Three women, Barbara, Kaye and Ellen, bonded in friendship and through shared experiences, each have a big secret. They have reached a point in their lives - a turning point, as it were - and must decide whether or not to risk sharing each of their secrets.
For Ellen, it is something that happened in her teens - a loss from which she has yet to recover. And when her husband betrays her with a younger woman, she suffers even more because of the earlier loss.
Barbara's husband has just died, and as she adjusts to widowhood - and recuperates from the financial mess of her husband's business life - she turns to her own secret life. But she holds it close to her, this special world of hers, because there is a huge risk to sharing. Everything she has built could be destroyed.
And Kaye's secret could completely upend the world she has created with her husband.
With deft movement from past to present, with alternate peeks into each woman's secret life, the author titillates the reader, revealing more as the story moves along to its conclusion.
What will happen in each woman's life to bring the secrets into the open? And what effect will the exposure have on their lives, their friendship, and their future?
Compelling story - albeit a little predictable at times - The Sinner's Guide to Confession is interesting enough to warrant four stars. Recommended for women of a certain age, who can relate to the friendship aspect, as well as understand how life-changing experiences can bring about growth.