Here's the perfect Summer read, if you're looking for the perfect novel about friendship!
Synopsis: Dhara, Kelly, Marta & Wendy have been the closest of friends since college, so close, in fact, that after a series of communal romantic disasters, they bond together to create rules of relationships meant to keep their hearts safe. Now, at the far side of thirty-five, those rules seem to have worked for them—country-club Wendy, a curator of a small local museum, is due to marry a longtime boyfriend in an over-the-top wedding; Marta, a high-powered Latina partner in a white-shoe law firm, is living in sensual luxury with a sexy Cuban entrepreneur; Kelly, the tech-geek computer programmer, seems happy in her introverted singlehood.
Only Dhara, an Indian-American cardiologist, is struggling after the abrupt end of a long-term relationship. When she suddenly decides to agree to a traditional arranged marriage, her girlfriends gather in the hopes of stopping her from making a terrible mistake. As old relationships crumble and dangerous new ones emerge, the girls begin to realize that the rules that they made to keep their hearts safe may have also shielded them from the risky possibilities of true love.
Review: This is not an insubstantial Summer read. The book is hefty and there are alot of emotional issues dealt with in the book, that most women will be able to relate to, from the need to stage an 'romantic intervention' for a best friend, to being lied to by someone you were involved with to finding your true self. I laughed so many times while reading the book, and thinking of my friends. I think most women will see themselves in one of the central characters, and relate to their history, which makes the book so unique. And yes, there are happy endings in this book- that's what Summer reads are for! Even the dysfunctional family in the book can be saved at the end! So you know this is a great read!
And for once, the cover matches the characters! WOO HOO some PR person got it right!
About the Author: Lisa is a RITA-nominated author of fourteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into fifteen languages—quite a switch for this former PhD candidate in chemistry. Currently this opera loving, novice archer and mother of three is finding inspiration in women's lives and women's friendships. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three teenage daughters, who never fail to make life interesting. Check out her website for more.
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