"Cathy Holton is the author of Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes and The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. i>From the Hardcover edition."
Break out the tissues, sunblock and margarita mix as four old friends reunite after 23 years for a beach party in Holton's feast of Southern friendship (after The Secret Lives of the Kudzu Debutantes). Mel, Sara, Annie and Lola head out to Wild Dunes, a beachfront palace owned by Lola's super-rich husband on exclusive Whale Head Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Spacy Lola is miserably married and leans heavily on medication to deal with her husband's manipulations. Obsessive-compulsive Annie still broods over a college fling with a married professor even though she's got a great husband. Social worker Sara still envies glamorous Mel, a witty crime novelist (I'll Sleep When You're Dead is her latest) living in New York who's unlucky in marriage. At 45, each stands at a familiar crossroads covered by many novels of the midlife-empowerment genre, but Holton refreshes the action with winning humor, especially with Mel, whose take-no-prisoners attitude inspires everyone to embrace their present and let the past go. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"A brilliant, bubbly, bracing novel . . . packed with hilarity and heartache."
--Wichita Falls Times Record News
"Break out the tissues, sunblock, and margarita mix as four
friends reunite after twenty-three years for a beach party in
[this] feast of Southern friendship. . . . [Cathy] Holton refreshes
the action with winning humor."
--Publishers Weekly "The novel's wistful tone and serious revelations will set it apart from summer's lighter fare, while the characters' witty barbs and beachy setting keep it entertaining."
--Booklist "A poignant tale of heartbreak and happiness that celebrates the resiliency of women."
--Chattanooga Times Free Press