Happy Hour by Michele Scott is a book about friendship and four strong independent women who support each other through some tough challenges. The story embraces themes of love, trust, starting over, dealing with the past and looking forward to the future.
Jamie is a single mother and the editor-in-chief of a Wine Lovers magazine. She's grieving the death of her husband while taking care of a daughter and also her senile mother-in-law. Kat is a sommelier at a restaurant she owns with her chef husband, Christian. She's having a hard time dealing with her ex and her husband's ex, while trying to make their blended family work. Danielle is a vintner of a fabulous new winery. She finds herself entrenched in a family crises when her eldest daughter comes home from college and drops a bombshell on her. Alyssa is a gallery owner and artist with skeletons in her closet. She's about to get married when her past catches up with her. The women get together every other Sunday for Happy Hour. They share wine, food and offer each other insight that helps them cope with their problems.
The author knows how to tell a story and she captured my interest immediately. The family dramas are told separately but Scott brings them together seamlessly. The characters are wonderfully drawn, realistic women with real emotions and plenty of conflict to bring them out. Although heavy problems are addressed, the book is not a downer. Ms Scott's wonderful voice and a touch of humor lighten the mood. The story is thought provoking, inspiring and entertaining at the same time. Two thumbs up for this one.
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to me at no cost. This review is my honest opinion of the work
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 31, 2009)
Paperback: 318 Pages