Okay, so I grabbed two of Eileen Goudge's books and read them back to back. I did enjoy this one more than the first of hers I read. Immediate family focuses on a set of 4 best friends. They had first met and bonded in college and kept close ever since. The story opens at their college reunion.
The book progresses though about a year in their lives. It does do a lot of meandering through story lines. I did wonder if their stories would have been better told through 3 or 4 short stories (Maeve Binchy style) rather than wandering back and forth. I think that would have held my attention a little bit better. Once again, this book served its purpose. A quick, easy read just when I needed one.