A chance meeting between former best friends Lainey Carson and Sydney Beaumont, who haven't seen each other since they left high school in Newport News, Va., 18 years earlier, leads to lies and deceptions aplenty in this less than satisfying psychological melodrama from Arnold (Pieces of My Sister's Life). Sydney, the proprietor of an occult shop, Six of Swords, where artist Lainey has interviewed to paint a mural, manages to persuade her childless old friend to hide her 12-month-old, Molly, to keep the baby safe from her abusive husband, whom Sydney plans to divorce. When Sydney and her hubby later announce on national TV that their baby has been kidnapped, Lainey must go on the run with Molly, to whom she grows increasingly attached. Unlikable main characters will make it tough for readers to root for this twisted tale's supposed heroes, Lainey and Alex, the solemn stranger who appears out of nowhere to try to save her from her fears. (Mar.)
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"You will not want to put this book down...Arnold pens a dramatic story about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Her characters are our neighbors and friends, just trying to get through life the best way they know how. Readers who like words that paint a picture will enjoy this story, as the images leap from the pages."—Romantic Times, Top Pick!
“A truly compelling story that will force you to ask yourself, ‘What would I have done?’ . . . A great read for book clubs!”—Sandra Kring, author of The Book of Bright Ideas and How High the Moon
"When We Were Friends packs an emotional punch...Elizabeth Joy Arnold has written a story that ropes you in from the get-go and keeps you hanging on till the last page with a storyline so moving it is hard not to enjoy and embrace this book."—Coffee Time Romance
"The cast is fully developed with flawed characters...[an] exciting thriller that asks how far you will go for a friend."—Genre Go Round Reviews
"A fast-paced novel about trust and deception that will keep you entranced as it debates what lengths you should go to for a friend."--Chicklit Club
This book was an awesome read, it had a lil of everything you would want in a book :0) recommend FOR SUREPublished 12 months ago by Patricia Varela
Would recommend to any book club. Our past, our friendships, keep us turning the pages waiting for the ending. Powerful.Published 18 months ago by john bartley
Love everything author has written. Own them all. Can not wait for the new book to come out next year.Published 18 months ago by Lisa A. Montgomery
This book I made the mistake of purchasing with about 6 others, so I haven't quite finished it, but it seems to hold promise.Published 20 months ago by Pookie
I thought that the book was good but was surprised with Alex. And was mad with Sydney at times. I really wonder what I would have done if I was Lainey.Published on July 25, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I've read this author before and I enjoy her style and voice.
The positives: The story doesn't drag as some do, it's progression feels natural. Read more
I chose this book for my book club. We all finished it and basically shared the same sentiment. The plot was unbelievable (which is fine, since it is fiction and I can accept... Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Wendy K.
I loved this book and could not put it down. I felt the same way about Pieces of My Sister's Life. This author's books are ones you don't want to miss!Published on August 5, 2012 by Grace
I really wanted to like this book. After reading the back cover I was intrigued and bought it. I liked her writing style (and she's from New Jersey Yeah! Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by "new" Jersey girl