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That’s What Friends Are For (Daar heb je vrienden voor)

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Original Language: Dutch | 316 pp. | August 2016

2 Seas Represents: World Excl. Dutch.

Detailed English synopsis & English sample available!

For the readers of Jojo Moyes, Cecilia Ahearn, Harriet Evans, Marian Keyes

Over 20,000 copies sold in the trilogy

WOMEN’S FICTION

The I ♥ My Friends – trilogy is a new series by Dutch bestselling author Astrid Harrewijn. The series revolves around three friends living in Amsterdam, who all have jobs in the art-world. Noor, Kiki and Joost are lucky enough to live in an old house on one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals. A mutual friend has bought the house, but it needs a complete overhaul, and he has asked the three to house-sit. So while the handyman renovates the house, the three friends go about their jobs, their lives, and their loves.

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A humorous novel about friendship and the big decisions in life. And how tempting it is to put them off.

He would like to be a ladies man, but Joost he is a little stuffy and nerdy. Forty, unmarried, a writer, art historian and archaeologist, he works at the RijksMuseum and the University of Amsterdam. After spending two months in Rome working on a book about Emperor Augustus, he decides to turn his life around. He realizes that time won’t stand still, and he needs a bit of a kick in the behind if he wants to change. One moment of reckless confidence makes him change his appearance completely, and he secretly hopes the rest will just follow naturally.

But back in the Netherlands, life is pretty different than in the Italian sunshine. In an unfortunate coincidence, he is dismissed twice on the same day and becomes entangled in a secret society and a mystery. But what keeps him awake at night the most is the realization that he desperately wants a child. And as his friends gently remind him: if he wants a child, then he needs to start by finding a woman…