Book Review: Friends and Strangers by J Courtney Sullivan

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Imagine uprooting your life as you know it; moving from the big city to a small college town. Well, small compared to city standards anyway. You’re closer to your husband’s family, which is great since you just had your first child. You’re working on writing your third book, your husband is working towards his dreams, and you found a great sitter for the baby. It’s the perfect situation, right? Not always. Elisabeth finds this out quickly in Friends and Strangers by J Courtney Sullivan. Being in your thirties, being married, and living that family life doesn’t make everything perfect.

My Overall Thoughts on Friends and Strangers by J Courtney Sullivan

Told from the perspective of Elisabeth, as well as the babysitter, Sam, Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan is a nice, relaxed read that still provides some drama. Each woman has their different lives and obviously from the employer/employee standpoint, tries to keep them separate at first. However, they become fast friends and learn more about each others’ lives than they ever anticipated.

This was a pretty quick read and I loved the story. I got really wrapped up in the characters and their relationships. I didn’t want the story to end, so when it did, I wasn’t super thrilled with the closure. It felt like a lot of build up within the stories, and then BAM, it was done. This was a very character-driven story, so I wanted to hear more about how and why they ended up how they did. I wanted some reconciliation. I’m being very vague here as to not give the story away, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this after you read it!

I also loved the perspective this gave on motherhood and its challenges. Moving away from the friends you’ve known for a while and trying to make new ones isn’t easy. It’s especially difficult if you’re trying to make new friends in an already established group.

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My Favorite Character

This is a tough one for me. I really fell in love with most of the characters in Friends and Strangers by J Courtney Sullivan. They all had some great attributes, and some not-so-great attributes. However, those not-so-great attributes made for some delicious drama in their lives. If I had to choose, I think I’d choose George, who is the father-in-law of Elisabeth. He was definitely out there, but such a kind man, and so very lovable. I’m not sure there was any character in the story who didn’t love him, despite his quirks.

Although George’s part in the book seemed minuscule, he really plays a large part in most of the characters’ lives. I guess you could call him the antagonist of the story. However, I wouldn’t consider him the traditional antagonist. He draws out a lot of thought from the other characters, and really makes them better.

Would I Recommend Friends and Strangers by J Courtney Sullivan?

Yes!! Typically, I don’t love novels that don’t have some kind of major twist. This is why I love thrillers so much. For this reason, character-driven stories aren’t usually my cup of tea. However, I really enjoyed this one. This book contains some sexual content, IVF, infidelity, and brief discussions on miscarriage.

Get the Book

I got my copy via Book of the Month, which I highly suggest. It’s one of my favorite times of the month, picking out some new books that will be delivered within days to my door. This is why I have such a large to-be-read stack! Anyway, you can find more information about Book of the Month via my referral link. I do not earn commission from this link, just a book credit.

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