Stand By Me By S.D. Robertson
Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful. Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again. With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas.
Lisa’s life is falling apart just as her best friend Elliot suddenly reappears in her life. Her husband has lost his job and is relying on drink, her children are drifting apart and money is tight as she becomes the sole bread provider. When things suddenly the worst that they can get, Elliott turns up on her doorstep after moving to Australia almost twenty years ago. Now a successful businessman, he wants to spend some time with the woman, who was his best friend during school and was always there to protect him when the bullies were about.
Lisa is a strong woman who cares a lot for the people she is close to and that’s obvious from the start when we see the past parts throughout the story as we see how Lisa and Elliott’s friendship came about and how they were both there for each other during the difficult times.
The story flashes between past and present and is not only seen through Lisa and Elliott’s narrative but also the rest of Lisa’s family who are all faced with their own problems.
If you’ve read any of S.D.’s books before then you will be aware that his books are quite heart wrenching and that nothing is as it seems. Tear jerking from the first page, ‘Stand By Me’ is a captivating story about friendship and hope, that will reader in floods of tears!
You can pre-order Stand By Me from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 11th January 2018.