What I’m Reading: When We Were Friends

I just finished up reading When We Were Friends: A Novel by Elizabeth Joy Arnold.  Most of my books I listen to as an audio books but this one I actually read on my Kindle.


The book was pretty good.  No it wasn’t riveting but an okay story.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Lainey Carson and Sydney Beaumont were the closest of friends—until they reached high school and Sydney’s burgeoning popularity made it easy for her to leave the contemplative, ungainly Lainey behind. 

Eighteen years later, Lainey, who lives at home caring for her mother, is an artist who’s never found the courage to live her dreams. When Sydney shows up on her doorstep with her infant daughter, insisting that Lainey is the only friend she can trust, Lainey reluctantly agrees to take temporary custody of the baby to protect her from an abusive father. 

But that very night, Sydney appears on the evening news—claiming that her daughter has been kidnapped. Unsure of whom she can trust, Lainey is forced to go on the run with a child who is not her own—but whose bond with her grows stronger every day they spend together. In search of a safe place to stay, Lainey befriends a man who, concerned for their welfare, offers them a home. But as the two grow closer she starts to realize that he may be harboring his own secrets.

An utterly riveting story that will keep you turning the pages, When We Were Friends asks how we define motherhood and family, whether we ever truly overcome our pasts, and what friendship really means.”

I have to say that part of the plot was iffy.  The mom, Sydney, would have been watched like a hawk had this been a try story.  In this book she can make phone calls and do many things without being suspected of much.  I would hope in real life the police don’t really work like that.  The mystery part of the book I figured out fairly early in the book but was happy to keep reading as I didn’t know how the book would come to an end.

Amazon readers give the book 3 1/2 stars.  I guess I’d go 4 stars.  All in all not a bad book.  Now I need to find another book to read….any suggestions??

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: When We Were Friends

  1. Nell

    I just started Loving Frank by Nancy Horan for our library book club. First few chapters have sucked me in—feel a staying up late to read night coming on this weekend. . . .

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  2. marie

    Have you “The Walk” by Richard Paul Evans? It’s a 4 book series with 5th due out in May. Very good read.

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  3. norma

    I listened to A Long Way from Chicago awhile back. It’s a young readers books but it was fun listening. Am currently listening to THE BOOK THIEF.

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  4. Julie in WA

    Yep, I second “A Long Way From Chicago”, as well as the follow-up book, “A Year Down Yonder”. Both are so funny, and the readers bring the story to life like never before. Midwesterners can truly appreciate the writings of Richard Peck.

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  5. Dee Larkin

    I enjoyed Loving Frank. I just got done reading Search of Purple Cows by Susan Call. The Invisible Wall was also interesting.

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