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A novel about friendship, love, and following your heart.
Sophie Wharton is in control. Whether life is going according to plan or throwing her for a loop, Sophie is determined to remain calm and in charge. It’s no wonder she’s the successful owner of one of Seattle’s most charming cafés, The Cup and the Cake. Her lemon meringue cupcakes, petite French treats, and cappuccinos always leave customers coming back for more. Naturally, her camaraderie of college girlfriends are still thick as thieves a decade later. And it should come as no surprise that she has her own cozy apartment in the hip part of town and grand goals for her future.
Of course Sophie has had her share of rough times, and recently some unexpected surprises have emerged. Her best friend Claire has moved across the state, the demands of her café are mounting, and some major changes among her circle of friends are shaking things up. But it’s nothing Sophie can’t handle.
When it comes to her love life, however, Single Sophie’s at a loss. She approaches it the way she does nearly everything in life–by trying to call all the shots. But love doesn’t work that way, and as Sophie examines her past relationships–thinking back on romantic trysts in Paris; college mistakes; the relationship responsible for the Year of Heartbreak–she must come to accept that love is an unpredictable, untamable, and often unexpected force.
This is the witty and heartwarming conclusion of the When Girlfriends collection, a novel about examining the past, moving forward, and following your heart. It’s a story about friendship, relationships, acceptance, and learning to love again. About what happens when girlfriends find love.
I have absolutely adored the Girlfriend series, and I was sad to see it come to an end! This installment gets us back to Sophie’s POV, which I thought was interesting that we came full circle and back to where the series started. Sophie – if you can’t guess from the title – hasn’t been the luckiest in love, and in this novel she starts to open up more – kind of – to the idea of finding that special someone. We explore her past failed relationships and why they didn’t work, and watch her attempt to get into the dating world. Of course, there are plenty of heartwarming friendship stories along the way, which is really the core of this entire series. It’s always a blast to catch up on each of the girls and see how they are doing in their lives.
I also loved the sub-plot of Sophie’s bakery and how she makes that work by herself – and of course all the sweet treats she creates! The downfall I had with the story came pretty late in the book – I was 80% in having a blast but then it seemed to take forever for Sophie and her love interest to finally get together and the back and forth drove me a little crazy. Other than that, I enjoyed the ending and if you haven’t read any in the series, I sure hope you do!
Savannah Page is the author of the seven-novel When Girlfriends collection, heartfelt women’s fiction that celebrates friendship, love, and life sprinkled with drama and humor. When she isn’t writing, Savannah enjoys a good book with a latte and jazz tunes, Pilates, and exploring her home of Berlin as an American expat.
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