Just finished reading this book and had trouble putting it down. I like books about relationships between women. I am going to check out other books by this author. The only thing that bugs me about this book (and it often does) is that it appears that the person who designed the cover jacket art has not read the book. The pearls in the book are referred to as "black pearls...not really black as much as unmatched shades gray tinted silver-green and blue and eggplant". Yet the pearls on the cover are look nothing like that. I don't know if they decided to use these pearls because it would make a more striking photo? Or as I suspect no one read the book, this description was on page 8. Personally I would read the book or read references to the pearls before scheduling a photo shoot.
A page-turning novel that explores the secrets we keep, even from those closest to us, and celebrates the enduring power of friendship.
Mia, Laney, Betts, and Ginger have reunited to celebrate Bett's pending appointment to the Supreme Court. But when the Senate hearings uncover a deeply buried skeleton in the friends' collective closet, they retreat to a summer house on the Chesapeake Bay, where they find themselves reliving a much darker period in their pastâ€”one that stirs up secrets they've kept for, and from, one another, and could change their lives forever.
"Riveting." â€” Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen
"A Must Read â€¦ This is not just a story about a group of women, but also a story about generations, about relationships, about the fluid motion of relationships over lifetimes. It is about a coming of age in middle age, and about facing the questions we all must eventually face. â€¦ The Four Ms. Bradwells is [a book] I will always remember â€¦ This would be a good book to share with your Mom. And your best friend. This is a good book to read when you still have plans and dreams, and when you're coming to the realization of them - or not. And this is what sets this story apart; the very human characters, the very real description of what they are going through." â€” Bonnie Jean Adams, The Chicago Examiner
"The gals at the center of Clayton's satisfying third novel, The Four Ms. Bradwells, are strong characters we can relate to." â€” Rebecca Adler, More Magazine
"The quartet of smart, witty women in Meg Waite Clayton's new novel 'The Four Ms. Bradwells' meet in law school, but they get their real education many years later, when one of them is nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court and an old scandal flares up." â€” Julia Keller, The Chicago Tribune