Maggie Fortenberry, a former Miss Alabama living in Birmingham, is still beautiful but lost in regrets. Her life is not what she thought it would be. So she decides to leave. She has a plan and a list and the date. As she is putting her plan into action and crossing things off the list and the date nears there are complications. The complications interrupt her schedule but being the responsible person she is there is nothing to do but put her plan on hold, remake her list, and change the departure date.
Maggie thinks she is the only one with secrets. Her best friend and business partner, Brenda Peoples, thinks she looks like a Tootsie Roll and wants to be Mayor of Birmingham. Office manager, Edith Clipp, is really old, has purple hair, and is a very cranky woman. To say that Maggie and Brenda are a hoot is an understatement. Add Edith to the mix and the serious life at Red Mountain Realty gets funny.
Much of what these three women experience is common to all of us. Although, the skeleton Maggie and Brenda find and hide probably is not something most of us have experienced. That bit of silliness alone makes the book worth reading. There is a lot of southern charm and much wit and wisdom in these pages. Flagg has written an insightful novel that has the sadness and hope and comedy of life in every chapter.