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Summer Book Giveaway: The Drummond Girls (contest ended)

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The Drummond Girls by Mardi Jo Link

The Drummond Girls by Mardi Jo Link

Enter to win a free copy

A new book about female friendship, The Drummond Girls: A Story of a Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance by Mardi Jo Link was recently published in hardcover (and on Kindle) by Grand Central Publishing. The publisher has graciously agreed to give away five copies of the book to readers of The Friendship Blog.

About the book

In a vein reminiscent of The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow (which I previously reviewed for The Huffington Post, The Drummond Girls is an inspiring, heartfelt memoir about the friendship between eight women forged over twenty years. Written by one of the women in the circle, the book celebrates the transformative and lifelong power of female friendships that endure through time, tragedy and so much more.

The eight Drummond Girls first met in 1991 at Peegeo’s Food & Spirits in northern Michigan where, at the time, they were all waitresses, bartenders, or regular customers. An engagement celebration trip brought the women together for their first trip to Drummond Island—a remote 36-mile chunk of rock, dive bars, dirt roads, and beautiful forests—and it’s where they bonded forever.

The Drummond Girls made this voyage every year since as a way to retain a piece of their wild youth, despite the taming influences of marriage, motherhood, and middle-age. And with every trip across the Mackinac Bridge, the Girls created new memories and relived their most cherished times.

About the author

Mardi Jo Link is a Heartland bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoir Bootstrapper–which won the Great Lakes, Great Reads Booksellers’ Choice Award and the Michigan Notable Book Award–as well as When Evil Came to Good Hart and Isadore’s Secret. She has worked as a police and general assignment reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. She lives with her family on a small farm in northern Michigan.

The giveaway

  • Five readers will be randomly chosen to receive copies of The Drummond Girls by leaving a brief comment below telling the most important quality they seek in a best friend.
  • Participation is limited to individuals with U.S. or Canada mailing addresses only.
  • All entries must be submitted by September 4th, 2015. Winners will be announced here shortly afterwards.

Congratulations to the winning entrants, Gina, Annette, Linda, Laura and Lisa.

I will be sending each of an email so I can forward your snail mail address to the publisher! 

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  1. Gina Lorenson says:

    Listen. You can’t always solve the problem. There may not be an answer. Ask how I’m doing, sit back, and listen. Don’t relate my problem to one of your own and try to “distract” me from thinking about it.

  2. Patrice says:

    Simplifying my previous response… A true friend is unyeilding, a constant, a supportline and a touchstone for your past and a foothold for your future. When you are hurting they empathesize when you have great news they are the first person you call. Simply put they are an anchor to help stabilize you in rough waters and they are the wind behind your sails.

  3. Patrice says:

    My best friend from college is the word friendship personified. She and i were the odd ones out when pairing up for sophmore year when both our freshman roomates decided to not teturn to college. I thought she was kind and giving when she always offered to help other atudents with tough asdignments, when she shared her food her mom shipped from home and for being the first person to help if someone was sad or troubled. To me she guided me through my 29 year old brothers death my marriage and divorce, my parents passing from cancer, job woes and the toughest job of all being a single mom. She is my daughters godmother but always sends holiday cards to both my sonand daughter when she realized my sons godmother wasn’t as doting. In s nutshell she has been my living touchstone knowing my past and being the foothold for the present. She is faithful, non judgemtal and in a word unyeilding in her friemdship love and devotion. I truly think of her as a gift from God.

  4. Nadia says:

    The most important quality I seek in a best friend is loyalty. Without that support for one another and commitment the relationship will fail the trials of day-to-day life.

  5. sharon says:

    Thoughtfulness is integral for me.

  6. Anne says:

    Someone who is sincere, honest and loyal throught hick and thin.

  7. Jackie says:

    I would also say integrity…and integrity that lasts over time. Nothing worse than friends that are nowhere to be found when you need them the most.

  8. Maureen says:

    A cheerleader! Acceptance is fundamental, but I really appreciate a friend who actively supports me and my sometimes admittedly crazy ideas and projects.

  9. Annette Messenger says:

    Loyalty is the best quality for best friends. My best friend and I don’t get to see each other frequently, but we know that we are there for each other in an instant if need be! It is a sense of great comfort to know that 🙂

  10. ReMai says:

    Hello everyone, I think acceptance too. A good listener and honesty

  11. Linda Joyner says:

    Loyalty – I appreciate the fact that my best friend is loyal to me no matter what. She knows my heart, my past, my present, and would never betray me. If I win the book, I am giving it to her!

  12. Susan O'Connor says:

    I appreciate that my best friend will tell me the truth. If I’m not seeing something right, if I take something the wrong way, if I’m approaching a situation in a way that’s destructive, whatever – she will tell me and not stand by and watch me create a train wreck! She truly speaks into my life with love, always with love.

  13. Donna says:

    Someone I don’t always have to agree with and yet won’t be mad if I have a difference of opinion. They also won’t argue as to why they’re right and I’m wrong.

  14. Lori says:

    No talking behind other people’s backs. I expect/want my friends to come to me if they have a problem with me. I don’t want to hear it from a third party. No being judgmental. I want people to respect the fact that I want/need my space.

  15. Lisa says:

    someone who knows how to be a true and honest friend through good times and bad. I give my all to my friends and just want the same in return.

  16. No judgment. It’s important to accept one another to be real friends. The book sounds great!

  17. Wendy says:

    Acceptance – knows I’m flawed but loves me anyway. knows we all have our flaws so doesn’t judge.

  18. Laura says:

    Integrity 🙂 I was going to say honesty but integrity encompasses honesty along with other desirable qualities, so I get more bang for my buck being limited to one quality. Looks like a great outdoor read!

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