by Marilyn Brant

October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7582-3462-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Trade Paperback

The Indigo Moon Café is a special place for three women. It is the chance for them to get out of the house and meet their friends for coffee and muffins. The chance to air woes and grievances and the chance to take a risk, even if it means letting friends know about one’s dissatisfaction with life.

Bridget is enjoying a new part-time job at a dental office. She is growing close to one of the dentists, Dr. Luke. They share many similar passions and work always flies by when she is there. Going home, she is faced with a husband who lives his life in routine and three kids who do not seem to appreciate her. Will she cross a line between friendship and cheating?

Tamara is a recent empty-nester, with her son Benji finally off at college. The emotional distance between her husband and herself that could be ignored for so long with Benji in the house, is coming to the forefront of their marriage. Add in the pressure of the hot new neighbor and things are heating up for Tamara. Will she know what to do with her marriage or will she hang on for the sake of hanging on?

Jennifer has recently been contacted by a college ex-boyfriend. Emails, texts, and phone calls are putting a vise grip on her heart. Did she make the right decision in marrying her husband, Michael, or is David truly the guy for her?

While this novel is ostensibly about three women and their trouble with the men in their life, it is ultimately much more than that. These women are dealing with dissatisfaction on many levels. Did they make the right choices? How are they leading the same mundane lives, day in and day out? The women are far from perfect and Brant explores their emotional lives with a deft touch. Unfortunately, the book sometimes gets bogged down in too many details and exposition and not enough dialogue, making for a slower read that did not always completely capture my interest.

Friday Mornings at Nine is a strong womens fiction book. It has a bit of romance, lots of friendship, and it fully explores the lives of three women, wondering, “what if?”. Brant delivers a story that will have you looking at your own life in new ways.

Reviewed in September 2010 by Sarah.

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