About the Book:
Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen-and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue. This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg-a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship.
I enjoy stories featuring the relationships between women, and I've heard good things about Elizabeth Berg so when Edelweiss offered this galley I grabbed it. I enjoyed it, though it wasn't much like my normal reads. Yes there is romance, but it really isn't the focus of the story; the women are. Another thing I liked about the book is that it featured women my age, an age at which many of us are starting, whether we like it or not, new parts of our lives as children grow up, jobs change or people die. The only problem I had with the book is that none of the characters struck me as people I'd like to have in my life--not that I hated them, I just didn't get the warm fuzzies for any of them. Grade: B.