A great-grandmother tells her great-granddaughter a beautiful story about the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood. So begins Hearts on a String by Kris Radish. Many years later that young girl will be lucky enough to learn the true meaning of that thread that connects women.
Present Day: Airport bathroom – A woman is cussing up and down in a toilet stall while four other women in the bathroom stop in their tracks, unsure what to do or say. Nan’s cell phone has fallen in the toilet and has gotten lodged in there. The women all try to figure out what to do to help this woman get her phone out of the toilet. When they finally do get the phone out, it’s to an announcement that all flights have been canceled due to inclement weather and Nan, in anger, stomps the phone to bits and pieces with her high heel anyhow.
Nan has just left a luxury suite at a hotel and has offered to call and get her room back and the women can all stay there. The other four women know that within minutes it’s going to become impossible to find anywhere to stay so they agree. So what happens when you get an investment banker, a hairdresser, a mom, an elderly singer and a very flirtatious and sexy manager at a Wendy’s – well let’s just say it’s not all breezy moments of forming friendships and love.
The first part of the book moves kind of slowly with the women mostly nit picking and bickering with each other. It’s painfully clear that they don’t want to be together and don’t seem to be bonding at all. As the story evolves though and we begin learning more about the intimate details of these women’s lives the story starts to take on a life of it’s own. As they begin sharing with each other as well we begin to notice that these five women who seem to not want to open their hearts, start to thaw a bit.
Most of these women really weren’t likable in the beginning – amusing but not likable. Nan is ticked off at everything-her husband is involved in some shady dealings and probably having an affair. Cathy is so busy flirting and sleeping around that she just doesn’t know how to have a real relationship. Margo is a mom of three teenagers and she is endlessly busy. Patti is the elderly singer -kind of the mom of the group and sometimes the glue that holds them together. My favorite of the women was Holly -the youngest of them and a hairdresser. She just seemed the most real to me as well as being the one that had the more loving and giving personality that just drew you to her.
However all is not as it seems. While you may think you know each of these women by now – you find that you really don’t. The last half of the book takes you through some unexpected twists and turns but it’s just these events that manage to bond these women together in friendship. The plot of the novel does become kind of far fetched and some of the things that happen make you roll your eyes a bit but the thing is I read this book for pure entertainment and escapism and it gave me that.
The message in the pages of this book is the power of women’s friendships and the power of the bonds they can form. Even though these five women started out as strangers and really had nothing in common, they found over time ways to bond and ended up being fiercely protective of each other. This novel leaves you realizing how important the bonds between women are and no matter what is going on in your life, if you have those friendships you’ll pull through.
I read Hearts on a String by Kris Radish for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. You can see all the other tour stops here. Be sure to visit Kris Radish’s website and blog and you can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook as well. Hearts on a String by Kris Radish is available here in the US and here in Canada.
My thanks…to Lisa with TLC Book Tours and the publisher for my review copy of Hearts on a String by Kris Radish.
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