That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

That's What Friends Are For cover


Best friends tell each other everything… right?
Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated…

On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.

Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love – but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.

When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

An emotional and uplifting tale of love, secrets and the importance of having a best friend.

My Review – 5 stars

Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Marcie Steele for the early copy.

Once again I was captivated by the characters that Marcie Steele has created.

Lovely warm people, mostly looking out for each other.

And they are easy to relate to.

It is set around an indoor market in the town of Hedworth.

Sam and Louise are best friends. Sam owns her own market stall and Louise works for her.

The relationship between them is just like any best friends. Their personal lives have gone different ways, but they remain very close (even though there are secrets)

The book follows them and their relationship. And also their friends and families which are entwined with some hilarious moments, and some sensitive moments.

I like Charley, Louise’s 15 year old daughter. She’s suffered repercussions of her mum’s behaviour.

I got quite worried about her at times, but I don’t want to give any spoilers!!

Matt, a constant in Louise and Charley’s life is a lovely, caring and protective bloke.


I sat in my local indoor market the other day having a cuppa, and I watched the stallholders with a new interest. I was wondering if anything similar was going on, or if anyone had sneaked off to the stockroom 🙂

I am definitely on the same wavelength as Marcie Steele and her alter ego, crime writer Mel Sherratt.

I’ve enjoyed everything she has written so far and thoroughly recommend her books.

It is a delightful book about the ups and downs, ins and outs of friendship.


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