Told in the first person by one of the friends, this story is a wonderful journey, as older women discover life can continue to be new and challenging after middle age. Flashbacks to their growing-up years and the things they shared along the way make an already interesting story just short of inspiring. This book is not only fun to read but, for some, may even be a learning experience.

The five high school friends who began as the Mademoiselles in the 1960s grow apart as they grow older, but they still manage to meet for lunch every now and then, wearing their infamous red hats.

When one discovers that her husband is cheating, they all swing into action. But doing their own investigating uncovers more than they imagined. In no time, these forever friends are finding out things about each other—and themselves—that they never, in all their years together, noticed before.

(Sep., 320 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley