Random House, Jun 14 2011, $25.00
As adults the four BFFs (Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget) have moved on to their separate ways around the globe though each misses the camaraderie (and traveling pants) they once had. From Australia the younger middle child Tibby sends airline tickets to her three pals to reunite in Greece at the family home of Lena, who resides in Rhode Island. Lena accepts as she ponders taking a second chance with Kostos who she left behind years ago. Like Tibby and Lena, New York City TV actress Carman stops planning her wedding to a frozen fiancé in order to join her sisterhood and Bridget, who lives with Eric in San Francisco, heads solo to the Mediterranean.
However, the reunion turns tragic when Tibby drowns. Mourning, the other three read letters she left behind that imply her death was not an accident. As each reaches out to the other while grieving their loss, none of them are as confident about the future anymore especially their friendship. Still they owe Tibby to try perhaps starting with a pants ritual.
This is a super realistic stunner from the opening act as the four girlfriends are adults with new relationships; in fact much of the poignant story line emphasizes that even BFFs move on as geography in spite of social networking is a deal breaker. Series fans will grieve along side the three remaining traveling pants females as the death of a loved on, especially unexpected, is difficult to accept; as we expect our Tibby to show up. Although there are no miracles, readers will appreciate the well written aptly titled Sisterhood Everlasting.