Forbidden Friends by Anne-Marie Conway

Hi all to this last week of January! This week’s post takes us back over to England and we meet a pair of young girls as they embark on a summer friendship with some intriguing twists and turns. If that has piqued your interest, then you better read it and find out for yourself!!

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Summer friendships

Title: Forbidden Friends

Author: Anne-Marie Conway

Genre:Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Usborne; London, 2013

ISBN: 9781409561903

What this book is about: When Lizzie and Bee meet on holiday, it feels as if they were always meant to be friends. Escaping their parents and exploring, everything sees perfect in the hot summer sun. but as the two girls grow closer, strange questions rise to the surface… Is Lizzie really an only child? Why has Bee’s dad disappeared? And why, as the holiday comes to an end, are the two girls forbidden from seeing each other again? Could one dark secret from the past hold the answer? Could one fateful night keep Lizzie and Bee apart… forever? Anne-Marie Conway brings an unforgettable story of a new friendship, a terrible tragedy and a long-buried lie.

My review: A really good story!! I like how reading stories like these make me feel as if I’m going to bump into the two friends, Lizzie and Bee, around the corner as they felt so real. Some excellent writing from this author!! I did feel as if the harsh truth of the tragedy that lay hidden was a bit raw and made it difficult reading for me. Despite this I felt this story was one worth reading. More often we hear of families torn apart after tragedies but I really like how Conway managed to keep these families together and showed their vulnerability and versatility in the face of obstacles, especially the adults!! Just a small note though: this story’s main themes might be better suited for older readers.

My rating: 4 ⭐

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