As the story opens, four women are standing on the precipice. Kat McClintock, a divorced mother of two sons, is interviewing for a position as a sommelier with a new, trendy San Francisco restaurant. The interview takes a surprising turn.
Alyssa Johnson teaches art in Soho. She is engaged to marry Terrell Henley, but harbors a terrible secret that she must confess to him because it involves Terrell’s best friend, James.
Danielle Bastilia is a wealthy socialite who has just been served with divorce papers.
Jamie Evan has just been promoted to editor-in-chief of Wine Lover’s Magazine after working seven years to achieve that goal. Just as she is planning a celebration at home with her daughter, Maddie, and Nate, her husband, Nate comes home and delivers devastating news.
Three and a half years later, each woman’s story picks up, with every chapter focused on one of them. Jamie has developed an afternoon “Happy Hour” two Sundays each month with her three friends about which she writes a column in the magazine. Maddie is now nine years old, and Jamie also cares for her mother-in-law, Dorothy, who suffers from dementia. In her inaugural column, she introduces the other women: