The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can't fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together-the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial "club" that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there's Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and an attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor's wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows the greatest gifts appear after life's fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a woman who isn't afraid to look trouble straight in the eye. This stalwart group of friends depicts a special slice of American life, of stay-at-home days and new careers, of children and grandchildren, of bold beginnings and second chances, in which the power of forgiveness, understanding, and the perfectly timed giggle fit is the CPR that mends broken hearts and shattered dreams.
Every single time I read this book, it always makes me wish that I had a book club of my own to be close with, that certain group of friends that I know I can share everything with and know we will make it through anything.
AHEB picks you up and drops you off right in the middle of Freesia Court, Minneapolis, where you encounter five different who are quickly drawn together by their love for books.
Throughout this book you follow their lives and the struggles they have to face in a time when our Nation was dealing with countless controversy. Starting off in 1968 and leading you right up to 1998.
Through this book it felt like I was right next to them, holding their hands as they faced every issue you can come up with. You are there as children are born, as they grow and face the problems of their own. You are there through the thirty years it takes for some secrets to come to head and for others to butt heads as opinions collide. It brings the fact home that, just because someone has a smile on their face, doesn't mean everything is sunshine and rainbows in their world.
This is one of those re-readable books that, even though I know what is going to happen, I find myself reading over and over again.
Favorite Quotes/Memorable Moments:
1." Dropping tears on the ground like bread crumbs, only I knew they wouldn't lead me safely back home; they'd just dry up in the dirt. "