Lady and the Tribe is packed with the ingredients for successful and long-lasting friendships.

5-STAR REVIEW: LADY AND THE TRIBE by Brenda Billings Ridgley

The Description

Publication Date: September 22, 2021

Wives, mothers, and career women—we have all fallen victim to the silent epidemic that is, literally . . . letting ourselves go. Not the makeup free, yoga pants, weight gain routine. Little by little, we have allowed our preferences, interests, and individuality to slip away until we no longer recognize ourselves outside of our role as wives, mothers, or professionals. Who we are has become what we do.

In the process, our friendships have become the casualty of a “busy life” and lack consistency and depth. We have a gaping hole inside us that longs to be filled. How do we reclaim who we really are and fill this empty space that seemed to appear from nowhere? The answer lies in our Tribe. Our best friends see us more clearly than we see ourselves and are representations and extensions of our individuality. They are our companions, cheerleaders, and counselors—always in our corner. They are the branches of our tree of life that lift and support us, so we can flourish. Our Tribe is the family with whom we choose to live our life . . . with no strings attached.

Lady and the Tribe is a blueprint for building deep connections. As you read, you’ll be swept away on a journey of friendship as the author shares her own personal stories and those of other women. In the process, you’ll discover how to find, nurture, and deepen friendships and create a Tribe culture that is unique to you.

We can become whole again through the power of connection.

When three or more gather, we are Tribe.



The Review

Ask someone to talk about friendship in today’s technological world, and there will undoubtedly be a mention of the number of friends a person has on social media platforms. However, in spite of all those connections, people are reporting they feel alone. Author Brenda Billings Ridgley explains the value of friendships in her book, Lady and the Tribe.

The subtitle of the book, How to Create Empowering Friendship Circles, provides an excellent summation of the contents. Women, especially, need strong relationships in order to thrive. The author pulls examples from her own life, as well as stories from other women, to emphasize her points.

Not only does the author explain the different types of friends, but she provides a realistic plan for cultivating the ones that you need. I especially appreciated seeing the data collected by the author from the “Find Your Tribe Friendship Questionnaire” because it reinforced the concepts presented in the book. The brainstorming activities provide an excellent starting point for self-affirmation.

Since the author uses a conversational tone throughout the book, the chapters appear to be seamless. The merit of strong friendships is clearly demonstrated through the examples. Lady and the Tribe is packed with the ingredients for successful and long-lasting friendships.Buy Links

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About The Author

BRENDA RIDGLEY is an author, speaker, and girlfriend guru who loves helping women connect, find success, and discover joy through friendship.  Her mission is to start a movement: women coming together to build thousands of new Lady Tribes around the globe.  Through her workshops, vlogs, blogs, and book clubs, Brenda helps women connect and communicate with respect, love, and trust. She holds an MA in human resources and has spent decades cultivating her own Tribe.  A Colorado girl at heart, Brenda lives in the Carbon Valley area with her husband, Parker, two kids, Parker Jr. and Gillian, and pooch, Perry.  She enjoys hiking and has conquered Longs Peak and several other 14’ers.

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Blog Tour Schedule

October 25:
1: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
2: All the Ups and Downs
3: Splashes of Joy
4: Straight from the Library
5: Author C.A.Milson
6: The Salty Nomad
7: Ellwyn Autumn’s Blog

October 26:
1: What Is That Book About
2: The Obsessed Reader
3: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
4: Welcome to my World of Dreams
5: books are love
6: Sea’s Nod

October 27:
1: Uplifting Reads
2: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
3: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
4: The Avid Reader
5: Let me tell you a story
6: Our Town Book Reviews

October 28:
1: The Faerie Review
2: Fabulous and Brunette
3: Novels Alive
4: Sandra’s Book Club
5: Don’t Judge, Read
6: Books all things paranormal and romance

October 29:
1: Locks, Hooks and Books
2: Novels Alive review
3: Literary Gold
4: Girl with Pen
5: Lamon Reviews


Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Amy I can’t thank you enough for your 5 Star review and thoughtful descriptive comments about Lady and the Tribe. I am compelled to help women re-connect and find their own Tribe of women to lift and support them throughout life. I am so honored you found it valuable! Thank you!

    • I found it to be a perfect resource for this season of my life. Thank you for demonstrating the value friendship has on our lives!


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