Monday, 26 March 2018

A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape @SueF_Writer @wordfocus #BlogTour @annecater #Review

I'm delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape. Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

·         Format: Kindle Edition
·         File Size: 636.0 KB
·         Print Length: 308 pages
·         Publisher: Lakewater Press; 1 edition (21 Mar. 2018)
·         Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
·         Language: English

No-one said friendship was easy. 

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help. 

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire... 

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined. 

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea. 

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heart-warming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND. 

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So I have to admit that I started reading this story without having read the first book in the Friends trilogy. However I didn't feel any confusion over the story and set off reading as if it was a standalone. I really must make the time to read the first book though! The chapters are quite short and really help to move the story along. It was great to see the story told from both perspectives as this gave an even better insight to their characters. Especially as they each saw events differently, I thought it was a fun way of showing the reader how their personalities influenced how they saw a conversation or action differently. I guess the truth is somewhere in the middle! 

Terri and Lee entertained me throughout they are pretty much opposites when it comes to personality but somehow they work although not without complications hitting their friendship. Terri is lively and confident in her ways but isn't without her flaws but I couldn't help but like her. She had a way of making me smile with her actions and then combine it with her friendship with Lee and I was hooked on this story. Even though Lee is a more reserved character she still had a little bit of a feisty edge to her that made for some entertaining moments.

The pacing of the story is really good and has a great balance of humour, fun and emotional moments too. I really enjoyed getting caught up in Terri and Lee's world with their antics along with the up and downs that their friendship went through. I can't wait to see what is in store for Terri and Lee as I eagerly await book three. 

A Forsaken Friend captures a real friendship both the good and the bad along with a story that provides a lovely uplifting feeling!

With thanks to Anne Cater for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.
More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra. 

They blog about books at

You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus