- Meg Raymond
THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) by Anna Brashares covers the themes of sisters and family and love and heartbreak with poignancy and humor.
Two lists with similar stories are "A Friend in Need" and "Dating and other Disasters of Modern Life".
Some other books you may enjoy:
THE SAVING GRACES by Patricia Gaffney
description: For ten years, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel have shared a deep affection that has helped them deal with the ebb and flow of expectations and disappointments common to us all. Calling themselves the Saving Graces, the quartet is united by understanding, honesty, and acceptance -- a connection that has grown stronger as the years go by.
SOMETHING BORROWED by Emily Giffin
description: Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney in Manhattan and diligent maid-of-honor to her best friend Darcy, Rachel has always done the right thing. But all of that changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when, after a few too many drinks, she ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé.
SWAPPING LIVES by Jane Green
description: What if a successful, single Londoner and a comfortable, Connecticut mother of two were to walk in each other's shoes for a month?
ON MYSTIC LAKE by Kristin Hannah
description: Annie Colwater's only child has just left home for school abroad. On that same day, her husband of twenty years confesses that he's in love with a younger woman. Alone in the house that is no longer a home, Annie comes to the painful realization that for years she has been slowly disappearing. Lonely and afraid, she retreats to Mystic, the small Washington town where she grew up, hoping that there she can reclaim the woman she once was--the woman she is now desperate to become again.
ANYBODY OUT THERE by Marian Keyes
description: Life in the Big Apple is perfect for Anna. She has the best job in the world, a lovely apartment, and great friends. Then one morning, she wakes up in her mammy's house in Dublin with stitches in her face, a dislocated knee, hands smashed up, and no memory at all of what happened.
THE SAME SWEET GIRLS by Cassandra King
description: None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But this spirited group of Southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, are nothing short of compelling.
REMEMBER ME by Sophie Kinsella
When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she's in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned.
Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident-in a Mercedes no less-Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she's about to find out just how much things have changed.
THE VIEW FROM MOUNT JOY by Lorna Landvik
description: When teenage hockey player Joe Andreson and his widowed mother move to Minneapolis, Joe falls under the seductive spell of Kristi Casey, Ole Bull High's libidinous head cheerleader. Joe balances Kristi's lustful manipulation with the down-to-earth companionship of his smart, platonic girlfriend, Darva. But it is Kristi who will prove to be a temptation (and torment) throughout Joe's life.
THE HONK AND HOLLER OPENING SOON by Billie Letts
description: Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Twelve years later, the once-busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened.
CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult
description: Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?
THE GEOMETRY OF SISTERS by Luanne Rice
description: What is one sister without the other? Is it even possible to imagine?
IN HER SHOES by Jennifer Weiner
description: (Rose and Maggie), who claim to have nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that they're more alike than they'd ever imagined.
All of these titles are owned by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. If you have a CRRL library card you may put any (or all!) of them on hold.
M. E. Raymond
Salem Church Road branch