Cynthia Hartwick's lighthearted novel is an irresistible rags-to-riches adventure. Set in Minnesota in 1983, it combines the wry Midwestern humor of Garrison Keillor with the gentleness and warmth of Jan Karon. Its characters, a group of mostly married, mostly middle-aged ladies, will have you laughing out loud from the first sentence. The Larksdale ladies meet over coffee cake and crafts every Saturday morning. But one day, when they take a long, hard look at their finances, they realize they will be very poor in their old age. So they decide to become an investment club and earn enough for a more comfortable retirement. Their rise from modest investors to millionaires is an adventure that exceeds their wildest expectations. As the intrepid Larksdale ladies venture into the financial world, you'll be cheering them on with each surprising transaction. Ladies with Options has received enthusiastic praise from readers across the country and from Kirkus Reviews, which calls it, "a witty, thoroughly likable tale."