David C. Cook (March 1, 2009)
Melody gives us a glimpse into the lives of these four girls as different as the seasons we see them through in the books. Here we are nearly three-fourths of the way through their year together. This Spring we find them planning or avoiding making plans for their Spring Breaks although school isn’t at the top of their lists anymore. They’ve either finished high-school and chosen not to go on to college or are working and going to school at the same time so Spring Break is a much different animal than when everything revolved around school schedules. Lelani is considering a trip back to Maui and perhaps an attempt to reclaim the child her parents have taken from her. When she decides she needs moral support for this move and the friend she asks is not sure she will have the time off to join Lelani and help her get her life back on track, the other girls step up and in the end all four of them and their three boyfriends make Maui their destination for a week in the midst of tourist season. While Lelani must face her past, the other girls learn much about themselves and discover that their futures require some facing because of pasts that will affect them without their intervention to adjust the direction their paths are headed. This is the 3rd volume of four in this series and while I look forward to the next book with anticipation, I also know it will be a bittersweet experience to say goodbye to these women and a very familiar setting (my hometown of Portland). Don’t forget to read all four books in order this series is much richer with the backstory and walking through the first meetings and introductions to these women and their lives as they come to know and care for one another. (ISBN#9781589191075, 336pp, $14.99)
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