I just finished reading Surprise Packages, the third book in the series “The Company of Good Women.” I really enjoyed the first two books and looked forward to the third book coming out. It had been at least a year since I’d read the second book, so I was a little nervous about remembering some of the characters and being able to catch up on events. I felt the authors did a good job in reviewing those things as a reminder of things I had forgotten.
The story continues where it left off in the second book. The three women continue their friendship through e-mails and occasional personal visits. Their lives change as they experience their children leaving home, getting married and having children of their own. They experience health problems, challenges with children and many other issues of the times. The trials they face are those that women of today face and I could relate to them. They struggled with choices their children made, made it through Y2K and 9/11. They shared their experiences with each other, and loved and encouraged each other through it all.
Although there were moments where I wished I had re-read the other two books before I read this one, it didn’t take long to get caught up and my memory refreshed. I enjoyed reading this book and found myself picking it back up as soon as I could to find out what would happen next with these three very unique women. It wasn’t just a story to enjoy, but it made me think. There were issues of choices and consequences and hidden secrets. How did these things relate to my own life and what would I do in their situations? How can I keep myself from getting in a similar situation? I found it an interesting story and would recommend it to others.