By Kristine Ochu
Annie, Sondra, and Jo were the best of childhood friends—but they haven’t seen each other in far too long. To the outside world, their lives are perfect. But appearances can be deceiving…
Married to a pastor in a small town she’s never left, Annie’s devoted her life to family and the church. Most people consider her a saint—but they don’t know she’s hiding a big secret. Sondra’s living it up married to one of the richest men in L.A. and appears to have it all—beauty, brains, and a successful career. But when a real estate deal becomes more than just a transaction, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head. Jo is four years sober and struggling through a divorce. After a one-night stand takes an unexpectedly comic turn, she’s forced to reckon with a lifetime of bad choices.
When Annie’s secret catches up with her, Jo and Sondra rush to her side, escaping on a hilarious canoeing trip that turns into a soul-searching, death-defying adventure. Lost in the woods as one thing goes wrong after another, they find themselves sharing their deepest secrets around the campfire. But as each new revelation unfolds, one thing becomes clear: it will take more than a night of true confessions for the three of them to find their way back home.
This discussion guide was shared and sponsored in partnership Dartfrog Books.
Use these discussion questions to guide your next book club meeting.
Annie, Josephine and Sondra all have their own stories. Which of these women did you find the most appealing, and why? Did you feel more compassion for any of the characters? Why or why not?
Do you believe Annie, Josephine and Sondra empowered each other, or that they empowered themselves? Have you had friends who empowered you in your life? If yes, what actions or words did they use to empower you?
Annie, Josephine and Sondra all needed to let go of their mistakes to move forward. Why is letting go of the past or mistakes so difficult for people? What can help people through this process?