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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Verge Higgins Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781470800529
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Rachel Braun was the inspiration to her group of friends, the one who lived each day to the fullest—and the one whose life was cut tragically short. Upon her untimely death, Rachel left letters for her three best friends challenging them to face their biggest fears.

Sarah, an international relief worker who calls the steamy jungles of Africa home, must travel halfway around the world to track down the only man she ever loved. Stay-at-home mom Kate must confront her fear of heights by skydiving and soon finds that her new hobby is affecting her once-tranquil marriage. She and her husband must find a way to rekindle the romance they once shared. And Jo, a media mogul voted “least likely to breed,” is given the most terrifying assignment of all: caring for Rachel’s orphaned and grieving little girl. In doing so, Jo is forced to confront her own unhappy childhood—and the wall it has built around her heart.

Even as these women mourn Rachel’s passing, her legacy lives on and their lives are enriched by a friend who, in many ways, knew them better than they knew themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Higgins writes with grace and humor, reminding us to hold tight to the ones we love.”

    Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is a lovely novel with moments of deeply moving insight into what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a friend. Read it and share it with your own friends—you’ll be glad you did!”

    Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Offering words of wisdom from a dying friend, The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship inspires us to focus on what’s really important in our lives.”

    Liza Palmer, international bestselling author of A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents

  • “Full of humor, love, and life lessons, this is an uplifting and satisfying novel that lingers long after the last page.”

    Elizabeth Noble, bestselling author of The Reading Group and The Girl Next Door

  • “Poignant, romantic, and funny…About the need for our closest friends to occasionally give us a shove in the right direction when we’ve lost our way. You’ll recognize yourself in these women. I loved it.”

    Claire LaZebnik, author of If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now

  • “An amazing novel of love, friendship, and community. A truly joyous read that marks an impressive debut.”

    Jane Porter, author of Flirting with Forty

  • “A happy reminder that life is all about taking risks.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Higgins’ novel will appeal to fans of feel-good stories whose life lessons lead to happy endings.”

    Booklist

  • “Higgins balances humor and a touch of pathos to deliver an amiable tale of friendship.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aunt Anne | 2/7/2014

    " Easy read outlining the lives of 3 college friends as they examine their lives years later. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth B | 2/7/2014

    " I agree with most of the other "Good Reads" reviews. It was a quick easy read. Thought provoking at times. I definitely categorize it as chick lit, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 2/5/2014

    " a tear jerker, but a worthwhile beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/4/2014

    " Great book for a bookclub full of girls. A story about the meaning of true friendship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francine | 1/29/2014

    " This was an enjoyable, quick read. I felt like I knew these women and enjoyed the journey that each one of them took in the story. When I started, I was worried that it was going to be a gushy Chick-lit book, but was pleasantly surprised when it showed some depth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/25/2014

    " This book was so good. I'll be honest, I thought that it was going to be just a fluffy chic book, but I was so wrong. There was much more depth to it than I expected. What a wonderful cast of characters, whom I immediately bonded with from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi Barth | 1/24/2014

    " I was lukcy enough to meet the author at a signing, and the book is as delightful as she is. A lovely foray into interwoven friendships and the choices people might make if the chance to take a different path is thrust upon them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 1/16/2014

    " This is a nice light read about three friends who each take on a new life changing challenge after the death of a mutual friend. It has nice concurrent storylines about each of the women. Its a good holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/14/2014

    " Enjoyable, quick read. Not great, but likable. I did appreciate reading "chick lit" that was about women in/near my age group. I suppose the most telling explanation for a 3-star review is that I can't really find much to say about the book other than "I liked it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina Fahrbach-connors | 12/28/2013

    " Whether you are a mother or wife (or just thinking of becoming one/both of the two) the universal themes of this wonderful women's fiction novel will resonate with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/19/2013

    " I liked the story and the friendships but I think the Characters needed a little better development in the begining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carole | 12/11/2013

    " Author wrote romance novels. this is her first book of women's fiction. YUK. Abandoned it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 11/25/2013

    " summer fiction reading... interesting but not captivating! ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria K. | 10/31/2013

    " A wonderful book about the power of love and the strength of friendships. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/25/2013

    " A good, easy read that was not only fun but also made me think about my own life. What might Rachel have written to me? Where can I improve? Most of all, a great reminder of to value close friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 8/19/2013

    " Makes you think about your friendships. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/29/2013

    " Really enjoyed this story about 4 friends and how they reconnect to their lives and each other . I have wished for a friend circle like this -to be all lucky "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa B | 1/20/2013

    " This is a wonderful book that makes you question your own responses if you found yourself in similar situations. I would recommend this to any woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 9/20/2012

    " Hated for it to end. Wanted to know more their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/8/2012

    " Jennifer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea D'avignon | 7/16/2012

    " I loved this story, it reminded me of friendship I have with various women who have been so important in my life. Janie, Yolie, Raquel and my sister Sue are just four who come to mind. Each has played an important part in who I am. I love each of them immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn Tavares | 6/11/2012

    " I really liked this book, especially on audio. The characters are likable, and they have much more depth than you think in the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 1/31/2012

    " Predictable. A bit entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mbstrongman | 1/23/2012

    " Captures the essence of good friendships and makes you think about the friendships you have. Don't take any friendship for granted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 5/20/2011

    " Wonderful book. Could not put it down! It was about 3 women discovering themselves after their friend dies of a terminal illness. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/18/2011

    " I agree with most of the other "Good Reads" reviews. It was a quick easy read. Thought provoking at times. I definitely categorize it as chick lit, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 5/18/2011

    " my next book club book. This one was an easy enjoyable read - yet again something I probably wouldn't have chosen for myself. Started it and couldn't put it down. A few home truths in it for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/16/2011

    " Enjoyable read. Love the title, would that I took such care of my own friendships. The plot was highly predictable, but as i enjoyed all the characters, this didn't really other me. Good chic lit overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 4/29/2011

    " I really liked this book, especially on audio. The characters are likable, and they have much more depth than you think in the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/4/2011

    " This book read like a lifetime movie. It was a good one to pass the time on my commute :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 3/29/2011

    " What a great story. I could definitely relate being married with kids and nearly 40. I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much when I was younger.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/26/2011

    " The title and cover caught my eye. What a great book. It dove right into the plot and kept ahold of me until the end. I recommend this author/book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 3/25/2011

    " This book was so good. I'll be honest, I thought that it was going to be just a fluffy chic book, but I was so wrong. There was much more depth to it than I expected. What a wonderful cast of characters, whom I immediately bonded with from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 3/14/2011

    " Deeper than the usual "chick lit." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 3/10/2011

    " This is a nice light read about three friends who each take on a new life changing challenge after the death of a mutual friend. It has nice concurrent storylines about each of the women. Its a good holiday read. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Verge Higgins

Lisa Verge Higgins is the RITA-nominated author of thirteen historical and contemporary novels that have been published worldwide and translated into fifteen languages. Her novel The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is her first venture into mainstream women’s fiction. 

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won ten Earphones Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.