In the bestselling tradition of The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Jane Austen Book Club, three women find unexpected answers, happiness, and one another, using Meryl Streep’s movies as their inspiration.
Three estranged female relatives—two sisters and the cousin they grew up with after a tragedy—are summoned home to their aunt’s inn on the coast of Maine. Thirty-one-year-old Isabel Nash McNeal is reeling from her husband’s affair, but a secret pact she made years ago may keep her from the one thing she wants most. Twenty-eight-year-old single mother June Nash promised her young son she’ll finally track down his father, and her search will lead her where she least expects it. Their cousin, twenty-five-year old Kat Weller, rocked by her mother’s shocking announcement and the arrival of her cousins, accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal—then has her “yes” tested in ways she never imagined.
Every Friday night, Isabel, June, and Kat reluctantly get together to watch the films of their family matriarch’s favorite actress—Meryl Streep—and find themselves sharing secrets, talking long into the night, and questioning everything they thought they knew about one another, life, and love. Through surprising and heartfelt discussions of movies such as Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, and Mamma Mia, the three women unexpectedly discover who they really are and what they truly want.
For anyone who loves Meryl Streep movies, they will fall in love with the characters in this book. Even if you are not a Meryl Streep fan, this book will encourage you to watch every single movie she has ever starred in. You will be inspired to look deeper into the characters and relationships portrayed.
I loved this book from beginning to end, especially the rich characters in this estranged family. It was incredible to read how their relationships developed and matured in spite of some very tragic situations. Their family loyalty was tested to the limit, and when push comes to shove, they were always there for each other.
What I loved most was the way the women talked about things that were happening in the movies, and then related them to their own lives. They were able to honestly and transparently analyze their own relationships, and they questioned what their own responses would be in similar situations.
I don't watch a lot of movies, but most of the movies talked about in this book were familiar to me. I want to watch them all again, but slowly.
To Mia March, a huge thank you ... for an absolutely amazing book.
Disclosure: Ebook received courtesy of SheReads.org and Simon & Schuster, in exchange for my honest review.