The Education of Ellie by Jackie Calhoun

A book of drama and love between friends that was long ago.


Returning home to Pine Hill to attend her mother’s funeral Ellie sees her childhood friend Helen for the first time in thirty years. A lot has happened in thirty years. Both women are divorced with grown children and careers that satisfy them.

When Ellie stays on in Pine Hill to settle her mother’s estate, Helen jumps at the chance to resume their long lost friendship, and Ellie, despite reservations, can’t resist.

But with the years come a lot of baggage and the two women struggle with who they are now while fighting the painful memories of their first parting.

While they be able to move past their history to start again?

I really enjoyed The Education of Ellie. Ellie, who is introduced in the beginning at her mom’s funeral, with her grown daughters, learn a little bit about her briefly. You are suddenly introduced to Helen. Who has a very long, heart-breaking history.

Through the book, you are thrown between the past and the present. You learn more and more of how Ellie thinks, and how Helen became who she is. It truly is a heart-breaking story that makes you want to hug the ladies, because there was so much going on in their childhood, that at least one person had to go through the same thing in real life.

I really liked how Ellie opened her heart up to Helen, even though it was a tough decision for her to make. I am really glad that Helen persisted lol. I felt that those two really were meant to be together.

I give the book 5 stars, the way it was written, how the characters interacted with each other, how descriptive it was, how addicting it was (are they going to get together?), and just overall the story.

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