This is the most common of love stories—everything starts great, has immediate challenges, goes to hell because of other people’s flaws and failings, and then comes full circle to simple truth. Evocative, poignant, and precise prose makes this story of love between two simply ordinary women trapped in complicated circumstances way more than the sum of its parts. The writing is so good I couldn’t hurry the read to find out what the deftly woven plot was going to bring next. This book is a gem. Available September 24 from Kensington Books (kensingtonbooks.com).