Kristin Hannah gives us an epic look into a lifeflong friendship and the ups and downs of life through the years. This books begins when the main characters, Kate and Tully are in junior high and follows them through 40 years of friendship-- high school and college on into adulthood, other relationships, careers, children, a husband, lovers, geographic moves. The friendship defines each of these women and it is central to who they are. With that said, some of the issues they face feel more like a lifetime movie than real life. But, the author does a great job of placing the reader in these women's lives and feeling the love and friendship that endures.