The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton is, at its heart, a story about the enduring ties of friendship. I love novels that explore the friendships that women have and this novel doesn’t disappoint in that area. The Four Ms. Bradwells is about four women: Betts, Laney, Mia, and Ginger, who have extremely strong ties to each other and have all been harboring secrets from each other for over thirty years.
What I liked most about the portrayal of these women and their friendship was how real the author made it seem. These women obviously cared deeply for each other but at the same time they could make biting remarks that they knew would cut into the other. What I mean to say is that the relationships between these women didn’t seem to good to be true as I find with some other novels about women’s friendships. These really seemed like women who have been friends for over thirty years and know each really well – well enough to know that these remarks may hurt but ultimately wouldn’t break the friendship.
As for the women in the novel – well I’m not so sure I really connected with any of them on any level but I appreciated the fierceness with which they protected one another. The story also jumped around a little too much and at times I wasn’t quite sure whether I was in the past or the present or which of the women the story was focusing on. I did like how the author writes about how certain events in our lives often send us in different directions than we may have taken without them. The mystery of what really happened all those years ago really adds a nice touch to this novel and was what kept me reading.
Even with some of the issues I had reading this I think it’s an extremely well written novel with a great premise. While the beginning of the novel had a slow start for me, the last half flew by and I quite enjoyed it. The Four Ms. Bradwells would make an excellent book club choice as there are so many discussion topics within it: mother/daughter relationships, friendships, marriage, children, issues facing women, violence against women, and so much more. I think that a discussion of this novel could be quite lively.
I read The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Make sure to visit all the other tour stops here to see what others thought of the novel. You can find Meg on her website, blog, Facebook and Twitter. You can also purchase your own copy of the book here in the US and here in Canada.
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