In Steel’s latest (H.R.H., 2006, etc.), four far-flung adult sisters move into a New York brownstone after tragedy strikes their close-knit clan.
The beautiful, surprisingly down-to-earth Adams sisters are blessed with fabulous careers. Sabrina, the eldest, is a New York divorce attorney. Workaholic Tammy produces a popular TV drama in LA. Supermodel Candy jets around the world to pose for pictures. Painter Annie isn’t as rich as the others, but she lives a charmed bohemian life in Italy. No matter where they are, nothing keeps the four from coming together every Fourth of July at their childhood home in Connecticut to celebrate with their beloved parents. During preparations for the annual party, a car accident blinds Annie and kills their mother. The sisters, led by Sabrina, sublet a furnished house for a year so they can support the severely depressed Annie as she learns to live with her disability. The other surviving family members have issues to sort out as well. Naïve Candy has a weakness for European playboys and doesn’t eat. Single Tammy, who finds a less glamorous job in reality TV, is so used to attracting weirdos and narcissists that she nearly despairs of finding Mr. Right. Sabrina is so terrified of committing to her marriage-minded boyfriend Chris that she risks losing him. Their lonely father, Jim, quickly falls into the clutches of a young divorcee who went to high school with Sabrina. But if fate does occasionally deal harsh blows to the Adamses, they always have each other (and their cute little pet dogs) to keep even the saddest situations from becoming too dark. By the close of this momentous year, the sisters are even tighter, and better equipped to go forward with their lives.
Female bonding with a cozy slumber-party vibe.