All the Single Ladies is the latest from best-selling author Dorothea Benton Frank and as usual she serves up a fantastic summer read! I’ve been enjoying her books for years now and always look forward to a new one and a chance to visit South Carolina’s Lowcountry again. All the Single Ladies is about the beauty of friendship and so much more!
Lisa is a geriatric nurse and has devoted her life to taking care of people. She’s a single mother of a grown daughter and now only has her adorable dog Pickle as a housemate as there are issues with her daughter and presently they aren’t speaking. So right now she’s more focused on caring for her patients and one of them is Kathy Harper who is dying from cancer. Lisa has become close with Kathy and when she passes it’s difficult and she turns to the two women, Suzanne and Carrie, who were by Kathy’s side continuously. As the women get to know each other better they find a strong bond of friendship developing.
Lisa, Suzanne, and Carrie begin to share everything with each other – their secrets, their hopes, wine, and definitely a lot of yummy food because of course women have to have munchies while they chat. To add to the already interesting mix is Miss Trudie, Suzanne’s grandmother and she’s a ninety-nine year old pistol. What I loved most is these women are all in their fifties and I have to say it’s quite refreshing to read a novel about women close to my own age with many of the same concerns or thoughts as I have.
Add to that a bit of a mystery concerning their beloved friend Kathy, some new men in their lives, and the ever present concerns of aging and things really heat up. With almost every page I wished I would meet some ladies like these ones and join them walking on the beach or having a glass of wine on the porch. While I think some things were a bit over the top I took it all with a grain of salt and just let myself enjoy the humor and also the important message that it’s never too late to form new and lasting friendships or relationships. Just because you’re over a certain age doesn’t mean that life is over – you can still go out and enjoy each day and all it offers! Highly recommended!
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