MJ, the editor of a New York magazine, has worked hard for her next promotion but things don’t go exactly to plan. So her doctor boyfriend, Dan, suggests she join him in California as he sets up a new practice. There she meets their elderly neighbour Gloria, who before dashing off to France, invites her into a secret book club. Joined by locals Addie, Britt and Jules, MJ becomes enmeshed in their lives as she debates whether she should return to her career in the Big Apple.
This is an uncomplicated story about the bonds between women, with letters written by the original Dirty Book Club members interspersed between chapters. It all adds up to a quirky and heartwarming read.