In this sequel to Waiting to Exhale, we meet up with the four friends, Savannah, Bernadine, Robin, and Gloria, a few years after we left them last.
Still living in Phoenix, the women continue to meet for their girls’ get-togethers and share what’s going on in their lives. But the years have brought disappointments, sorrow, divorces, deaths, and all the inevitable events that life offers up to us. But how these women are dealing with these events is what Getting to Happy spotlights in this newest tale.
The narrative is told from the alternating points of view of the four women: sometimes in first-person and other times in third-person.
What I enjoyed, just as I did the first time around, is how the women don’t pull any punches as they tell each other just what they think and feel. They’ve never hesitated to tell each other the truth, even when it hurts.
So how will they each learn from the mistakes of the past, focus on the present, and live in the moment? As we watch them stumbling along until they finally start to get it right, we can exhale…at long last. Since maybe they’re going to start reaching their potential and discovering that being fifty isn’t the end of the world, or of their happiness.
I liked the characters as much as I did in the first book. This one seemed a little more muted, or maybe slightly less exhilarating. I enjoyed it, but I’m giving it four stars.