Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.


Another delightful girlfriend outing is brought to us in Wait for the Rain. The three college friends, Skylar, Daphne, and KC, felt like old friends to me, too, after reading about them in “Bridges.”

Never having been on a Caribbean vacation, I thoroughly enjoyed joining them on the island getaway, and from the descriptions of the setting, the food, and the activities, I could almost have been there with them…vicariously.

It was fun to watch Daphne’s foray into enjoying her single life. I could relate to her testing the waters, having been almost her age when I tried single life again, back in the day. Her insecurities and the tentative way she connected with Clay, the younger man, felt real to me.

On the island, the little bursts of rain that happened frequently throughout their stay reminded Daphne of the cleansing power of rain…and how the adventure had given her the opportunity for a fresh start. Now she knew that her homecoming would reveal her whole life with fresh eyes. 5 stars.