The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March, September's selection for She Reads.
Four women come together at The Three Captain's Bed and Breakfast, summoned by the owner Lolly. Kat, her daughter still lives there, but June and Isabel, the nieces she raised after a terrible automobile accident orphaned them and also took the life of Lolly's husband. All three women are there to hear Lolly's announcement, which they all suspect to be that she will be selling the inn.
June had it all as the high school valedictorian. She had a bright future until one night when she listened to her heart. Nine months later, she's a single mother still wondering what happened to John. She moves to nearby Portland to avoid the snarky comments by classmates relishing in June's fall from grace.
Isabel has it all, a wealthy husband, an elaborate home and car, nice clothes, anything that money can buy, but what she really wants is a baby. She and her husband have been together since high school. He was a peer grief counselor, who helped her through the difficult times after the passing of her parents. They made a pact to never have children. They didn't want their children to suffer like they have, but now Isabel wants to break her promise. She wants a baby and Edward doesn't.
Kat has spent her life at the inn, where baking has become her passion. She longs to open her own bakery, but first she wants to study in Europe. Kat fell in love with the boy next door, but she's not sure that she's ready for marriage. Would she be living the life she is if her father had lived?
And then there is Lolly, the distant and yet loving matriarch, who has spent her life raising her girls and taking care of the inn, but Lolly has a secret and it has nothing to do with the inn. But her secrets will change their lives forever.
Mia March does a beautiful job of developing four intricate and unique women. She tells the story through their varied perspectives. The movies also play a role because often it is the discussion that follows each movie night that is a catalyst for action. For each movie influences the women by giving them a different perspective of their problem through Meryl's movies. And each movie theme is timely and poignant to the plot moving the narrative forward while encouraging the characters to explore their dilemmas through a different lens.
This is women's fiction at its best - drama, tears, love, and laughter. It is the kind of book you want to curl up with on a rainy day and escape into the lives of the women at The Three Captain's Inn.