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The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

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Rachel Braun was the inspiration to her group of friends, the one who lived each day to the fullest--and the one whose life was cut tragically short. Upon her untimely death, Rachel leaves letters for her three closest friends challenging them to face their biggest fears.

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Rachel Braun was the inspiration to her group of friends, the one who lived each day to the fullest--and the one whose life was cut tragically short. Upon her untimely death, Rachel leaves letters for her three closest friends challenging them to face their biggest fears.Publishers Weekly,Higgins's (Heaven in His Arms) life-affirming novel reduces a fearless foursome to three when the adventurous Rachel Braun dies of cancer at 38. Though Rachel kept her diagnosis a secret from her friends, she wrote each a challenge to be read after her death. Kate Jansen, a married homemaker with three children, is told to skydive ("you're overwhelmed by your life," Rachel writes). In Rachel's view, globe-trotting Doctors Without Borders nurse Sarah Pollard is blinded to love in her grief over her ex: "You need to win him back, or finally say good-bye." But it's Bobbie "Jo" Marcum, a single, commitment-phobic businesswoman, of whom Rachel makes the greatest request, by leaving her custody of her seven-year-old daughter: "Take Grace." Large and small, their decisions affect them all in transformative ways, as when Kate accompanies Sarah to find her ex, now a doctor living in India. Higgins's romantic tendencies (she's penned several romance novels) inform the proceedings; with her mainstream debut, she creates a happy reminder that life is all about taking risks. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
352
Author
Lisa Verge Higgins
ISBN-13
9780446563512
Publication Date
January, 2011
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10
044656351X

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This book begins with ...

This book begins with Kate, a stay-at-home mom afraid of flying, getting ready to jump out of an airplane - to skydive. She has been sent on this "mission" by a letter that she received from one of her dear friends Rachel. Rachel has passed away and sent a letter to many of her friends and family with last requests. This book focuses on three of those - Kate's, Jo's and Sarah's. They were brought together by Rachel and the four of them had remained good friends despite their differences. As I stated, Kate was a SAHM then we have Jo - a single workaholic, and Sarah - a nurse who worked overseas in many unpleasant areas. When Rachel dies, unexpectedly to them, but something she was well aware of, she sent each of them letters with one last request. These requests led them on journeys in which they learned to let go and began to hold on. Rachel pushed each one of them to do something they would never have done on their own, which led them to discover things about themselves that they may never have seen. This is a great story about the strength of women's friendships and the bonds that they share. If you are looking for a book for your book club, this would be a good one. There is also a reading group guide available.

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Looking at the cover o...

Looking at the cover of this book I was expecting a light chick lit type of book but there was much more to this book. Before Rachel dies, she leaves each one of her friends a letter asking them to do a special task. Each one is different and each one takes the recipient out of her comfort zone and will really test each woman in ways even I didn't see coming. Rachel wanted to help each woman grow and help them even if she could no longer be there. The characters are well developed and the story flowed wonderfully. I was worried it might be choppy and jump around a bit being about three women going in different directions but it was written very beautifully. I loved how Rachel was very much a part of the story even though she wasn't really there. I loved the book. If you like to read books about friendships than I think you will enjoy this book.There is a reading group guide included. It would be a great book for a book club. These women are so different and there would be much to discuss.

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Looking at the cover o...

Looking at the cover of this book I was expecting a light chick lit type of book but there was much more to this book. Before Rachel dies, she leaves each one of her friends a letter asking them to do a special task. Each one is different and each one takes the recipient out of her comfort zone and will really test each woman in ways even I didn't see coming. Rachel wanted to help each woman grow and help them even if she could no longer be there. The characters are well developed and the story flowed wonderfully. I was worried it might be choppy and jump around a bit being about three women going in different directions but it was written very beautifully. I loved how Rachel was very much a part of the story even though she wasn't really there. I loved the book. If you like to read books about friendships than I think you will enjoy this book.There is a reading group guide included. It would be a great book for a book club. These women are so different and there would be much to discuss.

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Am listening to this n...

Am listening to this novel on tape. Anyone that is trying to decide, or has not read it....You need to read this book. Very good!!!!!!!!!!Should we all have a friend that would know us well enough to be able to send us letters about what we should do to find happiness....I loved it.

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Letters, letters, lett...

Letters, letters, letters...did yours arrive yet? They weren't letters you would want to receive, though. They were letters from Rachel, a dear friend who had died unexpectedly, and contained her last wishes for each friend to carry out. Would you go to great lengths to fulfill a friend's dying wish? Most of the requests were outlandish, but were sent to be sure her friends would find happiness or do something they would never dream of doing. She really wanted all of her friends to improve something in their lives. Of course the friends felt obligated to carry out the requests even though Kate felt hers seemed to be the most daring and Jo argued that what could be worse than the one she received...but then came Sarah's.....all agreed hers seemed the most fun. They also thought that the attorney had mixed up the letters...how could Rachel expect Kate and Jo to complete these requests. Or maybe she knew something they didn't know about what was best for her friends? The book is refreshing, light, and at times a teary read that lets you enjoy some adventures both good and bad with the characters. It also makes you realize that sometimes unexpected circumstances are just what you need even though you don't think you could even come close to being able to achieve the goal. As her dear friends gathered at the grave for the year anniversary of Rachel's death, they all agreed: "Rachel didn't want us to through it alone." Page 335


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