Joy For Beginners by Erica Bauermeister is a story about seven women who are all at different stages in their lives, but have managed to become best friends anyway. One of the things that has tied them together is nursing Kate through breast cancer. At her victory party, she agrees to go white-water rafting with her college-aged daughter if each of her friends will face her own fears within the next year.
Kate has listened, both with her ears and her heart while her friends talked about their lives during her illness. She picks the one task for each woman that will give her hope and bring back the joy in her life. Some of the tasks sound mundane and pointless at first, like learning to bake bread, but there is a reason for every choice Kate makes.
The author has done her research well for this book. One of the women is “assigned” a Breast Cancer 3-Day. Having done the walk myself, that part of the story, with the vivid and accurate descriptions, was bittersweet.
This is a story of love, friendship, hope, and heartbreak. It’s about moving on and starting over and remembering that life is for living.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.