Celebrated Irish author Cathy Kelly makes her U.S. debut with this tale of three friends trying to make sense of their lives. Emma, Hannah and Leonie meet on a vacation to Egypt and quickly forge a strong friendship, despite their vastly differing lifestyles.

Emmas desperationverging on obsessionto have a baby and her inability to stand up to her domineering father have made her life miserable. Newly independent and career-minded Hannah has a penchant for meeting Mr. Wrongs despite treading carefully. Leonie is a divorced mom struggling to accept that her children are growing up, and looking for someone wholl love her.

The vitality of Kellys characters, especially the vibrant Leonie, saves this novel from being just another entry in the glut of womens fiction friendship books currently flooding the market. The author is also not afraid to have her characters make wrong decisions, which lends a refreshing realism to the novel. All in all, a well-crafted and warm read. (Jul., 480 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino