RATING: VERY GOOD
The end was very nice as these four women find their peace at the end of their stay on the Island.
The epilogue is on the day when Chess was supposed to get married, and it is during this day that we see where the four women are.
Tate is with Barrett and the children, watching a football or baseball game, and as she comes back from buying some refreshments, Barrett places his fist on his heart, the symbol his late wife used to tell the children she loved them when she couldn’t speak. So Barrett looks at Tate and silently tells her he loves her. I am glad that these two ended up together. Tate is also closer to her sister, who she calls more frequently.
Birdie and Grant are back together. When Grant turned up on the island, he told her that he was retiring at the end of the year. When they got together that night, Birdie had doubts. She was scared that this was a flash in the pan, and Grant was still the same, not caring about her. Yet, we see that now back in New York Birdie and Grant are together and happy as if they were just met.
India finally decides to give Lula a chance, and they move in together. When her grandchild is born, India decides to take Lula to meet the baby, and she tells her son and daughter-in-law, she is bringing someone special. When she turns up with Lula, neither her son nor her daughter-in-law seem to be disapproval and in shock, and India starts to think that things might work out in the end.
As for Chess, she has started to work in a restaurant as a sous-chef. She feels the work keeps her negative feelings away. The day she was supposed to marry Michael she works two shifts, and when she returns to her apartment, she picks up the post, and there is a postcard from New York, and she knows it is from Nick. The only message in the postcard is the beginning of her favourite song, so I imagine that this means that there is hope for the two of them.
I liked the book very much. The characters were very real even though Tate and Chess acted more like teenagers than adult women. I loved the conflicts and problems, and how every characters dealt with them in their very particular way.