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Kiernan (Catching Genius) again demonstrates her ability to portray true-to-life relationships between women. Ali Gutierrez is mother to 15-year-old Letty thanks to the egg donation of her best friend, Cora. Ali wants to have another child, but first has to convince her husband, Benny, and then Cora, to endure the process one more time. Cora, a free-spirit who's just returned to America from a teaching excursion in Chile, has news of her own—she has a debilitating genetic kidney disease, and she's not sure how to break the news to Ali. Meanwhile, Letty's going through growing pains with her bad-news boyfriend, and when poor choices begin endangering her life, it takes all three of her parents—Benny, Ali, and Cora—to try to save her. With realistic dialogue and pinpointed emotions, Kiernan paints a persuasive portrait of the bonds between mothers, daughters, and friends in this inspiring, heartbreaking tale. (Apr.)
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Kiernan’s third novel, following Matters of Faith (2008), is another foray into family drama. Ali and Cora have been best friends since childhood. Now in their forties, the two women lead very different lives: single Cora is a professor who studies wind trends, while Ali is a wife and mother. When Ali was unable to get pregnant, Cora donated her own eggs so that Ali could have her miracle child, Letty, now 14 and in full-fledged teenage rebellion. Cora has returned to Florida with a terrible secret: she’s suffering from a hereditary kidney disease that she fears she’s passed on to Letty. While Cora works up the courage to tell Ali what her family may be facing, Ali is contemplating the possibility of having another child even as her marriage is showing signs of strain, and Letty is sneaking out to see her troubled boyfriend. A late-in-the-game tragic twist might take the drama a bit too far, but all in all this is a satisfying exploration of an enduring, complex friendship. --Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful story about the bond of friendship between two women, Ali and Cora. When Ali is unable to have children, Cora steps in and donates her eggs so Ali and her husband, Benny, can realize their dream of having a child. The result? They have a healthy little girl who they name Letitia Makani (nicknamed Letty). Fifteen years later is when this story begins. Ali has decided she wants to have another child, using the rest of the eggs that Cora donated to her But, unbeknownst to her, Cora is headed home to Naples, FL, and she has a secret that will change the course of Ali's life, as well as the lives of Benny and Letty.

This is an incredibly well-written, emotional story that completely engrossed me from beginning to end. Told in alternating viewpoints, Ali, Cora, and Letty give us a different perspective on the situations that happen in the story. I love books that are told in this fashion. When they are written well, it adds another layer to the story, without confusing the reader. Kristy Kiernan masterfully weaves these voices together into one cohesive unit. It was very well done. I really loved the way this book was written. I feel that if the story was told from only one perspective then I would have lost something - that special spark that made the story so amazing and heartfelt.

To say that I was shocked at some of the events that happened is a huge understatement! I didn't see some of those things coming - at all! I'd suggest that you keep a box of tissues nearby because you will be crying your eyes out, just like I did! This book is so engaging and deals with very sensitive issues. Due to my personal experiences with infertility, I could relate to Ali, one of the main characters.
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Ali and Cora are the best of friends. The type that will do anything for the other. When Ali and her husband, Benny find out they can not conceive a child, Cora comes to the rescue and helps then have the baby they so desperately want. Now that the child is a teenager, Ali is feeling the yearning of wanting another child and there are frozen embryos that could be used to have another child. However, Cora has a secret that could change all of their lives forever.

I am a pansy when it comes to books about friendships. This one I loved! The story is told from three different viewpoints, Cora's, Ali's, and Letty's, Ali and Ben's teenage daughter. It was very interesting to read the story through three very different set of eyes. This story took turns that I did not see coming. This is a book about friendship, mother/daughter relationships and marriage. If you like a good girlfriend story, give this a try. I think you might just like it. It's a very quick read and I had a hard time putting it down.
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The subject matter was certainly interesting--IVF and organ donation. I did not feel the intensity of the issues as I should have. The author did not convey that in her writing style. It would still be considered a good book for a discussion group.
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OK first off, I had to use my husband's Amazon account as I apparently haven't purchased using my account. OK back to what you're reading this for.

Wow....that's really all I could say when I finished this one. It grabbed my interest from the moment I started it and it never let go. Lately I have just been kind of going through the motions with books I've read. I purposely started reading a slower pace with the previous read "The Mermaids Singing" and found it's much more enjoyable that way. However, with "Between Friends" I couldn't pace myself. I felt like I had been starved and was just given my favorite meal. I literally absorbed this book. If it weren't for work and sleep, I would have done nothing but stick my face in this and not come up for air.

It's a book about friendship but more so about family. These two women (Cora and Ali) have been friends since they were young girls. They grew even closer when Cora donated her eggs to Ali and her husband, Benny, when they were unable to conceive. This allowed Ali and Benny to bring Letty into the world. The book is told from Cora, Ali's, and Letty's point of views. You discover Ali's yearning for another child even though she's in her 40's. There is resistance from both Cora and Benny. You'll find that Letty doesn't much like the idea either and has her own way of showing her resistance.

Kristy Kiernan has the ability to bring you into the character's world. It seems not just as if you're a fly on the wall but as if you are actually part of their lives. Each character telling their own story definitely attributed to this but I don't think this was the only reason. I believe some people just find their niche, and Kiernan's has definitely found hers with writing.

This book did wreak havoc on all of my emotions but it has more than earned a spot in my favorite book's list.
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Ali and Cora have been friends since high school. Over the years, their friendship matured and the two women become tight like sisters. So it was only natural for Cora to donate her eggs when Ali was unable to conceive.

Fast forward to present time. Ali and Benny have a beautiful daughter Letty. Ali is extremely thankful for the gift of life Cora gave to her. In fact, she has it documented on her bedroom wall, aka "The Miracle Wall". Now that Letty is older and growing into a young woman, Ali cannot deny her desire to have another baby. She did preserve the remaining embryos in case she wanted to be pregnant again. And that time has come.

Benny, her husband, isn't as enthusiastic about having another child. If it were five years ago, then yes he would have agreed immediately. Now, things have changed. And bringing another child into the world is something he's not so sure of. Ali also needs to tell Cora. After all, the embryos are hers and she doesn't want to have the procedure until speaking with Cora first.

Cora has a secret of her own. A secret that she's not ready to share. Even with Ali. She's aware that time is no longer on her side and decides she must face this life-altering decision and returns home cope and tell Ali.

Between Friends is friendship at its best. Ali and Cora represent the true meaning of "I will do anything for you". Yes the woman argue and don't always agree, but deep down their friendship is real and solid. If you're looking for a good women's fiction novel, look no further. Between Friends is filled with intricate themes that causes the reader to feel a variety of emotions throughout the novel. It's a fantastic read, one I highly recommend.

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