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.
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If you love the Lifetime Movie Channel....
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.)
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