This book is a GREAT beach/summer read. Four women have nothing in common but their addresses – a village of beach cottages on land called Happiness Key in Florida. Tracy received the land from her ex-husband, who was currently in prison for some shady business dealings. Tracy, who was used to a wealthy lifestyle, now supported herself with rent from the cottages as well as working and directing in a recreation center. Wanda is the oldest of the group and married to a policeman. She bakes amazing pies and as a result of being laid off opens her own pie shop. She acts as the mom of the group. Janya a young Indian-American woman is trying to get pregnant, but her husband seems disinterested. The last of the foursome is Alice who lives with her young granddaughter. A newcomer joins them with a mysterious past and then Tracy’s husband appears suddenly released from prison in California, which raises many questions. These five women worked together, supported each other, and considered each other friends – an unlikely group!
I always enjoy stories which include groups of women as friends and support systems. Throw a few mysteries to be solved into the mix and I’m in heaven! This book meets those criteria. It is a little bit long – 560 pages, but on the beach – or your patio/deck with a glass of ice tea or diet coke, the pages will fly by quickly. There are some surprise twists throughout which make this book a page turner. The characters are interesting and likeable, and because they are of varying ages everyone can relate to somebody. Give it a try this summer.
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