I heard about this book when I heard there was a movie out with Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. Straight away it got my attention. I always like to read the book before I watch the movie so that's what I did.I really enjoyed the story and really liked the bond between the characters. I loved the strength of August, the kind gentleness of May, the tough exterior and kind heart of Rosaleen and the coming of age of Lily. It's a feel good book and well worth a read.