This was absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. I passed this on to all of my friends and they all loved it as well. The book is about a group of women - totally different in personality, coming from different worlds and from different places in life. This is how they all came together and became true friends. Anyone who has ever had a friend like this - or wished that they did - will love this book as much as I did.
very enjoyable and entertaining with likeable characters - easy reading
Great story of women from different backgrounds bonding together and finding courage to address the issues in their lives.
Charming story about friendship between women you'd never think would be friends. Thought provoking.
One of the best "women" stories I have read in a while, and I recommend to anyone who likes to read about people living life and learning how to help each other and live together in friendship.
Great book. I really loved it. It's a fabulous story about four women who come together under unusual circumstances whose friendship and commitment to each other is transforming....wonderful book.
From Publishers Weekly
The bestselling author of such hits as Hank & Chloe and Blue Rodeo launches a trilogy with this sentimental novel of communal life and reinvented family, centering on four women who come together, tending to each other and healing old wounds. Phoebe DeThomas has lived carefully all her life. Thirty-eight years old and in a wheelchair because of a bad heart, she's always felt dwarfed by her flamboyant aunt Sadie and her successful brother James. Now Sadie has died, bequeathing her a flower farm on California's Central Coast. In order to make a go of it, Phoebe takes in three women as boarder/farmhands. Each of the three is "homeless," having recently undergone traumatic life changes: Ness, a black cowgirl with a horse and a secret fear that she has AIDS, has lost her job; Nance, a down-on-her-luck Southern belle, has broken up with her boyfriend; and Beryl, a former kindergarten aide with a prison record, has been evicted from her apartment. All have families that are less than perfect and, living under the same roof, they soon become like blood relatives as they share their secrets and learn to trust again. Mapson combines poignancy with the good-natured banter of girlfriends in her tale of women in transition, waiting to be reborn. Short on conflict but long on comfort and characterization, this is neither the author's best nor her deepest work. Still, there are enough of the quiet charms that fans have come to expect for them to tune into the second installment when it is released.
I love the way Ms.Mapson writes. She has a cozy hometown feel to her novels. This one is about four women who move to a flower farm to live together and bond thru trials in their lives and learn thur caring for each other and to try their hearts in the world once again. Easy flow to story and i wanted more when this was finished. I have read alot of this authors books and still always look for something i may have missed.
I would recommend this book as a good summer read
I love Joann Mapson. She isn't a well known author, but is a favorite of the well-known Jodi Picoult. Her writing can be hilarious at times and her characters are so real that you think about them long after the book is over. I still remember Chloe from Hank and Chloe by Mapson. This is a great book in a Series of Bad Girl Creek novels. Give it a try - you might be surprised.
What a wonderful book for anyone who is questioning the decisions they have made in their life. Anything is possible!!
Oh my goodness, I had to order the rest of the books. I have to know what happens to these folks! Really loved my time with them.
Phoebe DeThomas has lived life as spectator, confined to a wheelchair, in awe of her beloved Aunt Sadie, and overshadowed by her financial wizard brother, James. But when Sadie dies, leaving Phoebe a flower farm, the world opens up to her in ways she could never have imagined. Taking in three roommates to help get the farm running, she finds herself, for the first time in her life, part of a close circle of women friends. Each displaced from her home, these four women form an invaluable bond as they learn how friendship and purpose can transform even the most compromised of women.