The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas
Three friends form a life-long friendship before they even start school. It all begins when Zoe's mom invites other girls from her class to a tea party. That forms a tight bond between bubbly Zoe, who dreams of a life in acting; Emily who is a writer at heart but battling mental illness as she gets older; and Shannon, a girl abandoned by her mother but raised under the loving guidance of a military dad and grandmother.
After high school, the girls head off on their own, but their reunion tea parties never stop. They've returned once more to deal with one of the biggest tragedies they'll ever face.
I loved The Little Teashop on Main. This story is packed with romances that come and go, some that stand the test of time, and plenty of angst and drama that tests them along the path of adulthood. The writing is so engaging, I struggled to put it down for those things like work and household chores that must get done.
The story starts with a male's viewpoint as he looks back on the women he's grown up with and loves with all of his heart. Each woman faces her own challenges, and it's not always an easy read, but it's such an emotional one that is hard to forget. Even a week later, I find myself thinking back to things they did and said. It was amazing.