemies. ( On top of that the Australian expressions and sayings were a distraction and nuisance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Defining the power of friendships between women, and that the power of forgiveness is possible and letting go of the past is possible
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Was a really good read!
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easy read
Published 8 months ago by Katherine Orourke
2.0 out of 5 stars I liked the story
I liked the story, it had some really good twist. But for me, the grammatical and spelling errors drove me nuts!
Published 9 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a great light read. Funny and sad at the same time.
Published 10 months ago by opheliab
3.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic.
Rather hard to follow-jumping from one character to another too often. It carried me away from reality-nice escape reading. Dicey!!!
Published on March 25, 2013 by mary hood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I liked this book because it shows that despite the back stabbing, the lying, the cheating with each others spouses, true friendship should prevail despite differences.
Published on March 5, 2013 by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars They're flawed but fabulous
I wanted to shake them, smack them, give them a good talking to...but these are girls I've met, I know, girls that for the most-part I'd want on my team. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Moizy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
This book will leave you speechless and wanting you to try some of the experiences portrayed in your own life.
Published on December 31, 2012 by LoveFire
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More About the Author

From an early age, having been accused of being a 'notorious exaggerator' one too many times, Jaci Byrne knew she was destined to perform in some form or another.

Her dancing aspirations flew out of the window after realising that her slightly chubby thighs were not ballerina material.

And although her acting roles were quite prolific she soon tired of being a supporting act (think tree, think pumpkin.)

A singer? Perhaps not...

It was aboard a ship, aged 13, whilst immigrating to Australia from the UK with her family that Jaci discovered her penchant for the written word. Having become infatuated with a fellow passenger, a Dutchman seven years her senior, who spent his days in the ship's library writing to his girlfriend back home, Jaci sat close by writing of their unrequited love and hoping he would notice her.

He didn't, and when her writings were discovered by her irate father Jaci was confined to her cabin for the remainder of the trip for being (you guessed it) a 'notorious exaggerator,' amongst other expletives.

But the penny had finally dropped... Yes, perhaps she was a notorious exaggerator, but she was very good at it! A writer was born!

However, as with most women - maturity brought reality: an education, a career in nursing, marriage, two children, and mortgages. You get the picture.

Fast forward twenty years. Now happily 'empty-nestled' on the Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia, old marriage and career a distant memory, Jaci lives with the love of her life, husband Doug, and devotes her time to her beloved writing.

Her debut novel, 'Best Friends and Bastards' was released on Amazon in December 2011,and her second novel, 'The Girls' Weekend' was released in April 2012. Her latest novel, 'Penny Lane' is now available. Inspired by Jaci's love of the Beatles' music the novel was coincidentally released on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first single release Love Me Do.

Jaci's work is interwoven with twists and turns, humour and compassion, intrigue and passion. She writes about relationships, about ordinary women facing extraordinary situations. About you, about me, about we, and about how we interrelate.

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