Synopses & Reviews
In a witty and wonderful debut, first-time novelist Holly Chamberlin chronicles an eventful year in the lives of four thirty-something women who are navigating sex, singlehood, and the big city. This is going to be Erin Weston's year. At thirty-two, she has decided to make a concentrated effort to find The One, though certainly not at the expense of her career in a Boston PR firm. But when she meets the married man-of-her-dreams, she has to figure out how to chase after the real Mr. Right, when Mr. Right-Now has swept her off her feet. Abby Walker is New England's version of a steel magnolia. A hopeless romantic, she has the unwavering determination to make her dream of becoming a wife and mother come true. Plus, she has the looks that make grown men swoon--even one as grown as Erin's recently divorced father. Now, love and loyalty are on a collision course. A highly respected pediatrician, JoAnne Chiofalo treats Boston's youngest--but her own life lacks some tender loving care. As far as relationships are concerned, she's realistic to a fault, until her own medical emergency gives her something more to live--and love--for. She's no fashion plate, but Maggie Branley packs a one-two punch of brains and compassion. A professor at M.I.T., it's her work at a women's shelter that brings her satisfaction. And although a doomed grad school relationship has put her off men, it's long past time for her heart to get back in the game. It's life shaken-not-stirred for these four sister-in-arms. Career moves and cocktails go hand-in-hand when they take to Boston's teeming streets in their search for lust, love, and everything in between. And while bad hair days and lonely nights might trip them up,they'll never give up their faith in five-star restaurants and four-way friendship.
From Holly Chamberlin, author of Tuscan Holiday
and Summer Friends,
comes a witty, insightful novel chronicling a year in one woman's quest to find love, joy--and herself. . .
At twenty, singlehood is a lifestyle choice. At thirty-two, it starts to feel like an affliction. Erin Weston has a rewarding PR career, loyal friends, and a wonderful Boston condo. But in between weekend brunches, farmers' market forays, and dinners in Cambridge and the South End, Erin can't shake the sense that something's missing. The traditional ideal--husband, house, clothing-coordinated children--once seemed too obvious, and pride in her accomplishments doesn't keep the loneliness at bay. Now, ready to venture into uncharted territory, Erin is going to claim the life she thinks she wants. And in the process, she might just figure out exactly what--and who--she really needs. . .
Praise for the novels of Holly Chamberlin
"Nostalgia over real-life friendships lost and regained pulls readers into the story." -USA Today on Summer Friends
"An honest, forceful novel about love, family, and sacrifice." --Booklist on One Week in December
"It does the trick as a beach book and provides a touristy taste of Maine's seasonal attractions." --Publishers Weekly on The Family Beach House