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There has to be another way… Lily Morrissey is tired of playing "Moon River" every night in the hotel lounge. She needs to meet—and marry—a man who can take care of her and her grandmother. But how do you go about finding a single, wealthy man? Her best friend, Jake Carson, agrees to help her, and the hunt is on. But while they're busy looking for a rich husband, Lily disc There has to be another way… Lily Morrissey is tired of playing "Moon River" every night in the hotel lounge. She needs to meet—and marry—a man who can take care of her and her grandmother. But how do you go about finding a single, wealthy man? Her best friend, Jake Carson, agrees to help her, and the hunt is on. But while they're busy looking for a rich husband, Lily discovers that her feelings for Jake are changing. Is true love more important than a life without "Moon River"?


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There has to be another way… Lily Morrissey is tired of playing "Moon River" every night in the hotel lounge. She needs to meet—and marry—a man who can take care of her and her grandmother. But how do you go about finding a single, wealthy man? Her best friend, Jake Carson, agrees to help her, and the hunt is on. But while they're busy looking for a rich husband, Lily disc There has to be another way… Lily Morrissey is tired of playing "Moon River" every night in the hotel lounge. She needs to meet—and marry—a man who can take care of her and her grandmother. But how do you go about finding a single, wealthy man? Her best friend, Jake Carson, agrees to help her, and the hunt is on. But while they're busy looking for a rich husband, Lily discovers that her feelings for Jake are changing. Is true love more important than a life without "Moon River"?

30 review for Friends--And Then Some (Debbie Macomber Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonel

    This novel is two parts romance, one part comedy of errors, and a dash of fairy tale. Macomber combines the best parts of friendship with the difficulties of budding romance, and all the heartache of trying to find your one and only. Emotions are palpable throughout, and the plot was quite enjoyable. Macomber has filled this novel with characters who have heart. They may not always make the most logical decisions, but they definitely make emotional ones. Jake & Lily had me in stitches and close t This novel is two parts romance, one part comedy of errors, and a dash of fairy tale. Macomber combines the best parts of friendship with the difficulties of budding romance, and all the heartache of trying to find your one and only. Emotions are palpable throughout, and the plot was quite enjoyable. Macomber has filled this novel with characters who have heart. They may not always make the most logical decisions, but they definitely make emotional ones. Jake & Lily had me in stitches and close to tears. The ease, yet sudden difficulty that they feel around one another seemed so real and natural to me. Jake’s caring yet independent nature made him so easy to fall in love with. Lily’s desire for stability was completely understandable, even if she went about it in what turned out to be the wrong way. And one can’t forget Gran. She was fantastic and made the story for me. I loved her little eccentricities & all the love she had for those she considers family. This isn’t necessarily my favourite of Macomber’s novels, but it’s definitely an enjoyable, heartfelt read. It is a great summer read for any who enjoy romance with a little laughter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Drumm

    It was an alright read, not one of her best. Lily was just to materialistic for me and shallow until the end of the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A super light romance novel that was a bit dated but hey...I’ll take a friends to lovers story any day of the week.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This was one of Debbie Macomber's first published books. It was a little different than her most recent books, and it is great to see how she has grown as the amazing author she is today. Friends and Then Some is a little rough on the edges in my opinion. I kind of think that the characters where a little one dimensional, but all in all a quick summer read. This was one of Debbie Macomber's first published books. It was a little different than her most recent books, and it is great to see how she has grown as the amazing author she is today. Friends and Then Some is a little rough on the edges in my opinion. I kind of think that the characters where a little one dimensional, but all in all a quick summer read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Predictable romance novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arlena Dean

    Title: Friends And Then Some Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: D.M. Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Friends And Then Some" by Debbie Macomber was a beautiful classic read of Lily and Jake's romance. The author has a way that her reads as very enjoyable and a light read. This was somewhat a little predictable but still a good read. I really enjoyed how this author was able to finally get these two together. I found this read was one that once you start reading it will be hard to put Title: Friends And Then Some Author: Debbie Macomber Publisher: D.M. Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "Friends And Then Some" by Debbie Macomber was a beautiful classic read of Lily and Jake's romance. The author has a way that her reads as very enjoyable and a light read. This was somewhat a little predictable but still a good read. I really enjoyed how this author was able to finally get these two together. I found this read was one that once you start reading it will be hard to put down until the end. I found the characters were all well developed, believable and my favorite one beside the hero and heroine would be the eccentric Gram. If you are looking for an entertaining read then you have come to the right place for "Friends And Then Some" will give it to you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Jake Carson is a taxi driver and a 'would be' writer. He tries hard but has not been published yet. His best friend is Lily Morrissey, a pianist at a local high priced hotel. They have been friends for a while. He is in the habit of picking Lily up for work and taking her home, without charge. He knows that she is looking for a wealthy husband and he does what he can to help her. This is a well written love story with great characters and a fun story line. Jake Carson is a taxi driver and a 'would be' writer. He tries hard but has not been published yet. His best friend is Lily Morrissey, a pianist at a local high priced hotel. They have been friends for a while. He is in the habit of picking Lily up for work and taking her home, without charge. He knows that she is looking for a wealthy husband and he does what he can to help her. This is a well written love story with great characters and a fun story line.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deanne

    I*t is an okay story thus far, it was a great nice read though, great plot start and character build -up but as soon as i got into the middle it became a tad slow towards dragging. I was hoping Jake was a business tycoon in disguise as a lowly taxi- driver , but nah he was not .but if he was that would have beena great plot to the story!!! to tie-up with its happy ending . Other than that it was an alright read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Awful. Predictable from the first page, and who would care about a woman who just wants a Sugar Daddy?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lexi Sky

    It was very predictable, but a lot of romance novels are. I only read it because my grandmother gave it to me. I hate romance novels.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Whoop whoop first book of 2014 done!! Cute book by the way!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As a Debbie Macomber fan, overall this was one her more average stories. Gram was easily the best part of the book. But there’s another character whose flaws I just couldn’t ignore. Lily is completely oblivious to Jake’s feelings, which I was willing to give a pass on. What I can’t forgive as easily is Jake. Jake starts off crushing on Lily (which is about as subtle as a train wreck). But then he just (view spoiler)[ goes straight into stalker territory when Jake follows Lily and Rex to the resta As a Debbie Macomber fan, overall this was one her more average stories. Gram was easily the best part of the book. But there’s another character whose flaws I just couldn’t ignore. Lily is completely oblivious to Jake’s feelings, which I was willing to give a pass on. What I can’t forgive as easily is Jake. Jake starts off crushing on Lily (which is about as subtle as a train wreck). But then he just (view spoiler)[ goes straight into stalker territory when Jake follows Lily and Rex to the restaurant and the hotel, AND drags Lily away from him while they’re on the dance floor. And this is AFTER Jake insults her and compares her to his ex. The fact the two make up almost instantly after this makes it that much worse. Not to mention, he sets Lily up with an old friend, and then acts surprised when they hit it off. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    Friends- And Then Some: A Novel was a great read by Debbie Macomber. Lily is looking for a husband and wants him to have a big bank account. She wants to find security for herself and her grandmother. She has had a hard time finding love and it seems as though her best friend Jake gets in the way. She knows that Jake could be perfect for her but all he wants is the freedom of being on his boat. Jake doesn’t want to lose Lily or see her in another mans arms, but they don’t seem to be on the same Friends- And Then Some: A Novel was a great read by Debbie Macomber. Lily is looking for a husband and wants him to have a big bank account. She wants to find security for herself and her grandmother. She has had a hard time finding love and it seems as though her best friend Jake gets in the way. She knows that Jake could be perfect for her but all he wants is the freedom of being on his boat. Jake doesn’t want to lose Lily or see her in another mans arms, but they don’t seem to be on the same page. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more by Debbie Macomber.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Womack

    Rich in love Lily is playing songs she doesn't like in a hotel bar filled with rich people. Her goal is to marry a rich man after being raised on a shoe string budget by her grandmother. Jake is a struggling author who pays the bills by driving his cab. They meet when Lily's grandmother decides to confront the hotel management in the lobby and, seeing the incident from his cab, Jake rushes both of them away before the police arrive, making him their hero. Filled with twists and tiffs that will ke Rich in love Lily is playing songs she doesn't like in a hotel bar filled with rich people. Her goal is to marry a rich man after being raised on a shoe string budget by her grandmother. Jake is a struggling author who pays the bills by driving his cab. They meet when Lily's grandmother decides to confront the hotel management in the lobby and, seeing the incident from his cab, Jake rushes both of them away before the police arrive, making him their hero. Filled with twists and tiffs that will keep you engaged!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Cassidy

    To be completely honest, I picked this book, free on my Kindle, because I wanted a quick read to catch up on my challenge. My bad. I do like her most recent books and hate to be cruel to early attempts, especially as she did manage to get published, but this early attempt was formulaic and hard to believe. She is so beautiful, he so rugged, they play games with each other for way longer than could possibly be healthy, and she has a Grandmother who does African rites, supposedly, although she cle To be completely honest, I picked this book, free on my Kindle, because I wanted a quick read to catch up on my challenge. My bad. I do like her most recent books and hate to be cruel to early attempts, especially as she did manage to get published, but this early attempt was formulaic and hard to believe. She is so beautiful, he so rugged, they play games with each other for way longer than could possibly be healthy, and she has a Grandmother who does African rites, supposedly, although she clearly is appropriating them inappropriately. Oh well, it was an early attempt.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    Simple story of girl wants the "finer things in life" - big house, fine-dining, fancy clothes - provided by a money man. Girl's best friend, a taxicab chauffeur with very little money - loves and protects her, unable to provide her with all of her hearts desires. As time passes, their friendship deepens into an "accidental kiss" that leads to the shocking discovery that all they ever wanted and needed was each other. Simple story of girl wants the "finer things in life" - big house, fine-dining, fancy clothes - provided by a money man. Girl's best friend, a taxicab chauffeur with very little money - loves and protects her, unable to provide her with all of her hearts desires. As time passes, their friendship deepens into an "accidental kiss" that leads to the shocking discovery that all they ever wanted and needed was each other.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Svalora

    I listened to this book on Audible at an increased speed for my own preference. The narration was okay so it did not distract from the story. I love a good Macomber book and this one didn’t disappoint! Typical best friend tries to find best friend a mate while hiding their own feelings — but still a great story!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Loidolt

    Fun love story of two people trying not to be in love I am married to my best friend and I see a lot of my own romance in this delightful story. The unexpected warmth, the contentment, the passion and the willingness to put the other person’s needs first. Debbie captured the essence of what makes lasting relationships work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathy jenkins

    Classic Debbie From the descriptions of two beautiful young people to an instant desire created when they accidentally kiss, an emotion that causes consternation throughout the rest of the book and most commonly to a lack of communication that always ends happily ever after, this is a classic Debbie Macomber book. Loved reading her for so many years I can’t count.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ro Ja

    Cute time killer Though I have quickly become a Macomber fan, this one is my least favorite. I understand that love is complicated and there’s nothing perfect in life. The back and forth of the same thing was a little blah for me. Not trying to be rude. I mean, it’s a decent time killer, just not a favorite.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jess Reads2Much

    This was such a cute short novel. At first it took me a while to warm up to the heroine who was desperately trying to find a rich husband but she had her own charm that few on you and the progression of their relationship was satisfying. I do love a good friends to lover book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Porter

    Awful. Hard to even finish this. Characters were shallow and unlikeable. This was surely one of her worst books written. I realize it was early in her career. I’m glad she has since grown quite a bit as a writer. I usually enjoy her novels but not this one. Not at all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A young couple who are "just friends" play a cat and mouse game until it becomes almost unbearable! Originally published in the 1980's, if it was the 1950's I would find it more believable. This author has written several books that have become Hallmark movies. That might explain it! A young couple who are "just friends" play a cat and mouse game until it becomes almost unbearable! Originally published in the 1980's, if it was the 1950's I would find it more believable. This author has written several books that have become Hallmark movies. That might explain it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keri Payne

    Really didn't like this book. The sailing terms were wrong, the characters were unlikable, and the plot was very thin. Glad I borrowed it for free on Amazon and it was a very short book. Not a fan. Really didn't like this book. The sailing terms were wrong, the characters were unlikable, and the plot was very thin. Glad I borrowed it for free on Amazon and it was a very short book. Not a fan.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Typical Easy read and cute story. So much drama in this one though. But still enjoyed the distraction the book gave.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Di Schlenk

    Another beautiful read by the Queen of contemporary romance

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Gilmartin

    This book was a DNF for me. The main character was such a money hungry fool, that I just could not get past it and had to quit reading.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I listened to this short and delightful story of two friends who are seeking something that has been right in front of them the entire time - each other.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Holly Doyal

    3.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    Quick audiobook. Romance, not too steamy. Free with audible escapes.

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