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REVIEW: The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship by Lisa Verge Higgins


What makes a wife a lover?For Kate, the spark went out of her marriage long ago but her husband doesn't seem to notice. Their role as parents consumes their lives so they need to rekindle the romance they once shared.

What makes a woman a mother?
For Jo, a high-powered career has led her to believe that she doesn't have a single maternal instinct. When an orphan unexpectedly enters her life, she is forced to confront her own unhappy childhood and the walls it has built around her heart.

What makes a man the love of your life?
For Sarah, home is the steamy jungles of Africa while the man of her dreams waits in the air-conditioned confines of Los Angeles. Her longing for this man from the past is blinding her to a new love standing right in front of her.

What these women all have in common is a friend with a generous soul, an irrepressible spirit- and a serious illness. In her final letters, Rachel raises one last question: What makes a friend live in our hearts forever?

About the Author

While studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry, RITA finalist Lisa Verge Higgins penned twelve romance novels under her maiden name. THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF FRIENDSHIP is her first foray into mainstream women's fiction.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, an attorney, and their children.


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; Original edition (January 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044656351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446563512


This story is all about taking chances and getting out of your of comfort zone.  Four women, friends forever, find themselves at a loss when one member, Rachel, dies of cancer.  She has never told the other three about her condition.  Before she dies she sends letters to the other members of the group and makes them face their fears.  The requests make each person leave their comfort zone and in the process overcome things that are holding them back in their lives.

The story reminded me a bit of the Friday Night Knitting Club and I think it will appeal to those readers as well.  Each one of the girls in this group has an issue that once overcome, will help them live a much happier and productive life.  There were some laughs and tears while reading this and overall, it was just a nice thing to do for a few hours. 
I received this book from the publisher at no cost in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I was thinking as I read that I've seen this set-up before. But sometimes, that's just the kind of story I want.

  2. I usually don't read these kinds of books. But as I was reading your review it tottaly felt like a book I need to read. Putting it on my list right now.


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