This book was excellent, a sweet story about the long lasting friendship between six southern women who first met in college at The W, Corrine, Lanier, Julia, Byrd, Rosanelle, and Astor, better know as the SSG's. In their late forties now, they all get together twice a year, in the summer at Lanier's place on Dauphin Island, and in the Fall at Corrine's place on Blue Mountain. The story focuses on Corrine, Lanier, and Julia - Corrine with her controlling ex husband Miles, their son Culley, and Cal, a new friend and fan of her art work; Lanier with her husband 'Saint' Paul, from whom she is separated, their two children Christopher and Lindy, and Jesse Phoenix, her childhood love; and Julia with her husband Joe Ed, and their disabled daughter Bethany. I guess you could say these women suffer a midlife crises together. Corrine becomes terminally ill and wishes to reconcile with her son before it is too late, Lanier is in love with two men and her children have distanced themselves from her for hurting their father, and Julia is tormented by the memory of a former love and the child she never claimed. I highly recommend this book, a heartwarming story that had me laughing and crying, one that will stay with me for a long time.
A definite "Chick's Book" as my husband would call it! ;-)
It took a while for me to get into the story, but once I did, I had a hard time putting it down. The story will make you laugh and cry!
All the women in the story have been through so much, but that is what makes it believable. The women are "sweet" but they are not saints. They are real women with real issues.
I would recommend this book to my friends!
This was a fantastic story of friendship. Being a sorority girl from Alabama and having a mom who is the age of these women, I really enjoyed these characters. I could see myself being like this in 30 years!
I loved this story of a group of Alabama women who became friends in college who have continued their close group until their late 40's. As an Alabama woman of the same age, it rang true for me on so many levels. The story closely follows three of the women as they go through life changes. A wonderful celebration of friendship and self-discovery.
Delightful fun read. Not too deep but with wonderful character development. True to life situations - very Southern.