This novel takes you from a health spa in which the main characters meet and mingle through judgement and friendship into their separate and transforming lives over the course of a year. It is written by a woman who knows women. Beth Gutcheon has quickly become of the my favourite authors for her ability to tell a story in a seamless and delightful narrative. She writes in an old fashioned manner where morals still matter and alliances develop through genuine friendship. "Five Fortunes" evokes laugh out loud moments as well as tears because you can't help but love the characters.