Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
By Lisa Verge Higgins
(5 Spot, Paperback, 9781455500314, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 19, 2013
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TOP THREE REASONS TO VISIT EUROPE:
1. Explore foreign cultures
2. Sample outstanding food
3. Desperately flee impending personal crisis
Lenny left his wife, Monique, a bucket list of things they'd dreamed of doing together before cancer took his life. For four years, she ignored it, too busy raising their daughter to consider the painful task of resurrecting shattered dreams.
But when her next-door neighbor, Judy, starts a slow slide into a personal crisis, and another friend, Becky, receives shocking news about her future, Monique realizes that Lenny's legacy could be a gift to three women in desperate need of a new perspective.
Whisking her friends away on adventures from London to Paris, from Monaco to Milan, she is determined to follow the bucket list to the letter-until one eventful evening knocks the three friends off the beaten path. Caught up in adventures of their own making, they begin to understand: Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find what you're really looking for.
While studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry, RITA finalist Lisa Verge Higgins penned twelve romance novels under her maiden name. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, an attorney, and their children.
"Readers who lose themselves in this wonderful book will be rewarded with the discovery of the value of true friendship."—Kirkus Reviews
"Do not miss this rich celebration of friendship - its power to heal, to fulfill, and to put life's adventures into perspective. This book is as comforting as a cup of tea with your best friend."—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of Return to Willow Lake
"Higgins writes with grace and humor, reminding us to hold tight to the ones we love."
--- Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
"The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is a lovely novel with moments of deeply moving insight into what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a friend. Read it and share it with your own friends-you'll be glad you did!"
--- Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of Beachcombers on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
"Full of humor, love, and life lessons, this is an uplifting and satisfying novel that lingers long after the last page."
--- Elizabeth Noble, bestselling author of The Reading Group and The Girl Next Door on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship
"[A] happy reminder that life is all about taking risks."
--- Publishers Weekly on The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship