Two women separated by many miles and many years become close friends thanks to the United States Postal Service. 27-year-old Joan Bergstrom from Los Angeles is a huge fan of 59-year-old Imogen Fortier’s column in Northwest Home & Life magazine. Joan sends a recipe and a packet of saffron to Imogen. With that, their regular correspondence and friendship begins. The novel contains letters sent to each other between 1962 and 1965. Their 32-year-age difference does not matter to either of them. They become each other’s confidant and cheerleader.
This is a quick gentle read on friendship that doesn’t hesitate to touch on joy, sadness, love, and death.