Review: One Summer Between Friends by Trish Morey

 

Title: One Summer Between Friends

Author: Trish Morey

Published: December 16th 2010, MIRA

Status: Read December 2019, courtesy Harlequin/Netgalley

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My Thoughts:

An engaging contemporary novel about friendship, and forgiveness, One Summer Between Friends is the latest offering from bestselling Australian author, Trish Morey.

“Best friends in the world. Best friends in the universe. Best friends forever.”

One Summer Between Friends unfolds from the perspectives of Sarah, Floss, and Jules, three women in their thirties, who have not spoken to one another in more than five years, their friendship since childhood having imploded in a rather spectacular manner. When Sarah reluctantly returns to Lord Howe Island, the three women realise they can’t avoid the past forever.

The major themes of the novel are those of friendship and forgiveness as Sarah, Floss, and Jules struggle to accept and atone for the betrayals that divided them. I thought Morey’s exploration of the issues between the women were realistic and thoughtful.

As Morey explores the women’s individual lives she also touches on a myriad of other themes including infertility, infidelity, unplanned pregnancy, breast cancer, alcoholism, and grief. I empathised with Sarah’s pain, Floss’s insecurities, and even Jules’s regret. There is a touch of romance too which I thought was lovely.

The primary setting for One Summer Between Friends is Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, 700km northeast of Sydney in the Tasman Sea. The tiny crescent shaped island, about 10km long and 2km wide with a population of less than 400, is a wonderful setting for the novel. Morey describes the delights of the area, from Ned’s Beach to the spectacular views, with affection that suggests she has spent some time there.

Moving and enjoyable I thought One Summer Between Friends was a wonderful read.

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