Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Original edition (May 25 2010)
Bestselling author Kris Radish delves deeply into the emotions of five very different women who are thrown together by chance—only to discover that they have more in common than they ever could have imagined.
Holly Blandeen has always cherished the story her grandmother told her about the thread that connects all women, tying them forever in sisterhood. It’s a beautiful idea, but with all the curveballs life has thrown her way, Holly has often felt isolated, different from other women. That starts to change when she meets four strangers in an airport and they agree to share a luxury hotel suite because a powerful spring storm is barreling across the country, stranding travelers from California to Florida. What begins as a spur-of-the-moment decision becomes an unlikely, unexpected, and sometimes reluctant exercise in female bonding, as these five exceptional women—each at a crossroads—swap stories, share secrets, and seek answers to the questions they’ve been asking about life, love, and the path to true happiness. A storm may have grounded them for the moment, but after this wild adventure in which anything can and does happen, they’ll never have to fly solo again.
Contact the author, Kris Radish:
- On her website: http://www.krisradish.com/
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Hearts on a String is an extremely believable story of five women who meet for the first time in an airport washroom, and an approaching hurricane forces the five of them to share a hotel suite as they wait out the storm. Each of the characters has her own secrets and personal issues, and they honestly felt they had nothing in common with each other. As the storm beats down around them, they discover that they need each other, in more ways than they could ever imagine.
This quote from page 206 sums it up so perfectly: "Women who have girlfriends. Women who without a single question will grab a knife from the kitchen counter and run into harm's way to try to save a woman they barely know. Women who have a sacred spot inside of their own hearts for a woman they love who is a constant reminder of loyalty, honesty, all the good things that can come into your life. Women who have someone who understands the pace of their moods, their list of regrets and longings, the reasons why they let go of some things and cling to others. Women who know that the call will always be answered without hesitation. Women who can at any given moment fill the hollow pit of loneliness that sometimes cripples them. All of this and so much more, because of that one thing: She is a woman, like me."
The quote above describes the ultimate friendship between women, and that is exactly what Nan, Holly, Patti, Cathy and Margo discovered about each other as they were forced to spend a few days together. I really enjoyed this book, right from the first pages when these five extraordinary women gathered around an airport toilet to help one of the women retrieve her cell phone that had become lodged in the toilet. This was only the beginning of a journey of discovery, tears, anger, fear and eventually laughter that will string their hearts and lives together forever.
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