Renee is the more quiet emotional one of the group: she cries all the time. She moved back to her home four years ago to look after her ailing father, for what she hoped would be a short spell, but as his health deteriorated she found herself trapped and the life she had made for herself lost.
Maxine is the ultra-confident businesswoman, wearing designer clothes, selling million dollar mansions and looking down her nose at everybody else. She is used to getting her way, especially with men, but when one comes along who really isn’t interested, Maxine sets herself on a course that could blow a lifelong friendship out of the water.
I have had this book on my tbr pile since April and am embarassed to say that I have only just managed to get round to reading it. I hope the author, D. L. White, forgives me, but I really don’t think I can forgive myself. If I’d known what a little gem I had on my hands it would have shot up my reading list long before now.
I loved the characters in this book they are all well-drawn, but especially the three friends: strong, resilient women, falling into lives none of them expected and trying to cope as best they can. Even Maxine with all her money and attitude is far from happy.
It would take a heart of stone not to feel for Renee, her mother dying then her father’s early onset Alzheimer’s, meaning that her life was put on hold indefinitely. Then when she finally has some luck it sets her against one of her best friends.
But the story with the biggest impact is Debra’s. Such a common tale of husband and wife taking each other for granted, leading inexorably to mistakes, regrets, recriminations and pain. The author handles this story so well, giving it emotion and depth.