By Beth Gutcheon

Witty, clever, and hope-filled, 5 Fortunes is a large-hearted story of 5 shiny and unforgettable girls who be aware of the place they have been yet don't know the place they are going. a full of life octogenarian, a personal investigator, a mom and daughter with an unresolved prior, and a lately widowed politician's spouse proportion little else other than a thirst for brand spanking new goals, yet after every week on the sumptuous well-being spa referred to as "Fat likelihood" their lives could be intertwined in methods they could not have imagined. At a spot the place medical professionals, attorneys, spoiled housewives, motion picture stars, and captains of are stripped of the social markers that maintain them from particularly seeing each other, unforeseen friendships emerge, reminding us of the shut hyperlinks among the wealthy and the negative, fortune and misfortune, and the magic of probability.

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Walter Keely? The campaign guy? ” 40 / Beth Gutcheon “Well, yes, I am,” said Rae proudly. ” “No, it’s—he was a friend of my husband’s. They played golf together…” “It’s a wonderful world,” Rae cried, and Laurie took note that she meant it deeply. “Maybe Walter mentioned my husband to you,” Laurie said. Here was another dangerous moment, but after a pause, she got through it very steadily, like a skater after a fall, hitting a triple axel. ” said Rae. ” Laurie smiled herself, and nodded. “Yes. The billion-watt smile.

Really,” said Carol. ” “I think I’m going to Dance-a-thon,” said Jill. “Jilly,” said Carol, “you are taking this class if I have to carry you. You young girls, you think nothing can ever hurt you, but we know! ” Rae and Carter looked at each other and shrugged; why not? ” said Jill, seeming suddenly timid. “Sure, let’s do it,” said Rae. ” “I’ll dance with you later,” said Rae. ” And she started a merengue step around the pavilion, with Jill following her. Rae 46 / Beth Gutcheon pranced over and grabbed a cup of juice and then she and Jill danced out the door and down to the studio where the self-defense class was being held.

She pulled her feet in, bending her knees, and then with a thrust of the pelvis, toppled him off her. “And then you pursue your advantage, ladies! The minute you get a space, you attack! ” She indicated Jill, Carol, and Glenna. Carol stepped right up. Glenna followed, half shy. Jill stayed where she was. “I really think I better watch…” “You’ll be fine, I promise,” said Kim. ” And then Five Fortunes / 49 loudly, to the whole room, as she pulled Jill to her feet and led her forward, “The only way you will really believe you can do it is to do it.

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