Every Thursday at eight, four women meet for breakfast--and to talk.To tell their stories, recount their sorrows and their joys.To offer each other encouragement and unstinting support.Clare has just been through a devastating divorce. She's driven by anger and revenge...until she learns something about her ex-husband that forces her to look deep inside for the forgiveness and compassion she's rejected--and for the person she used to be. Elizabeth is widowed, in her late fifties, a successful professional--a woman who's determined not to waste another second of her life. And if that life should include romantic possibilities--well, why not?Karen is in her twenties, the years for taking risks, testing your dreams. Her dream is to be an actor. So what if her parents think she should be more like her sister, the very respectable Victoria?Julia is turning forty this year. Her husband's career is established, her kids are finally in their teens and she's just started her own business. Everything's going according to plan--until she gets pregnant!
Set in the suburban town of Willow Grove, Calif., Macomber's latest (after Always Dakota) follows the friendship of four women who meet at the Mocha Moments cafe every Thursday morning. For the new year, Clare Craig, Liz Kenyon, Julia Murchison and Karen Curtis decide to choose a word that will help them realize their New Year's resolutions. Having recently divorced her cheating husband of 23 years, Clare chooses the word "faithful," and not surprisingly, her faith is put to the test when she learns that her ex has cancer. Liz, a 57-year-old hospital administrator who would rather be alone with fond memories of her late husband than fending off the advances of debonair Dr. Jamison, focuses on the word "time" to symbolize her need to regain control of her life. Julia has everything her heart desires a loving husband, two teenagers and her own yarn shop. Naturally, she chooses the word "gratitude," but she feels less than grateful when she discovers that she's pregnant again. And then there's Karen, a 20-something substitute teacher whose desire to become an actor frustrates her domineering mother. Karen chooses the word "acceptance" as a reminder that she must be herself, not who her mother thinks she should be. The novel shifts between the women's journal entries and action, a setup affording an intimate glimpse of each character but also contributing to the story's sluggish pacing. As always, Macomber draws rich, engaging characters, but her flat narrative voice and sugary sentimentality do little to keep the reader turning pages. (June) Forecast: Macomber has built a respectable following for herself with her Heart of Texas series and her Dakota Trilogy. Despite this book's flaws, it will climb the bestseller lists, boosted by print advertising in national publications (New York Times Book Review, USA Today and Library Journal), book signing events and a satellite television tour. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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June 29, 2010
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