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David Bosworth is a penniless undergraduate at Oxford with a head full of dreams.Penelope Lorrimer is the pretty daughter of a wealthy Edinburgh family; they have plans for her, but their ambitions do not match hers.When they fall in love the odds are against them, but the opposition they encounter draws them closer than any love more easily won - and the bond between themDavid Bosworth is a penniless undergraduate at Oxford with a head full of dreams.Penelope Lorrimer is the pretty daughter of a wealthy Edinburgh family; they have plans for her, but their ambitions do not match hers.When they fall in love the odds are against them, but the opposition they encounter draws them closer than any love more easily won - and the bond between them is stronger,more durable than the one between mere friends and lovers......

Title : Friends & Lovers
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ISBN : 9780708915066
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Friends & Lovers Reviews

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    2018-11-29 05:05

    How terribly confusing this is. This book was published in 1947 and, at the time, was considered nothing more than romantic fluff. It is, however, more complexly written than most of today's drama fiction. I'm willing to bet there are people today who would have a hard time getting through this merely because it's well above a 6th grade reading level. Yes, that's insulting to a lot of modern readers, but we need to face reality; modern literacy is an abysmal embarrassment. Having that out of the way, I really liked this book. Its pace was rather plodding by today's standards, and the romance wasn't overwrought and drawn out in order to maintain maximum tension in the reader, but it still kept me hooked. I wanted to see things end happily for Penny and David, not because there were enemies out to destroy them or outside circumstances threatening to tear them apart, but because I'd come to love them so much through MacInnes's writing. There's a distinctly beautiful lyricism and poetry to the prose that one would be hard-pressed to find in much of today's dramas, much less any of its romances, and a philosophy that makes you think. "'At a time when we have enough hot blood to enjoy life fully, we are surrounded by a conspiracy of age to settle the rules and regulations as if love were a game or a business. It isn't. It's a state of being. With it, you're alive. Without it, you exist.'""Marriage, as he was picturing it, sounded like freedom. Perhaps that was the way you should think of it: if it weren't freedom to be with each other, if being with each other wasn't the most important thing in your lives, then you shouldn't even think of marriage."There's no explicit sex in this book, but it's not needed. The romance is beautiful, the dialogue is moving, and the characters are real and sympathetic. I was surprised by how well I liked it.

  • Hana
    2018-11-29 06:26

    I'm a fan of Helen MacInnes' action adventure/spy novels and I've been re-reading her novels in the order in which they were written. This seems to be her first attempt at a romance novel and it fell flat for me. Long stretches of dialog of the "Oh, Dave, I love you so!" variety, interspersed with philosophizing. ZZZzzzz. Close to a DNF since I skimmed to the end.

  • Julia
    2018-11-21 04:24

    Unlike most of Ms. MacInnes' books, Friends and Lovers has no espionage and no action/suspense. The story is about two young people who fall in love and wish to make a life together despite the expectations of family and society. There is a lot of philosophizing in this book (mostly by the characters' internal musings). The actual action/plot is minimal.I found it somewhat sexist in terms of the expectations for women but interesting in terms of the depiction of class society in Britain. When characters discuss living on three hundred pounds per year, I wondered how that translates in today's money (the book was written in 1947).There is a minor anti-gay theme, but I didn't pick up on that until this re-read.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-06 09:02

    I’ve read books by Helen MacInnes before, but spy/international intrigue kind of plots - I didn’t realise she wrote romance. And so that’s what I was expecting this to be. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read. The copy I borrowed off my aunt had very small print, so while the book looked quite small, it still took a while to get through! Some of it was a little over-sentimental, but I think that probably was to be expected, given when it was written (and I probably noticed it all the more, given that I was expecting a spy-thriller-action-packed kind of read!).

  • Janet
    2018-11-11 01:18

    No espionage, no spies, no cold war, just two people, from very different backgrounds, coming to love each other. I'm convinced this is her own story, slightly fictionalized.

  • Elaine
    2018-11-15 08:16

    not like her other books - no suspense, no intrigue, but an interesting, very British, romance

  • Jacalyn Pearce
    2018-11-11 06:20

    I would give this ten stars if I could! I think everyone should read this book. Helen MacInnes is one of my new favorite authors. I can't wait to get my hands on more of her books.

  • Rae
    2018-11-29 01:11

    Although this purports to be a thriller, it is really more of an involved love story. Two college students fall in love in the year just before WWII. The plot takes us through their infatuation to a more mature relationship in which they learn from all the trials they have encountered along the way.

  • Karlyne Landrum
    2018-11-28 07:09

    I liked this book a lot, but it should be titled "Lovers". I couldn't figure out where the "Friends" came in, because the lovers weren't necessarily friends and they didn't really have any outside friendships of importance, either. They were just nice kids in love. Aaaaaw.

  • Booklover
    2018-11-11 01:04

    slow.

  • Moonlight Reader
    2018-11-14 03:26

    65/150

  • Carey Combe
    2018-11-23 07:09

    No spies, intrigue or plotting just romance - not for me

  • James
    2018-11-28 07:04

    The style is definitely dated (not that that is necessarily a bad thing) but if you can see past that this is a bit of a gem on account of its ultra dry wit.