The story takes place in Northern California, in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends-five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away. The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Elizabeth learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.
“A tender touch”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Barb H
I really enjoyed this book. The author wonderfully portrays emotions, attitudes, and the bonds of loyalty and love which bring her characters to life in this tender story of friendship. It touches the human heart in so many ways with its poignant moments, laughs, sensitivity, wisdom, and surprises.
About the Author
Judith Marshall is a third generation native Californian, born St. Helena, California and raised in Concord, CA. Although fiction, her debut novel “Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever” (winner of the Jack London Prize awarded by the California Writers Club) is informed by the author’s own experiences. She, too, has experienced the devastating effects of being laid off, losing a dear friend and has been blessed with the friendship of a group of women she has known since high school.
A mixture of hilarity and heartbreak, this story is a celebration of fresh hopes, second chances, and the anything-but-simple art of relationships. The book has been optioned for the big screen!
Ms. Marshall is currently at work on her second novel, Staying Afloat, the story of a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother who morphs into a sex-starved adulteress.
For more information, visit www.judithmarshall.net