In a remarkably moving story, Thomas examines these very different lives and creates characters readers truly care about. From highs to lows and back again, these strong women will stay with you long after you finish this book.

Five women from very different places are drawn together by tragedy. An accident at a Texas oil rig claims five victims—four are dead and one's just barely hanging on. Strangers for the most part, the five women see their lives changed one October morning, as they become friends and wait to discover who still has a husband.

Helena Whitworth, the eldest, is on husband number three, but J.D. Whitworth is the love of her life. Meredith Allen is married to her high school sweetheart, and life has not been quite what she expected. Anna Montano came to the U.S. from Italy as the wife of Davis Montano and feels like an outsider. Randi and Crystal knew each other as "party girls" before they both married into the Howard family.

(Aug., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson