The perennial New York Times best-selling author returns with an emotionally resonant novel that illuminates the power of friendship in women's lives and is filled with her trademark wit; poignant and timely themes; sassy, flesh-and-blood characters; and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry.
Few writers capture the complexities, pain, and joy of relationships - between friends, family members, husbands and wives, or lovers - as beloved New York Times best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank. In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, she once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Lowcountry, where three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by another amazing woman's death.
Through their shared loss, they forge a deep friendship, asking critical questions. Who was their friend, and what did her life mean? Are they living the lives they imagined for themselves? Will they ever be able to afford to retire? How will they maximize their happiness? Security? Health? And ultimately their own legacies?
A plan is conceived and unfurls with each turn of the tide during one sweltering summer on the Isle of Palms. Without ever fully realizing how close they were to the edge, they finally triumph amid laughter and maybe even newfound love.
©2015 Dorothea Benton Frank (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Sometimes a book finds you at just the right time; this was that book for me. DBF transported me to a lovely town with heart-warming characters who I enjoyed following their journey through the ups and downs of life. While I loved this book, reading too many books like this will ruin the feeling. Novels like this are meant to be enjoyed like truffles, only one or two every now and then. Too many too often and the decadent richness turns sour.
I really wanted to like it as this author was recommended to me by a friend. I had to make myself finish it. I thought I could relate as the ladies were approximately my age. What I found was a group of judgemental, self-righteous gold diggers. Not the strong independent southern belles we hear so much about. I just couldn't like any of the characters and had predicted the end by the third chapter. Just wasn't for me.
At least a somewhat plausible storyline and better editing.
Audible needs a subcategory or label for books that would be great for straight-to-Lifetime Movie Network (or Hallmark Movie Channel, or whatever) stories, so that I can avoid them in the future. This was just dreadful. I found myself rolling my eyes all the time. Can't believe I stuck it out to the end. Too predictable. Too silly.
The narration was the only thing that saved this audiobook. I'm sure I would have given up early on if I had been reading the print version. She did a great job with all of the various characters, saving them from becoming complete stereotypes. The only reason I didn't give her five stars was that she read some parts as if she were constantly winking at the reader. The story didn't need any more sweet winking, so that was overkill.
Why all the inexplicably detailed recipes? They interrupted the flow. And the timeline was ridiculous. Felt like everything happened in a matter of weeks (editing would have been helpful!). Also, the author annoyingly felt the need to explain the obvious way too often. (I actually found myself wondering out loud if there was any editing at all with this book.)
If you are from the south this narrator will not impress you. Story slow, I waded through chapter 6 and had to quit. very disappointed, first time with this author and I didn't listen to the sample.
faster story and a better narrator
I tried to get into it... I ended up skipping chapters hoping something would actually happen... But the endless dead woman and funeral details were so dull, and it never got better.
I was disappointed with this book. It took me 17 chapters to get into the story. I don't enjoy all the "she said, he said". The last few chapters were the best but felt the storyline was lacking. Sorry.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book had a little bit of a slow start but the narrator was wonderful the story was colorful and it lasted long enough so I could finish my work week with a smile on my face
NO> Found it very hard to get past how often the word said is used in this book!! Only on a very rare occasion did the author use another word even "She asked" is seldom used in this book. And OMG - describing ordering a pizza, being told how long it would take and then I said thank you and hung up the phone. So, so simplistic!
A totally different story written by a totally different author. This was embarrassingly, stereotypically anti-feminist. All of the characters were literally "saved" by men - all were married off by the end. The protagonist was judgemental, martyr-ish, and pretty much unbearable. I believe I purchased this as one of those "oh, you'll love this!" sales. I'll be a bit more discerning next time...
This was so overly-contrived, I could barely stomach it. There was also too much "she said" then "I said" then "he said". Good grief, would it have been so taxing to throw in an occasional "she replied" every now and then???
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