Acquired via BookCrossing 15 May 2009 – BookRing

I was a bit nervous of this one after my dislike of Second Honeymoon but actually enjoyed it.  Six women friends meet every Friday for years, then are thrown into turmoil when an extra man is introduced into the mix.  Really, this is an examination of the energies women throw into work or family, of whether they can have both and be happy.  It is well balanced, with forms of family being non-tradtional as well as traditional and work being just as fulfilling, but no more, than family.  The enigmatic Jackson is a cleverly done character who we only see in glimpses, and while there is a lot of telling and not much showing, the children are drawn beautifully and I love in particular the relationship between elderly Eleanor and eight year old Toby.  A well-done storyline with enough surprises and, although some of the plot resolutions seem a little hasty, an enjoyable read.