Dollar Daze is set in a small town in the South, in South Carolina. It tells us the story of a group of women friends, and what’s going on in their lives. Considering this is a book from Henery Press, I kept expecting a body to drop. But this is a pure chick lit story. Very goody goody overall, although you might tear up a bit at places.
Birdie and Mavis firmly tell each other they are not looking for a man. But there is a void they feel, and they secretly do long for some male company. An old jock from their high school days comes to town, supposedly to renovate and sell a house he inherited. Both Birdie and Mavis can’t see straight. They soon become rivals vying for his attention and are feuding after being friends most of their lives. It is kind of obvious to the reader that Brewster Clark, who is anything but desirable is playing them both just to snag some free gourmet meals.
Attallee may be in her 80s, but she is in love. Her beau is a 90+ man but so what. They are determined to live it up and don’t mind making public displays of affection, much to the chagrin of the cringing Bottom Dollar ladies.
Gracie Tobias, the classy dame meets a doctor. She is amazed at how open and unconventional he is, riding a hog, listening to sentimental tunes. Then she learns he is actually a duct doctor and cleans gutters!! This had to be the funniest aspect of the story. Will Gracie clam up and be her stodgy old self, or is she ready to take the plunge and date someone who is socially beneath her. So vintage!
Elizabeth, that has been career woman is arm deep in poo, and she is not liking it. Her husband wants another child, and Elizabeth is ready to run away. Her struggles will resonate with any woman who gave up her career to look after a child.
The ladies of the Bottom Dollar meet at the store and dish on each other’s lives. There are moments sad and happy here, and it is all very familiar! A must read for all ladies, especially anyone who is part of a coveted group of girl friends.