Bailey does an excellent job of showing how the lifelong friendship between the women in the book -- even when they are estranged -- affects every other aspect of their lives. As the heroines face different obstacles on their road to happiness, Bailey wisely allows readers to see them struggle, making their successes more believable and satisfying. Unfortunately, while the female characters are well drawn, the men they become involved with are not as fully developed, so the romantic aspects are not as compelling as they could be. Overall, though, this book is definitely worth a read.

Lindsay, Darcy, Elle and Tara, four very different women from diverse backgrounds, meet and become friends as preteens on a Hamptons beach. The book spans well over a decade in their personal and professional lives as they negotiate the surprises, both pleasant and otherwise, that life presents. Through it all, they hold tight to the bonds of friendship, which seems to be the one constant for each of them. (KENSINGTON, Aug., 304 pp., $12.95)
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Stephanie Schneider