Author(s): Lisa Verge Higgins
In every group of friends there is a leader, the one who brings the group together and encourages them to celebrate the friendship they share. Rachel Braun was the inspiration to her group of friends - the one who lived each day to the fullest, the life of the party - until her life was cut tragically and unexpectedly short.
While her friends are coming to terms with the trauma of losing her, they each receive a letter from her out of the blue, asking them for a favour and challenging them to face their biggest fears.
Sarah, an international relief worker, must travel halfway around the world to track down the only man she ever loved. Her longing for him is blinding her to a new love standing right in front of her.
Stay-at-home mum Kate must confront her fear of heights by skydiving. The spark went out of her marriage years ago but both she and her husband are so consumed by their lives as parents they have lost sight of the romance and passion they once shared.
And Jo, a media mogul once 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, she is forced to confront her own unhappy childhood and the wall it has built around her heart.
Through her final letters, Sarah, Kate and Jo discover that their lives are enriched by a friend who in many ways knew them better than they knew themselves. Even as these women mourn their beloved Rachel, her legacy lives on in the hope she kindles in their hearts.
While studying for her PhD in chemistry, RITA finalist Lisa Verge Higgins penned twelve romance novels under her maiden name. The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship is her first foray into mainstream women's fiction. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their children.