The Trouble With Friends

Cheryl Phipps
The Trouble With Friends
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Cheryl Phipps
Release Date
December 2016
Book 1 of Sycamore Springs
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance, Romantic Comedy

Laugh-out-loud comedy drama from USA Today Bestselling Author Cheryl Phipps.
What happens when the love of your life hasn't got a clue?

Gillian Shaw
Nearly thirty, over-endowed with curves, and under-endowed with boyfriends, you could say that my life is not going to plan. Still hopelessly in love with my childhood friend and neighbor who only sees me as his best pal, it's finally sinking in that if I want a happily-ever-after I'm going to have to look further afield. This means putting my feelings for Jack behind me—no matter how much it hurts.

Jack Larson
I love Gill. Who wouldn't? Cute, kind, funny and my side-kick since school, Gill's suffered with me through a failed marriage and become a second mom to my six-year-old daughter. I like to make sure she's okay but life's just started to get crazy, changing way too fast and Gill won't listen.
I'm worried that I'll lose her friendship if I tell her what I know about the guy she's dating, and worried she'll get hurt if I don't. Then there's this other thing—what if I'm simply jealous?

5* "Couldn't put the book down, I enjoyed it thoroughly! I loved the characters & their funny, romantic, heartfelt stories they told. Nobody is perfect but it shows you after many years separated from family or a close loved one that you can both change & if you just listen to both sides of a story you can learn to forgive & move on & love again. Highly recommended book to read!"

5* "A funny light-hearted romance. Great read!!!Sycamore Springs is a place where people love to live. A small town where everyone gets a second chance, although it may take time and a lot of effort and you have to believe it's worth the risk of opening your heart once more."

Sycamore Springs Series

Book 1: The Trouble with Friends

Book 2: The Trouble with Exes

Book 3: The Trouble with Love

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Apr 16, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
216 people found the following review helpful
Jack and Gill live side by side at the bottom of the hill. Best friends forever, but one has always wanted more. A contemporary story that is well written in the first person with alternating points of view between Jack and Gill. Ms. Phipps gives you a fun, fast and easy to read HEA.

Gill has always lived in her parents' home next door to Jack. They went to school together, although Jack was a grade ahead, and since the first grade Gill has secretly loved Jack. She is a successful business owner of her own landscaping firm now, but during high school and college she never felt she fit in. At 28, she doesn't see Jack ever loving her as more than a friend, so she starts seriously dating Adam.

Jack looks out for Gill, like a little sister. Life and relationships are easy for him as the star high school quarterback and later a career as a successful developer in Sycamore Springs. He moved back home after a short, bad marriage and now lives for his little girl, Katie. Together Jack and Gill provide Katie with a loving home environment and Jack doesn't want that to change, but Gill has announced her engagement to Adam and Jack needs to decide what he really feels about his best friend.

I finished this story in one sitting. I felt Gill's frustration and pain at hiding her feelings for so long. There were times I wanted to slap Jack upside his clueless head. The characters felt very real to me and the story flowed from their points of view. Just one warning, if you are a traditional romance reader and don't want your H/h having sex with someone else in the story, this is not the book for you.
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