Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-0345506221
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

In this entertaining story we meet four women who met when they answered an ad for an apartment. Since that time and a decade later, Quincy, Talia, Chloe and Jules have kept in touch, take a yearly getaway together and share their problems. Although they have remained friends throughout the years, their lives have taken different directions.

Quincy and her husband are looking for the perfect home. Chloe is trying to play the role of a trophy wife. Talia, who is a bit concerned about her husband’s lack of ambition, is jealous of her well-off friends. Jules is an independent soul who is starting her forties alone. Things get a shake up, when Jules tells her boyfriend about the bargain apartment Quincy is going after. Talia is going after a job that was supposed to be for Chloe and they all have to deal with relationships, children and friendships.

I read Sally Koslow’s THE LATE, LAMENTED MOLLY MARX and really enjoyed it. So, I was interested in reading her, WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE. However, even though I enjoyed this story, I found THE LATE, LAMENTED MOLLY MARX better.

Ms. Koslow writes a truly good story that will keep you turning the pages. The characters are lively and warm, they jump off the pages and I found myself sympathizing with some and cursing others. Ms Koslow really gets into her characters and uses wit and insight to bring them to life. This is a story about friendship, family values, love and forgiveness. There were some interesting twists at the end, where you thought things would go to hell in a basket. There was a wonderful solution, where you thought everything was fine, the characters were happy, and then their lives fell apart. I know that whatever you think, you will come away from reading this book with warm feelings and a desire to be a really good friend.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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