Brunch and Other Obligations by Suzanne Nugent.

This book is about three “frenemies” – Nora, Christina and Leanne. They all knew each other when they were younger, but are properly reunited due to the death of their mutual best friend Molly. They have to navigate their way through their own personal grief by attending monthly brunches – one of the final requests that Molly has made of them. As the brunches progress and the story moves on, they start to re-evaluate their decisions and paths that their own lives have taken. They are all incredibly different from each other and this does serve as a sticking point in them being able to form any sort of relationship, however maybe being different to each other is not such a bad thing after all?

I really enjoyed seeing the dynamic between the three women and I was particularly intrigued by Nora, and I think I enjoyed her story the most – she seemed to me to have the biggest journey through a readers’ eyes – although I’m not sure she would have realised that herself! The whole story idea was a really interesting concept and I liked the chatty narrative style being consistently in the first person. It felt like we were almost being allowed to watch these lives from afar, with a narrator picking up on key points.

I would definitely recommend this book. I am always intrigued how the death of a close friend has an impact on those left behind and I felt that this book summarised it all really well.

Thank you to Netgalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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