The disgraced deputy headmistress of Sydney’s most exclusive private girls’ school. That was the caption under Josephine Margaret Blanchard’s photograph every time it appeared in the newspaper.
Not so long ago Jo Blanchard was the deputy principal of the exclusive Darling Point Ladies’ College. That was before she discovered her husband was having an affair with one of the society matrons who run the school’s fundraising efforts – and decided to out the woman in question at a school function. Now she’s separated, living in a cheap unit, and unemployed.
But at 45 Jo has decided on a new path. She’s retrained as a marriage celebrant and is putting her past behind her. If only her ex wasn’t making life difficult by avoiding settlement, her new clients weren’t looking for non-traditional marriages and her best friend Suze hiding a huge secret.
Friends Like These is a witty novel from well-known funny lady Wendy Harmer. But while there are some good laughs, this is also a story of triumph – over the past, over adversity of different types, and over threats to happiness. Jo is a strong character who cares about the people around her and sees the best in them. Readers will enjoy seeing her fight her battles , supported by good friends and family.
A wonderful blend of humour, romance and life lessons.
Friends Like These, by Wendy Harmer
Allen & Unwin, 2011
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