This is the story of three very different women – though they share the common female need to be loved, to be good parents, to be successful, etc. Three women who find that during the time they need friendship the most, they are there for each other.
First we meet Annabel Ford. Once a successful businesswoman, she has given up her career to be a stay-at-home, full-time mother. She is married and has twin boys, age five. A perfectionist, she tries to ‘do it all’ and ‘be it all’ for her family. She has become a tad overwhelmed and has become (according to her husband) a ‘miserable’ complainer. Then – out of the blue – her husband Henry packs a suitcase and leaves her!
Second we meet Piper Whitley. Piper is a single mom who cherishes her ten year old daughter, Fern, and enjoys her career as a crime reporter. Then she meets Todd. He seems perfect. A dentist with a big house who wants nothing more than to be a member of their little family. Then, just as Todd is moving in, Fern decides she wants to meet her birthfather…
Thirdly we meet Mackenzie Mead. Once a very successful television news producer, Mackenzie is now married to Trevor, the heir of a publishing conglomerate. She is now working for her demanding mother-in-law in a job she has come to enjoy. She is a southern girl, a good cook, and, most importantly, she is trying to get pregnant!
When these three disparate women meet at an exercise class in suburban Connecticut, their lives are enriched with friendship that will stand the test during turbulent times.
If there is a theme to this novel, it is that friendship is therapeutic when you’re experiencing troubled times. Times that illuminate just WHO your real friends are – as the ‘fair weather’ friends seem to dissolve into the woodwork.
A novel of friendship, betrayal, fidelity, parenting, loyalty and self-acceptance.
An easy and satisfying read – enjoyable women’s fiction. A contemporary story about three very ‘real’ women.
Emily Liebert was born and raised in New York City, attended the Horace Mann School and Smith College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Language & Literature. When Emily’s not writing, she teaches Pure Barre classes and enjoys traveling, cooking, and cozying up with a good book. Emily lives with her husband, Lewis, and their two delicious little boys, Jax and Hugo, in Westport, Connecticut.