Lost Along the Way: A Novel

Lost Along the Way: A Novel

by Erin Duffy


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A fresh, funny, and insightful novel about what it really means to be “friends forever” from the acclaimed author of Bond Girl and On the Rocks.

All through childhood and adolescence, Jane, Cara, and Meg swore their friendship would stand the test of time. Nothing would come between them, they pledged. But once they hit their twenties, life got more complicated and the BFFs began to grow distant. When Jane eloped with her slick, wealthy new boyfriend and didn’t invite her oldest friends to the ceremony, the small cracks and fissures in their once rock-solid relationship became a chasm that tore them apart.

Ten years later, when her husband is arrested and publically shamed for defrauding his clients, Jane realizes her life among the one percent was a sham. Penniless and desperate, deserted by the high-society crowd who turn their surgically perfected noses up at her, she comes crawling back to her childhood friends seeking forgiveness. But Cara and Meg have troubles of their own. One of them is trapped in a bad marriage with an abusive husband, while the other can't have the one thing she desperately wants: a baby. Yet as much as they’d love to see Jane get her long overdue comeuppance, Cara and Meg won’t abandon their old friend in her time of need.

The story of three friends who find themselves on a laugh-out-loud life adventure, Lost Along the Way illuminates the moments that make us, the betrayals that break us, and the power of love that helps us forgive even the most painful hurts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594807278
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 222,436
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street, a career that inspired her first novel, Bond Girl. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way—in a bar).

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Lost Along the Way: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
A good summer read! I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway Jane, Cara, and Meg have been best friends since they were kids. They pledged that nothing would ever come between them. When Jane gets married and doesn't invite her friends, the cracks that were beneath the surface start to break through and the three friends end up drifting apart. When Jane's husband is arrested for defrauding his clients, she is left alone with no money and no friends. She decides to find solace in her childhood friends but things aren't they way she left them. Can they rebuild their friendship or is the hurt too deep? A total chick-lit book, I actually found it enjoyable. It's not a genre I read a lot of or have much luck in, but I am glad I won it because I did like it more than I thought I would. It's a story of friendship and how life doesn't always go the way we plan. Totally relatable in that sense. The characters were well developed and each had their own distinct personalities that made them so much different from the others. You could understand why they were friends but could also understand why rifts would form. Jane is the wild child, Meg is the level headed responsible one, and Cara was actually somewhere in-between in my opinion. I found them all to be likable in their own way, although there were moments when I wanted to reach into the book and shake each one at different times throughout the story. They come together after years apart due to them each having their own problems within their marriages and to heal old wounds that were left to fester between them. A lot of their moments together were them having to admit things they didn't want to, confront each other over hurt feelings, and ultimately face the life they currently have so they could each make some tough decisions. I liked the fact that the story didn't end with everything all wrapped up with a pretty little bow. There are still things that each woman has to face that didn't get resolved because, let's face it, life is never that easy, but you are left with knowing that they are on the right track and now understand how important their friendship is to each other. The added humor helped to tone down the tale a bit so you don't end up feeling heavy with emotion since there are people who could relate to each of the characters and their circumstances, especially Meg and Cara. If you like women's fiction and are looking for a nice, easy read about friendship and hardships, I would recommend this book.