Liv, Markie, Julia, Andi and Cee Cee each came to the retreat—Embracing the New You: Reinventing Yourself After Fifty—with a specific purpose and each brought her own secret. When the owner of Síocháin (which translates to peace) is called away for a family emergency, the five women who have never before met decide to stay at the Cape May,
retreat house and find their own way to the ‘New You.’ Each woman has a reason
for being there and not somewhere else. They could give the term ‘retreat’ a
whole new meaning. Except that, for these women, the retreat is just a backing
up to get a running start forward.
Liv hardly recognizes herself in the mirror any more. She's changed everything she can about her appearance in an effort to hide her shame. Markie, a product of the sixties and a child of the universe, has a more pressing issue with which she must find peace. Julia, an Assistant District Attorney, is used to being in charge, but recently life has spun out of her control. Andi is second-guessing her second chance at love two years after the sudden death of husband. She's also avoiding a secret that haunts her from the past. Cee Cee, the baby of the group at thirty-two, is in crisis and, with her mother disappearing into the darkness that is Alzheimer's, desperately needs womanly advice.
Lies are told, secrets are revealed, tears are shed and laughter abounds as they make their way past the differences that divide and into the familiar territory of sisterhood that holds them together. In other words, they have one another’s backs—eventually—as each woman sheds whatever is holding her back and weighing her down. The journey is not without conflict and challenge. In December, you’re invited to join Liv, Markie, Julia, Andi and Cee Cee to sit down, put up your feet, throw back a glass of wine and embrace the new you!
* Coming in December from Turquoise Morning Press.
I had such a great time writing this book, getting to know these women. I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did.