Looking to escape into a world of medical drama with a strong emphasis on platonic love? Look no further than Author Susan Tarr’s latest release, Friends to the End: The Journey of a Lifetime!
Two women at opposite ends of the social spectrum.
One unlikely friendship.
When Bethany and Kate first meet they have nothing in common, but their lives soon intertwine as they both embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Paperback, 355 pages
Published November 14 2017 by Junction Publishers
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit, Medical Drama
Themes: Friendship, Platonic Love
AWRW Rating: 4/5 Stars
“They had a bond that spanned two opposing lives and belief structures, yet something had brought them together.”
It was only supposed to be a cleaning job, but Kate’s conservative life changes forever when she meets Bethany and is pulled into her world of mood swings, crazy friends, and weird relationships.
I really enjoyed Friends to the End because of its underlying theme of the intimacies of platonic female friendship and the importance of emotional support, (sharing and overcoming burdens), especially in difficult times. What some may find in a romantic partner and/or marriage, others can find in platonic relationships. I found this perspective/plot point unique, considering the majority of novels that I’ve read have featured women protagonists against backstabbing women antagonists. Friends to the End was an exception, and I found it refreshing.
“I don’t need party dresses or a man to make me feel complete. If I weren’t here with you, where would I be? You don’t know how much I’ve enjoyed being part of this these last few months.”
I loved Bethany, even is she was a tad narcissistic. She made me laugh with her wild tales and complete lack of filter. While her point of view was limited, compared to Kate’s, I felt like I knew her just as much. The characters of Friends to the End were well developed with distinct voices and personalities. Even the secondary characters had a strong impact on the story and I enjoyed the revolving door of crazy that entered Bethany’s home.
“Everything about Bethany was soaked in entitlement and a life lived through the pages of glossy magazines.”
Overall, this was a great read. If you are looking to escape into a world of medical drama with a strong emphasis on platonic love, then look no further than Author Susan Tarr’s latest release, Friends to the End: The Journey of a Lifetime!
About the Author
Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.
She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.
Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”
New Zealand Creative Arts Awards 2012
2016 1st prize Literary Fiction award.