Jill Murray is a single Mom of a ten-year-old daughter, Anastasia. Jill teaches cooking classes and helps her students, young and old, to make dishes from around the world. Just as Jill is wiping down the counters from her Chinese cooking class, she notices a man with dark wavy hair standing outside the classroom door. It was her ex-husband, Seth, who abandoned Jill and Anastasia seven years ago.
Jill's second job is working for GGG (Great Girlfriend Getaways), a travel agency that offers the: "...girlfriend getaway of your dreams." Joni Robertson, the owner, allows Jill to work from home the majority of the time so she can meet Anastasia's bus after school.
One day Jill receives a phone call from a male client, Billy Sanders, whose family wants to sell a line of suped-up bicycles in Japan. He is requesting Jill's help in understanding Japanese tradition and culture. Billy turns out to be quite the character.
After thinking about Seth for awhile and secretly reading something in Anastasia's diary, Jill decides that she needs to allow Seth back into their lives.
What will Jill find out about Billy and Seth? Will Anastasia welcome her Dad back after seven long years? And, where will Jill end up in all of this?
This is a story of love, loss, friendship, and reinventing yourself. Claire Cook is a master at creating funny, warm, and lovable characters that we can all relate too.
April 30, 2011