From the book jacket:
“Barbara, Kaye, and Ellen, longtime friends of a certain age, are inseparable – but each nurtures her own secret. As a widowed mother of three adult children, Barbara has no intention of revealing to anyone her persona as a celebrated writer of erotica. Kate, in a stable but often joyless marriage, is having a clandestine affair that reawakens her passion even as it fills her with conflict. Ellen has lost her husband to a far younger woman, who is now pregnant with his child – a painful blow to Ellen since she and her husband were never able to conceive. But she is not childless…
Ellen is still haunted by the memory of the baby girl she had at sixteen and was forced to relinquish. Estranged from her family, Ellen is reluctantly thrust back into contact with them after the death of her father, and she realizes that if she is ever to find her lost daughter – now a grown woman herself – she will have to confront her shame and rely on her dearest friends.”
I found this to be a wonderful book. Once I got started on it, I didn’t want to put it down. The relationships between the three women in this book were not only believable, but comforting. I have read quite a bit of chick lit – and I suppose this could fall under that category – but with a bit more depth than most of the chick lit I have read. These women are in their fifties with a strong friendship and bond. They have been friends for a long time and know virtually everything there is to know about each other. They each have been keeping a major secret from the others, but eventually come to realize that if they are going to move forward with their lives and embrace who they are – not in spite of their secrets, but because of them – then they need to let their true friends in completely.
This story of friendship really touched me. I cried at a couple points and laughed at others. These friends are witty, loving and most importantly, real. And even though the friendships were the main focus of this book, the other relationships were not lacking. The relationships between mother and children (Barbara and her 3 kids, Kaye and her two, as well as Kaye and her aging mother), and the relationships between husband and wife (Kaye and her husband, as well as Ellen and her estranged husband), were all convincing and authentic.
I would recommend Scheiber’s novel to anyone looking for an evolved version of chick lit. These highly developed characters will grab you from the beginning and keep you captivated until the end.
And now, some info!! Please read 'til the end - after some great author info, there is also info about how to win a free copy of Sinner's Guide to Confession!! Two lucky visitors to the blog tour will win copies of this fabulous book!! Please leave some comments - about special friendships, or feel free to spill any secrets you have (I promise not to tell)!!
About Sinner's Guide to Confession:
Kaye and Barbara are longtime friends, now in their fifties. Ellen, who is several years younger, develops a friendship with the other two women years later, solidifying this close-knit group. The three women are inseparable, yet each nurtures a secret that she keeps from the others.
About Author Phyllis Schieber:
The first great irony of my life was that I was born in a Catholic hospital. My parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the South Bronx among other new immigrants. .In the mid-fifties, my family moved to Washington Heights. The area offered scenic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, as well as access to Fort Tryon Park and the mysteries of the Cloisters. Her first novel, Strictly Personal, for young adults, was published by Fawcett-Juniper. The Sinner's Guide to Confession, was released by Berkley Putnam and in March 2008, Berkley Putnam will issue the first paperback publication of Willing Spirits.
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