Every year on the night of New Bethany's annual Splendor Belle Gala, reclusive Sera Grayson appears on the porch of her aging antebellum home dressed in a tattered ball gown. Legend holds she is reliving the greatest disappointment of her life: waiting endlessly for the man who stood her up more than fifty years ago. Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle, and Lucy, first introduced in Jones's Prayer Tree, together decide to help out the eccentric old woman-partly to strengthen their own special bond, threatened by time and the demands of everyday life. Will their joint project instead tear them apart forever?
This is the second book in the Prayer Tree series. It reads well as a stand alone novel as I did not read the first book and there were no references that I didn't understand.
I do have to say that I had a bit of trouble keeping the four main characters separated. I couldn't remember who was married to whom and who had which children. By the end of the book I had a bit of a better grasp on them.
The premise of the story is the four ladies band together to try to get Grace to welcome them and move back into society. They visit her and make attempts to get her to join them at community functions.
A nice story of how friends help each other and remain loyal despite the challenges we all face.
My Kindle copy of this book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.